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Jess and Trisha take a deep dive into Butterfly Swords by Jeannie Lin for the When In Romance book club, talk about how (and some theories on why) romance authors are writing employer/employee romance, suggest a cool way you can support your local romance booksellers, and recommend that you have some fun with #riotgrams. Join the book club conversation by commenting on the show notes for this episode or on Twitter or Instagram.

This episode is sponsored by Promises and Primroses by Josi S. Kilpack and by TBR, Book Riot’s new subscription service offering Tailored Book Recommendations for readers of all stripes.


Nominate your local bookstore for the James Patterson Holiday Bookstore Bonus by Oct 12! (Maybe especially if it carries romance…)

Books Discussed:

The Dragon and the Pearl is the next book in the Tang Dynasty series by Jeannie Lin, and Jess mentioned My Fair Concubine, also in that series.

The Wall of Winnipeg and Me by Mariana Zapata

Night and Day by Andie J. Christopher

Rafe by Rebekah Weatherspoon

On the Line by Liz Lincoln

Love on My Mind by Tracey Livesay

Neanderthal Seeks Human by Penny Reid

Untouchable by Talia Hibbert

His Cocky Valet by Cole McCade

Tell us what you think about Butterfly Swords and how you feel about employer/employee romance. Find us on email ( and, Twitter (@jessisreading and @trisha_reads), or Instagram (@jess_is_reading and @trishahaleybrown).