Sexy Books Podcast podcast

Sexy Books Podcast


A sex-positive pod where two best friends talk romance novels, sexuality, & everything in between!

17 Episodes

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    16. Room for Three? by Katrina Jackson


    In this episode, we discuss Katrina Jackson’s MMF erotic romance, Room for Three?: “When Precious rents Cali and Mike's spare bedroom she's in the middle of a housing crisis and feeling betrayed by her best friend. When Mike and Cali rent their spare room to Precious, their relationship is hanging on by a thread. None of them expect anything more from their roommate situation than cheap rent in a prime location. So they're all surprised to find a deep well of affection and lust that makes them think that maybe their perfect relationship, and bed, has room for three. Room for Three? is the first in a new series of erotic novellas about sexy entanglements behind closed doors.” This sultry and sensual book was so much fun to read, and was the catalyst for some great discussions about non-traditional relationships, communication, and, of course, threesomes. We also talk about the benefits of audio porn, sexual insecurities, and much more in this episode! Follow us on social media to stay updated on upcoming episodes, and send your questions and comments to: Twitter: Instagram: Gmail: [email protected]
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    15. All or Nothing by Rose Lerner


    In this episode, we discuss Rose Lerner’s kinky Regency romance, All or Nothing: “England 1819: the hottest summer in years. Simon Radcliffe-Gould's career as an architect is stalled and his bank account is almost empty. Yet every week he finds himself losing money he can't afford at Maggie da Silva's bohemian gambling den, just so he'll have an excuse to see the beautiful, irrepressible hostess. Maggie thought she had her life sorted out. She has a best friend (with benefits), a successful business, and a truly spectacular wardrobe. But lately she's been...bored. Intrigued by serious, shy Simon, she finds a way to draw him into reluctantly betting on her favors at the faro table. A few glorious nights are all she expects. But when an old flame hires Simon to design a folly during a scandalous house party at his country estate, Simon asks Maggie to pose as his mistress so he can actually get some work done. Sure, she'd rather be his mistress, but she jumps at the chance for a well deserved, all-expenses-paid vacation. What could go wrong?  Turns out, everything: Simon has unresolved issues with his ex, it's impossible to keep kosher, and worst of all, Maggie is in danger of losing her heart..." We’re thrilled to bring you this episode on a book that’s not only our first historical romance, but our first BDSM-adjacent romance. We discuss the appeal of taboo sex, talk about fantasies of power, and get into the importance of setting boundaries – both in bed and in life, and how doing one can reinforce comfort with doing the other. In this episode we also mention: Rigged by Vanessa North Ali Wong’s standup specials Harlots on Hulu The Wife in the Attic by Rose Lerner Follow us on social media to stay updated on upcoming episodes, and send your questions and comments to: Twitter: Instagram: Gmail: [email protected]
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    14. Let’s Talk About Love by Claire Kann


    In this episode, we talk about Claire Kann’s young adult romance novel, Let’s Talk About Love: "Alice had her whole summer planned. Non-stop all-you-can-eat buffets while marathoning her favorite TV shows (best friends totally included) with the smallest dash of adulting--working at the library to pay her share of the rent. The only thing missing from her perfect plan? Her girlfriend (who ended things when Alice confessed she's asexual). Alice is done with dating--no thank you, do not pass go, stick a fork in her, done. But then Alice meets Takumi and she can’t stop thinking about him or the rom com-grade romance feels she did not ask for (uncertainty, butterflies, and swoons, oh my!). When her blissful summer takes an unexpected turn, and Takumi becomes her knight with a shiny library employee badge (close enough), Alice has to decide if she’s willing to risk their friendship for a love that might not be reciprocated—or understood.” We loved that this book got us thinking about relationships, sex, and romantic love from a new perspective. This episode covers a vast array of topics, from exactly what asexuality is and how it fits into the spectrum of sexual identity, why labels can matter to us so much, and a ton more. In a lot of ways, Alice was one of the most relatable heroines we've read, and we can't wait for you to meet her. As always, we discuss the entire story, so read the book beforehand if you don't want to be spoiled. The next book we'll be discussing is All or Nothing by Rose Lerner. Follow us or send your questions and comments to: Twitter: Instagram: Gmail: [email protected]
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    13. In Strange Woods by Claire Cray


    In this episode, we talk about Claire Cray’s M/M romance-mystery, In Strange Woods: "Reeling with grief after the mysterious massacre of his wealthy family, moody New York photographer James Worthington Crane decides to take his downward spiral to the rural Oregon Coast, where he’s just inherited a piece of property hidden somewhere in the woods upriver. But when James pulls into the decaying seaside town of Brooks, everyone thinks he’s someone else—an elusive local outlaw named Beau. Now James must fight through his grief to unravel a dark web of family secrets and forgotten history...with help from a soft-spoken local contractor named Hunter Quaid. Hunter’s been on his own since he left his fundamentalist family at the age of fifteen. It’s taken years of hard work to build the simple life he has now, fixing up seaside houses while living alone by the river. Then James blows in like a winter storm, disturbing the peace and stirring up dreams he thought he'd given up. As their lives and histories intertwine in unexpected ways, they start to discover what it really means to know where you belong. From the author of Merrick and Hidden Talents comes a steamy, tender romance inspired by the rugged beauty and offbeat history of Pacific Northwest timber country. In Strange Woods moves through ancient old-growth forests, abandoned logging roads, ramshackle seaside towns, decaying homesteads, coastal highways, and the stories hidden in the trees.” Listen to us trip all over ourselves as we try to explain why we loved this book so damn much. This book is a mystery, so we HIGHLY recommend reading it before listening to the episode, as we do spoil ALL of it pretty much immediately. You’ve been warned! Also mentioned in this episode: The Green Witch by Arin Murphy-Hiscock Hidden Talents by Claire Cray Spooky Smutty Stories by Claire Cray And all the rest of Claire Cray's books! We are currently taking a brief hiatus as we plan for future episodes. Please check in with us on social media for updates about when our next episode will be out (I promise it won’t be too long!). The next book we'll be discussing is Let's Talk About Love by Claire Kann. Follow us or send your questions and comments to: Twitter: Instagram: Gmail: [email protected]
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    12. Special - Pen15


    In this special episode, we talk about Hulu's fantastic show, Pen15 (or "penis" if you're a middle schooler), and growing up and learning about sex in the early 2000s. We get into masturbation shame, the power of a good thong, and the trauma of bad first kisses. We also wax nostalgic on 00s fashion (scrunchies! butterfly clips!), the infinite appeal of J.T.T. and Brad Renfro, and much, much more. The episodes we specifically discuss are: Ojichan, Community Service, and Wild Things. Join us next month for our discussion on Claire Cray's slightly creepy, extremely swoony M/M romance, In Strange Woods. Follow us or send your questions and comments to: Twitter: Instagram: Gmail: [email protected]
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    11. The Mistake by Elle Kennedy


    In this episode, we talk about Elle Kennedy’s M/F new adult romance, The Mistake: "College junior John Logan can get any girl he wants. For this hockey star, life is a parade of parties and hook-ups, but behind his killer grins and easygoing charm, he hides growing despair about the dead-end road he’ll be forced to walk after graduation. A sexy encounter with freshman Grace Ivers is just the distraction he needs, but when a thoughtless mistake pushes her away, Logan plans to spend his final year proving to her that he’s worth a second chance. After a less than stellar freshman year, Grace is back at Briar University, older, wiser, and so over the arrogant hockey player she nearly handed her V-card to. She’s not a charity case, and she’s not the quiet butterfly she was when they first hooked up. If Logan expects her to roll over and beg like all his other puck bunnies, he can think again. He wants her back? He’ll have to work for it. This time around, she’ll be the one in the driver’s seat…and she plans on driving him wild." We talk a LOT about the all-consuming headiness of teen crushes in this episode, our fantasies of hot people showing up at our doors and sweeping us off our feet, and much more. Join us next month for our special episode on Hulu's perfect 00s teen show, PEN15! Our next book episode (January or February, not sure yet!) will feature Claire Cray's M/M romance, In Strange Woods. Follow us or send your questions and comments to: Twitter: Instagram: Gmail: [email protected]
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    10. The Deal by Elle Kennedy


    In this episode, we talk about Elle Kennedy’s M/F new adult romance, The Deal: "Hannah Wells has finally found someone who turns her on. But while she might be confident in every other area of her life, she's carting around a full set of baggage when it comes to sex and seduction. If she wants to get her crush's attention, she'll have to step out of her comfort zone and make him take notice... even if it means tutoring the annoying, childish, cocky captain of the hockey team in exchange for a pretend date. All Garrett Graham has ever wanted is to play professional hockey after graduation, but his plummeting GPA is threatening everything he's worked so hard for. If helping a sarcastic brunette make another guy jealous will help him secure his position on the team, he's all for it. But when one unexpected kiss leads to the wildest sex of both their lives, it doesn't take long for Garrett to realize that pretend isn't going to cut it. Now he just has to convince Hannah that the man she wants looks a lot like him.” We also discuss the double-edged sword of pregnancy romances, how foreplay really never goes out of style, and the power of the changing seasons. We also give a shoutout to Treesong’s Cauldron and the transformative power of tea in general. (CW: This episode has a fairly brief discussion about sexual assault, as it is brought up in the book.) Join us next month for our episode on The Mistake by Elle Kennedy. We also have a special episode about Hulu’s wonderful show, Pen15, dropping sometime in December, so we hope you'll join us for that as well! Follow us or send your questions and comments to: Twitter: Instagram: Gmail: [email protected]
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    9. Nymph by Francesca Lia Block


    In this episode, we talk about Francesca Lia Block’s magical erotic short story collection, Nymph: “As in her other works, Block weaves together themes of subtle magic, youthful hopes, modern urban decay, and deep emotion, told with lyrical storybook language. The stories in NYMPH bear all the hallmarks of classic Francesca Lia Block—punk spirited characters who celebrate love, life, and art—with one important different: this time the author carries her vision through the full range of emotion and erotic interaction that her mature audience appreciates. An interconnected series of stories, NYMPH is a special journey through the lives and loves of characters like Plum, a Crayon-haired girl who has a gift: if she makes love with a person, that person will then meet their true love, or Tom, a burned out surfer whose luck changes when he is rescued by a mysterious, wheelchair-bound woman, or Sylvie, a chronically depressed poet who finds beauty in unexpected places. Block's erotic explorations of these smoky, kaleidoscopic fables are anything but conventional; these are stories of love, loss, and life, about the healing power of sex and bonding.” This episode definitely became something of an FLB lovefest, and a retrospective of her influence on both of us over the years. We talk about growing up wanting to be a “Weetzie Bat Girl,” how FLB’s books are the real reason we both live in California, and our enduring love for Venice Beach. And of course, we delve into what makes all FLB books so sexy, who the hottest FLB characters are, and much more! (CW: This episode also contains a frank discussion about incest.) Other FLB books mentioned in this episode (so you can continue your education): I Was a Teenage Fairy Weetzie Bat series Witch Baby Echo The Hanged Man Violet & Claire The Rose and the Beast: Fairy Tales Retold Wasteland Join us next month when we talk about The Deal by Elle Kennedy. Follow us or send your questions and comments to: Twitter: Instagram: Gmail: [email protected]
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    8. Roller Girl by Vanessa North


    In this episode, we talk about Vanessa North’s F/F romance, Roller Girl: “Recently divorced Tina Durham is trying to be self-sufficient, but her personal-training career is floundering, her closest friends are swept up in new relationships, and her washing machine has just flooded her kitchen. It’s enough to make a girl cry. Instead, she calls a plumbing service, and Joanne “Joe Mama” Delario comes to the rescue. Joe is sweet, funny, and good at fixing things. She also sees something special in Tina and invites her to try out for the roller derby team she coaches. Derby offers Tina an outlet for her frustrations, a chance to excel, and the female friendships she’s never had before. And as Tina starts to thrive at derby, the tension between her and Joe cranks up. Despite their player/coach relationship, they give in to their mutual attraction. Sex in secret is hot, but Tina can’t help but want more. With work still on the rocks and her relationship in the closet, Tina is forced to reevaluate her life. Can she be content with a secret lover? Or with being dependent on someone else again? It’s time for Tina to tackle her fears, both on and off the track.” You’ll have to listen to the episode to find out what roller derby names we chose for ourselves! We also get deep on the benefits of dirty talk, the comforting qualities of boobs, and why communication is a vital sexual skill. Join us next month when we talk about Nymph by Francesca Lia Block. Follow us or send your questions and comments to: Twitter: Instagram: Gmail: [email protected]
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    7. Starting From Scratch by Jay Northcote


    In this episode, we talk about Jay Northcote’s M/M new adult romance, Starting From Scratch: “Ben is transgender and back at university after hormone treatment and chest surgery. His new housemates have no idea about his history and Ben would prefer to keep it that way. He’s starting from scratch and his life is finally on track, except in the romance department. The idea of dating guys as a guy is exhilarating but terrifying, because if Ben wants a boyfriend he’ll have to disclose his secret. Sid is drawn to Ben from the moment they meet. He normally gets what he wants—in the short term at least. Ben’s guarded at first, and Sid’s not used to guys rejecting his advances. He eventually charms his way through Ben’s defenses and helps Ben on his journey of sexual awakening. It doesn’t matter to Sid that Ben is trans. He’s attracted to the whole person, and isn’t worried about what is—or isn’t—in Ben’s pants. They’re good together, and both of them are falling hard and fast, but Ben’s insecurities keep getting in the way. If Sid can convince Ben he's committed, will Ben finally be able to put his heart on the line?” We get into our own early experiences exploring sex and dealing with insecurities, how everyone has “baggage,” and how every person should have an “array of dicks” on hand (it makes sense, I swear)! We also mention Come As You Are by Emily Nagoski and our discussion about that book from Episode 5. Join us next month when we talk about Roller Girl by Vanessa North! Follow us or send your questions and comments to: Twitter: Instagram: Gmail: [email protected]

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