Reality Through Fiction

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This week, Trisha and special guest Liberty Hardy talk about reality show competition romance: what we like about it, why it works, and some of our favorites.

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Book club is back!!! We’re reading After Hours on Milagro Street by Angelina M. Lopez, and we’ll be talking about it when we record on March 2. 

The Harper Collins strike continues – please support the workers however you can.

The 2022 Swoon Book Awards are open for nominations until Jan 30!

And yes, Roxane Gay has confirmed that she’s writing a romance novel with Channing Tatum.

Books Discussed

After Hours on Milagro Street by Angelina M. Lopez

This Bird Has Flown by Susanna Hoffs (4/4/23)

Georgie All Along by Kate Clayborn

Looking for Group and Rosaline Palmer Takes the Cake by Alexis Hall

Battle Royal by Lucy Parker

Recipe for Persuasion by Sonali Dev

D’Vaughn and Kris Plan a Wedding by Chencia C. Higgins

Track Liberty down at a whole bunch of places: What’s My Page Again, the Book Riot New Books newsletter, the All the Books podcast, and/or on Instagram (@franzencomesalive). As always, you can find Jess and Trisha at the WIR email address ( You can also find us on Twitter (@jessisreading), or Instagram (@jess_is_reading and @trishahaleybrown).