57. Summer!

Here at FMKlit, we have a philosophy that we hold very near and dear to our hearts: Sun’s out, buns out! Summer’s around the corner and we’re ready to heat things up! Today, we read “A Small Slice of Summer (The Best of Betty Neels)” by Betty Neels and “The Summer of Jordi Perez (And the Best Burger in Los Angeles)” by Amy Spalding. For this sun-soaked episode, our hosts discuss the mood killer that is talking driving directions, dude bros with hearts of gold, and the dangerous allure of Dutchmen.


A Small Slice of Summer (The Best of Betty Neels) by Betty Neels

Claire:

Kill

Neil:

Kill


The Summer of Jordi Perez (And the Best Burger in Los Angeles) by Amy Spalding

Claire:

Neil:


56. Bartenders!

How do you like your love? Dirty? With a twist? On the rocks? However you like your love, make it a double! You deserve it. And while you do, we’re going to do bartenders! Today we read “Breaking the Bachelor (Smart Cupid Book 1)” by Maggie Kelley, and “Pretty Perfect (Boys in Makeup Book 1)” by Christina Lee and Riley Hart. For this happy hour (and change), our hosts discuss bars that have too many themes, backstories that leave more questions than answers, and we have the longest Hot and Bothered ever. Ever.


Breaking the Bachelor (Smart Cupid Book 1) by Maggie Kelley

Claire:

Kill

Neil:

Kill


Pretty Perfect (Boys in Makeup Book 1) by Christina Lee and Riley Hart

Claire:

Fuck

Neil:

Fuck

55. Knitting!

Some things are just better in groups: board games, splitting a check, love. And knitting! So put some love into every stitch because today we’re doing knitting! For this cozy episode, we read “Neanderthal Seeks Human: A Smart Romance (Knitting in the City Book 1)” by Penny Reid and “Knit, Purl, a Baby and a Girl: An LGBTQ Romance” by Hettie Bell. Today our hosts discuss the subtle differences between Wendells and slamps; why you need to accept someone’s boundaries when you agree to them; and have FMK-style story hour where Claire reacts to the end of a book in real time because she didn’t finish the book.


Neanderthal Seeks Human: A Smart Romance (Knitting in the City Book 1) by Penny Reid

Claire:

Kill

Neil:

Kill


Knit, Purl, a Baby and a Girl: An LGBTQ Romance by Hettie Bell

Claire:

Kill

Neil:

Kill

54. Steampunk!

I don’t know about you, dear Listener, but nothing gets my gears going quite like a hot burst of steam. So it’s a good thing that we’re doing Steampunk! For today’s episode we read “The Stowaway Debutante (Tales of the Captain Duke Book 1)” by Rebecca Diem and “Prosperity” by Alexis Hall. For this steamin’ hot episode, our begoggled hosts discuss the importance of bawdy houses, the scourge that is the “Mary Sue”, and why sky pirate seems to love grain so goddamn much.


The Stowaway Debutante (Tales of the Captain Duke Book 1) by Rebecca Diem

Claire:

Kill

Neil:

Kill


Prosperity by Alexis Hall

Claire:

Kill

Neil:

Marry

53. Military!

We’ve been running drills all day, but there’s no camouflaging our love, Listeners. We’re here to serve and protect….your hearts. Because today we’re doing the Military! For this very strict episode, we read “The Lieutenants’ Online Love (American Heroes Book 2621)” by Caro Carson, and “Zenko: MM Military Suspense (Tags of Honor Book 1)” by Annabella Stone. Today, our commanding hosts discuss the tactical worth of helicopters, naked hotdogs, and how a night at the ballet can go very south very quickly.


The Lieutenants’ Online Love (American Heroes Book 2621) by Caro Carson

Claire:

Kill

Neil:

Kill


Zenko: MM Military Suspense (Tags of Honor Book 1) by Annabella Stone

Claire:

Kill

Neil:

Kill

52. Claire and Neil!

A wise drag queen once said: “If you can’t love yourself, how the hell you gonna love somebody else?” And we here at FMKlit think it’s always a good idea to just pour a glass of wine, light some candles, and love yourself all night long. To celebrate that, we’re loving our hosts because our theme is Neil and Claire! Today we read “Lady Claire is All That (Keeping Up with the Cavandishes Book 3)” by Maya Rodale, and “The Foxhole Court (All For the Game Book 1)” by Nora Sakavic. On this autosexual episode, our hosts discuss himbos, the dangers of cracker dust, and spend a shocking amount of time talking about balls.


Lady Claire is All That (Keeping Up with the Cavandishes Book 3) by Maya Rodale

Claire:

Marry

Neil:

Heavy Petting on Second Base


The Foxhole Court (All For the Game Book 1) by Nora Sakavic

Claire:

Kill

Neil:

Kill

51. Silver Foxes!

Whenever I get asked, I tell everyone that I like my men like I like my whiskey: mature. And today won’t disappoint because we’re doing silver foxes! For this well-aged episode we read “Choose Me (Silver Fox Romance Book 1)” by Natasha Moore, and “Second Chance” by Jay Northcote. Today our seasoned hosts discuss: the joys of a one-bedroom walkup; some more moving the bathtub moments (forevermore known as ‘bathtubbing’); as well as do a dramatic reading of a passage from one of our books.


Choose Me (Silver Fox Romance Book 1) by Natasha Moore

Claire:

Kill

Neil:

Kill


Second Chance by Jay Northcote

Claire:

Fuck

Neil:

Fuck

50. Librarians!

I hope you’re not a screamer, because the love we’re talking about today is quiet and literary. That’s right, we’re doing librarians! And it’s our 3-year anniversary! To celebrate the leather anniversary, we read “Good Girls Do” by Cathie Linz and “By the Book” by Scarlett Parrish. For this romantic traipse through the Dewey Decimal System, our hosts discuss wiener races, having a dick in your butt, and look back on the year the best way they know how: by fucking, marrying, and killing some folk.


Good Girls Do by Cathie Linz

Claire:

Kill

Neil:

Kill


By the Book by Scarlett Parrish

Claire:

Kill

Neil:

Kill

49. Hate to Love!

The burning passion in his eyes. The snide comments. The smouldering looks. It can only mean one thing: he hates you. Or it could mean that he loves you. So, two things, I guess. It could mean two things. We’re figuring out adult, human emotions because today we’re doing Hate to Love! On this passion-fulled episode, we read “The Hating Game: A Novel” by Sally Thorne and “Conventionally Yours (True Colors Book 1)” by Annabeth Albert. Today our hatefully loving hosts discuss: how romantic conventions can be, the unsung heroes of the HR department, and how this trope can go so very wrong so very quickly.

The Hating Game: A Novel by Sally Thorne

Claire:

Kill

Neil:

Kill


Conventionally Yours (True Colors Book 1) by Annabeth Albert

Claire:

Marry

Neil:

Marry