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When In Romance is a biweekly show dedicated to romance novel news, gushing, and book recommendations!

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When In Romance is a biweekly show dedicated to romance novel news, gushing, and book recommendations!

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So much fun

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Love the podcast!!!

Brilliant

By BrianJHaley1980 - Jan 29 2018
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By far the best podcast on romance novels that I’ve ever listened to! Keep up the great work!

iTunes Ratings

73 Ratings
Average Ratings
59
7
1
4
2

So much fun

By hannah karlheim - Nov 19 2019
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Love the podcast!!!

Brilliant

By BrianJHaley1980 - Jan 29 2018
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By far the best podcast on romance novels that I’ve ever listened to! Keep up the great work!
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When In Romance

Latest release on Mar 23, 2020

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When In Romance is a biweekly show dedicated to romance novel news, gushing, and book recommendations!

Rank #1: E50: It’s Gotta Be All Up From Here

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Jess and Trisha try to explain the destructive disaster that engulfed RWA, talk about the implications of the organization’s implosion, and discuss 2020 resolutions and romance titles they’re ready for.

This episode is sponsored by Book Riot InsidersBook Riot’s Read Harder 2020 Challenge, and Libro FM.

Subscribe to the podcast via RSSApple PodcastsSpotify, or Stitcher.

To get even more romance recs and news, sign up for our Kissing Books newsletter!

NEWS

Here’s the SBTB rundown of the RWA debacle, and here’s Claire Ryan’s detailed timeline of the events leading up to it.

Jess did some very thoughtful reflecting on the situation as well.

Romance Sparks Joy created a list of books by underrepresented authors which were withdrawn from the RITA awards (which have now been cancelled).

And here’s the original of the comic Jess was describing by Alex Norris. (There’s another version with a fourth panel, but we’re not sure who created that fourth panel.)

BOOKS DISCUSSED

The Boyfriend Project by Farrah Rochon (Coming June 9th)

Recipe for Persuasion by Sonali Dev (Coming May 26th)

Get A Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert (which we’re discussing on the next episode of WIR!)

Send us your 2020 resolutions, books you can’t wait for, and your Goodreads reviewing tips! As always, you can find Jess and Trisha at the WIR email address (wheninromance@bookriot.com). You can also find us on Twitter (@jessisreading and @trishahaleybrwn), or Instagram (@jess_is_reading and @trishahaleybrown).

Jan 13 2020

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Rank #2: E45: A Hard-Earned HEA

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Jess and Trisha talk about what's great and what can be challenging about book clubs, the role of romances that address social and cultural issues, and some recs for books that do just that.

This episode is sponsored by Book Riot’s blind date with a book giveawayTwice in a Blue Moon by Christina Lauren, available now from Gallery Books; and The Library of Lost Things by Laura Taylor Namey.

Subscribe to the podcast via RSSApple PodcastsSpotify, or Stitcher.

To get even more romance recs and news, sign up for our Kissing Books newsletter!

NEWS AND UPDATES

Thanks again to Jackie Horne from Romance Novels for Feminists for her book list on romance history and romance literary criticism! For the full list from Jackie, check out the full show notes for this episode at Book Riot.

And check out Sense and Disability and the RomBkPod podcast for great romances that include disability rep!

BOOKS

Butterfly Swords by Jeannie Lin

Intercepted by Alexa Martin

The Bride Test by Helen Hoang

The Right Swipe by Alisha Rai

His Convenient Husband by Robin Covington

Fumbled by Alexa Martin

Thirsty and Trashed by Mia Hopkins

Roomies by Christina Lauren

Ayesha At Last by Uzma Jalaluddin

American Love Story and American Fairytale by Adriana Herrera

Goalie Interference by Avon Gale and Piper Vaughn

Can’t Escape Love by Alyssa Cole

Tell us your thoughts about book cubs (and specifically the When In Romance book club) and romances that deal with serious social issues. As always, you can find Jess and Trisha at the WIR email address (wheninromance@bookriot.com). You can also find us on Twitter (@jessisreading and @trishahaleybrwn), or Instagram (@jess_is_reading and @trishahaleybrown)

Oct 21 2019

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Rank #3: When in Romance Ep. #2: Valentine’s Day and Adorable Ferrets

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Trisha and Jess talk about how non-romance fans talk and write about romance in the Valentine’s Day season; discuss romance authors’ use of pseudonyms; and offer recommendations featuring cranky dukes, dystopian settings, and two people partially brought together by a ferret (Jess swears it works). This episode is sponsored by audiOMG!, offering listeners three free audiobooks Feb 14-17, and by Moonlight Sins by Jennifer L. Armentrout, also available from audiOMG!

Feb 12 2018

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Rank #4: E27: Ep #27: Easing People In

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Jess and Trisha talk about the first ever romance in Reese Witherspoon’s book club, a new title by E L James, romances that are rare – or sometimes just older – and we announce our new WIR Book Club pick!

This episode is sponsored by TBRHealing Hearts from Shadow Mountain Publishing, and Never Let Go by Elizabeth Goddard and Revell Books, a Division of Baker Publishing Group.

Subscribe to the podcast via RSSApple Podcasts, or Stitcher.

To get even more romance recs and news, sign up for our Kissing Books newsletter!

NEWS:

Jasmine Guillory’s The Proposal is the Hello Sunshine book club pick for February!

E L James has a new book out and Trisha has questions about it.

Speaking of erotic romance, here’s a great Book Riot quiz if you wanna know what steamy romance you should be reading next.

Here’s the Courtney Milan thread we mentioned about the VERY BAD take on erotic romance that was published (and very quickly removed) on Frolic.

The Ripped Bodice is going old school, y’all.

The responses to this tweet from Rebekah Weatherspoon will keep your TBR stocked for years. YEARS.

Both Indigo and Morning Glory are, in fact, on this NPR list.

We’re very bummed for the folks impacted by the shuttering of Loveswept (though we’re using the WIR book club to make lemonade out of lemons!)

Jess mentioned that one of our listeners sent us the the ALA’s Reading List award for romance. The romance books on that list are books we loved from last year about AND they’re all authors of color.

BOOKS:

The Proposal by Jasmine Guillory

Fifty Shades of Grey by E L James

The Mister by E L James

A Gentleman in the Street by Alisha Rai

Bedroom Games by Alisha Rai

Glutton for Pleasure by Alisha Rai

The Crossfire Series by Sylvia Day, which starts with Bared to You

Morning Glory by LaVyrle Spencer

Indigo by Beverly Jenkins

Thirsty by Mia Hopkins

Let us know if you’re reading The Proposal, whether you’re going to read The Mister, what your favorite older romance is, and how excited you are to read Thirsty. Find us on email (trisha@riotnewmedia.com and jessica@riotnewmedia.com), Twitter (@jessisreading and @trishahaleybrwn), or Instagram (@jess_is_reading and @trishahaleybrown).

Feb 11 2019

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Rank #5: Bonus: Alisha Rai Recommends

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Please enjoy this bonus excerpt, courtesy of the Recommended podcast, featuring Alisha Rai recommending Sonali Dev's A Distant Heart.

Apr 30 2018

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Rank #6: E25: Ep #25: Hang-Ups From Growing Up In The Irish Mob

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Jess and Trisha start the year off right by discussing all the things they’re going to do better in 2019, a few of the many books they’re excited about in 2019, and some of the romance they read while they were away.

This episode is sponsored by The Read Harder Journal by Book RiotThe One You Fight For by Roni Loren, and Nightchaser by Amanda Bouchet.

Subscribe to the podcast via RSSApple Podcasts, or Stitcher.

To get even more romance recs and news, sign up for our Kissing Books newsletter!

NEWS:

Be like Jess – resolve to Read Harder in 2019!

Here’s that whole big list of 2019 books we’re jazzed about at Book Riot and you’re welcome.

BOOKS:

Beard Necessities by Penny Reid

An Unconditional Freedom by Alyssa Cole

Ayesha At Last by Uzma Jalaluddin

Unmarriageable by Soniah Kamal

The Key To Happily Ever After by Tif Marcelo

American Dreamer by Adriana Herrera

Burn for Me by Ilona Andrews

Tikka Chance on Me by Suleikha Snyder

Fumbled by Alexa Martin

Only for a Night by Naima Simone

Jan 14 2019

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Rank #7: E11: Can I Say That On This Podcast?

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Jess and Trisha are joined by special guest co-host Sarah MacLean, and the three of them discuss what might be “taboo” in romance; what should definitely be off-limit in romance (spoiler alert: it is still Nazis and it will always be Nazis); and recommend some great romances with LGBTQA+ characters for Pride Month.

This episode is sponsored by Sweet Black Waves by Kristina Pérez and Frolic Media.

Plus! Book Riot is giving away a $500 gift card to the bookstore of your choice! Go to bookriot.com/bookstore500 before June 21 to enter.

Also, you should probably grab a copy of Sarah’s new book Wicked and the Wallflower.

Subscribe on Apple Podcasts and Google Play! And find full show notes at the When in Romance page on Bookriot.com.

Jun 18 2018

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Rank #8: E38: We Need To Go The Bunker Now

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Jess and Trisha are joined by the wonderful Sarah Wendell of Smart Bitches, Trashy Books for a mid-year check in, and they discuss all things romance in 2019 so far – big news, breakout authors, and books we’ve loved and want everyone to read.

This episode is sponsored by Libro.fm audiobooksSourcebooks (featuring Kingdom of Exiles by Maxym M. Martineau), and Lifelines by Heidi Diehl.

Subscribe to the podcast via RSSApple Podcasts, or Stitcher.

To get even more romance recs and news, sign up for our Kissing Books newsletter!

NEWS

Sarah’s website and podcast will both add delight and books to your life.

Sarah talked about a 1997 lawsuit involving Nora Roberts, and you can read about it here and here.

Allow Courtney Milan to remind you about the #CopyPasteCris situation. (You can also revisit some of our episodes from the spring.)

Listen to Sarah’s interview with Kristy (CaffeinatedFae) and Claire Ryan, and visit the website for Claire’s software in progress that will help detect plagiarism.

Here are a couple of links to remind you about what went very wrong with the RITA nominations, and a statement from the RWA Board about what they want to do differently.

The Bridgerton Series made some great casting announcements.

Here’s that Book Riot “Best of 2019 So Far” list we mentioned.

And here’s the episode of Smart Podcast, Trashy Books featuring Jess and Trisha.

BOOKS

Beyond Heaving Bosoms: The Smart Bitches’ Guide to Romance Novels by Sarah Wendell

Everything I Know About Love I Learned from Romance Novels by Sarah Wendell

Lighting the Flames by Sarah Wendell

These are the authors who are breaking out in 2019 (or who are about to!) along with where you can start with their books:

Linda Holmes – Evvie Drake Starts Over

Alisha Rai – The upcoming book is The Right Swipe

Jasmine Guillory – Coming this month is The Wedding Party, and the holiday book Jess mentioned is Royal Holiday

Anna Zabo – The Twisted Wishes series starts with Syncopation

We also talked about these books that we’ve loved so far this year:

The Key to Happily Ever After by Tif Marcelo

Wolf Pack by Abby Wambach (which is non-fiction, not romance…and while you’re at it with commencement speeches turned into books, also listen to Dream More by Dolly Parton)

Kiss and Cry by Mina V. Esguerra

The Flatshare by Beth O’Leary

The Bookish Life of Nina Hill by Abbi Waxman

American Dreamer and American Fairytale by Adriana Herrera

Can’t Escape Love by Alyssa Cole

The Ultimate Pi Day Party by Jackie Lau

A Prince on Paper by Alyssa Cole

Pride, Prejudice and Other Flavors by Sonali Dev

Ayesha At Last by Uzma Jalaluddin

Let us know what romance authors you think are having a big 2019 and what you’ve been reading and loving this year! Find Sarah online at smartbitchestrashybooks.com or (for the podcast) smartbitchestrashybooks.com/podcast; on Instagram and Twitter @smartbitches; OR you can email her at sarah@smartbitchestrashybooks.com! As always, you can find Jess and Trisha at the shiny new WIR email address (wheninromance@bookriot.com) or you can still catch us at trisha@riotnewmedia.comand jessica@riotnewmedia.com. You can also find us on Twitter (@jessisreading and @trishahaleybrwn), or Instagram (@jess_is_reading and @trishahaleybrown).

Jul 15 2019

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Rank #9: E44: Spooky But Not Creepy

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Jess and Trisha discuss how sexual content ratings could work in romance, talk about how to learn more about the history of romance and romance trailblazers, and recommend some romance you might want to read this autumn.

This episode is sponsored by Book Riot’s blind date with a book giveaway and No Judgement by Meg Cabot from William Morrow Paperbacks.

Subscribe to the podcast via RSSApple PodcastsSpotify, or Stitcher.

To get even more romance recs and news, sign up for our Kissing Books newsletter!

NEWS

Learn more about romance history from the RWA’s Romance Trailblazers page and from the Love Between the Covers Resource Guide.

BOOKS

Background and history on the romance genre:

Desert Passions: Orientalism and Romance Novels by Hsu-Ming Teo

Dangerous Books for Girls by Maya Rodale

A Natural History of the Romance Novel by Pamela Regis

Dangerous Men and Adventurous Women: Romance Writers on the Appeal of Romance edited by Jayne Ann Krentz

Beyond Heaving Bosoms: The Smart Bitches Guide to Romance Novels by Sarah Wendell and Candy Tan

Everything I know About Love I Learned From Romance Novels by Sarah Wendell

Romance Recs:

Perfect Rhythm by Jae

Mating the Huntress by Talia Hibbert

Goalie Interference by Avon Gale and Piper Vaughn

Suckerpunch by Elyse Springer

Halloween Boo by Sarah Spade

The Winston Brothers Series by Penny Reid (the first book is Truth or Beard)

A Match Made for Thanksgiving by Jackie Lau

Tell us your thoughts on how to signal sexual content in romance, ways to learn about and appreciate trailblazers across romance history, and what you’re reading this season. As always, you can find Jess and Trisha at the WIR email address (wheninromance@bookriot.com) or you can still catch us at trisha@riotnewmedia.comand jessica@riotnewmedia.com. You can also find us on Twitter (@jessisreading and @trishahaleybrwn), or Instagram (@jess_is_reading and @trishahaleybrown).

Oct 07 2019

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Rank #10: E35: Ep #35: Ugh. Emotions.

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Jess and Trisha talk through what they want from book cons, respond to a reader request for own voices romance by Asian and Asian-American authors, and recommend some “unputdownable” romances for summer reading.

This episode is sponsored by Book Riot’s All The Books podcastRead Bliss, presented by Harlequin; and Rebel by Beverly Jenkins.

Subscribe to the podcast via RSSApple Podcasts, or Stitcher.

To get even more romance recs and news, sign up for our Kissing Books newsletter!

NEWS

The book and romance conventions we discussed are:

Book Lovers Con

Kiss Con

Apollycon

BookCon

The Tucson Festival of Books

The Baltimore Book Festival

Romance GenreCon, sponsored by the Mid-Continent Public Library (We actually forgot to mention this one, but we meant to!)

BOOKS

Hidden Impact by Piper J. Drake

My Beautiful Enemy by Sherry Thomas

A Study in Scarlet Women by Sherry Thomas

Tikka Chance on Me by Suleikha Snyder

Bollywood and the Beast (the third in the Bollywood series) by Suleikha Snyder

Seared by Suleikha Snyder

A Bollywood Affair by Sonali Dev

The Bollywood Bride by Sonali Dev

Pride, Prejudice, and Other Flavors by Sonali Dev

His Cocky Valet by Cole McCade

The Bride Test by Helen Hoang

The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang

Teach Me by Olivia Dade

Talk Me Down (and the whole Tumble Creek series) by Victoria Dahl

Riven by Roan Parrish

Think of England by KJ Charles

Ayesha At Last by Uzma Jalaluddin

Let us know what you want from your book cons, what your favorite own voices books by Asian and Asian-American writers are, and what romance books you just couldn’t put down. Find us on email (trisha@riotnewmedia.com and jessica@riotnewmedia.com), Twitter (@jessisreading and @trishahaleybrwn), or Instagram (@jess_is_reading and @trishahaleybrown).

Jun 03 2019

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Rank #11: E28: Ep #28: Who is the Frankenstein in this situation?

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Jess and Trisha try to sort out a romance plagiarism garbage fire, discuss all of things they appreciate about Thirsty for the WIR book club, and give you some romance recs so that you can Read Harder.

This episode is sponsored by AudibleMIRA Books and HQN, and The Devil’s Daughter by Lisa Kleypas.

Subscribe to the podcast via RSSApple Podcasts, or Stitcher.

To get even more romance recs and news, sign up for our Kissing Books newsletter!

NEWS:

Carolina breaks down the #CopyPasteCris situation for Book Riot.

Also, check out Courtney Milan’s blog post about it for more info and also for some personal reflections.

Jess mentioned this tweet from Beverly Jenkins, which inspired this tweet from @allieiswriting, and then also this related t-shirt that you can buy. And that is the short version of why this week’s episode is marked explicit.

Here’s the full Read Harder challenge list so you can read your way through.

BOOKS:

The Duchess War by Courtney Milan

Thirsty by Mia Hopkins

Intercepted by Alexa Martin (and here’s our book club convo about it)

Thrall by Avon Gale and Roan Parrish

The Boy Next Door by Meg Cabot

My Beautiful Enemy and its prequel, The Hidden Blade by Sherry Thomas

Behind These Doors by Jude Lucens

The Craft of Love by E.E. Ottoman

Love On My Mind by Tracey Livesay

Let us know if you have thoughts on Thirsty and what books you’ve loved for the Read Harder challenge! Find us on email (trisha@riotnewmedia.comand jessica@riotnewmedia.com), Twitter (@jessisreading and @trishahaleybrwn), or Instagram (@jess_is_reading and @trishahaleybrown).

Feb 25 2019

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Rank #12: E17: Ep #17: Look How We Accidentally Recommended All the Strippers

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Jess and Trisha discuss the plagiarism and Kindle Unlimited stuffing, announce the first read for the When In Romance book club, chat about what they’re reading, and update everyone on the success of the #wheninromance hashtag.

This episode is sponsored by Love You by Stacy Finz.

Also! Go take the Book Riot Fall Reader Survey.

Subscribe on Apple Podcasts  and Google Play AND find full show notes at the When in Romance page on Bookriot.com.

Sep 10 2018

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Rank #13: E42: Late, But Happy To Be Invited

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Jess and Trisha discuss an unprofessional move by a writer in New Zealand, authors who aren’t getting paid by a romance publisher, and the romance authors, series, and subgenres they came to a bit late.

This episode is sponsored by Book Riot’s mysteries giveawayShadow Mountain Publishing, and the Recommended podcast.

Subscribe to the podcast via RSSApple PodcastsSpotify, or Stitcher.

To get even more romance recs and news, sign up for our Kissing Books newsletter!

NEWS

Check out the new inclusive romance podcast RomBkPod!

Here is what a professional article about romance author Nalini Singh looks like.

And if you want to learn more about a literary charity supporting New Zealand romance writers, check out the Sandra Hyde Romance Writers Trust.

Tweets about the Dreamspinner Press non-payment debacle from Anna Zabo (not a Dreamspinner author), Avon Gale, and TJ Klune.

We’re discussing The Lady’s Guide to Celestial Mechanics for the Great Big Romance Read in our next episode! Send us your thoughts before Sept 19!

BOOKS

I Think I Might Love You by Christina C. Jones

Slave to Sensation by Nalini Singh

Wolfsong and How to Be a Movie Star by TJ Klune

The Preacher’s Promise and A Champion’s Heart by Piper Huguley

The Princess TrapA Girl Like Her, and Damaged Goods by Talia Hibbert

It Takes Two to Tumble by Cat Sebastian

Stripped by Zoey Castile

Fix Her Up by Tessa Bailey

Let us know your thoughts and questions about The Lady’s Guide to Celestial Mechanics and what series, authors, and genres you came to late. As always, you can find Jess and Trisha at the WIR email address (wheninromance@bookriot.com) or you can still catch us at trisha@riotnewmedia.com and jessica@riotnewmedia.com. You can also find us on Twitter (@jessisreading and @trishahaleybrwn), or Instagram (@jess_is_reading and @trishahaleybrown).

Sep 09 2019

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Rank #14: E5: #5: Literally, Don’t Judge the Book By Its Cover

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Jess and Trisha talk about who’s losing with Audible’s romance subscription service, consider some of what makes romance unique in the world of self-publishing, deliver news about a couple of publishers, and – as always – recommend books.

This episode is sponsored by Raw Power by Jackie Ashenden and Falling Star by Terri Osburn.

Subscribe on Apple Podcasts and Google Play!

Mar 26 2018

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Rank #15: E26: Ep #26: Either Saluting You or Calling You Out

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Jess and Trisha celebrate their first pod-iversary, have some words for people who aren’t inclusive readers, discuss the characteristics of a good romance novella, and recommend some of their favorites.

This episode is sponsored by The Read Harder Journal by Book Riot and by the Avon Kisscon Weekend Affair.

Subscribe to the podcast via RSSApple Podcasts, or Stitcher.

To get even more romance recs and news, sign up for our Kissing Books newsletter!

NEWS:

Here’s a thread on the kind of disruption romance is actually in need of right now.

And if you need good options for books coming out in early 2019, just read the list Book Riot’s Silvana Reyes Lopez put together.

BOOKS:

Untouchable by Talia Hibbert

Only for a Night by Naime Simone

Once Ghosted Twice Shy by Alyssa Cole

Her Every Wish by Courtney Milan

Craving Flight by Tamsyn Parker

Welcome to Seaport by Katrina Jackson

Ghost by Robin Convington

Rogue Desire by many authors (including Grassroots/ Loving the Secret Billionaire by Adriana Anders)

Rogue Nights by many authors

The Seal’s Rebel Librarian by Anne Calhoun

Tell us what your favorite historical romance by an AOC is, what novellas you like, and whether you’re going to KissCon (Trisha needs to know).  Find us on email (trisha@riotnewmedia.com and jessica@riotnewmedia.com), Twitter (@jessisreading and @trishahaleybrwn), or Instagram (@jess_is_reading and @trishahaleybrown).

Jan 28 2019

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Rank #16: E33: Ep #33: Private Plane Problems

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Jess and Trisha have updates, talk about how they became romance readers, and recommend some titles for the beginning of #RomBkLove.

This episode is sponsored by Book Riot InsiderEvery Last Breath by Juno Rushdan, and BookCon.

Subscribe to the podcast via RSSApple Podcasts, or Stitcher.

To get even more romance recs and news, sign up for our Kissing Books newsletter!

NEWS:

Nora Roberts is putting her lawyers where her mouth is: she’s filed a plagiarism lawsuit against Cristiane Serruya, better known on Twitter as #CopyPasteCris.

Huge congratulations to Valen Cox, who is the first recipient of Avon Books’ Beverly Jenkins Diverse Voices Sponsorship.

As we mentioned, here’s Ashley’s post about how a bunch of Rioters were turned on to romance.

And read/share along with #RomBkLove! Here’s Jess’s post from last week.

BOOKS:

Legend by Jude Deveraux

Insatiable by Meg Cabot

She Went All the Way by Meg Cabot

Neanderthal Seeks Human by Penny Reid

About Last Night by Ruthie Knox

Let It Shine by Alyssa Cole

Romancing the Duke by Tessa Dare

Slave to Sensation (Psy-Changling Book 1) by Nalini Singh

An Extraordinary Union by Alyssa Cole

Think of England by K.J. Charles

In the Middle of Somewhere by Roan Parrish

A Fashionable Indulgence (Society of Gentleman Book 1) by K.J. Charles

Lover at Last by J.R. Ward

Fumbled by Alexa Martin

Rebel by Beverly Jenkins

Getting Hot with the Scot by Melonie Johnson

The Rose by Tiffany Reisz

Ghost by Robin Covington

A Prince on Paper by Alyssa Cole

Let us know how you came to romance reading and what your #RomBkLove picks are. Find us on email (trisha@riotnewmedia.com and jessica@riotnewmedia.com), Twitter (@jessisreading and @trishahaleybrwn), or Instagram

May 06 2019

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Rank #17: E13: Ep #13: Our Diamond Shoes Are So Tight: A Romance Mid-Year Check In

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Jess and Trisha discuss the biggest romance news, books, and authors in 2018 so far. Plus, Jess has the top score on the first ever “When In Romance Mid-Year Quiz.” 

This episode is sponsored by Hot Response by Shannon Stacey.

Also! Book Riot is giving away $500 worth of the year's best YA fiction and nonfiction so far! Go to bookriot.com/500yagiveaway to enter before June 31 to enter.

Subscribe on Apple Podcasts and Google Play AND find full show notes at the When in Romance page on Bookriot.com.

Jul 16 2018

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Rank #18: E3: A Mountain of a Man Named Stone

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Jess and Trisha make an important clarification about who gets publishing deals in romance, discuss who is and is not - EVER – redeemable even in fiction, and play Calvinball with romance awards for books from 2017.

This episode is sponsored by Penguin Random House Audio 2018.

Bonus! Book Riot is doing a giveaway for $500 of Penguin Clothbound classics over on our Instagram account. $500 WORTH OF BOOKS. Go to instagram.com/bookriot to enter (giveaway post is sticky at the top of the profile).

Also – at about the 9 min mark of this episode we mention that you might want to skip ahead if the content of the next discussion isn’t for you. We promised to give the tick-tock for when you should rejoin us, and the magic moment to pop back in to the conversation is at 24:40.

Feb 26 2018

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Rank #19: E14: Ep #14: The Difference Between “You” and “We”

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Jess and Trisha discuss some excellent and important RWA speeches by Suzanne Brockmann and Sonali Dev; note the anti-climactic end of a certain trademark battle; and talk more about the romance (books) still to come in 2018.

This episode is sponsored by Book Riot’s own Recommended Podcastand Ignite by Angel Payne.

Also! Book Riot is giving away $500 worth of the year's best YA fiction and nonfiction so far!Go to bookriot.com/500yagiveaway to enter before July 31 to enter.

Subscribe on Apple Podcasts  and Google Play AND find full show notes at the When in Romance page on Bookriot.com.

Jul 30 2018

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Rank #20: E37: Ep #37: It Probably Won’t Be The Otter

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Jess and Trisha do a bit of follow-up, discuss an article about the online abuse romance writers face, mention a few releases for the second half of 2019 that they’re looking forward to, and shout out some underrated romance authors.

This episode is sponsored by Libro.fm audiobooksHer Other Secret by HelenKay Dimon, and Brazen and the Beast by Sarah MacLean.

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NEWS

Apologies again for our error when talking about Thaw by Elyse Springer last week!

By way of follow-up, you might want to check out the Patreon for The Lesbian Review.

Here’s that Nicholas Sparks statement we mentioned.

Jess tracked down a few tweets that relate to the “sex on the page” conversation we had, and you can find them herehereherehere, and here.

Here’s the Glamour article we discussed about the ways romance writers are targets for abuse online. As we mentioned on the podcast, CW for abuse.

Support Rediscovered Books and Mostly Books! They support romance!

Feel free to email us at the sparkly new When In Romance email address! It’s wheninromance@bookriot.com!

BOOKS

Her Perfect Affair by Priscila Oliveras (but like we said, also read Her Perfect Partner)

Craving Flight by Tamsen Parker

The Key to Happily Ever After by Tif Marcelo

The Ballad of Whiskey Jax by Avon Gale

The Lady’s Guide to Celestial Mechanics by Oliva Waite

One Day to Fall by Therese Beharrie

Sapphire Flames by Illona Andrews

The Wallflower Wager by Tessa Dare

Blitzed (and Intercepted and Fumbled) by Alexa Martin

Love On My Mind by Tracey Livesay

The Unleashing by Shelly Laurenston

Only for a Night by Naima Simone

Pride, Prejudice, and Other Flavors by Sonali Dev

Taking the Lead by Cecelia Tan

The Fandom series by Cathy Yardley (Level Up is the first book)

Perfect Rhythm and Not the Marrying Kind by Jae

Let us know what books you’re excited about and who your favorite underrated authors are! Find us on email at the new WIR email address (wheninromance@bookriot.com) or you can still catch us at trisha@riotnewmedia.com and jessica@riotnewmedia.com. You can also find us on Twitter (@jessisreading and @trishahaleybrwn), or Instagram (@jess_is_reading and @trishahaleybrown).

Jul 01 2019

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E55: Some Of It Is Nice News

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Jess and Trisha know that things are super weird and rough right now, but they’ve got some ideas and book recs for romance fans. They also discuss the annual Ripped Bodice report on the State of Racial Diversity in Romance Publishing.

This episode is sponsored by TBR: Tailored Book Recommendations; The Honey-Don’t List from the New York Times bestselling author of The Unhoneymooners, Christina Lauren; and My Way To You by Catherine Bybee.

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News

Book Riot has a story stream collecting all of our bookish COVID-19 coverage.

If you want to support authors who have new releases out, the Book Riot Insiders New Release Index can help you find them.

And if you want to (and can!) support local bookstores, lots are delivering and/or shipping. We mentioned The Haunted Book Shop and The Ripped Bodice, but there are others!

Speaking of The Ripped Bodice, the annual racial diversity and inclusion report has been released, and Jess offered some reflections on it.

Virgin River on Netflix may be the romance adaptation you need right now. And these are the adaptations you may need ASAP.

Books Discussed

Hot and Badgered by Shelly Laurenston

The Widow of Rose House by Diana Biller

Rafe, Xeni, A Cowboy to Remember, So Sweet, and Treasure by Rebekah Weatherspoon

Team Phison by Chace Verity

Conventionally Yours by Annabeth Albert

And feel free to check out this episode of WIR with Rebekah Weatherspoon for more fluffy reads.

Keep sending us your recs for what romance adaptations we should discuss, and let us know what you’re reading to take care of yourselves these days. As always, you can find Jess and Trisha at the WIR email address (wheninromance@bookriot.com). You can also find us on Twitter (@jessisreading and @trishahaleybrwn), or Instagram (@jess_is_reading and @trishahaleybrown).

Mar 23 2020

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E54: Not Helping You In Any Way

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Jess and Trisha talk about some maybe promising RWA news and a literacy fundraiser, romances about people overcoming obstacles, and stories that grab you right from the start.

This episode is sponsored by Book Riot Insiders, the digital hangout spot for the Book Riot community, and Flatiron Books, publisher of Oona Out of Order by Margarita Montimore and Anna K by Jenny Lee.

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News

Here’s a list of those running for RWA positions courtesy of Melanie Greene.

Donate or spread the word about Romance for Literacy!

Books Discussed

Damaged Goods by Talia Hibbert

Think of England by KJ Charles

Thirsty and Trashed by Mia Hopkins

Fit by Rebekah Weatherspoon

Idol, Managed, and Fall by Kristen Callihan

Something About You by Julie James

Bear With Me and Blind Date With a Book Boyfriend by Lucy Eden

Mr. and Mr. Smith by HelenKay Dimon

Proper English by KJ Charles

White Whiskey Bargain by Jodie Slaughter

Send us your recs for what romance adaptations we should discuss! As always, you can find Jess and Trisha at the WIR email address (wheninromance@bookriot.com). You can also find us on Twitter (@jessisreading and @trishahaleybrwn), or Instagram (@jess_is_reading and @trishahaleybrown).

Mar 09 2020

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E53: Not Surprising But Still Disappointing

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Jess and Trisha discuss the way the RWA debacle somehow keeps getting worse, celebrate the Ripped Bodice Awards, offer you some short reads for this short month, and toss out a couple of romances that fit the 2020 Read Harder Challenge.

This episode is sponsored by Book Riot’s Read Harder 2020 Challenge, The Handsell, and Chasing Cassandra by Lisa Kleypas.

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News

The entire RWA board resigned.

You can read the RWA audit report for yourself, but you should definitely read some of the reactions to it as well.

Here’s a thread from the CIMRWA chapter (And quick clarification – as of our recording, the board of that chapter had voted to bring a vote of dissolution to their membership and the results of that vote aren’t public yet, so we don’t know yet whether they’ve voted to dissolve.)

The Ripped Bodice awards for Excellence in Romantic Fiction have been announced!

Books Discussed

House Rules by Ruby Lang

Team Phison by Chace Verity

Baggage Claimed by Alexandra Warren

Unsolicited Duke Pic by Nico Russo

Taken by Charlotte Stein

The Heart is a Universe by Sherry Thomas

White Whiskey Bargain by Jodie Slaughter

A Cowboy to Remember by Rebekah Weatherspoon

The Good, The Bad, and the Dad by Jaxon Knight

Send us your favorite short romances and the romances you’re Reading Harder in 2020! As always, you can find Jess and Trisha at the WIR email address (wheninromance@bookriot.com). You can also find us on Twitter (@jessisreading and @trishahaleybrwn), or Instagram (@jess_is_reading and @trishahaleybrown).

Feb 24 2020

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E52: The Challenge is Hibernation

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Jess and Trisha match romances to conversation heart sayings and recommend romances for all of your Valentine’s/Galentine’s/Palentine’s Day needs.

This episode is sponsored by The HandsellNever Kiss a Duke by Megan Frampton, published by Avon Books; and Book Riot Insiders.

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NEWS

None! We took the week off from news – it’s our “Alentine’s” Day gift to you.

BOOKS DISCUSSED

Take the Lead by Alexis Daria

His Convenient Husband by Robin Covington

Mating the Huntress by Talia Hibbert

Royally Matched by Emma Chase

A Prince on Paper by Alyssa Cole

My Boyfriend is a Bear by Pamela Ribon and Cat Farris

The Undoing by Shelly Laurenston

Just One More by Jodie Slaughter

The Twisted Wishes series by Ana Zabo (first book is Syncopation)

The Governess Game by Tessa Dare

The FixerThe Enforcer, and The Negotiator by HelenKay Dimon

Candy Hearts by Erin McLellan

A Big Surprise for Valentine’s Day by Jackie Lau

Send us your favorite Val/Gal/Palentine’s Day picks! And let us know the romance titles you’d match with candy hearts (or feel free to just concur with Trisha about which candies are gross). As always, you can find Jess and Trisha at the WIR email address (wheninromance@bookriot.com). You can also find us on Twitter (@jessisreading and @trishahaleybrwn), or Instagram (@jess_is_reading and @trishahaleybrown).

Feb 10 2020

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Jess and Trisha are a little underwhelmed about some news updates, are delighted by Get a Life Chloe Brown, and are ready to point you toward the romance you need to achieve your new year’s resolution.

This episode is sponsored by Book Riot’s Read Harder 2020 Challenge, the new podcast Novel Gazing, and Book Riot Insiders.

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NEWS

In the ongoing RWA debacle, Damon Suede resigned and Executive Director Carol Ritter is leaving as of January 31.

Just a general shout out to #readRchat team and the #readRchat awards and also to the lovely people behind Romance Sparks Joy.

In case you need a reminder, here’s the episode we did about the Dreamspinner story. And here’s an update.

BOOKS DISCUSSED

Get A Life Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert

Love Lettering by Kate Clayborn

The AI Who Loved Me by Alyssa Cole

A Delicate Deception by Cat Sebastian

One Last Chance by Therese Beharrie

Thanks for all of the feedback about Chloe Brown and Goodreads reviews! Send us your additional Chloe Brown thoughts and which books you’re using to support your new year’s goals. As always, you can find Jess and Trisha at the WIR email address (wheninromance@bookriot.com). You can also find us on Twitter (@jessisreading and @trishahaleybrwn), or Instagram (@jess_is_reading and @trishahaleybrown).

Jan 27 2020

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E50: It’s Gotta Be All Up From Here

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Jess and Trisha try to explain the destructive disaster that engulfed RWA, talk about the implications of the organization’s implosion, and discuss 2020 resolutions and romance titles they’re ready for.

This episode is sponsored by Book Riot InsidersBook Riot’s Read Harder 2020 Challenge, and Libro FM.

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NEWS

Here’s the SBTB rundown of the RWA debacle, and here’s Claire Ryan’s detailed timeline of the events leading up to it.

Jess did some very thoughtful reflecting on the situation as well.

Romance Sparks Joy created a list of books by underrepresented authors which were withdrawn from the RITA awards (which have now been cancelled).

And here’s the original of the comic Jess was describing by Alex Norris. (There’s another version with a fourth panel, but we’re not sure who created that fourth panel.)

BOOKS DISCUSSED

The Boyfriend Project by Farrah Rochon (Coming June 9th)

Recipe for Persuasion by Sonali Dev (Coming May 26th)

Get A Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert (which we’re discussing on the next episode of WIR!)

Send us your 2020 resolutions, books you can’t wait for, and your Goodreads reviewing tips! As always, you can find Jess and Trisha at the WIR email address (wheninromance@bookriot.com). You can also find us on Twitter (@jessisreading and @trishahaleybrwn), or Instagram (@jess_is_reading and @trishahaleybrown).

Jan 13 2020

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E49: “Wanted” vs. “Desired”

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Jess and Trisha pass along some recs from listeners, run through some recent romance news, and celebrate some of their 2019 reading highlights.

This episode is sponsored by the Read Harder JournalRegretting You by Colleen Hoover from Amazon Publishing, and Libro FM.

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NEWS

Don’t forget to check out The Lesbian Review for great f/f options!

Here’s Christine Feehan’s second statement.

We’re sending good vibes/energy/magic to Donna, and as of this writing the Feel Better Bundle is still available at kitrocha.com/surgery.

And here’s Jenny Trout’s rundown of the many ways defenses of Lucia Franco’s book are a BIG problem.

BOOKS DISCUSSED

From the additional request section:

Wait by Susan Fanetti

Secrets Well Kept and Chain Reactions by Lynn Ames

The Witch of Stalingrad (and others) by Justine Saracen

The Journey Home by K’Anne Meinel

Letters Never Sent by Sandra Moran

Kitten by Jack Harbon

The Fixer by HelenKay Dimon

Hearts of Ishira by Bethany Aan

Chosen by Stacy Jones

Other books discussed:

Well Met by Jen DeLuca

Blitzed by Alexa Martin

World Turned Upside Down by Elyse Springer

My Fake Rake by Eva Leigh

Work For It by Talia Hibbert

Flashed by Zoey Castile

Ayesha at Last by Uzma Jalaluddin

The Bride Test by Helen Hoang

Once Ghosted, Twice Shy by Alyssa Cole

The Lady’s Guide to Celestial Mechanics by Olivia Waite

The Widow of Rose House by Diana Biller

I Think I Might Love You by Christina C. Jones

Get A Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert (which we’re discussing on the WIR ep coming Jan 27!)

Huge thanks to everyone who sent recommendations for other listeners. Let us know what romance you loved in 2019 and what you’re excited about for 2020 – we’ll meet you there! As always, you can find Jess and Trisha at the WIR email address (wheninromance@bookriot.com). You can also find us on Twitter (@jessisreading and @trishahaleybrwn), or Instagram (@jess_is_reading and @trishahaleybrown).

Dec 16 2019

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E48: Cozy With a Side of Crime

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It’s part two of romance recs! Jess and Trisha talk historicals, slow build romance, SFF romcoms, and much (much) more!

This episode is sponsored by the Read Harder JournalTBR from Book Riot, and Libro FM.

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NEWS

Not news exactly, but here’s the SFF Yeah! episode we mentioned that highlights SF/F romance.

And here’s the Kit Rocha “search by theme/trope” page – have fun!

BOOKS DISCUSSED

The Tiger and Del series (starting with Sword-Dancer) by Jennifer Roberson

Slave to Sensation and Silver Silence (which is the first in the later trilogy) by Nalini Singh

Hither, Page by Cat Sebastian

Bring on the Blessings and Destiny’s Embrace by Beverly Jenkins

The Firebird by Susanna Kearsley

The Ladies Guide to Celestial Mechanics by Oliva Waite

Dithered Hearts by Chace Verity

Beyond Jealousy by Kit Rocha

Ayesha At Last by Uzma Jalaluddin

The Bollywood BrideA Distant Heart, and Pride, Prejudice and Other Flavors by Sonali Dev

In Her Sights (first in the Rocky Mountain Bounty Hunters series by Katie Ruggle)

Sanctuary and Xeni by Rebekah Weatherspoon

Beard Science by Penny Reid

Fix Her Up by Tessa Bailey

Flirting With Disaster by Victoria Dahl

Rend and In the Middle of Somewhere by Roan Parrish

Reverb by Anna Zabo

Shadows You Left by Jude Sierra and Taylor Brooke (Quick correction: we named the wrong “Taylor” in this ep. Taylor Brooke is the very talented co-author of this book – our apologies for the error!)

Unsolicited Duke Pic by Nico Rosso

In Case You Forgot by Frederick Smith and Chaz Lamar

Anything by by Jay Northcote (A Family For Christmas is a great option!)

Anything by T.J. Klune (Wolfsong is a great place to start!)

The Widow of Rose House by Diana Biller

The Unleashing by Shelly Laurenston

Legend of the Highland Dragon by Isabel Cooper

Soulless and The Sumage Solution (which kicks off the San Andreas Shifters series) by Gail Carriger

The Liberators of Willow Run by Marianne K. Martin

Heart’s Orders by Jaycie Morrison

Morning Glory by LaVyrle Spencer

Thank you again for all of your enthusiasm, and let us know if you have recs we missed – especially for the requests that left us a little bit stumped! As always, you can find Jess and Trisha at the WIR email address (wheninromance@bookriot.com). You can also find us on Twitter (@jessisreading and @trishahaleybrwn), or Instagram (@jess_is_reading and @trishahaleybrown).

Dec 02 2019

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E47: Only One Bed For All Those Feelings

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It’s the recommendation show!! Jess and Trisha rec books that deal with infertility, romance with disabled characters, holiday titles that may not be on your radar, and more.

This episode is sponsored by A Story Most Queer from Mischief Media and Book Riot Insiders.

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NEWS

Don’t forget to find yourself a copy of Get a Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert so that you’re ready for the WIR Book Cub discussion coming in January.

For more great info about romance titles featuring characters with disabilities, check out the wonderful Sense and Disability site.

And stay tuned for the next episode if we didn’t get to your question today!

BOOKS DISCUSSED

Love Around The Corner by Sally Malcolm

A Second Chance Road Trip for Christmas and One Bed For Christmas by Jackie Lau

Auld Lang Syne by Rebel Carter

A Family For Christmas by Jay Northcote

MILF on a Shelf by Nico Rosso

Not Quite a Husband by Sherry Thomas

So Good by Darcy Burke

Snow-Kissed by Laura Florand

The Countess Conspiracy by Courtney Milan

Can’t Escape Love by Alyssa Cole

Romancing the Duke by Tessa Dare

Autumn by Cole McCade

Worth It All by Claudia Connor

Play It Again by Aidan Wayne

Coincidence of Coconut Cake by Amy Reichert

Pride, Prejudice and Other Flavors by Sonali Dev

The Matched to Perfection series (starting with His Perfect Partner) by Priscilla Oliveras

How to Be a Normal Person and How to Be a Movie Star by T.J. Klune (Do note Jess’s epic caveat on this one!)

The Firebird by Susanna Kearsley

The Hidden Blade and My Beautiful Enemy by Sherry Thomas

The Spymaster’s Lady by Joanna Bourne

Thank you for all of the recommendation requests and for all of your enthusiasm about great books and stories! As always, you can find Jess and Trisha at the WIR email address (wheninromance@bookriot.com). You can also find us on Twitter (@jessisreading and @trishahaleybrwn), or Instagram (@jess_is_reading and @trishahaleybrown).

Nov 18 2019

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E46: That Was Pretty Feelsy

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Jess and Trisha announce the next WIR book club pick, talk about romance authors who write in multiple subgenres, and discuss how to fill the gap when your favorite author stops writing romance – or just does it a bit more slowly than you might like.

This episode is sponsored by Mischief MediaBook Riot’s Read This Book giveaway, and Book Riot’s TBR subscription service.

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NEWS

Thanks to Melody from the Heaving Bosoms podcast for pointing us toward HEAs All Day: Romance Novels as Social Justice Narratives, a Goodreads book club hosted by Maria DeBlassie! Check out both the book club, which is related to our discussion from the last episode, and the HB podcast, which is delightful.

Find yourself a copy of Get a Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert so that you’re ready for the WIR Book Cub discussion coming in January!

Here’s Jessica Avery’s rad BR post about Tiffany Reisz books if you need more guidance (or even if you don’t).

And this is our last call for any recommendation requests! Send them to wheninromance@bookriot.com by November 11!

BOOKS DISCUSSED

Radio SilenceA Princess in Theory, and Let It Shine by Alyssa Cole

Trade Me and The Duchess War by Courtney Milan

HavenBetter Off Red, and Rafe by Rebekah Weatherspoon

The Night Mark and The Rose by Tiffany Reisz

Writing Her In and Erstwhile by Holley/HE Trent

Jane Doe by Victoria Helen Stone

Between the Sheets by Molly O’Keefe

The Forbidden Hearts series (beginning with Hate to Want You) by Alisha Rai

The Third Mrs. Durst and the 2B trilogy (beginning with I Want It That Way) by Ann Aguirre

To Love A Scandalous Duke by Liana de la Rosa

A Bollywood Affair and Pride, Prejudice, and Other Flavors by Sonali Dev

In the Middle of Somewhere and Riven by Roan Parrish

The Ultimate Pi Day Party and A Match Made for Thanksgiving by Jackie Lau

Tell us your favorite multi-subgenre romance authors and what writers you’ve turned to when you can’t get your hands on a book by your favorite author. As always, you can find Jess and Trisha at the WIR email address (wheninromance@bookriot.com). You can also find us on Twitter (@jessisreading and @trishahaleybrwn), or Instagram (@jess_is_reading and @trishahaleybrown).

Nov 04 2019

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E45: A Hard-Earned HEA

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Jess and Trisha talk about what's great and what can be challenging about book clubs, the role of romances that address social and cultural issues, and some recs for books that do just that.

This episode is sponsored by Book Riot’s blind date with a book giveawayTwice in a Blue Moon by Christina Lauren, available now from Gallery Books; and The Library of Lost Things by Laura Taylor Namey.

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NEWS AND UPDATES

Thanks again to Jackie Horne from Romance Novels for Feminists for her book list on romance history and romance literary criticism! For the full list from Jackie, check out the full show notes for this episode at Book Riot.

And check out Sense and Disability and the RomBkPod podcast for great romances that include disability rep!

BOOKS

Butterfly Swords by Jeannie Lin

Intercepted by Alexa Martin

The Bride Test by Helen Hoang

The Right Swipe by Alisha Rai

His Convenient Husband by Robin Covington

Fumbled by Alexa Martin

Thirsty and Trashed by Mia Hopkins

Roomies by Christina Lauren

Ayesha At Last by Uzma Jalaluddin

American Love Story and American Fairytale by Adriana Herrera

Goalie Interference by Avon Gale and Piper Vaughn

Can’t Escape Love by Alyssa Cole

Tell us your thoughts about book cubs (and specifically the When In Romance book club) and romances that deal with serious social issues. As always, you can find Jess and Trisha at the WIR email address (wheninromance@bookriot.com). You can also find us on Twitter (@jessisreading and @trishahaleybrwn), or Instagram (@jess_is_reading and @trishahaleybrown)

Oct 21 2019

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E44: Spooky But Not Creepy

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Jess and Trisha discuss how sexual content ratings could work in romance, talk about how to learn more about the history of romance and romance trailblazers, and recommend some romance you might want to read this autumn.

This episode is sponsored by Book Riot’s blind date with a book giveaway and No Judgement by Meg Cabot from William Morrow Paperbacks.

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NEWS

Learn more about romance history from the RWA’s Romance Trailblazers page and from the Love Between the Covers Resource Guide.

BOOKS

Background and history on the romance genre:

Desert Passions: Orientalism and Romance Novels by Hsu-Ming Teo

Dangerous Books for Girls by Maya Rodale

A Natural History of the Romance Novel by Pamela Regis

Dangerous Men and Adventurous Women: Romance Writers on the Appeal of Romance edited by Jayne Ann Krentz

Beyond Heaving Bosoms: The Smart Bitches Guide to Romance Novels by Sarah Wendell and Candy Tan

Everything I know About Love I Learned From Romance Novels by Sarah Wendell

Romance Recs:

Perfect Rhythm by Jae

Mating the Huntress by Talia Hibbert

Goalie Interference by Avon Gale and Piper Vaughn

Suckerpunch by Elyse Springer

Halloween Boo by Sarah Spade

The Winston Brothers Series by Penny Reid (the first book is Truth or Beard)

A Match Made for Thanksgiving by Jackie Lau

Tell us your thoughts on how to signal sexual content in romance, ways to learn about and appreciate trailblazers across romance history, and what you’re reading this season. As always, you can find Jess and Trisha at the WIR email address (wheninromance@bookriot.com) or you can still catch us at trisha@riotnewmedia.comand jessica@riotnewmedia.com. You can also find us on Twitter (@jessisreading and @trishahaleybrwn), or Instagram (@jess_is_reading and @trishahaleybrown).

Oct 07 2019

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E43: What Is the Right Amount of Embroidery?

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Jess and Trisha share some thoughts about book displays; discuss plot, characters, science, and embroidery for the Great Big Romance Read; and talk about buzzworthy books still to come in 2019.

This episode is sponsored by Book Riot’s mysteries giveawayLibro FM, and Frankly In Love by David Yoon from Penguin Random House Audio.

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NEWS

ICYMI, here’s the Barnes & Noble info about their increase in romance sales

If you’re looking for a romance cause to support, check out the Sandra Hyde Romance Writers Trust.

We got to talk about The Lady’s Guide to Celestial Mechanics by Oliva Waite for the Great Big Romance Read!

BOOKS

Primary Suspect by Laura Scott

The Lady’s Guide to Celestial Mechanics by Oliva Waite

A Little Light Mischief by Cat Sebastian

The Write Escape by Charish Reid (out September 30)

The Widow of Rose House by Diana Biller (out October 8)

Lush Money by Angelina M. Lopez (out October 14)

Blitzed by Alexa Martin (out December 3)

Beard Necessities by Penny Reid (out November 4)

American Love Story by Adriana Herrera (out October 7)

My Fake Rake by Eva Leigh (out November 26)

Not the Girl You Marry by Andie J. Christopher (out November 12)

Tell us how your bookstores display romance, what you thought of The Lady’s Guide to Celestial Mechanics, and what you can’t wait to read for the rest of 2019. As always, you can find Jess and Trisha at the WIR email address (wheninromance@bookriot.com) or you can still catch us at trisha@riotnewmedia.comand jessica@riotnewmedia.com. You can also find us on Twitter (@jessisreading and @trishahaleybrwn), or Instagram (@jess_is_reading and @trishahaleybrown).

Sep 23 2019

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E42: Late, But Happy To Be Invited

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Jess and Trisha discuss an unprofessional move by a writer in New Zealand, authors who aren’t getting paid by a romance publisher, and the romance authors, series, and subgenres they came to a bit late.

This episode is sponsored by Book Riot’s mysteries giveawayShadow Mountain Publishing, and the Recommended podcast.

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NEWS

Check out the new inclusive romance podcast RomBkPod!

Here is what a professional article about romance author Nalini Singh looks like.

And if you want to learn more about a literary charity supporting New Zealand romance writers, check out the Sandra Hyde Romance Writers Trust.

Tweets about the Dreamspinner Press non-payment debacle from Anna Zabo (not a Dreamspinner author), Avon Gale, and TJ Klune.

We’re discussing The Lady’s Guide to Celestial Mechanics for the Great Big Romance Read in our next episode! Send us your thoughts before Sept 19!

BOOKS

I Think I Might Love You by Christina C. Jones

Slave to Sensation by Nalini Singh

Wolfsong and How to Be a Movie Star by TJ Klune

The Preacher’s Promise and A Champion’s Heart by Piper Huguley

The Princess TrapA Girl Like Her, and Damaged Goods by Talia Hibbert

It Takes Two to Tumble by Cat Sebastian

Stripped by Zoey Castile

Fix Her Up by Tessa Bailey

Let us know your thoughts and questions about The Lady’s Guide to Celestial Mechanics and what series, authors, and genres you came to late. As always, you can find Jess and Trisha at the WIR email address (wheninromance@bookriot.com) or you can still catch us at trisha@riotnewmedia.com and jessica@riotnewmedia.com. You can also find us on Twitter (@jessisreading and @trishahaleybrwn), or Instagram (@jess_is_reading and @trishahaleybrown).

Sep 09 2019

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E41: Some Things to Ponder

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Jess and Trisha are not surprised that romance sales are up, talk a little about romance book printing and supply decisions, and recommend books in which the geographic setting is integral to the story.

This episode is sponsored by Book Riot InsidersLibro FM; and TBR, Book Riot’s new subscription service offering tailored book recommendations for readers of all stripes.

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NEWS

Barnes & Noble is selling more romance (and the bestselling books are listed at that link).

Podcast high-five for all of the booksellers involved in Bookstore Romance Day!

The Great Big Romance Read caused a spike in sales for The Lady’s Guide to Celestial Mechanics – and don’t forget we’re discussing that next month!

Here are Esi Sogah’s threads on book availability and on romance covers and trade paperback.

And here’s the Book Riot piece on illustrated covers by Kelly Jensen.

BOOKS

The Big Burn by Timothy Egan

We Are Never Meeting In Real Life by Samantha Irby

Misadventures of a Curvy Girl by Sierra Simone

The Lady’s Guide to Celestial Mechanics by Olivia Waite

Once Ghosted, Twice Shy by Alyssa Cole

Virgin River by Robyn Carr

Three Part Harmony by Holley Trent

Pride by Ibi Zoboi

Wicked and the Wallflower by Sarah MacLean

Brazen and the Beast by Sarah MacLean

The World Turned Upside Down by Elyse Springer

Indigo by Beverly Jenkins

Rebel by Beverly Jenkins

I Think I Might Love You by Christina C. Jones

The Coincidence of Coconut Cake by Amy E. Reichart

Let us know your thoughtful thoughts on romance sales, supply, covers, and geography! As always, you can find Jess and Trisha at the WIR email address (wheninromance@bookriot.com) or you can still catch us at trisha@riotnewmedia.com and jessica@riotnewmedia.com. You can also find us on Twitter (@jessisreading and @trishahaleybrwn), or Instagram (@jess_is_reading and @trishahaleybrown).

Aug 26 2019

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E40: The Date and Time Are Unclear

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Jess and Trisha celebrate important progress at the RITAs, talk through romance authors writing outside their own experience, and brainstorm what romance series they’d like to see get the fanfic treatment.

This episode is sponsored by the podcast Hot and Bothered from Spoke MediaThe Rogue to Ruin by Vivienne Lorret; and The Right Swipe by Alisha Rai, published by Avon Books.

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NEWS

Ripped Bodice giveawayRipped Bodice Great Big Romance Read!

You can still watch the RITAs AND the Romance Trailblazers video – lucky you!

Here’s the post Jess wrote about the RITAs, the full list of RITA winners, and the statement about the process from the RWA Board.

Jess mentioned this thread about writing and representation from the exceptionally thoughtful and talented Adriana Herrera.

And here’s the list of new Smarty Pants Romance books.

BOOKS

The Color of Love by Sandra Kitt

The Winston Brothers series (first book is Truth or Beard)

Merry Inkmas by Talia Hibbert

The Reluctant Royals series by Alyssa Cole (first book is A Princess in Theory)

Evvie Drake Starts Over by Linda Holmes

Let us know what you think of romance written outside an author’s experience and what extended or alternate universes you’d like to see in romance! As always, you can find Jess and Trisha at the WIR email address (wheninromance@bookriot.com) or you can still catch us at trisha@riotnewmedia.com and jessica@riotnewmedia.com. You can also find us on Twitter (@jessisreading and @trishahaleybrwn), or Instagram (@jess_is_reading and @trishahaleybrown).

Aug 12 2019

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E39: The Beginning of a New Destiny

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Jess and Trisha are delighted about a new award for excellence in romance fiction, discouraged by some publishing news, and thinking about how tragedy in a romance can impact the “happily” in an HEA.

This episode is sponsored by Libro.fm audiobooksThe Rogue to Ruin by Vivienne Lorret, and Mom’s Perfect Boyfriend by Crystal Hemmingway.

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NEWS

Get excited for The Great Big Romance Read from The Ripped Bodice! We’ll discuss The Lady’s Guide to Celestial Mechanics by Olivia Waite on Sept 23, so feel free to send us your thoughts about it between now and then!

And then get excited about the Ripped Bodice Awards for Excellence in Romantic Fiction!

This Harlequin/Carina Press news is less exciting, and here’s Angela James’ farewell to Carina.

And some people are pretty frustrated about this Entangled Publishing news as well. (If you need a reminder about book stuffing, we talked about it last year in Episode 17, “Look How We Accidentally Recommended All the Strippers.”)

Less Than Three Press is also closing because this week is full of publishing bummers.

And here’s the list of 50 Must Read Romances from the 2010s that we talked about.

BOOKS

The Lady’s Guide to Celestial Mechanics by Olivia Waite

Desire and the Deep Blue Sea by Olivia Dade

The Perfect Date by Evelyn Lozada with Holly Lorincz

Her Other Secret by HelenKay Dimon

Let us know what you think of the new Ripped Bodice Awards and tragedy in romance, and what your favorite romances of the last decade are! As always, you can find Jess and Trisha at the WIR email address (wheninromance@bookriot.com) or you can still catch us at trisha@riotnewmedia.comand jessica@riotnewmedia.com. You can also find us on Twitter (@jessisreading and @trishahaleybrwn), or Instagram (@jess_is_reading and @trishahaleybrown).

Jul 29 2019

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E38: We Need To Go The Bunker Now

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Jess and Trisha are joined by the wonderful Sarah Wendell of Smart Bitches, Trashy Books for a mid-year check in, and they discuss all things romance in 2019 so far – big news, breakout authors, and books we’ve loved and want everyone to read.

This episode is sponsored by Libro.fm audiobooksSourcebooks (featuring Kingdom of Exiles by Maxym M. Martineau), and Lifelines by Heidi Diehl.

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NEWS

Sarah’s website and podcast will both add delight and books to your life.

Sarah talked about a 1997 lawsuit involving Nora Roberts, and you can read about it here and here.

Allow Courtney Milan to remind you about the #CopyPasteCris situation. (You can also revisit some of our episodes from the spring.)

Listen to Sarah’s interview with Kristy (CaffeinatedFae) and Claire Ryan, and visit the website for Claire’s software in progress that will help detect plagiarism.

Here are a couple of links to remind you about what went very wrong with the RITA nominations, and a statement from the RWA Board about what they want to do differently.

The Bridgerton Series made some great casting announcements.

Here’s that Book Riot “Best of 2019 So Far” list we mentioned.

And here’s the episode of Smart Podcast, Trashy Books featuring Jess and Trisha.

BOOKS

Beyond Heaving Bosoms: The Smart Bitches’ Guide to Romance Novels by Sarah Wendell

Everything I Know About Love I Learned from Romance Novels by Sarah Wendell

Lighting the Flames by Sarah Wendell

These are the authors who are breaking out in 2019 (or who are about to!) along with where you can start with their books:

Linda Holmes – Evvie Drake Starts Over

Alisha Rai – The upcoming book is The Right Swipe

Jasmine Guillory – Coming this month is The Wedding Party, and the holiday book Jess mentioned is Royal Holiday

Anna Zabo – The Twisted Wishes series starts with Syncopation

We also talked about these books that we’ve loved so far this year:

The Key to Happily Ever After by Tif Marcelo

Wolf Pack by Abby Wambach (which is non-fiction, not romance…and while you’re at it with commencement speeches turned into books, also listen to Dream More by Dolly Parton)

Kiss and Cry by Mina V. Esguerra

The Flatshare by Beth O’Leary

The Bookish Life of Nina Hill by Abbi Waxman

American Dreamer and American Fairytale by Adriana Herrera

Can’t Escape Love by Alyssa Cole

The Ultimate Pi Day Party by Jackie Lau

A Prince on Paper by Alyssa Cole

Pride, Prejudice and Other Flavors by Sonali Dev

Ayesha At Last by Uzma Jalaluddin

Let us know what romance authors you think are having a big 2019 and what you’ve been reading and loving this year! Find Sarah online at smartbitchestrashybooks.com or (for the podcast) smartbitchestrashybooks.com/podcast; on Instagram and Twitter @smartbitches; OR you can email her at sarah@smartbitchestrashybooks.com! As always, you can find Jess and Trisha at the shiny new WIR email address (wheninromance@bookriot.com) or you can still catch us at trisha@riotnewmedia.comand jessica@riotnewmedia.com. You can also find us on Twitter (@jessisreading and @trishahaleybrwn), or Instagram (@jess_is_reading and @trishahaleybrown).

Jul 15 2019

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E37: Ep #37: It Probably Won’t Be The Otter

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Jess and Trisha do a bit of follow-up, discuss an article about the online abuse romance writers face, mention a few releases for the second half of 2019 that they’re looking forward to, and shout out some underrated romance authors.

This episode is sponsored by Libro.fm audiobooksHer Other Secret by HelenKay Dimon, and Brazen and the Beast by Sarah MacLean.

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NEWS

Apologies again for our error when talking about Thaw by Elyse Springer last week!

By way of follow-up, you might want to check out the Patreon for The Lesbian Review.

Here’s that Nicholas Sparks statement we mentioned.

Jess tracked down a few tweets that relate to the “sex on the page” conversation we had, and you can find them herehereherehere, and here.

Here’s the Glamour article we discussed about the ways romance writers are targets for abuse online. As we mentioned on the podcast, CW for abuse.

Support Rediscovered Books and Mostly Books! They support romance!

Feel free to email us at the sparkly new When In Romance email address! It’s wheninromance@bookriot.com!

BOOKS

Her Perfect Affair by Priscila Oliveras (but like we said, also read Her Perfect Partner)

Craving Flight by Tamsen Parker

The Key to Happily Ever After by Tif Marcelo

The Ballad of Whiskey Jax by Avon Gale

The Lady’s Guide to Celestial Mechanics by Oliva Waite

One Day to Fall by Therese Beharrie

Sapphire Flames by Illona Andrews

The Wallflower Wager by Tessa Dare

Blitzed (and Intercepted and Fumbled) by Alexa Martin

Love On My Mind by Tracey Livesay

The Unleashing by Shelly Laurenston

Only for a Night by Naima Simone

Pride, Prejudice, and Other Flavors by Sonali Dev

Taking the Lead by Cecelia Tan

The Fandom series by Cathy Yardley (Level Up is the first book)

Perfect Rhythm and Not the Marrying Kind by Jae

Let us know what books you’re excited about and who your favorite underrated authors are! Find us on email at the new WIR email address (wheninromance@bookriot.com) or you can still catch us at trisha@riotnewmedia.com and jessica@riotnewmedia.com. You can also find us on Twitter (@jessisreading and @trishahaleybrwn), or Instagram (@jess_is_reading and @trishahaleybrown).

Jul 01 2019

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E36: Ep #36: Equal Opportunity to All Pronunciations

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Jess and Trisha discuss new revelations about discrimination at the school Nicholas Sparks founded; suggest some romance-focused Patreons you might consider supporting; and recommend books featuring characters who are asexual, aromantic, grey-asexual and greyromantic.

This episode is sponsored by Libro.fm audiobooksThis Time Will Be Different by Misa Sugiura, and Fix Her Up by New York Times bestselling author Tessa Bailey, published by Avon.

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NEWS

Like we said, no more comments section at Book Riot – but you can just contact Trisha and Jess! Our info is below!

Here’s the link to the Romance GenreCon! It’s free!

Click here to learn about how Nicholas Sparks went from sucking generally to being the actual worst.

Here are the Patreons (PAtreons? PaTREons? PatreONs?) we talked about:


BOOKS

Hot Licks by A.M. Arthur

That Kind of Guy by Talia Hibbert

Shadows You Left by Taylor Brooke and Jude Sierra

Perfect Rhythm by Jae

Writing Her In by Holley Trent

Syncopation by Anna Zabo

Thaw by Elyse Springer

Correction: In discussing Thaw by Elyse Springer, our host incorrectly identified the asexual character. Abigail, rather than Gabrielle, is asexual; our apologies for the error.

Play It Again by Aidan Wayne

Let us know what Patreons you love (no matter how you pronounce it!) and what your favorite books are that feature characters who are asexual, aromantic, grey-asexual and greyromantic. Find us on email (trisha@riotnewmedia.comand jessica@riotnewmedia.com), Twitter (@jessisreading and @trishahaleybrwn), or Instagram (@jess_is_reading and @trishahaleybrown).

Jun 17 2019

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So much fun

By hannah karlheim - Nov 19 2019
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Love the podcast!!!

Brilliant

By BrianJHaley1980 - Jan 29 2018
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By far the best podcast on romance novels that I’ve ever listened to! Keep up the great work!