108 episodes

Fated Mates is a romance novel podcast co-hosted by author Sarah MacLean and critic Jen Prokop. Weekly episodes include romance novel read-alongs and discussions of the work of the genre, highlighting the romance novel as a powerful tool in fighting patriarchy…with absolutely no kink shaming.

Fated Mates - A Romance Novel Podcast Sarah MacLean & Jen Prokop

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    • 4.9 • 388 Ratings

Fated Mates is a romance novel podcast co-hosted by author Sarah MacLean and critic Jen Prokop. Weekly episodes include romance novel read-alongs and discussions of the work of the genre, highlighting the romance novel as a powerful tool in fighting patriarchy…with absolutely no kink shaming.

    S03.15: Menage Romance Interstitial with Katee Robert

    S03.15: Menage Romance Interstitial with Katee Robert

    It’s getting colder out there, so we’re getting hot in here! We’ve got the fabulous Katee Robert with us to talk about ménage romance and why she writes them so well. We get to the bottom of why it always gets shoved into the taboo corner of romance, the fantasy of the trope, and why we like it so very much. Also, we topple the TBR (as usual)!

    • 1 hr
    S03.14: Our 100th Episode! Fated Mates Live

    S03.14: Our 100th Episode! Fated Mates Live

    ONE HUNDRED EPISODES!

    You’ve seen us through Immortals After Dark, through Books that Blooded Us, and through a presidential election, so if there was any doubt that you’re stuck with us, put that right out of your mind! We love you so much for listening…and we hope you have as much fun listening to this episode as we had recording it!

    Thanks to Tracey Livesay, Andie J Christopher, Kate Clayborn, Christina Lauren, Adriana Herrera, Nisha Sharma and Joanna Shupe for joining us, and to Steve Ammidown for popping in to say hi!

    • 1 hr 55 min
    S03.13: Fated States Author Recommendation Interstitial

    S03.13: Fated States Author Recommendation Interstitial

    The last six weeks have been rough, but Fated Mates listeners and a wild number of Romance Authors made them easier by being a part of Fated States, our weekly phonebanking initiative with Indivisible Action. We don’t know how yesterday went, but we know we are so incredibly proud to have worked alongside so many listeners who volunteered their time to phonebank, and so many amazing authors who donated books to phone bankers!

    On this episode, we rec books by every author who donated free books to Fated States — all 49 of them! Your TBR is going to be full for years after this one! We promise! Special shout out to Julia Quinn, Suzanne Brockmann, AJ Cousins, Carrie Ann Ryan & Cassandra Carr, who each donated books to EVERY phonebanker, once a week for five weeks.

    • 1 hr 37 min
    S03.12: The Immigrant Story and Joy in Romance with Adriana Herrera

    S03.12: The Immigrant Story and Joy in Romance with Adriana Herrera

    The fabulous Adriana Herrera is here for her fourth time to talk about Joy! We had a great time with one of the greatest people this week — talking about the American immigrant experience, how hope and bravery make for beautiful love stories, and listing a huge number of books that we love.

    • 1 hr 15 min
    S03.11: Comfort Reads with Dani Lacey

    S03.11: Comfort Reads with Dani Lacey

    It’s comfort read week! What makes a comfort read, why do we turn to them, what do we want from them, and why on earth do blue aliens fit the bill?! This week, we all need a comfort read, and we’re joined by Dani Lacey, host of Ice Planet Pod and Black Chick Lit Podcast, to talk about all things comfort reads!

    • 1 hr 6 min
    S03.10: Mafia Romance Interstitial with Nisha Sharma

    S03.10: Mafia Romance Interstitial with Nisha Sharma

    This week, as part of joy month, we’re joined by Nisha Sharma, author of The Takeover Effect and The Legal Affair, to talk about her favorite trope — Mafia Romances! We talk about why organized crime works in romance, fill your TBR to the brim…and share some real life mafia stories. Or, at least, Sarah does. It’s a lot.

    • 1 hr 27 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
388 Ratings

388 Ratings

Muhlissah ,

I love this pod

If you love romance novels, and never think about why certain things work for you and why some things don’t as your reading this puts a lot of that into perspective. I love listening to Jen and Sarah talk about books they love and why they love it because turns out those reasons are why I love those books too! There’s so many great recommendations that come from these books! Come for the conversation stay for the recommendations!

Luzrg1989 ,

Love it

A great podcast about romance novels 😍😍😍😍

Monkeygirl love ,

Love Sarah and Jen!

I came to Fated Mates after Sarah was on the podcast Friends to Lovers! This is such a good romance podcast. Sarah and Jen are enjoyable and always have great book recs. Although their interstitials are my favorites! They have amazing guests, great book recs and overall fantastic conversation. I highly recommend if you read romance or even if you don’t.

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