Mini-Episode: One for the Money Movie Review

Y’all, it’s our first mini episode! As promised, we watched and discussed the One for the Money movie adaptation while on our annual weekend getaway.

Glass half-full Frannie tries to see the positive in the movie, while bitter, bitchy Katy (who had to stop watching Stranger Things to watch the movie) tries, and fails, to keep her bitchiness in check.

Nestled within our thought-provoking, scholarly analysis are clips of our reactions while watching the movie, marked by a tape rewind sound (look, it was the best we could get from Garageband. Also, we don’t know what we’re doing). As an added bonus, there’s more reaction clips at the end, so stick around and don’t abandon us at the sign off!

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Clips from One for the Money, produced by Lakeshore Entertainment and Sidney Kimmel Entertainment

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Hard Eight


It’s the book we’ve all been waiting for: Hard Eight by Janet Evanovich! While helping search for the granddaughter of her parent’s neighbor, Stephanie crosses paths with the granddaughter’s psychotic landlord, Eddie Abruzzi. Abruzzi, aka Benito Ramirez 2.0, is obsessed with Napoleon and has decided that Steph is a war enemy. She gets stalked by a guy in a bunny costume, has tarantulas left in her car, and snakes left in a bag on her front door handle.  The granddaughter’s lawyer, Albert Kloughn (pronounced “clown”. Change your name, guy), is following her like a lost puppy, her sister is just lost in life, and she has an FTA that just won’t cooperate. Oh, and Stephanie and Ranger make sweet, sweet love. Or at least have hot, hot sex. Whichever one, we’re not picky.

Things get a little serious as we talk about the terror of being stalked and the changing dynamics of sibling relationships,  but then we also get Katy’s mortifying story about how she earned the nickname “motorboat”, and Frannie is HERE FOR some Stephanie and Ranger sexy time.

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A High Heels Haunting


It’s Halloween and we’re getting spooky up in here, talking about A High Heels Haunting by Gemma Halliday.

Kya is a boring web designer with a boring life and boring wardrobe. And a cat. She’s so hopeless that she might as well have paint on her overalls. But an absurdly impractical pair of Maddie Springer red stilettos seems to be changing all of that. A night of getting white-girl wasted and doing basic white girl dancing in the shoes lands her a modeling offer, alongside an “orgasm on a screen” male model, Blake. Unfortunately, Blake’s ex, the model who inspired boring Kya to order the shoes, drowned 6 months ago and Kya is having dreams of drowning. Clearly the shoes are haunted…or something.

Katy is perturbed that Gemma is writing a book about her, Frannie has deep thoughts about La Llorona, and neither of us can figure out how the shoe haunting thing was supposed to work.

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Seven Up – It’s all about the penises (peni?)


Things are heating up in Trenton in Seven Up by Janet Evanovich. Steph is tracking Eddie DeChooch, aka “Choochie”, a semi-retired mobster who can’t see, hear, or get it up. Another FTA is a metaphorical flaccid penis who finally found his balls, and Steph’s perfect sister, Valerie, has sworn off penises (peni?) altogether. Morelli and Steph are engaged, but there seems to have been a direct correlation between being cockblocked for all of Hot Six and his intense desire to propose. Meanwhile Ranger’s hard for Steph and offers her a terrifying deal.

Katy discusses her childhood aspirations of being a shark singer (yeah yeah, it’s not a thing. Whatever.), Frannie loses her mind over a simple question, and we both discuss the delicious ways that Janet subtly (and unsubtly) highlights the ridiculousness of men and their penises (peni?).

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Hot Six…Take 3!


***BONUS*** Stay tuned at the end to hear how we hilariously and pathetically failed at attempting a Skype introduction!

We’re back to Stephanie Plum (yay!) this week with Hot Six by Janet Evanovich. This week Ranger is the newest FTA, suspected of killing the son of the leader of the black market gun cartel. Stephanie turns down Vinny’s request to track down Ranger, wisely taking on a homicidal maniac who beat and torched his ex-wife instead. Meanwhile, Grandma Mazur peaces out of the Plum house and moves in with Stephanie, Morelli is cockblocked, and Stephanie finds herself owning a dog named Bob.

We get some interesting insight into Frannie’s childhood habits, Katy celebrates self-combustion, and we both discuss crotchless underwear.

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Mayhem in High Heels


Maddie’s gettin’ married! That’s right, we’re talking about Mayhem in High Heels by Gemma Halliday this week. Everything’s coming up roses for Maddie: she’s getting married in a week to a guy who’s super invested in the wedding, her wedding planner totally made sure the cake and invitations were done long before the week of the wedding, and nothing could possibly go wrong. Well, except that Ramirez gives no fucks about the actual wedding, their wedding planner is murdered, leaving Maddie a week away from her wedding without even a color scheme, invites, or a freakin cake, and Marco and Dana decide to take over and it’s about as horrible as you can imagine. *Shudder*

Also, Frannie hates weddings. She HATES weddings. Katy loves weddings. She LOVES weddings. We’re both over the Maddie shenanigans. OVER them. You’ve been warned.

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Alibi in High Heels


This week we’re discussing Alibi in High Heels by Gemma Halliday.

Maddie heads to Paris to showcase her big-girl shoes during Fashion Week and her mom and Mrs. Rosenblatt tag along. Of course shit goes sideways, the lead model is killed and somehow Maddie gets framed for it. Despite the fact that she’s hobbling around on crutches cause someone who will remain nameless (hint: rhymes with Crosenflat) ran over her, breaking her ankle.

And y’all, Felix has a castle. And he’s a lord. And he has magnum condoms. And he kisses Maddie. And Ramirez sees it. And Ramirez dumps Maddie. It’s a whirlwind of emotions for all of us.

Also, we hear about Katy’s swan encounter (fucking swans), Frannie doesn’t trust the French, and we debate the logistics of phone sex in ducky pajamas and having sex with a cast on your ankle.

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Undercover in High Heels


We’re back with another Maddie Springer adventure: Undercover in High Heels by Gemma Halliday. Maddie loses her mind and Ramirez pays the price in the form of a demotion. He’s relegated to bodyguard duty for the lead actress (who is receiving death threats) on Maddie’s favorite prime time soap opera, Desperate Housewives Magnolia Lane. Maddie and Dana decide they’re going to make it up to Ramirez by solving the case themselves. Shenanigans ensue.

Frannie fangirls all over the place about the book and awards shows, Katy gives her opinions on both clowns and how Maddie can make it up to Ramirez, and we learn the unfortunate truth that Chicken Dance Elmo is in fact a thing.

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Killer in High Heels



What happens in Vegas gets reviewed on a podcast! This week we’re discussing Killer in High Heels by Gemma Halliday.

Ramirez ghosted Maddie and she handles it about as well as you would think she would. Meanwhile a phone call from long-lost bio dad leads Maddie & Co to Vegas to help catch a killer.

Frannie discusses her case of mistaken identity in Vegas, Katy loses her mind over the word “panties”, and both become real friendly with a bottle of….who knows what kind of wine. It was wine. It was cheap. And there was a lot of it.

**BONUS**

Stay tuned after the credits to hear the moment where Katy goes from buzzed to drunk.

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Spying in High Heels


This episode we’re changing things up (’cause we like to keep it spicy) and reviewing the first book in the High Heels series by Gemma Halliday: Spying in High Heels.

We get to meet Maddie Springer, the shoe-obsessed main character who might be pregnant by her lawyer boyfriend. As if that’s not enough to freak out over, Lawyer Boyfriend disappears and is implicated in the embezzlement of $20 MILLION. Good thing Maddie meets Detective Jack Ramirez, who is investigating Lawyer Boyfriend and has biceps the size of Nerf balls.

This week Frannie drinks wine from a can while Katy drinks wine in a whisky tumbler, like the classy ladies we are. We battle it out over the concept of 2″ heels, Katy spills her mortifying tale of socks at her wedding, and Frannie describes how she would have been the most asshole pen pal a 1st grader could have.

 

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