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

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

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

    The Devil of Downtown (Yeah, He Is) by Joanna Shupe

    The Devil of Downtown (Yeah, He Is) by Joanna Shupe

    We are talking about a full on banger of a historical this week — Joanna Shupe’s The Devil of Downtown, which is Sarah’s favorite of the Uptown Girls series (Jen is a The Prince of Broadway fan, but honestly, all three are basically perfect). We love this one so much, you’re about to get an hour or so of squeeing and sighing — Jack Mulligan is everything you could possibly want in a romance hero, Justine Greene is the do goodingest doo gooder who ever was, and the way they adore each other is enough to wreck you. If you haven’t read this one yet, do yourself a favor and go read the whole series right now.

    • 1 hr 9 min
    Siblings in Romance Novels

    Siblings in Romance Novels

    We’re talking about brothers and sisters as secondary characters in romance today — by popular demand from listeners, it’s our sibling episode! We get to the bottom of why we all love secondary siblings—the overbearing olders, the wild child middles, the delightful youngers, the equally handsome and broad shouldered boys, the snarky, stunning girls, and everyone else who’s ever caught our eye and made us say “now where’s there book?!” We tackled complicated relationships, shared history and the perfect fantasy of family that romance delivers so well.

    • 1 hr 37 min
    Summer 2024 Reads

    Summer 2024 Reads

    School’s out for Jen’s summer and Sarah’s in the final stretch so we’re dreaming of romance beach reads and talking about our massive summer TBR piles! There’s something here for everyone — hot librarians, superheroes, heists, funeral homes, wedding planners and baseball players and F1 drivers and, of course, dukes.

    • 1 hr 38 min
    Curvy Heroines #3: Curvy Girls Get Railed in Carriages, Too

    Curvy Heroines #3: Curvy Girls Get Railed in Carriages, Too

    One of our most popular interstitial topics, we had to come back for a third run at Curvy Heroines this month in celebration of Bridgerton-mania online and our absolute delight that we finally get to see Penelope get that handsome man who is just back from his long trip to glow-up-land (we deserve nice things, and so do curvy heroines)! Sarah’s talking exclusively about historicals today, and Jen is bringing new-to-the-pod authors to the table…all that, and we’re naming the six historicals Sarah’s written with curvy heroines (There’s also a contemporary! Check the photo array, below). This one is a lot of fun.

    • 1 hr 25 min
    Weddings in Romance

    Weddings in Romance

    Gather together your bouquets and boutonnières, wedding season is here! But, in typical Fated Mates fashion, we spend the first 20 minutes talking about Pulp Fiction (just go with it, these are the mysterious ways of the podcast and you just need to trust the process). Then, we’re talking weddings in romance novels—not the books where the main characters get hitched, but instead they are guests at a wedding. Maybe they’re fake dating, maybe they’re the wedding planners, or maybe they’re the runaway bride or abandoned groom. Of course, we can’t wait to hear about your favorite books that happen at a wedding.

    • 1 hr 19 min
    The Romance Matriarchy: Moms, Grandmothers, and Aunties

    The Romance Matriarchy: Moms, Grandmothers, and Aunties

    We don’t often talk about secondary characters in romance, but this week, we’re talking about the women who provide wisdom, council and laughs in romance—moms, grandmothers and aunties! We talk about the shocking epidemic of orphaned main characters in romance, about how extended family provides nuance in the books, and about our very favorite mothers, grandmothers, aunties and adopted older ladies in books.

    Thanks to all the women who provide care and sage advice out in the world. We appreciate you.

    • 1 hr 10 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
803 Ratings

803 Ratings

Atty1981 ,

Serious romance fun

Far and away the best podcast on romance lit that I’ve heard. Sarah and Jen are fun to listen to and have terrific guest authors. They treat the genre with respect. I’ve learned a lot about the craft of writing romance while being thoroughly entertained.

cherylmclaws ,

I’m in love

Just found this podcast and I freaking LOVE it! I’ve been binging episodes the past week and laughing and feeling ridiculous amounts of giddy joy. I just listened to the Romance Science episode and it is hands down my favorite podcast episode ever. 💗💗💗

tyglendale ,

So Many Books!

I love Sarah MacLean’s books and I love listening to these two fabulously smart ladies discussing romance! I get a lot of book recommendations from this podcast and learn new things.

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