The Healing Power of Romance: Our Holiday Recommendations Show

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It’s all recs all the time this week! Jess and Trisha offer romance recommendations for under the radar picks from 2018, books for the romance film-lover in your life, non-book gifts from romancelandia, and more.

This episode is sponsored by Cadenza by Stella Riley, an exquisite historical romance in The Times recommended Rockliffe series; Penguin Random House Audio; and the Book Riot Read Harder journal.


We were all book talk this week, so just a quick reminder to join The Great Big Romance Read with us! We’ll be talking about Pride by Ibi Zoboi on our December 16 episode!


An Extraordinary Union by Alyssa Cole

The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang

Truth or Beard by Penny Reid

Flirting With Disaster by Victoria Dahl

Not Another Family Wedding by Jackie Lau

Riven and Rend by Roan Parrish

Thirsty by Mia Hopkins

Tikka Chance on Me by Suleikha Snyder

Highland Dragon Warrior by Isabel Cooper

Firebird by Susanna Kearsley

Pack Challenge by Shelley Laurenston

Her Perfect Partner by Priscilla Oliveras

Let It Shine by Alyssa Cole

My Boyfriend is a Bear by Pamela Ribon & illustrated by Cat Farris

Trade Me by Courtney Milan

Think of England by KJ Charles

So Sweet by Rebekah Weatherspoon

Bonus Recs:

In the non-book category Jess mentioned the Ever After Box and the Bawdy Bookworms Box and we’re also very happy to point you toward Jessica Avery’s gift guide for romance readers. You’re also going to want to check out The Ripped Bodice online shop, the fantasy and sci-fi picks of our good friends at Book Riot’s SF/F Yeah! Podcast, and this thread on the Smart Bitches, Trashy Books website.

Tell us your favorite romances to give as gifts and let us know what you think of our recommendations! Find us on email ( and, Twitter (@jessisreading and @trishahaleybrwn), or Instagram (@jess_is_reading and @trishahaleybrown).