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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.

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Elizabeth Kingston’s “Romanticizing White Supremacy” presentation

Here’s that exclamation point-littered Nicholas Sparks announcement

…and here are a coupleof otherSpark-focused pieces that will probably just irritate you.

The women’s fiction v. trashy romance event – plus some commentary – is on this Twitter thread.

Jess mentioned her postabout her mom’s vacation reading.

And Trisha mentioned a postshe did on “women’s fiction.”

Books Discussed:

Unmasked by the Marquess by Cat Sebastian

Wanna Bet (and also A Girl Like Her) by Talia Hibbert

Grumpy Fake Boyfriend by Jackie Lau

Before Daylight by Andie J. Christopher

Loving the Secret Billionaire by Adriana Anders

Tell us what upcoming books/new releases you’re excited about (or just share your Nicholas Sparks nap-room feelings). Find us on email (trisha@riotnewmedia.comand, Twitter (@jessisreading and @trisha_reads), or Instagram (@jess_is_reading and @trishahaleybrown).