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Jess and Trisha shout out romance bestsellers, talk about a whole bunch of romance series and what draws us in, discuss Trisha’s arbitrary list of rules for children in romance novels, and announce the short list for the WIR book club read.

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Penny Reid hit the NYT bestseller list earlier this month – and we talked about how if you look closely, you’ll see she’s not the only romance author who did.

Biggest news ever: we’re ready to vote for the first ever When In Romance book club!! Vote for your pick (our contact info is below):

A Night To Surrender by Tessa Dare

Glitterland by Alexis Hall

Butterfly Swords by Jeannie Lin

Intercepted by Alexa Martin

(Trisha didn’t end up adding another book because Jess did a fantastic job of picking books.)

Books Discussed (buckle up):

The Winston Brothers series by Penny Reid (Book 1 is Truth or Beard)

The Knitting in the City series by Penny Read (Book 1 is Neanderthal Seeks Human)

The Montgomery Brothers series by Jude Deveraux (Book 1 is The Black Lyon but Jess read out of order)

The Practice Perfect series by Ruby Lang (Book 1 is Acute Reactions)

The Castles Ever After series by Tessa Dare (Book 1 is Romancing the Duke)

The Brothers Sinister series by Courtney Milan (Book 1 is The Duchess War)

The Forbidden Hearts series by Alisha Rai (Book 1 is Hate to Want You)

The Ravenswood series by Talia Hibbert (Book 1 is A Girl Like Her)

The Off the Grid series by Alyssa Cole (Book 1 is Radio Silence)

The Virgin River series by Robyn Carr (Book 1 is Virgin River)

The Dark-Hunters series by Sherrilyn Kenyon (Book 1 is Fantasy Lover)

The Fit trilogy by Rebekah Weatherspoon (Book 1 is Fit)

The Journey to the Heart series by Tif Marcelo (Book 1 is North To You)

Boy Toy by Sarina Bowen and Tanya Eby

Untouchable by Talia Hibbert

The Governess Game by Tessa Dare

Rafe by Rebekah Weatherspoon

How the Duke Was Won by Lenora Bell

Sustained by Emma Chase

Worth the Fall by Claudia Connor

Love Comes Silently by Andrew Grey

His Convenient Husband by Robin Covington

It Takes Two to Tumble by Cat Sebastian

Vote on the first read for the When In Romance book club! Find us on email ( and, Twitter (@jessisreading and @trisha_reads), or Instagram (@jess_is_reading and @trishahaleybrown).