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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).

This episode is sponsored by audiOMG!, offering listeners three free audiobooks Feb 14-17, and by Moonlight Sins by Jennifer L. Armentrout, also available from audiOMG!

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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.

Two Bitch Media articles missed the opportunity to discuss the influence of the many Black women writing romance right now…

…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.

But there are outlets who have done a cool job of covering romance. #progress

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.


Books Discussed:

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