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Jess and Trisha talk about their current reads, romance novel cover history, and backlist books to add to – or move up on – your TBR.

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Read The Beast by Katee Robert to join in the WIR Book Club fun, and send us your thoughts by June 23.

The Steamy, Throbbing History of Romance Novel Covers” by Kelly Faircloth [Jezebel]

Hey Right Quick: Fabio Was on Just a Minority of Romance Covers” by Kelly Faircloth [Jezebel]

The Origin of Romance Novel Clinch Covers” by Jessica Avery [Book Riot]

How Are Romance Novel Covers Made?” by Sarah Nicolas [Book Riot]

Books Discussed

Kiss Hard by Nalini Singh (May 3, 2022)

Tanked by Mia Hopkins

Read Between the Lines by Rachel Lacey

A Lady’s Guide to Mischief and Mayhem by Manda Collins

Waiting for the Flood by Alexis Hall

First Comes Like by Alisha Rai

All the Feels by Olivia Dade

A Duke, the Lady, and a Baby by Vanessa Riley

Tell us what backlist books you’d recommend, and let us know what else you’re reading and thinking about. 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).