When In Romance

Book Riot

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

Welcome To When In Romance
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It’s our 2021 recommendation request show (part 2)! Jess and Trisha recommend books for readers looking for romance without sex on the page, progressive historical romance, and more! Subscribe to the podcast via RSS, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or Stitcher. To get even more romance recs and news, sign up for our Kissing Books newsletter! News Read Sweet Disorder by Rose Lerner with us, and send us your thoughts by December 9!! We spoke too soon about KissCon – it’s back (kinda)! Some of the listeners looking for requests might find this 2019 episode helpful. And with all of the caveats in WIR Episode 89, some of you might also appreciate the “Does It Bang?” social media accounts. This content contains affiliate links. When you buy through these links, we may earn an affiliate commission. Books Discussed Whiteout by Adriana Anders  Open House by Ruby Lang  The Bride Test by Helen Hoang His Convenient Husband by Robin Covington Witch Please by Ann Aguirre The Ex Hex by Erin Sterling Payback’s a Witch by Lana Harper Not the Witch You Wed by April Asher (coming Feb 2022) A Taste of Her Own Medicine by Tasha L. Harrison The Hidden Legacy Series, starting with Burn For Me, by Ilona Andrews  The Craft of Love by EE Ottoman  Think of England by K.J. Charles Patience & Esther by SW Searle Evie Drake Starts Over by Linda Holmes Perfect Rhythm by Jae The Matched to Perfection series, starting with His Perfect Partner, by Priscilla Oliveras  Twice Shy by Sarah Hogle Spellbound by Allie Therin A Duke in Disguise by Cat Sebastian Let Us Dream and Let It Shine by Alyssa Cole The Devil Comes Courting and The Brothers Sinister series, starting with The Duchess War, by Courtney Milan Strange Love by Ann Aguirre Pas De Deux by Lynn Turner The Charm Offensive by Alison Cochrun Kick Off Your Sunday Shoes by leiascully (via Archive of Our Own) The Twisted Hearts Series, starting with Theirs for the Night, by Katee Robert Harbor by Rebekah Weatherspoon The Plot Twist series, starting with Writing Her In, by Holley Trent Neighborly by Katrina Jackson Behind these Doors by Jude Lucens If I Loved You Less by Tamsen Parker The Preacher’s Promise and Sweet Tea by Piper Huguley The Love Hypothesis by Ali Hazelwood  How to Be a Movie Star by TJ Klune Lean on Me by Pat Simmons Incense and Sensibility by Sonali Dev Ayesha At Last and Hana Khan Carries On by Uzma Jalaluddin Wild Rain by Beverly Jenkins The Hidden Blade and My Beautiful Enemy by Sherry Thomas Milla Vane’s fantasy series starting with A Heart of Blood and Ashes Morning Glory Milking Farm by C.M. Nascosta The Fastest Way to Fall by Denise Williams Spoiler Alert and All the Feels by Olivia Dade If the Boot Fits by Rebekah Weatherspoon  Boyfriend Material by Alexis Hall The Christmas Escape by Sarah Morgan Holly Jolly Diwali by Sonya Lalli Royal Holiday by Jasmine Guillory A Princess for Christmas by Jenny Holiday Let us know what you’re reading and thinking about (and thinking about what you’re reading!) 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). See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Nov 29

1 hr 16 min

It’s our 2021 recommendation request show (part 1)! Jess and Trisha recommend books for readers looking for pining, queer paranormal romance, vampires, and more! Subscribe to the podcast via RSS, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or Stitcher. To get even more romance recs and news, sign up for our Kissing Books newsletter! This content contains affiliate links. When you buy through these links, we may earn an affiliate commission. News Read Sweet Disorder by Rose Lerner with us, and send us your thoughts by December 9!! Books Discussed Scandalous Passions and Wicked Passions by Nicola Davidson  Highland Dragon Warrior by Isabel Cooper  Agnes Moor’s Wild Knight by Alyssa Cole Butterfly Swords by Jeannie Lin A Summer for Scandal by Lydia San Andres Serving Sin by Angelina M. Lopez  The Brightest Star in Paris by Diana Biller Role Model by Rachel Reid Waiting for the Flood by Alexis Hall  The Devil Comes Courting by Courtney Milan How to Find a Princess by Alyssa Cole  The library of Kit Rocha (for a specific title, take a peek at Deal with the Devil) GL Carriger’s San Andreas Shifters series starting with The Sumage Solution  Holley Trent’s Noreston Wolves series starting with Beast and Masters of Maria series starting with The Demigod’s Legacy Wanting A Witch by Lauren Connolly Human Enough by ES Yu  Good Enough to Eat by Alison Grey and Jae Soulless by Gail Carriger Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris Romancing the Duke and The Duchess Deal by Tessa Dare The Duke Who Didn’t by Courtney Milan The Infamous Miss Rodriguez by Lydia San Andres  The Companion by EE Ottoman Two Rogues Make a Right by Cat Sebastian The Lady’s Guide to Celestial Mechanics by Olivia Waite Let us know what you’re reading and thinking about (and thinking about what you’re reading!) 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). See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Nov 15

1 hr

Jess and Trisha discuss the present and future of romance conventions, and then talk about some romances that probably shouldn’t have worked for them…but did. Subscribe to the podcast via RSS, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or Stitcher. To get even more romance recs and news, sign up for our Kissing Books newsletter! News Send us your recommendation requests – we’re recording on Nov 11, so send them ASAP! Check out Book Riot’s new podcast: Adaptation Nation, all about TV and film adaptations of your favorite books. You can subscribe now – this very moment! – on your favorite podcatcher. You can find all the info on the Romance for Roe anthology here. Read Sweet Disorder by Rose Lerner with us, and send us your thoughts by December 9! This content contains affiliate links. When you buy through these links, we may earn an affiliate commission. Books Discussed Payback’s a Witch by Lana Harper Wild Rain by Beverly Jenkins Saint by Sierra Simone  Just Like This by Cole McCade The Wolf of Wall Street by Lucy Eden The Dating Playbook by Farrah Rochon Let us know what you’re reading and thinking about (and thinking about what you’re reading!) 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). See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Nov 1

54 min 11 sec

Jess and Trisha have some updates – including a new book club book! – and spend some time talking about how they find new books and what they think about when they recommend them. Subscribe to the podcast via RSS, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or Stitcher. To get even more romance recs and news, sign up for our Kissing Books newsletter! News Get your Book Riot merchandise – this month only! As Jess mentioned, our friends at Smart Bitches, Trashy Books do some great work tagging the themes and subgenres in romance books. Read Sweet Disorder by Rose Lerner with us, and send us your thoughts by December 9!! ‘Tis the season for recommendation requests – send those our way too! This content contains affiliate links. When you buy through these links, we may earn an affiliate commission. Books Discussed Knot My Type by Evie Mitchell Battle Royal by Lucy Parker The Brightest Star in Paris by Diana Biller The Love Hypothesis by Ali Hazelwood,  Seducing His Secret Wife by Robin Covington Sing Anyway and Our Favorite Songs by Anita Kelly  That Could Be Enough by Alyssa Cole The Duke Who Didn’t and Mrs. Martin’s Incomparable Adventure by Courtney Milan Send us your Swiss army recs, and let us know what you’re reading and thinking about (and thinking about what you’re reading!) 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). See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Oct 18

51 min 2 sec

Jess and Trisha revisit goals from the last episode and the WIR survey from this summer, discuss sexiness and academia in Office Hours, and have some fall romance recs that are more dark and stormy than pumpkin spice-y. Subscribe to the podcast via RSS, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or Stitcher. To get even more romance recs and news, sign up for our Kissing Books newsletter! This content contains affiliate links. When you buy through these links, we may earn an affiliate commission. News Read about the results of the WIR listener survey – and thanks to everyone who completed it!  Books Discussed Office Hours by Katrina Jackson The Widow of Rose House by Diana Biller (because Trisha can’t help herself) The Tenant by Katrina Jackson Her Other Secret by HelenKay Dimon A Lady of Rooksgrave Manor by Kathryn Moon Briarley by Aster Glenn Gray Big Bad Wolf by Suleikha Snyder The Wife in the Attic by Rose Lerner Let us know what you think about this week’s conversations and anything you’re reading and thinking about (and thinking about what you’re reading!) 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). See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Oct 4

48 min 11 sec

Jess and Trisha talk about a publisher taking advantage of an author’s idea, explain what on earth is happening with a certain ice planet (and the barbarians who reside there), and have some plans to read what they’ve got.  Subscribe to the podcast via RSS, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or Stitcher. To get even more romance recs and news, sign up for our Kissing Books newsletter! News Hear directly from R.M. Virtues about the Violet Gaze monster anthology mess, and if you’re interested, you can read the Violet Gaze apology as well. Here’s a good rundown of the Ice Planet Barbarians – and larger Booktok – story. [CNN] And ICYMI is a great internet culture podcast that also had a take on this story. This content contains affiliate links. When you buy through these links, we may earn an affiliate commission. Books Discussed Office Hours by Katrina Jackson (Read along with us for WIR Book Club!) Ice Planet Barbarians by Ruby Dixon Battle Royal by Lucy Parker Capturing the Silken Thief by Jeannie Lin That Time I Got Drunk and Saved a Demon by Kimberly Lemming What We May Be by Layla Rayne A Lot Like Adios by Alexis Daria The Ones Who Got Away by Roni Loren Let us know what you think about this week’s conversations and anything you’re reading (hopefully Office Hours!) and thinking about (and thinking about what you’re reading!) 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). See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Sep 20

50 min 10 sec

Jess and Trisha have a few updates and then discuss how to talk about sexual content in romance before recommending romances with teachers and school settings.  Subscribe to the podcast via RSS, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or Stitcher. To get even more romance recs and news, sign up for our Kissing Books newsletter! This content contains affiliate links. When you buy through these links, we may earn an affiliate commission. News Aug 21 was Bookstore Romance Day! Find the events and participating bookstores online. Learn a little more about the Romance for Haiti and Rom for Afghan Woman auctions – and then bid if you can. Here’s where you can find out if it “bangs”, and here’s an episode in which we talked about romance without explicit sexual content.  And it’s time to start planning for the next WIR Book Club! We’ll be talking about Office Hours by Katrina Jackson on our October 4 episode (recording Sept 30).  Books Discussed Then There Was You by Mona Shroff Between the Sheets by Molly O’Keefe Grumpy Jake by Melissa Blue Sing Anyway by Anita Kelly A Taste of Her Own Medicine by Tasha L. Harrison The Professor Next Door by Jackie Lau Just Like This by Cole McCade Getting Schooled by Christina C. Jones Take a Hint, Dani Brown by Talia Hibbert Touch Me by Alexandria House  Teach Me by Olivia Dade Let us know what you think about this week’s conversations and whatever else you’re reading and thinking about (and thinking about what you’re reading!) 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). See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Aug 23

51 min 12 sec

Jess and Trisha discuss why some corners of the romance book world have seen progress regarding inclusion and others have very much not, talk about a recent review and how we think about trauma in romance, and recommend (and re-recommend) romances that involve trauma, grief, and other often difficult human experiences.  Subscribe to the podcast via RSS, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or Stitcher. To get even more romance recs and news, sign up for our Kissing Books newsletter! This content contains affiliate links. When you buy through these links, we may earn an affiliate commission. News Here’s a rundown from Book Riot’s Sarah Nicolas on the RWA/Vivian award terribleness.  The most recent statement from RWA about it is here.  The review of The Heart Principle that we discussed can be found on the Kirkus site. Books Discussed The Heart Principle by Helen Hoang Recipe for Persuasion by Sonali Dev The Seducing the Sedgwicks series by Cat Sebastian The Right Swipe by Alisha Rai Flowers from the Storm by Laura Kinsale Seven Days in June by Tia Williams Anything by Roan Parrish (Seriously, anything. Riven. In the Middle of Somewhere. Best Laid Plans. Or whatever else.)  Let us know what you think about this week’s conversations and whatever else you’re reading and thinking about (and thinking about what you’re reading!) 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). See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Aug 9

47 min 15 sec

It’s WIR Book Club time again! Jess and Trisha discuss Wrong Number, Right Woman by Jae and then talk about their most anticipated romances for the rest of 2021.  Subscribe to the podcast via RSS, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or Stitcher. To get even more romance recs and news, sign up for our Kissing Books newsletter! This content contains affiliate links. When you buy through these links, we may earn an affiliate commission. Books Discussed Wrong Number, Right Woman and Under a Falling Star by Jae Donut Fall In Love by Jackie Lau A Thorn in the Saddle by Rebekah Weatherspoon The Love Con by Seressia Glass The Cowboy’s Unexpected Family by Molly O’Keefe Never Cross a Highlander by Lisa Rayne The Lights on Knockbridge Lane by Roan Parrish For the Love of April French by Penny Aimes All The Feels by Olivia Dade The Heart Principle by Helen Hoang Role Model by Rachel Reid A Lot Like Adios by Alexis Daria The Brightest Star In Paris by Diana Biller Breaking Badger by Shelly Laurenston The Groom, The Maid of Honor, and the Runaway Bride by Katee Robert The Devil You Know by Kit Rocha Well Matched by Jen DeLuca Let us know what you thought of Wrong Number, Right Woman and what books you’re excited about for the rest of 2021. 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). See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Jul 26

46 min 25 sec

Jess and Trisha share feedback from their listener survey and recommend some backlist titles in case you’re having trouble getting your hands on new releases.  Subscribe to the podcast via RSS, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or Stitcher. To get even more romance recs and news, sign up for our Kissing Books newsletter! News  We’re discussing Wrong Number, Right Woman by Jae on July 22 for our episode coming out July 26 – read with us! You can still take our survey! And please do! This content contains affiliate links. When you buy through these links, we may earn an affiliate commission. Books Discussed Human Enough by ES Yu Real Men Knit by Kwana Jackson You Had Me At Hola by Alexis Daria  Whiteout by Adriana Anders Inheritance by Katrina Jackson Thanks to everyone who took the WIR survey! We’re leaving it up for another week or so, so feel free to let us know how your reading is going if you haven’t already. 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). See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Jul 12

48 min 58 sec

Jess and Trisha talk about how their reading habits have changed and ask for listener input before discussing their favorite romances of 2021 so far.  Subscribe to the podcast via RSS, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or Stitcher. To get even more romance recs and news, sign up for our Kissing Books newsletter! News  We’re discussing Wrong Number, Right Woman by Jae on July 22 for our episode coming out July 26 – read with us! Jess mentioned the Book Riot reading log, so here you go if you wanna check it out. We want to know how your reading is going, so take our survey! Books Discussed Act Your Age, Eve Brown by Talia Hibbert Wild Rain by Beverly Jenkins The Devil Comes Courting by Courtney Milan Best Laid Plans by Roan Parrish Make It Sweet by Kristen Callihan The Girl With Stars in Her Eyes by Xio Axelrod Please take our survey! And let us know what your favorite romance of 2021 is so far – you can even do it in the survey! 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). See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Jun 28

49 min 15 sec

Jess and Trisha dive into the world of romance between women, discussing the current publishing landscape and recommending some titles you should check out. Subscribe to the podcast via RSS, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or Stitcher. To get even more romance recs and news, sign up for our Kissing Books newsletter! News  The podcast 99% Invisible has a new episode about romance novels and their covers! Looking for just a bit more clinch cover coverage in your life? One of our faves is getting a special anniversary re-release, and we are decidedly on board. Books Discussed Indigo by Beverly Jenkins Once Ghosted, Twice Shy by Alyssa Cole Mrs. Martin’s Incomparable Adventure by Courtney Milan Satisfaction Guaranteed by Karelia Stetz-Waters Knit, Purl, a Baby and a Girl by Hettie Bell Prize Money by Celeste Castro Small Town Secrets by Katrina Jackson Femme Like Her by Fiona Zedde Wrong Number, Right Woman by Jae (Our next book club pick!!) Send us your favorite romances between (and among) women! 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). See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Jun 14

45 min 27 sec

Trisha is joined by very special guest Jenn Northington to discuss Beverly Jenkins’s Vivid and to offer some SFF (and P) romance recs.  Subscribe to the podcast via RSS, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or Stitcher. To get even more romance recs and news, sign up for our Kissing Books newsletter! This content contains affiliate links. When you buy through these links, we may earn an affiliate commission. News  Listen to Jenn discuss all kinds of other bookish things on Get Booked and SFF Yeah! If you are also a “cook or bake as you read” person, here’s the recipe Jenn used for what we’re now calling Miss Abigail bread. (It calls for a cast-iron skillet but you can use any oven-safe pan or cake tin of that approximate size.) AND Jenn was kind enough to also share her (soon to be famous, probably) jam recipe with all of us: 2 cups blueberries; 1 tbs white sugar; ½ tbs lemon juice; a pinch of cinnamon (optional). Mix blueberries, sugar, lemon juice, and cinnamon in a saucepan; cook, stirring regularly, over medium heat until thickened, about 30 minutes. It will gel a little more as it cools; an easy way to know if it’s “done” is if you can draw a spoon through it along the bottom of the pan and it takes a second for the pan bottom to be covered up again. (TB note: this recipe apparently does not call for a dutch oven or a double boiler – I checked.) Books Discussed Vivid, Wild Rain, and Bring on the Blessings by Beverly Jenkins The Books of Ambha series by Tasha Suri In Deeper Waters by FT Lukens The Heroine Complex series by Sarah Kuhn Briarley by Aster Glenn Gray Touched By An Alien by Gini Koch The Off the Grid series by Alyssa Cole (First book is Radio Silence) The Heart is a Universe by Sherry Thomas Sword Stone Table: Old Legends, New Voices edited by Swapna Krishna and Jenn Northington (Out July 14) Send us your favorite SFF(P) books AND your favorite bookish recipes! You can find Jenn on Twitter and Tumblr (@jennIRL) and on Instagram (@iamjennirl). And 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). See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

May 17

48 min 41 sec

After some kitchen appliance romance-related follow-up, Jess and Trisha return to the topic of romance covers and recommend some options for your #SpringIntoLoveBingo reading. Subscribe to the podcast via RSS, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or Stitcher. To get even more romance recs and news, sign up for our Kissing Books newsletter! News Use #SpringIntoLoveBingo and #RomBkLove on Twitter as ways to find your next spring read! Don’t forget to send any questions or thoughts about Vivid by May 13 for our book club episode (which will drop Monday, May 17). This post contains affiliate links. When you buy through these links, Book Riot may earn a commission. Books Discussed Vivid by Beverly Jenkins The Lady’s Champion by Marie Lipscomb  Touch Me by Alexandria House  The Kindred Spirits Supper Club by Amy E. Reichert Bear’s Gold by Yvette Hines In the Middle of Somewhere by Roan Parrish The Hate Project by Kris Ripper (Quick note on this one: Jess mentioned that a character in this book was deceased, but that relative is actually in care.) Send us your thoughts on Vivid and whatever else you’re reading this spring! 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). See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

May 3

44 min 45 sec

Jess and Trisha share listener recs, reveal the May WIR Book Club pick, talk about the Vivians and romance awards generally, and discuss and recommend slow burn romances. Subscribe to the podcast via RSS, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or Stitcher. To get even more romance recs and news, sign up for our Kissing Books newsletter! This post contains affiliate links. When you buy through these links, Book Riot may earn a commission. News  We’re discussing Vivid by Beverly Jenkins on our episode that comes out May 17! Feel free to send us all of your thoughts and feelings before we record that episode on May 13.  The Vivian finalists have been announced. If you don’t remember how the Vivian Awards came to be, let Jess remind you.   For comparison, check out the Swoon Awards, the Ripped Bodice Awards, and the ReadRChat awards. Books Discussed Sweet Disorder by Rose Lerner Wrong Number, Right Woman by Jae Office Hours by Katrina Jackson If the Boot Fits by Rebekah Weatherspoon Yes & I Love You by Roni Loren Craving Flight by Tamsen Parker The Preacher’s Promise by Piper Hughley Twice Shy by Sarah Hogle Love Lettering by Kate Clayborn Act Your Age, Eve Brown by Talia Hibbert Well Met by Jen DeLuca Signal Boost by Alyssa Cole His Perfect Partner by Priscilla Oliveras Heated Rivalry by Rachel Reid Send us your thoughts on slow burn romances…and any insight you have on what a toaster oven romance is. 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). See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Apr 19

47 min 26 sec

Jess and Trisha talk about the next round of the WIR book club and discuss and recommend romances featuring married couples. Subscribe to the podcast via RSS, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or Stitcher. To get even more romance recs and news, sign up for our Kissing Books newsletter! This post contains affiliate links. When you buy through these links, Book Riot may earn a commission. News  The WIR book club is back! Send your votes to wheninromance@bookriot.com! (Options are below)   Books Discussed Sweet Disorder by Rose Lerner (Book club option!) Wrong Number, Right Woman by Jae (Book club option!) Vivid by Beverly Jenkins (Book club option!) Office Hours by Katrina Jackson (Book club option!) The Bromance Book Club by Lyssa Kay Adams Maybe Next Time by Christina C. Jones Rend by Roan Parrish A Bollywood Affair by Sonali Dev The Captain’s Midwinter Bride by Liana de la Rosa Send us your book club votes! And your favorite adventure romances! And your favorite married couple romances! 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). See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Apr 5

44 min 5 sec

Jess and Trisha dive into romance films, discussing the way non-romance readers view adaptations, debating whether certain films marketed as romance actually fit the definition, and offering a few recommendations. Subscribe to the podcast via RSS, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or Stitcher. To get even more romance recs and news, sign up for our Kissing Books newsletter! News Thanks to all of you who reminded us of the excellent work Lee and Low Books has done with their Diversity Baseline Survey. We also talked a bit about Nick and Ari’s full critique of the Ribbed Bodice Diversity in Romance report. Please enjoy this delightful news about the adaptation of Rebekah Weatherspoon’s Cowboys of California trilogy [The Hollywood Reporter by Lexy Perez]  Films Discussed Happiest Season The Mummy The Big Sick Crazy Rich Asians The Lovebirds The Wedding Plan Tangled Juanita Deliver Us from Eva Share your thoughts on all things romance film – including what films you play “is it a romance?” with! 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). See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Mar 22

49 min 58 sec

Jess and Trisha discuss three news stories related to inclusion, exclusion, and diversity in romance. Then they talk about books they’ve been reading (and how one of those books is like a cancelled TV political drama). Subscribe to the podcast via RSS, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or Stitcher. To get even more romance recs and news, sign up for our Kissing Books newsletter! News  Here’s the (current version of the) Sourcebooks/E L James press release.  Meryl Wilsner’s twitter thread about their experience being disinvited from a library event is here. The most recent Ripped Bodice “State of Racial Diversity in Romance Publishing” is out as well, though some on Twitter raisedconcerns.  And if you need additional information about Designated Survivor, I don’t blame you and have you covered.  This post contains affiliate links. When you buy through these links, Book Riot may earn a commission. Books Discussed Something to Talk About by Meryl Wilsner Touch Me by Alexandria House The Home I Find With You by Skye Kilaen A Lady’s Formula for Love by Elizabeth Everett If The Boot Fits by Rebekah Weatherspoon Let us know what romance topics you’re thinking about and what you’re reading! 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). See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Mar 8

48 min 35 sec

Jess and Trisha discuss some non-terrible Valentine’s week romance coverage, talk about the way romance represents the experience of being Black in history…and Trisha has a confession to make. Subscribe to the podcast via RSS, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or Stitcher. To get even more romance recs and news, sign up for our Kissing Books newsletter! This post contains affiliate links. When you buy through these links, Book Riot may earn a commission. News As discussed, our fellow Rioters Silvana and Carole are just the best.  Please enjoy the romance coverage from NPR via podcast and this interview Beverly Jenkins did with Karen Grigsby Bates. Also the New York Times has come a long way, y’all. [NYT] There WAS in fact a Reading Pathways piece on Book Riot about Beverly Jenkins! And it was written by yet another of the actual best, Amanda Diehl [insert heart eyes emoji]. This is your regular reminder (from Trisha) to read this Book Riot piece about Bridgerton (by Jess). Post show note: Okay, we were wrong, and Black Panther came out in 2018. Time is complicated! Books Discussed Indigo, Forbidden, and basically everything else by Beverly Jenkins That Could Be Enough and Agnes Moor’s Wild Knight by Alyssa Cole Confessions in B Flat by Donna Hill The Preacher’s Promise by Piper Hughley A Duke, the Lady, and a Baby by Vanessa Riley The Duke Who Didn’t by Courtney Milan Rafe and Xeni by Rebekah Weatherspoon Two Rogues Make a Right by Cat Sebastian Love Lettering by Kate Clayborn Please send Trisha your favorite romances that aren’t especially plot-driven (she clearly needs the help). 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). See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Feb 22

44 min 26 sec

Jess and Trisha discuss Nora Roberts’s lack of time for nonsense, authors behaving badly, and the unique world of category romance – along with a few recs, of course. Subscribe to the podcast via RSS, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or Stitcher. To get even more romance recs and news, sign up for our Kissing Books newsletter! This post contains affiliate links. When you buy through these links, Book Riot may earn a commission. News Nora Roberts doesn’t care what you think [Entertainment Weekly] Here’s a way not to write outside of your own experience.  In case you’re curious, here a bit more info about category romance…and here’s a little more info about Pregnesia. Books Discussed Seducing His Secret Wife by Robin Covington Bane by Brenda Jackson The Flapper’s Fake Fiancé by Lauri Robinson Pregnesia by Carla Cassidy Let us know if YOU have favorite category romance – and keep sharing your romance reading origin 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). See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Feb 8

48 min 49 sec

Jess and Trisha do a bit of Bridgerton follow-up, celebrate a When In Romance anniversary, and discuss romances by debut authors they’re watching for. Subscribe to the podcast via RSS, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or Stitcher. To get even more romance recs and news, sign up for our Kissing Books newsletter! News Read Jess’s excellent piece about the Bridgerton adaptation casting decisions and trauma centered on Black characters. We talked about WIR Ep #22, featuring special guest Rebekah Weatherspoon. And Trisha stands by her Carrie Underwood reference. Books Discussed For the Love of April French by Penny Aimes Happy Endings by Thien-Kim Lam A Lady’s Formula for Love by Elizabeth Everett Honey Girl by Morgan Rogers Love in Color: Mythical Tales From Around the World, Retold by Bobu Babalola Sweethand by N.G. Peltier Let us know what your favorite WIR moments have been, share your romance origin stories, and tell us what romance titles you’re excited about in 2021. 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). See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Jan 25

44 min 41 sec

Jess and Trisha celebrate a new year, discuss Netflix adaptation Bridgerton, and talk about the books they’re ready for – and hoping for – in 2021. Subscribe to the podcast via RSS, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or Stitcher. To get even more romance recs and news, sign up for our Kissing Books newsletter! News You can watch Bridgerton (or not) on Netflix. Books Discussed The Duke and I by Julia Quinn Act Your Age, Eve Brown by Talia Hibbert (Out March 9, 2021) Incense and Sensibility by Sonali Dev (Out July 6, 2021) How To Find A Princess by Alyssa Cole (Out May 25, 2021) Cinnamon Roll and Weave the Dark, Weave the Light by Anna Zabo Loose Ends Series by Rebekah Weatherspoon The Bride Bet by Tessa Dare The Devil Comes Courting by Courtney Milan (Out February 9, 2021) Let us know what you thought of Bridgerton and what you’re excited to read in 2021. 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). See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Jan 11

52 min

Jess and Trisha discuss news they’ve missed in recent weeks, give some “best of” list updates, and recommend a few of their favorite romances from 2020. Subscribe to the podcast via RSS, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or Stitcher. To get even more romance recs and news, sign up for our Kissing Books newsletter! News Romancing the Runoff raised a bonkers amount of money. [Per EW, with a longer piece on this and similar efforts on Jezebel] Courtney Milan made the NYT notable fiction list with an independently published book because she is an unstoppable badass. [NYT] Since we talked about the Goodreads Readers Choice awards, here’s what happened there. Vote in the ReadRChat awards! And ICYMI, here’s the Book Riot Best of 2020 list. This KFC thing is happening for some reason…? [Washington Post] Books Discussed Deal with the Devil by Kit Rocha Take a Hint, Dani Brown by Talia Hibbert Recipe for Persuasion by Sonali Dev The Duke Who Didn’t by Courtney Milan Two Rogues Make a Right by Cat Sebastian Spoiler Alert by Olivia Dade Thanks to everyone who rode the 2020 roller coaster with us! Let us know what your favorite books have been, and always feel free to send us your thoughts and questions. 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). See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Dec 2020

45 min 14 sec

It’s recommendation request time – part 2! Jess and Trisha offer recs to readers looking for comedic romance, underrepresented authors, cruelty-free paranormal romance, and more. Subscribe to the podcast via RSS, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or Stitcher. To get even more romance recs and news, sign up for our Kissing Books newsletter! Books Discussed Polaris Rising by Jesse Mihalik The Blacksmith Queen by G.A. Aiken Highland Dragon Warrior by Isabel Cooper The Rebel Wears Plaid by Eliza Knight Agnes Moor’s Wild Knight by Alyssa Cole The Winter Sea and The Firebird by Susanna Kearsley Being Hospitable by Meka James Heartbeat Braves by Pamela Sanderson Taking on the Billionaire by Robin Covington Second Chance on Cypress Lane by Reese Ryan The Bromance Book Club by Lyssa Kay Adams The Love Study by Kris Ripper Between a Rock and a Hot Mess by Phyllis Bourne The Duke Who Didn’t by Courtney Milan Truth or Beard by Penny Reid Ghosting by Tash Skilton Mangoes and Mistletoe by Adriana Herrera Stripped by Zoey Castile The Baldwin Village and Holidays with the Wongs series by Jackie Lau The Sumage Solution by G.L. Carriger Deal with the Devil by Kit Rocha The Last Wolf by Maria Vale Hot and Badgered by Shelly Laurenston The Demigod’s Legacy and Prince in Leather by Holley Trent Comedic Romances Discussed This Year Get a Life, Chloe Brown and Take a Hint, Dani Brown by Talia Hibbert The Roommate by Rosie Danan You Had Me at Hola by Alexis Daria The Worst Best Man by Mia Sosa Boyfriend Material by Alexis Hall The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang Meet Cute Club by Jack Harbon Conventionally Yours by Annabeth Albert Do You Want To Start a Scandal? by Tess Dare Fumbled by Alexa Martin Thanks to everyone who wrote in with recommendation requests, and always feel free to send us your thoughts and questions! 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). See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Nov 2020

1 hr 3 min

It’s recommendation request time!! Jess and Trisha offer recs to readers looking for soapy drama, storylines related to social justice, SFF without the alpha males, funny and quirky narrators, and more.  This episode is sponsored by TBR, Book Riot’s subscription service offering reading recommendations personalized to your reading life; First We Were IV by Alexandra Sirowy (KidsBuzz); and Just the Two of Us by Ryu Hyang with POPPYPUB and KPIPA. Subscribe to the podcast via RSS, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or Stitcher. To get even more romance recs and news, sign up for our Kissing Books newsletter! News  No news on this episode, but Jess did recommend Crash Landing on You (available on Netflix). Books Discussed The Austen Playbook by Lucy Parker The Rakess by Scarlett Peckham After the Wedding by Courtney Milan Wicked and the Wallflower by Sarah MacLean Island Affair by Priscilla Oliveras The Key to Happily Ever After by Tif Marcelo Life is Sweet by Lily Seabrooke Ayesha at Last by Uzma Jalaluddin Thirsty by Mia Hopkins Guarding Temptation by Talia Hibbert The Lady’s Guide to Celestial Mechanics by Olivia Waite Open House by Ruby Lang The Undoing by Shelly Laurenston The AI Who Loved Me by Alyssa Cole The Rose by Tiffany Reisz Strange Love by Ann Aguirre Intercepted by Alexa Martin Boyfriend Material by Alexis Hall Written in the Stars by Alexandria Bellefleur  So Forward by Mina V. Esguerra The Bollywood Bride and Recipe for Persuasion by Sonali Dev Rumor Has It by Cheris Hodges Theirs for the Night and Forever Theirs by Katee Robert Lush Money by Angelina M. Lopez More recommendations still to come, and as always, feel free to send us your thoughts and questions! 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). See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Nov 2020

59 min 9 sec

Jess and Trisha discuss where “best of” lists come from and what they’re for, and then they do a deep dive into meet cutes – and not so cutes – that includes a pop quiz and some recommendations. This episode is sponsored by TBR, Book Riot’s subscription service offering reading recommendations personalized to your reading life; Sorrow by Tiffanie DeBartolo from Woodhall Press; and If The Boot Fits by Rebekah Weatherspoon from Kensington Books. Subscribe to the podcast via RSS, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or Stitcher. To get even more romance recs and news, sign up for our Kissing Books newsletter! News  Publishers Weekly has weighed in on the best romances of the year, and Goodreads has asked readers to do the same.   Send us your recommendation requests for our holiday rec episode! Books Discussed His Convenient Husband by Robin Covington Romancing the Duke by Tessa Dare Take a Hint, Dani Brown by Talia Hibbert I Think I Might Love You by Christina C. Jones One Last Chance by Therese Beharrie My Fake Rake by Eva Leigh Strange Love by Ann Aguirre Play It Again by Aiden Wayne Xeni by Rebekah Weatherspoon The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang Send us your holiday recommendation requests! 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). See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Nov 2020

45 min 39 sec

When In Romance is a biweekly romance podcast dedicated to romance novel news, enthusiasm, and romance book recommendations from Book Riot! Join hosts Jess and Trisha every other Monday as they dig into the joys and complexities of the genre. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Oct 2020

2 min 22 sec

Jess and Trisha do some quick updates, talk about a complicated decision from Harlequin, and recommend romances with great friendships. This episode is sponsored by TBR, Book Riot’s subscription service offering reading recommendations personalized to your reading life; Sips by: Experience the joy of personalized tea discovery; and Book Riot Insiders, the digital hangout spot for the Book Riot community. Subscribe to the podcast via RSS, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or Stitcher. To get even more romance recs and news, sign up for our Kissing Books newsletter! News  Brenda Jackson’s books are getting the adaptation they so richly deserve! [Variety] And speaking of adaptations, we have a premiere date for the Shonda Rhimes Bridgerton adaptation! [Deadline] We adore Roan Parish and still have some thoughts about this because more than one thing can be true.  Jess wrote this great piece on friendships in Black and multicultural romance for Book Riot. Send us your recommendation requests for our holiday rec episode! Books Discussed París Puede Esperar by Marisa Sicilia Bane by Brenda Jackson The Duke and I by Julia Quinn Sustained and the whole Legal Briefs series by Emma Chase Meet Cute Club and Kitten by Jack Harbon The Love Study by Kris Ripper Thanks to everyone who sends us emails and input! Feel free to keep ‘em coming. 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). See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Oct 2020

41 min 20 sec

Jess and Trisha talk about the end of Audible Escape and why the “all you can read” model is a challenge in romance, and they recommend books with bisexual characters.  This episode is sponsored by Book Riot’s mystery thriller podcast, Read or Dead; TBR, Book Riot’s subscription service offering reading recommendations personalized to your reading life; and The Return by Nicholas Sparks. Subscribe to the podcast via RSS, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or Stitcher. To get even more romance recs and news, sign up for our Kissing Books newsletter! News Audible Escape is ending and romance readers aren’t pleased about the new option supposedly replacing it. [Distractify] But according to The Digital Reader, many romance authors had been frustrated with the service for some time.  And if all of this sounds familiar, you might be remembering when this happened at Scribd. [The Guardian] Books Discussed Two Rogues Make a Right by Cat Sebastian Wrong to Need You by Alisha Rai Xeni by Rebekah Weatherspoon Better Than People by Roan Parrish Just Like That by Cole McCade From Scratch by Katrina Jackson Out on the Ice by Kelly Farmer Let us know if you have feelings about the end of Audible Escape or favorite romances with bi characters. 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). See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Oct 2020

42 min 50 sec

Jess and Trisha talk about the impacts of the pandemic on romance publishing, brainstorm possible ways it will affect future stories, and share favorite romances by Latinx authors.  This episode is sponsored by TBR, Book Riot’s subscription service offering reading recommendations personalized to your reading life; Book Riot Insiders; the digital hangout spot for the Book Riot community, and Portrait of Loyalty by Roseanna M. White. Subscribe to the podcast via RSS, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or Stitcher. To get even more romance recs and news, sign up for our Kissing Books newsletter! News Publisher’s Weekly did a few articles on the impact of the pandemic on small and indie publishers. But romance sales increased this spring… And a printing backlog is compounding problems. Trisha also mentioned this discussion about COVID impacts on pop culture from Pop Culture Happy Hour. Books Discussed You Had Me at Hola by Alexis Daria The Infamous Miss Rodriguez by Lydia San Andres His Quiet Agent by Ada Maria Soto American Dreamer, American Fairytale, and American Love Story by Adriana Herrera Let us know if you have predictions about how COVID might impact romance and what your favorite books with Latinx authors and characters are. 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). See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Sep 2020

40 min 56 sec

Jess and Trisha discuss the impact Corey Alexander had on romance discourse, check in about Bookstore Romance Day, and recommend romances involving sports.  This episode is sponsored by TBR, Book Riot’s subscription service offering reading recommendations personalized to your reading life; Book Riot Insiders, the digital hangout spot for the Book Riot community; and The Switch by Beth O’Leary. Subscribe to the podcast via RSS, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or Stitcher. To get even more romance recs and news, sign up for our Kissing Books newsletter! News Corey Alexander, who wrote under the name Xan West, has died. You can find their insightful blog here. You can still experience Bookstore Romance Day via YouTube. Romance critic @JenReadsRomance put together this map of romance-friendly indie bookstores. Might be a good time to revisit Trisha’s post on why indie bookstores need to carry romance. Oh, and listen to our friends Alice and Kim (from whom we shamelessly stole this sports books in lieu of the Olympics idea) on Book Riot’s For Real podcast for nonfiction.  If you’re looking for more sports romance titles, here’s a list of 100 Must Read Sports Romances, and a few more Jess put together when she was writing about sports romance and white supremacy culture. Books Discussed Nine of Swords, Reversed by Xan West Their Troublesome Crush by Xan West Eight Kinky Nights by Xan West The Changeup by Nicole Falls Love Hard by Nalini Singh Neighborly by Katrina Jackson Out on the Ice by Kelly Farmer So Forward by Mina V. Esguerra The Hat Trick Series (first book is Off the Ice) by Avon Gale and Piper Vaughn The Hot Shot by Kristen Callihan  His Convenient Husband by Robin Covington The Playbook series (first book is Intercepted) by Alexa Martin The Nymphs and Trojans series (first book is Shots Not Taken) by Nicole Falls and Alexandra Warren Long Shot by Kennedy Ryan 40-Love by Olivia Dade Let us know what bookstores you love that love romance and which sports romances you’re reading in lieu of the Olympics. 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). See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Aug 2020

54 min 37 sec

Jess and Trisha flag some upcoming romance events, discuss how we talk about who writes and reads romance, and recommend romance series in which you can completely immerse yourself. This episode is sponsored by Read or Dead, Book Riot’s mystery/thriller podcast, Deal With the Devil by Kit Rocha from Tor Books, and TBR, Book Riot’s subscription service offering reading recommendations personalized to your reading life. Subscribe to the podcast via RSS, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or Stitcher. To get even more romance recs and news, sign up for our Kissing Books newsletter! News Listeners added Upload and The Baby-Sitters Club to our recommendations in the last episode The Ripped Bodice Awards are back! Check out the Summer of Black Love Virtual Book Fair (ends August 14) and Bookstore Romance Day (August 15)  Information about Sorcha Rowan’s horrifying behavior is here Publisher’s Weekly interviewed Avi Steinberg/Dana Becker Some guys started a bromance book club Books Discussed TheBromance Book Club by Lissa Kay Adams The Blessings series by Beverly Jenkins (first book is Bring on the Blessings) The Brothers Sinister series by Courtney Milan (first book is The Duchess War) The Hidden Legacy series by Ilona Andrews (first book is Burn For Me) The Sugar Baby series by Rebekah Weatherspoon (first book is So Sweet) The Parasol Protectorate series by Gail Carrigar (first book is Soulless)  The Gathering of Dragons series by Milla Vane (first book is A Heart of Blood and Ashes) The Twisted Wishes series by Anna Zabo (first book is Syncopation) The Seducing the Sedgwicks series by Cat Sebastian (first book is It Takes Two to Tumble) The Westmoreland series by Brenda Jackson (first book is Delaney’s Desert Sheikh) The Psy-Changeling series by Nalini Singh (first book is Slave to Sensation) Let us know what series have hooked you from the first book (seriously, Trisha is almost done with the Blessings series and needs the recs). 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). See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Aug 2020

56 min 12 sec

Jess and Trisha talk about things people love about reading romance and then offer some non-romance novel entertainment options that might share similar qualities. This episode is sponsored by TBR, Book Riot’s subscription service offering reading recommendations personalized to your reading life; Libro FM; and Book Riot Insiders, the digital hangout spot for the Book Riot community. Subscribe to the podcast via RSS, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or Stitcher. To get even more romance recs and news, sign up for our Kissing Books newsletter! News Discussed You – yes you! – can attend the virtual Romance GenreCon from the Mid-Continent Public Library! Books and Non-Book Entertainment Discussed Tangled Playing House The Great Harlots Ms. Marvel by G. Willow Wilson and illustrated by Adrian Alphona Green Lantern Legacy by Minh Le and illustrated by Andie Tong America Vol 1: The Life and Times of America Chavez and America Vol 2: Fast and Furtona by Gabby Rivera Digital coloring, and specifically Happy Color and Color Planet Sanjay’s Super Team Purl Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type by Doreen Cronin with pictures by Betsy Lewin Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs by Judi Barrett and drawn by Ron Barrett The Bold Type The Weekend  Tig Imagine Me & You Kissing Jessica Stein But I’m a Cheerleader Free Solo Let us know what you love about reading romance and whether you can get any of those feelings or perspectives through other media. 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). See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Jul 2020

54 min 50 sec

Jess and Trisha talk about all of the many things they liked about Getting Schooled by Christina C. Jones and and recommend some favorite romance reads from the year so far – to the extent that they’ve been able to read. This episode is sponsored by TBR, Book Riot’s subscription service offering reading recommendations personalized to your reading life; Boyfriend Material by Alexis Hall, from Sourcebooks; and Book Riot Insiders, the digital hangout spot for the Book Riot community. Subscribe to the podcast via RSS, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or Stitcher. To get even more romance recs and news, sign up for our Kissing Books newsletter! News Book Riot’s best books of 2020 so far is here for your enjoyment and TBR-extending purposes. Books Discussed Getting Schooled by Christina C. Jones The Rakess by Scarlett Peckham Guarding Temptation by Talia Hibbert Take a Hint, Dani Brown by Talia Hibbert One Last Chance by Therese Beharrie Two Rogues Make a Right by Cat Sebastian Check, Please: Sticks and Scones by Ngozi Ukazu Let us know what you thought of Getting Schooled (do you need the dark moment??) and what your favorite books of 2020 so far have been. 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). See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Jul 2020

53 min 47 sec

Jess and Trisha discuss some more RWA work, takeaways from a Juneteeth Book Fest panel on writing Black romance, the delight for all readers in reading queer romance, and offer some favorites for Pride Month. This episode is sponsored by Hey YA, Book Riot’s own podcast about all things young adult lit; Book Riot Insiders, the digital hangout spot for the Book Riot community; and TBR: Tailored Book Recommendations, Book Riot’s personalized reading recommendation service, which now has gifting! Subscribe to the podcast via RSS, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or Stitcher. To get even more romance recs and news, sign up for our Kissing Books newsletter! News Please take a few minutes and fill out our survey! You could win an ereader! RWA is working to support Dreamspinner authors who are owed money. Here’s a great longform piece from Vox on the racism in RWA and how a new board is trying to turn things around. Learn about the Juneteenth Book Fest and then watch the “Black Love: Writing Black Romance” panel! Books Discussed Treasure by Rebekah Weatherspoon Just Like That by Cole McCade That Could be Enough by Alyssa Cole Lord of the Last Heartbeat by May Petersen Two Rogues Make a Right and It Takes Two to Tumble by Cat Sebastian The Craft of Love by EE Ottoman Take a Hint, Dani Brown by Talia Hibbert Every Dark Desire by Fiona Zedde Getting Schooled by Christina C. Jones (read it now for our book club discussion in the next episode!) Let us know what you thoughts of the Juneteeth Book Fest romance panel and what thoughts and questions you have about Getting Schooled! 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). See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Jun 2020

55 min 17 sec

Jess and Trisha talk about the impact of anti-Black racism in publishing, an RWA awards decision, and books we love by Black authors. Plus! We announce a new book club pick! This episode is sponsored by Hey YA, Book Riot’s own podcast about all things young adult lit; Book Riot Insiders, the digital hangout spot for the Book Riot community; and TBR: Tailored Book Recommendations, Book Riot’s personalized reading recommendation service, which now has gifting! Subscribe to the podcast via RSS, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or Stitcher. To get even more romance recs and news, sign up for our Kissing Books newsletter! News #PublishingPaidMe has illustrated the systemic racism in publishing. Lee and Low helped quantify it by posting their data about the appallingly low number of Black authors and publishing professionals. RWA has dropped the RITA and replaced it with the Vivian, a new award named for RWA founder Vivian Stephens. Books Discussed The Boyfriend Project by Farrah Rochon That Kind of Guy by Talia Hibbert Pink Slip by Katrina Jackson Wherever You Are Are by Elle Wright So Sweet by Rebekah Weatherspoon In Case You Forgot by Frederick Smith and Chaz Lamar Getting Schooled by Christina C. Jones (read it now for our July book club discussion!) 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). See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Jun 2020

53 min 27 sec

Jess and Trisha talk with Passionflix founder and CEO Tosca Musk about romance adaptations, managing fan and author expectations, and what being a “producer” actually means. This episode is sponsored by a Taste of Sage from Harper Paperbacks; Recipe for Persuasion by Sonali Dev and William Morrow paperbacks; and TBR: Book Riot’s service for Tailored Book Recommendations, now available as a gift! Subscribe to the podcast via RSS, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or Stitcher. To get even more romance recs and news, sign up for our Kissing Books newsletter! News Take a peek at Gabriel’s Inferno or one of the other romance novel adaptations on Passionflix. Books Discussed Gabriel’s Inferno by Sylvain Reynard The Ravenswood Series (the first book is A Girl Like Her) by Talia Hibbert Better Off Red by Rebekah Weatherspoon Let It Shine by Alyssa Cole Something to Talk About by Meryl Wilsner The Driven series (the first book is Driven) by K. Bromberg Fighting to Breathe by Aurora Rose Reynolds Wicked by Jennifer L. Armentrout You can find Tosca and Passionflix on Twitter and Instagram at @toscamusk and @passionflix, and 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). See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Jun 2020

49 min 41 sec

Jess and Trisha talk about the importance of inclusive language, have MANY thoughts about an adaptation of Safe Harbour by Danielle Steel, and recommend a few more readalikes and some romances that are set entirely in one location. This episode is sponsored by Lit Stitch: 25 Cross-Stitch Patterns for Book Lovers, made by Book Riot and Abrams; TBR, Book Riot’s subscription service offering Tailored Book Recommendations for readers of all stripes; and Stay with Me from author Becky Wade. Subscribe to the podcast via RSS, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or Stitcher. To get even more romance recs and news, sign up for our Kissing Books newsletter! News The GLAAD Media Reference Guide might be a useful resource for a lot of us. Safe Harbour – with a “u” – may be the romance adaptation you need right now. It also very much may not be. Books Discussed Pride, Prejudice, and Other Flavors and Recipe for Persuasion by Sonali Dev Island Affair by Priscilla Oliveras One Last Chance by Terese Beharrie American Fairytale and American Love Story by Adriana Herrera Rafe by Rebekah Weatherspoon Sleeper by Kayley Loring A Taste of Her own Medicine by Tasha L. Harrison Do You Want to Start a Scandal? by Tessa Dare A Cowboy to Remember by Rebekah Weatherspoon Candy Hearts by Erin McLellan Proper English by KJ Charles Bear With Me by Lucy Eden Keep sending us your recs for what romance adaptations we should discuss, and let us know what your favorite single setting romances are. 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). See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

May 2020

1 hr 4 min

Jess and Trisha chat about remote romance author events, share their thoughts on the adaptation of Can You Keep a Secret? by Sophie Kinsella, and offer read-alikes for some of the books and series they talk about most. This episode is sponsored by TBR, Book Riot’s subscription service offering Tailored Book Recommendations for readers of all stripes; Libro FM; and Book Riot Insiders, the digital hangout spot for the Book Riot community. Subscribe to the podcast via RSS, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or Stitcher. To get even more romance recs and news, sign up for our Kissing Books newsletter! News Info about the May 1 Loyalty Bookstore event with Alyssa Cole, Rebekah Weatherspoon, Sharina Harris, and Mia Sosa is here! (Doesn’t look like there’s a video up at this point, so keep an eye out!) Can You Keep a Secret? may be the romance adaptation you need right now…maybe. Books Discussed Can You Keep a Secret? by Sophie Kinsella A Princess in Theory by Alyssa Cole The Princess Trap by Talia Hibbert The Princess Affair by Nell Stark The Widow of Rose House by Diana Biller Glitterland by Alexis Hall It Takes Two to Tumble by Cat Sebastian Slave to Sensation by Nalini Singh Ayesha At Last by Uzma Jalaluddin Unmarriageable by Soniah Kamal Love Lettering by Kate Clayborn The Marriage Game by Sara Desai (scheduled for release on June 9, 2020) The Twisted Wishes series (first book is Syncopation) by Anna Zabo The Rakess by Scarlett Peckham Hot and Badgered by Shelly Laurenston The Lady’s Guide to Celestial Mechanics by Olivia Waite How to Talk to Nice English Girls by Gretchen Evans Life is Sweet by Lily Seabrooke Being Hospitable by Meka James Keep sending us your recs for what romance adaptations we should discuss, and let us know what WIR faves you need read-alikes for. 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). See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

May 2020

53 min 11 sec

Jess and Trisha discuss some recent RWA developments, review the adaptation of Beverly Jenkins’s Deadly Sexy, and recommend some favorites by Ms. Bev. This episode is sponsored by TBR, Book Riot's subscription service offering Tailored Book Recommendations for readers of all stripes; Book Riot Insiders, the digital hangout spot for the Book Riot community; and Sourcebooks’s Conventionally Yours by Annabeth Albert. Subscribe to the podcast via RSS, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or Stitcher. To get even more romance recs and news, sign up for our Kissing Books newsletter! News RWA has a brand new Board of Directors and one of the first orders of business was to offer some apologies. Deadly Sexy on Amazon Video may be the romance adaptation you need right now. Books Discussed A Cowboy to Remember by Rebekah Weatherspoon Do You Want to Start a Scandal? By Tessa Dare Reverb by Anna Zabo By Beverly Jenkins: Destiny’s Embrace and the Destiny Series Indigo Through the Storm Forbidden Rebel 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). See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Apr 2020

51 min 32 sec

Jess and special guest host Jenn Northington (Co-host of Book Riot podcasts Get Booked and SFF Yeah! and all-around person of awesomeness) talk All Things Austen and Austen-related. They discuss Jenn’s participation in a Regency RPG, Drunk Austen’s VirtualJaneCon, share recs for Austen retellings, and talk about an Emma adaptation that people don’t talk enough about. This episode is sponsored by TBR: Tailored Book Recommendations; Book Riot Insiders; and Libro FM. Subscribe to the podcast via RSS, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or Stitcher. To get even more romance recs and news, sign up for our Kissing Books newsletter! News Book Riot has a story stream collecting all of our bookish COVID-19 coverage. Check out Good Society, the Regency Role Playing Game. See the rundown of VirtualJaneCon, which was held over the weekend of March 28-29. Many of the video presentations are linked there or on Drunk Austen’s Facebook page. See if there’s an event like Jane Austen Night at the Woodlands near you. Books Discussed Pride and Prejudiceby Jane Austen Persuasionby Jane Austen Emmaby Jane Austen Northanger Abbeyby Jane Austen Sense and Sensibilityby Jane Austen Sanditon by Jane Austen Bridget Jones’s Diaryby Helen Fielding (referenced) Pride, Prejudice, and Other Flavorsby Sonali Dev Recipe for Persuasionby Sonali Dev If I Loved You Lessby Tamsen Parker Sophia Khan is Not Obligedby Ayisha Malik Ayesha At Lastby Uzma Jalaluddin Longbournby Jo Baker Well Playedby Katrina Ramos Atienza And check out the 2009 adaptation of Emma starring Romola Garai and Jonny Lee Miller. There was also some Clueless discussion. Check out the interview with 2020 Emma director Autumn de Wilde on the Novel Gazing podcast. Watch that version of Emma.  Here’s the Great Emma-Off from Gail Carriger’s blog. 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 (and Jenn!) at the WIR email address (wheninromance@bookriot.com). You can also find us on Twitter (@jessisreading and @jennIRL), or Instagram (@jess_is_reading and @iamjennIRL). See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Apr 2020

59 min 55 sec

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. Subscribe to the podcast via RSS, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or Stitcher. To get even more romance recs and news, sign up for our Kissing Books newsletter! 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). See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Mar 2020

54 min 33 sec

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. Subscribe to the podcast via RSS, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or Stitcher. To get even more romance recs and news, sign up for our Kissing Books newsletter! 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). See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Mar 2020

44 min 55 sec

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. Subscribe to the podcast via RSS, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or Stitcher. To get even more romance recs and news, sign up for our Kissing Books newsletter! News The entire RWA board resigned. You can read the RWA audit report for yourself, but you should definitely read some ofthe reactionsto 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). See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Feb 2020

1 hr

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 Handsell; Never Kiss a Duke by Megan Frampton, published by Avon Books; and Book Riot Insiders. Subscribe to the podcast via RSS, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or Stitcher. To get even more romance recs and news, sign up for our Kissing Books newsletter! 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 Fixer, The 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). See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Feb 2020

50 min 10 sec

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. Subscribe to the podcast via RSS, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or Stitcher. To get even more romance recs and news, sign up for our Kissing Books newsletter! 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). See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Jan 2020

53 min 59 sec

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 Insiders, Book Riot’s Read Harder 2020 Challenge, and Libro FM. Subscribe to the podcast via RSS, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, 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). See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Jan 2020

53 min 46 sec

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 Journal, Regretting You by Colleen Hoover from Amazon Publishing, and Libro FM. Subscribe to the podcast via RSS, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or Stitcher. To get even more romance recs and news, sign up for our Kissing Books newsletter! 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). See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Dec 2019

1 hr 6 min

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 Journal, TBR from Book Riot, and Libro FM. Subscribe to the podcast via RSS, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or Stitcher. To get even more romance recs and news, sign up for our Kissing Books newsletter! 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 Bride, A 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). See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Dec 2019

1 hr 18 min

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. Subscribe to the podcast via RSS, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or Stitcher. To get even more romance recs and news, sign up for our Kissing Books newsletter! 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). See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

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Nov 2019

1 hr 5 min