Jess and Trisha discuss why some corners of the romance book world have seen progress regarding inclusion and others have very much not, talk about a recent review and how we think about trauma in romance, and recommend (and re-recommend) romances that involve trauma, grief, and other often difficult human experiences.
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Here’s a rundown from Book Riot’s Sarah Nicolas on the RWA/Vivian award terribleness.
The most recent statement from RWA about it is here.
The review of The Heart Principle that we discussed can be found on the Kirkus site.
The Heart Principle by Helen Hoang
Recipe for Persuasion by Sonali Dev
The Seducing the Sedgwicks series by Cat Sebastian
The Right Swipe by Alisha Rai
Flowers from the Storm by Laura Kinsale
Seven Days in June by Tia Williams
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