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 before June 21 to enter.

Also, you should probably grab a copy of Sarah’s new book Wicked and the Wallflower.

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News and whatnot:

Suleikha Snyder can offer you a pithy explanation of the most recent ridiculous Nazi romance situation.

Cat Sebastian also has some very on point thoughts about Nazi romance.

Plus, why not connect you with those Frolic horoscopes we kept talking about?

And if you’re in the greater Brooklyn area, go visit Word, Sarah’s local bookstore.

But mostly, we talked about books…


Books Discussed (in general conversation)

Asking For It by Lilah Pace

Hard Way by Katie Porter

Craving Flight by Tamsen Parker

Gabriel’s Inferno by Sylvain Reynard

The Professor by Charlotte Stein

A Gentleman in the Street by Alisha Rai

Sordid by Nikki Sloane

The Devil’s Submission by Nicola Davidson

Priest by Sierra Simone

Books Discussed (specific recommendations of books with LBTQA+ characters)

Cinnamon Blade by Shira Glassman

Briarley by Aster Glenn Gray

Autumn by Cole McCade

Treasure by Rebekah Weatherspoon

Syncopation by Anna Zabo

My Lady’s Lover by Nicola Davidson

In the Middle of Somewhere by Roan Parrish

Riven by Roan Parrish

Thaw by Elyse Springer

His Convenient Husband by Robin Covington

For Real by Alexis Hall

Send us your recommendations for romances with queer characters! Sarah is on Twitter (@sarahmaclean) and Instagram (also @sarahmaclean) and as always, you can find us on email ( and, Twitter (@jessisreading and @trisha_reads), or Instagram (@jess_is_reading and @trishahaleybrown).