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Our Diamond Shoes Are So Tight: A Romance Mid-Year Check In

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Jess and Trisha discuss the biggest romance news, books, and authors in 2018 so far. Plus, Jess has the top score on the first ever “When In Romance Mid-Year Quiz.”

This episode is sponsored by Hot Response by Shannon Stacey.

Also! Book Riot is giving away $500 worth of the year’s best YA fiction and nonfiction so far! Go to  before June 31 to enter.

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Check out Book Riot’s “Best Books of 2018 So Far” (and especially our romance picks).

We also mentioned that the 2019 BookLoversCon lineup looks rad.

And you can find discussions of all of these new conversations at the “When In Romance” podcast page.

Books Discussed:

Farm Fresh by Posy Roberts (We found the farmer and the nudist!)

Thirsty by Mia Hopkins

The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory

The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang

Syncopation by Anna Zabo

We talked about Talia Hibbert as just generally amazing, but you can start with A Girl Like Her or The Princess Trap or honestly wherever else you want.

Actually, we talked about a few authors that are either breaking big or (we think) are about to, so here they are along with some books to read by them:

Cat Sebastian: The Soldier’s Scoundrel and 2018’s Unmasked By the Marquess

Cole McCade: Autumn and His Cocky Valet

Andie J. Christopher: Stroke of Midnight and Before Daylight

Robin Covington: Playing the Part and His Convenient Husband

And we’re very excited about future 2018 releases, including The Governess Game by Tessa Dare and Intercepted by Alexa Martin.

Tell us how you feel about romance in 2018 so far and how impressed you are with Jess’s responses to the WIR quiz. Find us on email ( and, Twitter (@jessisreading and @trisha_reads), or Instagram (@jess_is_reading and @trishahaleybrown).