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We're Courtney and we're Sara and we're Bodice Tipplers, the podcast where we read the romance novels we used to steal off our grandmothers' nightstands (and then we drink about it.) Join us each episode as we examine the good, the bad, and the throbbing of vintage romances.
 
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Banner O'Brien is the worst possible lady doctor in 19th century Washington State, which I guess also makes her the best lady doctor around (but no, she is not good at this doctoring thing.) Adam Corbin is the biggest assholes in 19th century Washington State and he does have plenty of competition. They yell. They slap. They do it, a lot. He's alwa…
 
She's a pilot and owns her own charter service! He's an actor preparing for a role! Together they are oh my god they are so boring you guys. Welcome to a super short episode of Bodice Tipplers where our luck in series romance runs out! It's got... well, it's got planes. It's got a cute flight suit. It's got a shuttle launch, which you would think w…
 
Welcome to Robin Schone's The Lady's Tutor. She's a wealthy Victorian politician's wife, proper in every way. He's a halfbreed bastard... oh god I can't with this racist book, I just can't. It's about a woman who asks for sex lessons with no lab component, and then she realizes her husband sucks and opts for the lab after all. This is one Sara had …
 
Today we have a special treat for you - we got Henry from FireStarters to read Grace Metalious' Peyton Place with us and let me tell you... it's a real Peyton Place in there. I honestly can't even describe the plot of this book so let me just give you the trigger warnings, I guess? So this book is trying really hard to shock you, which shouldn't sh…
 
Meet gentle Lady Madelyne, kidnapped by the studly Baron Duncan! Meet a lot of people whose names we cannot recall! Wonder why "honor" is spelled the American way but "splendour" got that extra u! Thrill to dastardly deeds, "dastardly deeds" if you know what I mean, and last minute court intrigue for no reason! It's Honor's Splendour by Julie Garwo…
 
We have had all our shots and we are back in the same room so get ready for some seriously overexcited people! (That would be us but it would also be the people in this book.) Fancy Pants by Susan Elizabeth Phillips - she's a British socialite with big "See You Next Tuesday" energy, he's a hot redneck golfer with a self esteem problem, they slap ea…
 
We're back with Martha Waters for her second book, To Love and to Loathe! If you remember, Martha had the unique bad luck to release her first book the week the world ended last year, and it's been so long that she's back with a sequel. The widowed Diana, Lady Templeton and Jeremy, Marquess of Willingham are infamous among English high society as m…
 
You guys you guys this is it! This is the big one! We are fifty episodes old and we are going BIG! We have gotten so many requests for this one - we read The Thorn Birds, you guys, and we're gonna watch the miniseries (check social media for upcoming details about watching it with us!) and we got a secret guest (spoiler: Courtney's secret brother N…
 
You guys. We have done it. We have finally gone so far down the rabbit hole of vintage romance that we have found one that is not on Goodreads. Welcome to The Leopard Tree by Valerie Parv, reigning queen of Australian romance! There's a UFO! It's Australia! He's a... he's an ex-military rodeo bronco buster and she makes ugly jewelry and has an awfu…
 
Yooooo, it's a pre-Plum Janet Evanovich! It's got capers and slapstick and... business! Ivan is a schooner captain. Stephanie is an ex-cop, now cute bread and breakfast owner! Tess is maybe a ghost! It's got no major trigger warnings beyond what you'd expect for this sort of madcap comedy business - gggggghosts, cold-ass Maine water, possibly a lie…
 
Happy lunar new year! We rang in the Year of the Ox with Butterfly Swords, which was Jeannie Lin's first book. It won the Golden Heart Award back in 2009 and started her illustrious career. Ai Li is to be married to the powerful and hawt Li Tao, a scheming jiedushi. When she discovers his treachery and his murder of her brother she escapes to warn …
 
Are... are you actually ready for this? (We were not.) Get ready for some Jackie Collins all up in your face-parts! Lucky Santangelo is a boss businesslady who Has Sex. A whole lot happens in this book - everybody gets married six times, at least one hotel is opened, dirty deeds are done on yachts.... I honestly do not know how I could possibly des…
 
We were asked if we'd like to interview Melissa Croce about her new book, Single and Forced to Mingle - a guide to what to do if you're unattached and have to go do things. (Somebody remind me what doing things is like? I think I've forgotten!) It comes out today, so go get a copy wherever you buy your books!…
 
Happy holidays, y'all! We all needed something a little... lighter. Something a little more... snowy. Something with a mustache. Enter Diana Palmer's The Humbug Man, the tiniest little book that packs the most chest hair! He's another ranchin' Tate (why is that a trope?) who hates kids and loves ranchin' (childfree.) She's a secretary who moved to …
 
He's a cat burglar, she's an ethnobotanist, they both get their cardio in and it's Medicine Man has a weirdly paced baby with Romancing the Stone! On this special Thanksgiving episode we give genuine thanks to Stacey Abrams for her tireless work flipping the state of Georgia oh my freaking god you guys! And if you'd like to thank a black woman for …
 
It’s spooky season you mofos! That means a creepy book. This year we leave the world of ghost banging and half assed witches to deep dive into vampires! Buckle Up because we are riding the Vampire Lestat train. The follow up to Anne Rice’s 1976 book, Interview with a Vampire, is all about that vampy rock and roll lifestyle. Published in 1985 this b…
 
Ever get super horny for Alexander the Great, conqueror of worlds? You will. Join us as we get classical up in here with Mary Renault's 1972 The Persian Boy, a book about a traumatized teenager whose vast ambition centers entirely on jumping Alexander's bones. Heads up - this book's got all sorts of traumatic historical stuff in it including but no…
 
She's a public menace, he's trying his best to be a devil may care rake but keeps landing on "that cat in the Pepe le Pew cartoons" - it's Dreaming by Jill Barnett, a book with surprise witches, a shocking number of shipwrecks and kidnappings, and a cautionary tale about staying away from people who are "clumsy as a character trait". No major warni…
 
We have a very special treat for you this episode! Miss Honey Analverkehr of My Mum is a Pornstar joined us all the way from Australia to talk about a book that had a big impact on her as a young person, John Norman's Kajira of Gor. Note: unfortunately, we had some audio issues with this one (we keep trying different things for these pandemic episo…
 
For those of you not "in the know", Jayne Ann Krentz (actually Jayne Castle) writes under a ton of pseudonyms and this is one of them. We wanted to read another one of hers since we HATED Ghost of a Chance. This one does also feature a very alpha dominant male, but other than the Romance Novel Peril and some kind of questionable breaking and enteri…
 
She's a feisty hoyden disguised as a boy! He wears pantyhose and makes it look good! It's the court of Louis XV (we totally get it wrong in the podcast!) We're still on Zoom and we apologize for the audio quality! That's right, it's a real romance classic - we read Georgette Heyer's These Old Shades, a book with a skeevy age gap, some grossly flipp…
 
Welcome to Sandra Brown's Fanta-C, which should have been a sweet contemporary romance from the 80's but is actually kind of fucking disturbing in the weirdest and most unexpected way. Meet Elizabeth, a prissy lady who wears pantyhose and slips and owns a store that sells potpourri for your mistress, and Thad (THAD!), a silver fox who has puppies a…
 
In this episode we take a timeout to reflect on the ghastly history of racial violence in America by doing a deep dive into South Carolina's ugliest past and inviting Leslie from Geeky Girls' Night In and Geeky Girls' Guide to Life to speak. The first two segments carry strong content warnings about murder, legal lynching, and a police shooting mis…
 
Irish Thoroughbred is Nora Roberts' first book - we wanted to see where one of the richest, most popular authors around got her start. Well. It is something. Adelia lives in 16th century Ireland and has lost everything, so she gets on a plane to 1980 and becomes a horse trainer! Horse girl alert: THIS IS NOT A HORSE GIRL BOOK. I have read a lot, yo…
 
We had the opportunity to try something new - we were asked if we'd like to interview debut author Martha Waters about her book To Have and to Hoax, you know, back then when the world was young and we were allowed to leave our houses. Martha was really nice and we feel really bad that all her fun book release party stuff got cancelled - however, sh…
 
He's a rich Taggart romance-novel-dude powerlifter with a big family and a sweet townhouse! She's an emotionally locked down country mouse forced by one of those Improbable Wills to go to New York for a few years to investigate a crime that may or may not have happened to her dead or not dead grandmother and then they... put on a show about it. Ser…
 
We were originally going to do two books for the holiday, one racist piece of $#!t and one full of nuanced representation. But on further discussion, we decided that it's just not okay for us to do a big episode where we give one of these racist-a$$ books the time of day. So we combined it into a big Superspecial in which we discuss the ugly histor…
 
Welcome to our Halloween Episode. Buckle Up Bitches. For this episode we read Jayne Ann Krentz’s Ghost of a Chance. Published in 1984 this book was part of the Harlequin Temptation line. It is one of the earliest in the supernatural romance genre. On paper this book should be a Banger! Our heroine, Anne Silver is out to catch some phony psychics wh…
 
Here we go again with my nominee for "Most Likely to Catch an Intervention For Smoking Strawberry-Flavored Crack", Johanna Lindsey! Finally, we've read one of the kind of books I was really expecting to come across when we started doing this podcast - the kind of book I wrote our long and thoughtful On Language and Consent page about and then for s…
 
I read this when I was a kid and it gave me VERY WEIRD KID IDEAS. Now I'm returning to it and it is... even more fucked up than I expected? Nora is one of those freshly orphaned smart Vicky Holt girls. Charles Herrick, aka the Lynx, is a... brilliant sex monster? It's hard to explain. There's another dude too. And a whole other family. Is this even…
 
Ayla is an anatomically modern human (is it technically Cro Magnon? This is set in modern day Ukraine. To the Wikipedia!) orphaned and raised by a tribe of psychic Neanderthals. This one isn't the one with all the doin' it (evidently that is Valley of the Horses which also has a bunch of blonde dudes who shop at Cave-REI), it's the one with a ton o…
 
Jonathan, allegedly hot bad boy of Springfield, fakes his death and flees with his also-fake-dead baby daughter to start a new life away from the clutches of bazillionare Alan Spaulding. Will he find love with Tammy, fellow Radiohound fan? Or will her Bad Dad literally fucking kill them all? LET'S FIND OUT in this, I kid you not, Guiding Light book…
 
Chelsea is an ordinary high school girl, obsessed with boys and the saxophone and her diet.... until a new kid comes to school. Will Chelsea's first date become her last date?! Will the roving gangs of greaser punks take over the 90's? Why does this diner close at 7? Find out with this thrilling episode where we take on a Fear Street book! There is…
 
Y'all I don't even know, this is about an 80's lady with fake boobs who dies and gets stuck being a fairy godmother for an 1890's-era girl in Colorado. I swear this is the god honest plot of this book. This WOULD be delightful but in fact it's alarmingly full of some insanely intense fat shaming, plus some shockingly evil family emotional abuse, in…
 
Guess what, y'all? It's a very special crossover episode! We got together with the ladies from Textual Tension and all four of us had to read this piece of crap that Fabio "wrote" so we hope you appreciate what we do for you. So. This book. Jesus fuck. He's named Ryder Remington (yes really) which is kind of all you need to know. She's masquerading…
 
For this episode we read the first Dark Shadows tie-in book about Barnabas Collins. It's weird and uncomfortable and very much unlike the show you guys like so don't @ us. Nobody get raped but lots of people get bitten and murdered and it's generally kind of unpleasant. This crossover is also our last episode as part of the Collinsport Historical S…
 
Neither Sara or I had read this book as teens even though ALL of our friends had. We were the “too cool” girls which really meant we were painfully uncool. Both of us recall this book being proudly displayed in the halls of our middle and high schools. V.C. Andrews was the most popular girl at any school during the 80s and 90s. She could have been …
 
Night Song by Beverly Jenkins - this is the first book by the First Lady of African American Romance, from 1994. Cara is a schoolmarm. Chase is a Buffalo Soldier. They do it. A lot. All over the house, y'all. All over the house. Also there are some murders. There is no sexual assault in the present of this book; however, several characters tell the…
 
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