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

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Yes, #cockygate rages on, and now federal courts are involved. For updates, your best bets are probably Courtney Milan and Kevin Kneupper’s Twitter feeds, and we talked specifically about this screen shot from Courtney. Also, we mentioned the hearing that was going to happen June 1, and the transcript of that hearing is decidedly worth a read.

Here’s the full All About Romance list that’s we discussed, and that specific top ten is here.

In happier news, Stacey Abrams – or perhaps you know her as Selena Montgomery– is kicking ass and taking names.

And this seems like a great time to consider kicking in some money to get the film adaptation of Beverly Jenkins’ Deadly Sexy across the finish line.

Books Discussed:

The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang

Wanna Bet by Talia Hibbert

Thirsty by Mia Hopkins

Riven by Roan Parrish

What are your favorite books from 2018 so far? And what recommended book lists are you looking for? Find us on email ( and, Twitter (@jessisreading and @trisha_reads), or Instagram (@jess_is_reading and @trishahaleybrown).