When In Romance

When In Romance is a biweekly romance podcast dedicated to romance novel news, enthusiasm, and romance book recommendations from Book Riot!

Episode 18Completely Distracted By Things

Jess and Trisha preview their When In Romance book club discussion, chat about what they’re reading, and do quick takes on topics including bad takes on romance covers, an exciting time in romance film and TV development, and when is the right time for Christmas cowboys (spoiler alert: not yet).

Episode 17Look How We Accidentally Recommended All the Strippers

Jess and Trisha discuss plagiarism and Kindle Unlimited stuffing, announce the first read for the When In Romance book club, chat about what they’re reading, and update everyone on the success of the #wheninromance hashtag.

Episode 16Miss Scarlet is More Interesting Than Hester Prynne

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.

Episode 15People Who Aren’t Evil Deserve An HEA

Jess and Trisha discuss RITA judging past and future, Jess’s non-definitive list of who deserves an HEA, and depressing reminders that Twitter trolls are toxic and dangerous.

Episode 14The Difference Between “You” and “We”

Jess and Trisha discuss some excellent and important RWA speeches by Suzanne Brockmann and Sonali Dev; note the anti-climactic end of a certain trademark battle; and talk more about the romance (books) still to come in 2018.

Episode 13Our Diamond Shoes Are So Tight: A Romance Mid-Year Check In

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.”

Episode 12The Farmer Might Be the Nudist

Jess and Trisha discuss the challenges in finding romance by AOC with queer characters, plan to get better acquainted with the Emma Award winners, and have some recommendations for anyone looking for romance with couples past the age of 40.

Episode 11Can I Say That On This Podcast?

Jess and Trisha are joined by special guest co-host Sarah MacLean, and the three of them discuss what might be “taboo” in romance; what should definitely be off-limit in romance (spoiler alert: it is still Nazis and it will always be Nazis); and recommend some great romances with LGBTQA+ characters for Pride Month.

Episode 10Adorable People With So Many Issues

Jess and Trisha give some (non-lawyer) updates on #cockygate, talk about the role of fan-voted “best of” lists, offer a podcast high-five to Stacey Abrams, and start talking about their favorite books of 2018 so far.

Episode 9From The RT Convention: First, Last, and Everything

Jess and Trisha offer some thoughts and updates on #cockygate; react to the news that the Romantic Times publication, convention, and awards are coming to an end; and talk about the books we’ve picked up at RT 2018 that have us excited.

Episode 8You Get To Experience Brainstorming Live

Jess and Trisha delight in the winners of the (still odd) RT Awards, offer thoughts about preparing for RT and other book cons/festivals, and toss around a bunch of recs for the early days of May’s #RomBkLove challenge.

Episode 6.5Bonus: Alisha Rai Recommends

Please enjoy this bonus excerpt, courtesy of the Recommended podcast, featuring Alisha Rai recommending Sonali Dev's A Distant Heart.

Episode 7Tropetonite Bingo

Jess and Trisha discuss the implications of how race and class are represented in historical romance, have some VERY strong feelings about the denigration of the romance genre by those who profit from it, and delight in some romance that’s either new or soon to be coming your way.

Episode 6Twenty Different Happy Ever Afters

Trisha and Jess discuss about Amazon changing the categories and rules for erotica, talk about why it matters that the RITA awards are failing hard at inclusion, and recommend some books that would win awards if they ran the bookish world.

Episode 5Literally, Don’t Judge the Book By Its Cover

Jess and Trisha talk about who’s losing with Audible’s romance subscription service, consider some of what makes romance unique in the world of self-publishing, deliver news about a couple of publishers, and – as always – recommend books.