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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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Needs a Producer

By FilmFoley - Jan 23 2019
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I love what this show is talking about, but the conversations are so disorganized. I wish the team would figure out a way to plan ahead – I think that would tighten the podcast and make it sound more professional.

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

55 Ratings
Average Ratings
42
6
1
4
2

Needs a Producer

By FilmFoley - Jan 23 2019
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I love what this show is talking about, but the conversations are so disorganized. I wish the team would figure out a way to plan ahead – I think that would tighten the podcast and make it sound more professional.

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

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

Rank #1: 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
54 mins
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Rank #2: 11: 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
1 hour 22 mins
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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
58 mins
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Rank #4: 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
50 mins
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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
9 mins
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Rank #6: 3: 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
54 mins
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Rank #7: 29: Ep #29: They Keep Bumping Into Each Other

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Jess and Trisha discuss the Ripped Bodice’s annual report on the state of racial diversity in romance, talk through some of the romance sales issues brought to light by a high-profile plagiarism event, and recommend books that sit all along the emotional spectrum.

This episode is sponsored by Libro fm audiobooks and Down and Dirty by Rhenna Morgan, published by Carina Press.

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:

Patricia covered the Ripped Bodice report for Book Riot, and the 2016 and 2017 reports can be found at the RB site as well.

Nora Roberts has some feelings, and she is making them known in 2019.

Here’s the Venn diagram we mentioned that Bree posted (and you should read the whole thread).

Kilby Blades reflected on the ghostwriter issue on her blog.

BOOKS:

Perv by Dakota Gray

Long Shot by Kennedy Ryan

Hired by Zoey Castile

Ripped Pages by M. Hollis

American Dreamer by Adriana Herrera

The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang

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).

Mar 11 2019
53 mins
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Rank #8: 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
57 mins
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Rank #9: 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
57 mins
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Rank #10: 7: Ep #7: Tropetonite Bingo

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Jess and Trisha discuss the implications of how race and class are represented in historical romance, have some VERY strong feelings about the denigration of the romance genre by those who profit from it, and delight in some romance that’s either new or soon to be coming your way. 

This episode is sponsored by As She Fades by Abbi Glines and The Perfect Duchess byErica Taylor.

Also! Book Riot is giving away 15 of the best mysteries and thrillers of the year so far. Go to bookriot.com/mysterygiveaway to enter!

Subscribe on Apple Podcasts  and Google Play!

Apr 23 2018
58 mins
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Rank #11: 18: Ep #18: Completely Distracted By Things

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Jess and Trisha preview their When In Romance book club discussion, chat about what they’re reading, and do quick takes on topics from bad takes on romance covers to this exciting time in romance film and TV development to when's the right time for Christmas cowboys (hint: not yet).

This episode is sponsored by Vampires Like it Hot by Lynsay Sands and The Cost of Betrayal: Three Romantic Suspense Novellas by Dee Henderson, Dani Pettrey, and Lynette Eason.

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

Sep 24 2018
1 hour 1 min
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Rank #12: 19: Friendly and Smiley and Handing Out Coffee

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Jess and Trisha take a deep dive into Butterfly Swords by Jeannie Lin for the When In Romance book club, talk about how and why romance authors are writing employer/employee romance, and suggest a cool way you can support your local romance booksellers. Join the book club conversation by commenting on the show notes for this episode or on Twitter or Instagram.

This episode is sponsored by Promises and Primroses by Josi S. Kilpack and by TBR, Book Riot’s new subscription service offering Tailored Book Recommendations for readers of all stripes.

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

Oct 08 2018
1 hour
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Rank #13: 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
51 mins
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Rank #14: 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
1 hour 5 mins
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Rank #15: 27: 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
53 mins
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Rank #16: 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
55 mins
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Rank #17: 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
51 mins
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Rank #18: 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
59 mins
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Rank #19: 20: Ep #20: All Worked Up By Pockets

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Jess and Trisha tease the Intercepted book club discussion, come to terms with their 2018 romance resolution shortcomings, look ahead to 2019 releases, and recommend some books with friendly, non-surly heroes.

This episode is sponsored by Duchess by Design by Maya Rodale, Unleashed by Caitlin Crews, and by TBR, Book Riot’s new subscription service offering Tailored Book Recommendations for readers of all stripes.

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

Oct 22 2018
1 hour 1 min
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Rank #20: 25: 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
57 mins
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