The Oral History Podcast, Episode 22: Romance Tropes

In this episode of the Oral History Podcast, we revisit two of our favorite romance tropes and discuss some books that feature them in enjoyable ways. Tell us what you think: feedback AT theoralhistorypodcast DOT com




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Our Current Reads


Himself, by Jess Kidd

Inside of A Dog: What Dogs See, Smell & Know, by Alexandra Horowitz

Domesticated: Evolution in a Man-Made World, by Richard Francis



Between Them: Remembering My Parents, by Richard Ford

Dive Smack, by Demetra Brodsky

Stay, by Sarina Bowen & Elle Kennedy


“Stop reading about dogs and TAKE ME FOR A WALK.”




Recommended Reads (listed in the order discussed)

TROPE: The Cute Neighbor

Kissing Max Holden, by Katy Upperman

Lola & The Boy Next Door, by Stephanie Perkins

Wait For It, by Mariana Zapata

Close Enough To Touch, by Victoria Dahl


TROPE: Masturbate For Me

Say Yes To The Marquess, by Tessa Dare

One Good Earl Deserves A Lover, by Sarah MacLean

Too Hot To Handle, by Victoria Dahl

Sweetest Scoundrel, by Elizabeth Hoyt

Proving His Worth, by Cari Quinn

“You know what I think about all this cute-neighbor twaddle…”


About This Podcast

Carrie Mesrobian and Christa Desir are two good friends who happen to be YA authors interested in discussing sex. The idea for The Oral History Podcast came out of their daily dog-walking conversations when they realized that others might be as interested in this topic as they were. Each podcast focuses on a topic of sexuality in the lives of teens. Previous podcasts have included discussions about masturbation, first kisses, cheating, illicit relationships, oral sex, and “girl talk” to name a few. Frank, engaging, and filthy, these two podcasters will leave you laughing, blushing, or ready to start writing sex scenes in your novel in an authentic and excellent way.




About the Author:

Christa Desir writes contemporary YA fiction. Her forthcoming novel, Other Broken Things, will be published in January 2016 by Simon Pulse. Visit her online at, and follow her on Twitter at @ChristaDesir. Carrie Mesrobian is the author of three YA novels, most recently Cut Both Ways (2015). Visit her online at, and find her on Twitter at @CarrieMesrobian.

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