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Jess and Trisha delight in the winners of the (still odd) RT Awards, offer thoughts about preparing for RT and other book cons & festivals, and toss around a bunch of recs for the early days of May’s #RomBkLove challenge.

This episode is sponsored by Geekerella by Ashley Poston and The Luck of the Bride by Janna MacGregor.

Plus! Book Riot is giving away 15 of the best mysteries and thrillers of the year so far! Go to to enter.

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RT winners in general can be found here, and if you’re looking for the Career Achievement winners we’re tipping our hats to, you can find those folks here. (Some of the specific books we talked about are below.)

For more discussion from us about the RT Award categories, check out When In Romance Episode #3: “A Mountain of a Man Named Stone.”

We also talked about this really great Buzzfeed piece, “Meet the Black Women Upending the Romance Novel Industry,” featuring author Alyssa Cole, senior editor Esi Sogah, and art director Kris Noble.

Also there was some discussion of this kitten and I’m not sorry.

Find some info about the RT Book Lovers Convention 2018…and more importantly tell us if you’re going to be there!

And given that it’s #RomBkLove month, learn more about Ana Coqui and the background, and then learn more about this month of love.

Books Discussed:

(Fair warning, everyone: there are a lot of books this week, but we stand by them. All. Of. Them.)

Specific RT Winners we mentioned and are excited about:

An Extraordinary Union by Alyssa Cole

Wrong to Need You by Alisha Rai

The Duchess Deal by Tessa Dare

On Second Thought by Kristan Higgins

Till Death By Jennifer L. Armentrout

Bound Together by Christine Feehan

And our #RomBkLove picks:

When a Scot Ties the Knot by Tess Dare (Day 1, Jess Pryde)

The Duchess War by Courtney Milan (Day 1 and Day 2, Trisha Brown)

Madly by Ruthie Knox (Day 1, TB)

Trade Me and Hold Me by Courtney Milan (Day 2, JP)

A Delicate Affair by Lindsay Evans (Day 3, JP)

Love on My Mind by Tracey Livesay (Day 3, TB)

Wrapped by Rebekah Weatherspoon (Day 4, JP)

Beard Science by Penny Reid (Day 4, JP)

From Scratch by Katrina Jackson (Day 4, JP)

A Bollywood Affair by Sonali Dev (Day 4, TB)

His Convenient Husband by Robin Covington (Day 5 TB)

Sustained by Emma Chase (Day 5, TB)

Alyssa Cole in general (Day 6, JP – with a co-sign by TB)

Beverly Jenkins and especially Destiny’s Embrace (Day 7, JP)

Lori Wilde and especially Cowboy, It’s Cold Outside and How The Cowboy Was Won (Day 7, JP)

Lorelei James in general (Day 7, JP)

If you’re not super mad about all these books we added to your TBR, tell us what you’re reading this month and ESPECIALLY tell us if you’ll be in Reno for RT. Find us on email (trisha@riotnewmedia.comand, Twitter (@jessisreading and @trisha_reads), or Instagram (@jess_is_reading and @trishahaleybrown).