Trisha and Jess talk about how non-romance fans talk and write about romance in the Valentine’s Day season; discuss romance authors’ use of pseudonyms; and offer recommendations featuring cranky dukes, dystopian settings, and two people partially brought together by a ferret (Jess swears it works).
Trisha and Jess empathize with Bea and Leah Koch from The Ripped Bodice who are frustrated by the way their romance recs were represented and sold.
…Despite the fact that Jess literally had JUST written a piece on “Romance Novels by or About a Person of Color.”
To be fair, Bitch came out with a more satisfying piece on romance and all of the rad people writing it right now.
Plus there’s the “New Erotica for Feminists” piece Jess mentioned.
Oh, also, a romance column from The New York Times now exists. And it seems fine. So.
Dangerous Books for Girls by Maya Rodale
Beyond Heaving Bosoms by Sarah Wendell
Everything I Know About Love I Learned from Romance Novels by Sarah Wendell
The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory
The Perfect Play by Jaci Burton
Rumor Has It by Cheris Hodges
Shacking Up by Helena Hunting
Radio Silence by Alyssa Cole
Romancing the Duke by Tessa Dare