Nerdy Romantics talk MORE Netflix’s Bridgerton (Part 2)

In part 2 of the Nerdy Romantics chat about Netflix’s Bridgerton, the group talks about the wonderful characters and the funny scenes they loved about the show. (In other words, some of what we really wanted to talk about!) Nerdy Romantic Marcie joins Staci and Dana (permanent guests of the L-5 Podcast on YouTube) in part 1 of this show chat.

In this episode, we talk about:

  • The fascinating Fetheringtons and Marina Thompson (the houseguest)
  • The men of Bridgerton. Do guys like how they’re represented?
  • Funny scenes and hilarious characters

Bridgerton is based on the romance story series series by Julia Quinn (available now at most book stores). The first season is inspired by The Duke and I which you can purchase here. *

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Friday Fun Review: “Painted” (Deluxe Edition) by Lucky Daye

No, you are not in an alternate universe, I am reviewing an album. I’m actually just flat out recommending it.

As an author and creative I make playlists for every novel, I have a general writing playlist, and I play music when I’m crafting (and usually singing along, but that’s another story for another day). So, I’m always looking for music that influences or provides certain moods. A lot of times I’ve found new music from movies or shows that have some of the same themes as I’m writing. Or just good stuff.

I realized I found 2 songs by one artist–Lucky Daye–and put them on the same novel playlist (my current WIP Book 2 in the Accidental Series). One from a TV show, one from a movie I watched several months later. I had to find out who Lucky Daye was. Painted (Deluxe Edition) has both of these songs on it. It’s his 2nd of 3 albums, the most recent being Table for Two.

Listening to Painted is like taking a trip through soulful R&B from the seventies to now. “Real Games” is that laidback 70s R&B, “Paint It” and “Try Your Fire” evokes that fun 80s R&B feeling, “Shoulda” is an awesome remix of a popular 90s hit, and “Floods” is 21st century R&B with a little Houston chopped “icing” for street cred. Daye even gives us Mingus-esque/”Love Jones” vibes on “Misunderstood”.

It’s been a while since I’ve wanted to buy a soul R&B album and just listen all the way through. And as much as I appreciate those overseas efforts to move “new” R&B to the forefront (where it should be), I have a feeling of ownership for soul R&B. (This my opinion, and as an opinion, it’s as valid as anyone else’s.) The most authentic version of true soulful R&B to me is American, Black, and swimming in emotional ups and downs. And Painted by Lucky Daye has that.

Check it out on Spotify. Then go buy it.

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Nerdy Romantics talk Netflix’s Bridgerton

Episode 6.1 of the Nerdy Romantics Podcast chats with the panel–this time about the historical romance Netflix TV series Bridgerton! We discuss how we found the show and tackle two of the social media controversies about the show: the “historical accuracy” and the sex. Nerdy Romantic Marcie joins Staci and Dana (permanent guests of the L-5 Podcast on YouTube) in part 1 of this show chat.

Neither Nerdy Romantics Podcast or its guests are affiliated with Netflix or the show Bridgerton or any of its surrounding companies.

In this episode, we talk about:

  • Representation
  • “Historical Accuracy” Controversy
  • Sex and THAT SCENE controversy
  • Rate the series

Bridgerton is based on the romance story series series by Julia Quinn (available now at most book stores). The first season is inspired by The Duke and I which you can purchase here. *

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“Rock the Curves” by Twyla Turner hits the right notes

Nerdy Romantics Podcast gets a group discussion going on Episode 5, which looks at the novel Rock the Curves by Twyla Turner. In this book review and discussion, Y. M. Nelson is joined by fellow Nerdy Romantics readers Dana and Staci from YouTube’s L-5 Podcast to review what they liked…and didn’t like about the interracial romance novel with a plus-sized heroine.

This episode contains book spoilers.

We discuss:

  • The cover (which is what led me to the book. )
  • Lyris as plus-sized heroine
  • Gage as a good guy and formerly plus-sized hero
  • Lyris’ insecurities with fame, social media, and dating “out of your league”
  • Interracial romance novels in general

Other authors and books mentioned on this episode include

  • Stephen King
  • Ida B. Wells (Ida B. Wells-Barnett)
  • Lovecraft Country by Matt Ruff (This is a Bookshop.org link. As an affiliate, I will receive monetary compensation for purchases from this link.)
  • Dean Koontz
  • John Saul
  • Theodora Taylor (Alien Overlords series)

Rock the Curves by Twyla Turner is available now on Amazon in eBook and paperback and in Kindle Unlimited. (This link is not an affiliate link. I do not get paid for any clicks to purchase from this link.)

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Friday Fun Reviews: “The Accidental Senator” by Laura Heffernan

For those who’ve been reading my reviews, you’ll probably notice the tone of this one is different than my usual review. It’s funny! That’s probably due to being on some of the same social media networks as Laura Heffernan, author of The Accidental Senator. She’s a snarky, funny woman, and when I read this novel, I definitely heard her voice and channeled it for my review. It happens. And it makes for one enjoyable review. 🙂

The Accidental Senator (Push and Pole, #2)The Accidental Senator by Laura Heffernan
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Premise What happens when a lawyer-turned write-in candidate actually becomes a state senator? Lana Chen was supporting her best friend’s campaign for Senate. Now she’s found herself occupying the seat. Don’t worry, there’s no hard feelings between the friends. But there are some hard feelings between Lana’s new mentor (Jason) and a certain lobbyist who’s caught Lana’s eye (Steve). And with a jumble of congressional bills on her desk and a crucial vote coming up, can Lana swim these political waters safely?

The story/The characters
I know, I know I know. You probably don’t want to read about people in government taking stances and debating on issues right now. Especially after the violence in the Capitol only a week or so ago (Jan 6, 2021). But this chicklit read is worth it.
No surprise that the main character is a Democrat–if you follow Laura Heffernan on Twitter, well let’s just say she’s not pro-GOP right now. It’s the thing you most want to know in a story with characters in the government, but it never really is the point is it? It’s so beside the point. You’ll quickly realize it’s more about whether your public servants are good stewards or bad ones, no matter what their political leaning.

And Lana does her best to be the Senator her constituents hoped for and need. And what a way she does it! To be someone who takes pole fitness, Lana is adorably clumsy and funny in other situations. Right away, I loved Lana. She would fit right in with those characters from Clueless if they had done a Clueless 10 years later edition. So, not like those boring people on CSPAN. Oops, those are real Congresspersons.



Lana and Jason are so unbelievably cute together (even though readers know it before Lana does).
And while I’m always about the romance, the stronger story is how Lana took a job she wasn’t prepared for, and tackled it, and won. And found out a little something about herself in the process. (icing!)



The Writing
So now I guess I should be writerly. Fine. The pacing of this one is amazing. I don’t usually talk about that, but I really appreciate when a book is a page-turner because you’re so engrossed in the story, not because you want to skim to get to the good part. In fact, if you skim, you’re going to miss something here. This story moves, baby! The language is approachable, despite being a book full of lawmakers and lawyers who tend to bloviate, (hey, I didn’t even have to look that word up!) and the antics are funny. And even though I’m not one for physical humor even the scene on the Senate floor was funny. (You’ll know the one)



Overall
If I still haven’t convinced you to pick up this book (you really should), read some of Laura Heffernan‘s other books. And then put this one (and part 1) in your TBR list for calmer political times.


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Crushing Hard on Star Trek: Picard–AGAIN

Episode 4.2 of the Nerdy Romantics Podcast is all about #StarTrekPicard. In Part 2, I talk about some of the many Easter Eggs she found poignant from Episode 7 of the newest series in the Star Trek franchise. (Part 2 of 2) (SPOILERS)

Included in the podcast, I nerd out about:

  • Deanna and Riker and their daughter
  • Lt. Commander Data and his ever-present persona throughout
  • Things that kind of bug me about Star Trek
    • Fire in space
    • Picard being inhabited
    • Is Data immortal?

Check out this podcast episode, and share your favorite Star Trek Picard Easter eggs in the comments!

You can find Star Trek Picard on CBS All Access (I’m not paid to endorse them or Star Trek: Picard. I just love the show).

Theme Song: “Feeling of Sunlight” by Danosongs (licensed use)

Friday Fun Reviews: “How to Fail at Flirting” by Denise Williams

This review is one I wrote for BookTrib.com and is featured on its front page carousel. (I’m not going to lie, I’m darn proud of that!) And for ONCE, my Friday Fun review is for a book that is NEWLY RELEASED! How to Fail at Flirting by Denise Williams is a great holiday present for all your girl friends (and for you!) who need a funny cute romantic comedy with some “real life complications.”

How to Fail at FlirtingHow to Fail at Flirting by Denise Williams
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Dad jokes, bad jokes, single nerd sad jokes.

Whatever you call them if you love them, then you’ll love Jake and Naya’s “witty” banter in this book! But that’s not all you’ll love. Check out my full review on BookTrib.com!



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