Book Episodes

Feb. 25, 2021

Choose Your Own Trope Adventure

Most romance makes me feel warm, optimistic and hopeful. But sometimes hot and kinky is what you need. A touch of BDSM. Sex with an alien. The wild fantasies of some contemporary romances practically catch fire on the page. And sometimes non-fancy hot sex with good communication and a considerate fictional character who appeals to you does the trick. It's risk-free,  shame-free pretend in this episode, in any flavor you want. Vanilla?  I'm here to support it all.

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Feb. 11, 2021

Love, Sex and Romance - After 40 Edition

I've been having fun reading a ton of contemporary romances featuring buff young things getting it on. But it's time to get real: which means ageless love, with plenty of imperfection, wisdom and fun thrown in. It's romance full of humor, honesty, acceptance and kindness. The sexiest combo I know.

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Dec. 3, 2020

Grand Romantic Gestures & the Little Things

This episode is about one of my favorite romantic tropes of all time: the grand--or small but meaningful--romantic gesture. https://www.confessionsofaclosetromantic.com Stream NBC's Lipstick Jungle here The Age of Innocence trailer Elizabeth's thank you to Darcy and the second proposal scene from the 1995 BBC Pride & Prejudice The breathtaking glider scene from Fifty Shades of Grey. One Last Night by Vaults is on constant repeat lately, and I can picture every moment of this scene when I hear i…

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Sept. 25, 2020

Can't Stop Extra: The Last Tycoon/The Matt Bomer Experience

In this extra episode, I continue talking about the actor Matt Bomer, because I can't get enough of his performance in The Last Tycoon. Someone, rescue me… https://www.confessionsofaclosetromantic.com The Last Tycoon trailer: https://youtu.be/KnRIv-QNtjg Pure glamor: https://condenaststore.com/featured/norma-shearer-and-irving-thalberg-in-a-garden-edward-steichen.html?product=poster Oh, this picture: https://artsmeme.com/2009/01/15/jewish-prince-of-hollywood/ More about F. Scott Fitzgerald and …

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Sept. 18, 2020

The Grabby Kiss/Becoming Jane

In this episode I talk about some of my favorite visual romantic tropes— like a grab and a kiss and passion in the woods, used so well in the movie Becoming Jane. Becoming Jane movie trailer: https://youtu.be/qmd-ej9Hx20 That Dance: https://youtu.be/mXoa7RcYT8M Emma proposal scene: https://youtu.be/LTgOLHxQ9mM More about Jane Austen's early life: https://www.notablebiographies.com/An-Ba/Austen-Jane.html

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Sept. 4, 2020

Chemical Hearts: Back to Senior Year

I'm revisiting the romantic ups and downs of senior year on this episode with the help of a fantastic new movie called Chemical Hearts.

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Sept. 1, 2020

Goodbye Romance Shame/Mr Malcolm's List

I'm finally saying goodbye to shame about loving romance, and talking about the book Mr. Malcolm's List. Show notes at confessionsofaclosetromantic.com

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