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Jess and Trisha pass along some recs from listeners, run through some recent romance news, and celebrate some of their 2019 reading highlights.

This episode is sponsored by the Read Harder Journal, Regretting You by Colleen Hoover from Amazon Publishing, and Libro FM.

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Here’s Christine Feehan’s second statement.

We’re sending good vibes/energy/magic to Donna, and as of this writing the Feel Better Bundle is still available at

And here’s Jenny Trout’s rundown of the many ways defenses of Lucia Franco’s book are a BIG problem.

Books Discussed

From the additional request section:

Wait by Susan Fanetti

Secrets Well Kept and Chain Reactions by Lynn Ames

The Witch of Stalingrad (and others) by Justine Saracen

The Journey Home by K’Anne Meinel

Letters Never Sent by Sandra Moran

Kitten by Jack Harbon

The Fixer by HelenKay Dimon

Hearts of Ishira by Bethany Aan

Chosen by Stacy Jones

Other books discussed:

Well Met by Jen DeLuca

Blitzed by Alexa Martin

World Turned Upside Down by Elyse Springer

My Fake Rake by Eva Leigh

Work For It by Talia Hibbert

Flashed by Zoey Castile

Ayesha at Last by Uzma Jalaluddin

The Bride Test by Helen Hoang

Once Ghosted, Twice Shy by Alyssa Cole

The Lady’s Guide to Celestial Mechanics by Olivia Waite

The Widow of Rose House by Diana Biller

I Think I Might Love You by Christina C. Jones

Get A Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert (which we’re discussing on the WIR ep coming Jan 27!)

Huge thanks to everyone who sent recommendations for other listeners. Let us know what romance you loved in 2019 and what you’re excited about for 2020 – we’ll meet you there! As always, you can find Jess and Trisha at the WIR email address ( You can also find us on Twitter (@jessisreading and @trishahaleybrwn), or Instagram (@jess_is_reading and @trishahaleybrown).