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Jess and Trisha talk about the first ever romance in Reese Witherspoon’s book club, a new title by E L James, romances that are rare – or sometimes just older – and we announce our new WIR Book Club pick!

This episode is sponsored by TBR , Healing Hearts from Shadow Mountain Publishing, and Never Let Go by Elizabeth Goddard and Revell Books, a Division of Baker Publishing Group.

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Jasmine Guillory’s The Proposal is the Hello Sunshine book club pick for February!

E L James has a new book out and Trisha has questions about it.

Speaking of erotic romance, here’s a great Book Riot quiz if you wanna know what steamy romance you should be reading next.

Here’s the Courtney Milan thread we mentioned about the VERY BAD take on erotic romance that was published (and very quickly removed) on Frolic.

The Ripped Bodice is going old school, y’all.

The responses to this tweet from Rebekah Weatherspoon will keep your TBR stocked for years. YEARS.

Both Indigo and Morning Glory are in fact on this NPR list.

We’re very bummed for the folks impacted by the shuttering of Loveswept (though we’re using the WIR book club to make lemonade out of lemons!)

Jess mentioned the ALA’s Reading List award for romance, one of our listeners sent us (thanks, Meagan!). The romance books on that list are books we loved from last year about AND they’re all authors of color.


The Proposal by Jasmine Guillory

Fifty Shades of Grey by E L James

The Mister by E L James

A Gentleman in the Street by Alisha Rai

Bedroom Games by Alisha Rai

Glutton for Pleasure by Alisha Rai

The Crossfire Series by Sylvia Day, which starts with Bared to You

Morning Glory by LaVyrle Spencer

Indigo by Beverly Jenkins

Thirsty by Mia Hopkins

Let us know if you’re reading The Proposal, whether you’re going to read The Mister, what your favorite older romance is, and how excited you are to read Thirsty. Find us on email (trisha@riotnewmedia.com and jessica@riotnewmedia.com), Twitter (@jessisreading and @trishahaleybrwn), or Instagram (@jess_is_reading and @trishahaleybrown).