Between the Covers Podcast

This is the Between the Covers Podcast, with hosts DeAnn Malone and Rachel Trainum. In our podcast we’ll chat about our favorite rom-com reads, the book pick for the Between the Covers book club at Dog-Eared Books in Ames, IA and the tropes that go with the book we’re currently reading. And much more! Between the Covers podcast will be bi-weekly, with one episode covering the current rom-com trope topic and the next discussing the book club read. And on occasion we will have bonus episodes where you can hear us talk about more in the rom-com world. We hope you listen and read along with us!

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Episodes

Friday Sep 23, 2022

The Wedding Season by Katy Birchall was our July pick for the Between the Covers book club. DeAnn & Rachel are doing a run down of this hilarious and fun story, as well  as sharing what the book club thought, and of course a few (lot) spoilers during the discussion!  You won't want to miss this chat, that as usual sometimes goes off track. But that wouldn't be a Between the Covers episode if there weren't a few tangents or two! Pick your copy up at Dog-Eared Books, the library or your local indie to read alone with DeAnn & Rachel! The Wedding Season by Katy Birchall Freya Scott is getting married. Her wedding to Matthew, her long-term boyfriend, is the first of eight in her calendar this year, and as someone who prides herself on being meticulously organized, Freya is intent on making it the perfect day to remember.But when Matthew calls things off hours before they walk down the aisle, Freya’s entire life plan goes up in smoke. Humiliated and heartbroken, the last thing she wants is to attend a summer of other peoples’ nuptials on her own.Fortunately, her friends have an idea: together they devise a series of outrageous challenges for Freya to complete at each event, designed to distract her from Matthew and what might have been. From getting stuck in an old church bathroom and needing to be rescued by the vicar to making out with a barman at a French chateau, Freya realizes that despite herself, she might just be having fun.By the time the final wedding arrives, she will discover that the road to a happy ending sometimes has unexpected detours, that “I do” is only the beginning––and that perhaps her own love story isn’t over just yet.

Thursday Jul 28, 2022

HEY HEY HEY! We are back with a new episode covering the trope "Almost a Bride" or maybe even along the lines of just simply "Not a Bride".  Do they make it down the aisle? Are they bridesmaid repeatedly? Why isn't marriage happening for them or their friends perhaps?  We talk about all the books that we have loved and involve the wedding day (and sometimes lack of a wedding day) Stay tuned for our next episode where we recap the delightful rom-com The Wedding Season by Katy Birchall.  xoxo - DeAnn & Rachel p.s. merch is coming! Keep your eyes out!

Thursday Jul 14, 2022

It has been one year since Between the Cover book club started! In 2021 we read our first book The Soulmate Equation by Christina Lauren. The lovely writing duo even graced us with their presence via zoom for our discussion that day!  Now after one year, we read their latest book Something Wilder. And it was a wild adventure. Listen in to this episode to hear DeAnn and Rachel chat about the book, what they thought, and what the group decided the overall rating of the book was. (hint: it's the highest group rating yet!) Don't forget, when it's a book recap episode SPOILERS are shared! If you like spoilers like Rachel, then you're good to go. But if not, read the book then come back and listen later!  Make sure to share, like or whatever it is you do to spread the love of the Between the Covers Podcast. We appreciate you as listeners and look forward to the next episode! 

Friday Jun 17, 2022

The second chance romance. The love that makes your heart flutter when you think back on it. Everything that went wrong, and why it couldn't work. BUT THEN. Life gives you the opportunity to make it work for a second time... and maybe this time will be the last!    DeAnn and Rachel share all the books that gave them the heart flutters of second chance romance. Have you had a second chance romance in your life?

Thursday Jun 02, 2022

Happy Pride Month! Today's episode features the lovely Queer romance The Charm Offensive by Alison Cochrun. This book is perfect for people who love trashy ridiculous dating reality tv or those who just love romance! As always, we talk about spoilers in the book episodes. So if you haven't read it, and don't want spoilers, pick up the book and come back once you've finished! Or if you're like Rachel and enjoy spoilers, then keep on listening! Between the Covers podcast is Dog-Eared Books production, and is produced by Dog-Eared Books in Ames, IA. Follow them at @dogearedbooksames on Instagram and Facebook! If you want to shop the books we talk about head to Bookshop dot Org to check out the list of books and support the podcast by purchasing from it. _____________________________________________________ Dev Deshpande has always believed in fairy tales. So it’s no wonder then that he’s spent his career crafting them on the long-running reality dating show Ever After. As the most successful producer in the franchise’s history, Dev always scripts the perfect love story for his contestants, even as his own love life crashes and burns. But then the show casts disgraced tech wunderkind Charlie Winshaw as its star.Charlie is far from the romantic Prince Charming Ever After expects. He doesn’t believe in true love, and only agreed to the show as a last-ditch effort to rehabilitate his image. In front of the cameras, he’s a stiff, anxious mess with no idea how to date twenty women on national television. Behind the scenes, he’s cold, awkward, and emotionally closed-off.As Dev fights to get Charlie to connect with the contestants on a whirlwind, worldwide tour, they begin to open up to each other, and Charlie realizes he has better chemistry with Dev than with any of his female co-stars. But even reality TV has a script, and in order to find to happily ever after, they’ll have to reconsider whose love story gets told.

Thursday May 26, 2022

Welcome back to  Between the Covers Pod where we talk about the trope forced proximity, and rom-coms with a reality tv influence. Don't you love when two former flames are forced into the same space possibly rekindling their love? Or what about the love of trashy reality tv where someone is searching for their "one true love" but the love comes from a different direction? That's just part of what DeAnn and Rachel talk about in today's episode! This theme/trope is based off our next read The Charm Offensive by Alison Cochrun. Grab your copy and join us for when we discuss either in person, on social or just simply by listening to the podcast! Books talked about in todays podcast can be found by heading to our bookshop.org page! Shop our books to support our podcast and us! 

Thursday May 05, 2022

This episode covers Kamila Knows Best by Farah Heron. The Modern Jane Austen retelling of Emma takes on a fun South Asian experience and story.  Kamila Hussain’s life might not be perfect, but, whew, it’s close. She lives a life of comfort, filled with her elaborate Bollywood movie parties, a dog with more Instagram followers than most reality stars, a job she loves, and an endless array of friends who clearly need her help finding love. In fact, Kamila is so busy with her friends’ love lives, she’s hardly given any thought to her own . . .Fortunately, Kamila has Rohan Nasser. A longtime friend of the family, he’s hugely successful, with the deliciously lean, firm body of a rock climber. Only lately, Kamila’s “harmless flirting” with Rohan is making her insides do a little bhangra dance.But between planning the local shelter’s puppy prom, throwing a huge work event, and proving to everyone that she’s got it all figured out, Kamila isn’t letting herself get distracted—until her secret nemesis returns to town with an eye for Rohan. Suddenly, it seems like the more Kamila tries to plan, the more things are starting to unravel—and her perfectly ordered life is about to be turned upside down.

Thursday Apr 21, 2022

It's a trope episode and this week we're talking about the trop "friends to lovers". The ultimate will they won't they. Friends but could there be something more? We are chatting about our favorite books that fall into this category and sharing our own experiences around friends to lovers moments we may or may not have had in our life. Here are the books DeAnn mentioned she liked in this trope:"People We Meet on Vacation" by Emily Henry"A Lot Like Adios" by Alexis Daria"The House Swap" by Jo Lovett"Adult Assembly Required" by Abbi Waxman"The Happy Ever After Playlist" by Abby Jimenez Here are the books Rachel mentioned she liked in this trope: "Love and Other Words" by Christina Lauren"Hook Line and Sinker" by Tessa Bailey"Love Rosie" by Cecelia Ahren"Weather Girl" by Rachel Lynn Solomon"Dear Emmie Blue" by Lia Louis"The View is Exhausting" by Mikaella Clements & Onjuli Datta"Payback's a Witch" by Lana Harper You can now shop the books we discuss and our book club picks by following the link to bookshop.org and shopping our romance curated lists. Shopping bookshop.org under our name helps support us and our podcast. We love being able to share these recommendations with you.

Friday Apr 08, 2022

Tessa Bailey we love you and your books. This week your hosts DeAnn & Rachel are talking about Hook, Line, and Sinker by Tessa Bailey. The second book in the Bellinger sisters series. It was the March book club pick and was overall loved by the hosts and participants in the book club. Listen to the episodeto hear what they loved and didn't love. This episode may sound a bit echo-y, but that's because we're recording in DeAnn's new home! Let us know how much you loved this episode by commenting on our Instagram post or sharing to your social media stories. Thanks for listening! When Rachel mentions the book Atlas Six she couldn't think of the author at the time, and it is Olivia Blake. Shop the books Rachel & DeAnn talk about by following this link to https://bookshop.org/shop/betweenthecoverspod . Shopping from our lists not only supports us as creators but also keeps your dollars from going to losers who would rather spend money to go to space than helping people.

Thursday Mar 24, 2022

To be one of the many... or to be not one of the many we should say. This episode of Between the Covers Pod DeAnn and Rachel discuss the trope Not Another Notch in the Bedpost. Basically finding all the reasons why someone shouldn't be with someone and not just simply end up another number. They share books that they feel fit into this category and their own experiences.

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