Interview with Romance Reading Expert, Devin Ryann

Interview with Romance Reading Expert, Devin Ryann

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Episode title: Ep. 2 - Interview with Romance Reading Expert, Devin Ryann

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Guest Bio:

Hair stylist, makeup artist, wife, mother of three, and self-proclaimed Smutty Book Kween, reader Devin Ryann is a woman of many talents! Devin absolutely loves making women feel beautiful, liberated, and empowered, all while getting some laughs along the way.

Episode summary:

LitJoy owners, Alix and Kelly, welcome Devin onto the podcast to discuss romance reads, book recommendations, sexual health, women's empowerment, and spicy book ratings!

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Topics discussed in this episode:

  • Devin's viral Instagram account [2:21]
  • Devin's G-Spot series [3:10]
  • Readers are passionate y'all [5:51]
  • The community around romance books, stigmas, and shame [7:21]
  • The large global "club" of readers [10:40]
  • Taking away the taboo of romance reads and talking about your sex life [12:21]
  • Exploring kinks through romance reads and learning about yourself in a safe way [14:06]
  • Growing up in a conservative culture [15:26]
  • Back to the viral G-Spot series and the power of women talking about women's sexuality [17:10]
  • Growing up in a conservative culture and romance reads as a form of therapy [17:50]
  • Come as You Are by Emily Nagoski, Ph.D. - a MUST READ! [20:10]
  • "Everyone's genitals are made of the same parts, organized in different ways. No two are alike." [25:60]
  • Romance reads, BookTok, SpicyTok, and the revitalization of the romance genre [26:36]
  • How humor and trends around romance novels encourage reader exploration [32:30]
  • The shift in romance novels and romance sub-genres [33:26]
  • Hockey romance reads. The bad boys of romance novels. Hot on ice ;) [34:16]
  • Publishing trend and the power of romance books keeping publishing alive [39:00]
  • Book covers and the trends of romance novel covers: oiled men with hard nipples [39:20]
  • Spice Levels! How to rate romance content by the spice-meter 🌶️ [41:16]
  • Level 1 Spice Books [42:21]
  • Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer = 🌶️
  • Sarah Adams books = 🌶️
  • Portia MacIntosh books = 🌶️
  • Level 2 Spice Books [43:40]
  • A Court of Thorns and Roses (book 1) by Sarah J. Maas = 🌶️🌶️
  • Empire of Storms, Tower of Dawn, Kingdom of Ash (Throne of Glass series) by Sarah J. Maas = 🌶️🌶️
  • Ali Hazelwood = 🌶️🌶️
  • Bridgerton book series = 🌶️🌶️
  • Level 3 Spice Books [45:40]
  • A Court of Silver Flames (ACOTAR series, book 5) by Sarah J. Maas = 🌶️🌶️🌶️
  • Tessa Bailey books = 🌶️🌶️🌶️
  • Amy Daws books = 🌶️🌶️🌶️
  • Meghan Quinn books = 🌶️🌶️🌶️
  • Level 4 Spice Books [48:25]
  • Neon Gods Series by Katee Robert = 🌶️🌶️🌶️🌶️
  • The Hollow Boys Series by Monty Jay = 🌶️🌶️🌶️🌶️
  • Never After Series by Emily McIntire = 🌶️🌶️🌶️🌶️
  • Level 5 Spice Books [49:16]
  • The Red by Tiffany Reisz = 🌶️🌶️🌶️🌶️🌶️
  • The Salacious Players Club series by Sara Cate = 🌶️🌶️🌶️🌶️🌶️
  • Corina Douglas Books = 🌶️🌶️🌶️🌶️🌶️
  • Spice scales and TikTok tips [54:37]
  • A guide to Romance Tropes, trigger warnings, and safety support in the reading community [55:40]
  • The Cliterature Club "CC," Devin's popular online romance book club! [60:26]
  • Romance novels and romance book clubs supporting open communication and giving women a voice! [1:06:40]

Resources mentioned in this episode:

  • Come As You Are by Emily Nagoski, Ph.D.
  • Devin's Instagram: @devinryann


  • At 56:00 we experienced technical difficulties with Devin's camera. We are so sorry!

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