Cozy With a Side of Crime

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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.

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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 ( You can also find us on Twitter (@jessisreading and @trishahaleybrwn), or Instagram (@jess_is_reading and @trishahaleybrown).