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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

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!

iTunes Ratings

67 Ratings
Average Ratings
53
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 Jan 13, 2020

The Best Episodes Ranked Using User Listens

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Rank #1: 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 #2: 32: Ep #32: Sometimes Dukes Travel

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Jess and Trisha do a bit of follow-up, try to design the perfect starter catalogue for book stores new to romance, talk about some upcoming titles they’re excited about, and recommend some light and delightful reads.

This episode is sponsored by Libro fmBookCon, and Unscripted by Claire Handscombe.

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:

If you’re interested in the Hugo awards, here’s a piece on this year’s nominees by Book Riot’s Margaret Kingsbury.

Romance Sparks Joy is sparking OUR joy.

We hope Bookstore Romance Day is coming to a store near you this August!

And Book Riot has a new podcast! Check out Kid Lit These Days for kid lit news and recommendations.

BOOKS:

Wrong to Need You by Alisha Rai

Bad Blood by M. Malone

My So-Called Bollywood Life by Nisha Sharma

Long Shot by Kennedy Ryan

The Duchess War by Courtney Milan

Indigo by Beverly Jenkins

Let It Shine by Alyssa Cole

The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang

Syncopation by Ana Zabo

Truth or Beard by Penny Reid

Flirting with Disaster by Victoria Dahl

An Extraordinary Union by Alyssa Cole

Duchess by Design by Maya Rodale

Rafe by Rebekah Weatherspoon

Wolfsong by T.J. Klune

Rebel by Beverly Jenkins

Reverb by Anna Zabo

Tell Me How You Really Feel by Aminah Mae Safi

That Kind of Guy by Talia Hibbert

Goalie Interference by Avon Gale and Piper Vaughn

Sapphire Flames by Ilona Andrews

Can’t Escape Love by Alyssa Cole

The Key to Happily Ever After by Tif Marcelo

A Duke in Disguise by Cat Sebastian

The Duchess Deal by Tessa Dare

Let us know what books to recommend to our indie bookstores, and tell us what you’re excited to read this summer. Find us on email (trisha@riotnewmedia.com and jessica@riotnewmedia.com), Twitter (@jessisreading and @trishahaleybrwn), or Instagram (@jess_is_reading and @trishahaleybrown).

Apr 22 2019

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Rank #3: 31: Ep #31: Cinnamon Roll Heroes From the Corner of the Pan

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Author Andie J. Christopher joins Trisha to discuss shady book repackaging practices, the RITA mess, how content warnings help readers, and Andie’s erotic romance recs.

This episode is sponsored by Book Riot InsidersIn Her Sights by Katie Ruggle, and the audiobook edition of The Girl He Used to Know by Tracey Garvis Graves.

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 Shiloh Walker’s thread on book regurgitation.

There’s too much going on with the RITAs to link to everything, but here’s Jess’s Book Riot post from right after the nominations, here’s a lot of data Bronwen Fleetwood pulled together related to the lack of diversity in RITA awards and nominations (and here’s some more), and here’s the RWA response we mentioned on the show.

And just one more reminder to subscribe to our Kissing Books newsletter – written by Jess! – if you don’t want to miss romance news between podcasts.

BOOKS:

The One Night in South Beach series by Andie J. Christopher (the first book is Stroke of Midnight)

Not the Girl You Marry by Andie J. Christopher

Long Shot by Kennedy Ryan

Damaged Goods by Talia Hibbert

The Blank Canvas series by Adriana Anders (the first book is Under Her Skin)

The Professor and Never Sweeter by Charlotte Stein

Curio by Cara McKenna

Priest by Sierra Simone

Craving Flight by Tamsen Parker

Misadventures of a Curvy Girl by Sierra Simone

Theirs for the Night by Katee Robert

Locked BoxOpen Hearts, and Act Your Age by Eve Dangerfield

Driven By Fate by Tessa Bailey

Sin and InkPassion and Ink, and Scoring the Player’s Baby by Naima Simone

Haven (which is ACTUALLY the first Beards and Bondage book), So Sweet, and Rafe by Rebekah Weatherspoon

Syncopation by Anna Zabo

Let us know if you have thoughts on content warnings and what your favorite erotic romances are. Find Andie on Twitter (@authorandiej) and Instagram (@authorandiej), and as always, you can find us on email (trisha@riotnewmedia.comand jessica@riotnewmedia.com), Twitter (@jessisreading and @trishahaleybrwn), or Instagram (@jess_is_reading and @trishahaleybrown).

Apr 08 2019

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Rank #4: 23: Ep #23: The Healing Power of Romance: Our Holiday Recommendations Show

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It’s all recs all the time this week as Jess and Trisha offer romance recommendations for under the radar picks from 2018, books for the romance film-lover in your life, non-book gifts from romancelandia, and more.

This episode is sponsored by Cadenza by Stella Riley, an exquisite historical romance in The Times-recommended Rockliffe series; Penguin Random House Audio; and the Book Riot Read Harder journal.

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

Dec 03 2018

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Rank #5: 26: 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 #6: 41: 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.

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

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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Rank #7: 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 #8: 30: Ep #30: If You Don’t Read It, Ask a Friend

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Jess and Trisha discuss the problem with calling non-explicit romance “clean,” explore why Trisha rereads and Jess doesn’t, and talk about what they’ve been reading this week.

This episode is sponsored by Book Riot Insiders.

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:

On Book Riot, Sarah talks about why calling books “clean” is a problem.

The Feminist Librarian makes an argument that a distinction between “erotica” and “porn” is harmful.

BOOKS:

Friends Without Benefits by Penny Reid

Virgin River by Robyn Carr

Worth the Fall by Claudia Connor

So Sweet by Rebekah Weatherspoon

Going Down by Barbara Bell

Geek Out: A Collection of Trans and Genderqueer Romance

Can’t Escape Love by Alyssa Cole

The Governess Affair by Courtney Milan

Let us know if you have thoughts on calling romance “clean,” and whether/why/when you reread books. Find us on email (trisha@riotnewmedia.com and jessica@riotnewmedia.com), Twitter (@jessisreading and @trishahaleybrwn), or Instagram (@jess_is_reading and @trishahaleybrown).

Mar 25 2019

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Rank #9: 5: #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 #10: 13: 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 #11: 21: Ep #21: Let’s Just Call Him “Not Calvin”

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Jess and Trisha talk about sports and independent women in Intercepted, wonder whether you should be able to judge a book by its cover, and share a few thoughts on Goodreads Readers Choice romance picks.

This episode is sponsored by Love, Lies, and Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Julie Wright, Shades of Wicked by Jeaniene Frost, and Book Riot Insiders.

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

Nov 05 2018

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Rank #12: 6: Ep #6: Twenty Different Happy Ever Afters

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Trisha and Jess discuss about Amazon changing the categories and rules for erotica, talk about why it matters that the RITA awards are failing hard at inclusion, and recommend some books that would win awards if Jess and Trisha ran the world.

This episode is sponsored by Her Perfect Affair by Priscilla Oliveras and My Lady’s Choosing by Larissa Zageris and Kitty Curran.

Subscribe on Apple Podcasts  and Google Play!

Apr 09 2018

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Rank #13: 35: 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 #14: 37: 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.

Subscribe to the podcast via RSSApple Podcasts, or Stitcher.

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

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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Rank #15: 10: Ep #10: Adorable People With So Many Issues

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Jess and Trisha give some (non-lawyer) updates on #cockygate, talk about the role of fan-voted “best of” lists, offer a podcast high-five to Stacey Abrams, and start talking about their favorite books of 2018 so far.

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.

Subscribe on Apple Podcasts and Google Play!

Jun 04 2018

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Rank #16: 4: This Is Very Complicated

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Trisha and Jess wade into an author identity maelstrom, work to untangle the implications of The Ripped Bodice’s Report on Diversity in Romance Publishing, and wrestle with the age old question of what to read next.

This episode is sponsored by The Sweet Spot by Heather Heyford, and Penguin Teen’s If You Come Softly by Jacqueline Woodson.

Also! Book Riot is doing a giveaway for $500 of Penguin Clothbound classics over on our Instagram account but only until March 13! $500 WORTH OF BOOKS. Go to instagram.com/bookriot to enter (giveaway post is sticky at the top of the profile).

Mar 12 2018

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Rank #17: 12: Ep #12: The Farmer Might Be The Nudist

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Jess and Trisha discuss the challenges in finding romance by AOC with queer characters, plan to get better acquainted with the Emma Award winners, and have some recommendations for anyone looking for romance with couples past the age of 40.

This episode is sponsored by The Traitor’s Ruin by Erin Beaty and One Small Thing by Erin Watt.

Also! Book Riot is giving away $500 worth of the year's best YA fiction and nonfiction so far! Go to bookriot.com/500yagiveaway 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 02 2018

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Rank #18: 17: 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 #19: 43: 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.

Subscribe to the podcast via RSSApple PodcastsSpotify, or Stitcher.

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

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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Rank #20: 16: Ep #16: Miss Scarlet is More Interesting Than Hester Prynne

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Jess and Trisha shout out romance bestsellers, talk about a whole bunch of romance series and what draws us in, discuss Trisha’s arbitrary list of rules for children in romance novels, and announce the short list for the WIR book club read.

This episode is sponsored by It Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Timeby Kylie Scott, Blood Bond by Helen Hardt, and Chica Chocolate.

Also! Book Riot is giving away 16 of the books featured on our Recommended podcast! Go to bookriot.com/recommended3 before August 31 to enter.

Vote on our book club books by emailing Trisha or Jess (or via Twitter/Instagram)!

  • A Night To Surrender by Tessa Dare
  • Glitterland by Alexis Hall
  • Butterfly Swords by Jeannie Lin
  • Intercepted by Alexa Martin

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

Aug 27 2018

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