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

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

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Thanks again to Jackie Horne from Romance Novels for Feminists for her book list on romance history and romance literary criticism:

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


Butterfly Swords by Jeannie Lin

Intercepted by Alexa Martin

The Bride Test by Helen Hoang

The Right Swipe by Alisha Rai

His Convenient Husband by Robin Covington

Fumbled by Alexa Martin

Thirsty and Trashed by Mia Hopkins

Roomies by Christina Lauren

Ayesha At Last by Uzma Jalaluddin

American Love Story and American Fairytale by Adriana Herrera

Goalie Interference by Avon Gale and Piper Vaughn

Can’t Escape Love by Alyssa Cole

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