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Jess and Trisha talk through what they want from book cons, respond to a reader request for own voices romance by Asian and Asian-American authors, and recommend some “unputdownable” romances for summer reading.

This episode is sponsored by Book Riot’s All The Books podcast; Read Bliss, presented by Harlequin; and Rebel by Beverly Jenkins.

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The book and romance conventions we discussed are:

Book Lovers Con

Kiss Con



The Tucson Festival of Books

The Baltimore Book Festival

Romance GenreCon, sponsored by the Mid-Continent Public Library (We actually forgot to mention this one, but we meant to!)


Hidden Impact by Piper J. Drake

My Beautiful Enemy by Sherry Thomas

A Study in Scarlet Women by Sherry Thomas

Tikka Chance on Me by Suleikha Snyder

Bollywood and the Beast (the third in the Bollywood series) by Suleikha Snyder

Seared by Suleikha Snyder

A Bollywood Affair by Sonali Dev

The Bollywood Bride by Sonali Dev

Pride, Prejudice, and Other Flavors by Sonali Dev

His Cocky Valet by Cole McCade

The Bride Test by Helen Hoang

The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang

Teach Me by Olivia Dade

Talk Me Down (and the whole Tumble Creek series) by Victoria Dahl

Riven by Roan Parrish

Think of England by KJ Charles

Ayesha At Last by Uzma Jalaluddin

Let us know what you want from your book cons, what your favorite own voices books by Asian and Asian-American writers are, and what romance books you just couldn’t put down. Find us on email ( and, Twitter (@jessisreading and @trishahaleybrwn), or Instagram (@jess_is_reading and @trishahaleybrown).