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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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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.

    S02.20: Managed by Kristen Callihan: Scottie!!!:

    S02.20: Managed by Kristen Callihan: Scottie!!!:

    Scottie!!!!!!! It’s Managed week here at Fated Mates — this is one of Jen’s favorite romances, and we’re talking about it and the next book in Kristen Callihan’s VIP series, Fall. We’re revisiting the rockstar romance and the found family trope, talking about the slow burn, and Jen’s talking about first person narration and not yelling…so it’s a banner episode!

    • 1 hr 9 min
    S02.19: So You Want to Read a Historical

    S02.19: So You Want to Read a Historical

    We’re launching a Special Romance Report here at Fated Mates — a series of interstitials introducing readers to the subgenres of Romance (there are seven!) — we’re talking about why they exist, what they’re trying to do, what to expect from them, what might have readers hesitating, and where to start! This week, we’re starting with Sarah’s favorite subgenre — Historicals! We’re talking about why they’re sexy, progressive, feminist, and very not boring.

    • 56 min
    S02.18: Born in Ice: The One Where the Hero Smokes

    S02.18: Born in Ice: The One Where the Hero Smokes

    It’s Nora Roberts week at Fated Mates, and we’re reading one of young Jen’s favorite books, Born in Ice, the second in the Born In trilogy, set in Ireland. This week, we’re talking why Nora Roberts is romance royalty, writing writers, the way contemporary romances age, and how weird it is when you read that a hero smokes. Oh, and of course, we’re talking about what the hell is happening in romance right now.

    • 1 hr 24 min
    S02.17: Pegging Romance Interstitial

    S02.17: Pegging Romance Interstitial

    It’s the start of a new year, Romance is on fire, and we all need a palate cleanser, so we’re doing it right, with the bonus episode that was an item in the Romance for RAICES auction, hosted by Love in Panels. The bidding didn’t go quite the way we expected but we are honestly thrilled, because we were a tiny part of raising $23,000 for refugee services and immigrant families on the border. Please donate early and often to RAICES and The Young Center.

    Please welcome friend of the pod, Sierra Simone, for our very special Pegging Episode (And thank you to the Pegging Collective for your generous donation, and for being wonderful listeners)!

    • 1 hr 10 min
    S02.16: Christmas Romance Novel Recommendations

    S02.16: Christmas Romance Novel Recommendations

    Merry Merry Happy Happy Joy Joy…it’s Christmas and we can’t quit you, so we recorded a little stocking stuffer for you—fifteen minutes of Christmas novella recs, along with a far-too-long discussion of our favorite Christmas Songs.

    • 43 min
    S02.15: Romance Recommendations: Stump Jen & Sarah Part 2

    S02.15: Romance Recommendations: Stump Jen & Sarah Part 2

    It’s the second half of our recommendation podcast! We asked you to ask us for recommendations, and thought it would be fun to recommend on the fly—absolutely no preparation! Instead, we met up at Sarah’s apartment and read your questions sight-unseen (thanks to @bestfriendkelly for collecting them!). What ensued is a killer list of romances that you should all read! And if you missed the first half — head back and listen!

    Do not miss the show notes this week, y’all. Really.

    • 1 hr 4 min

Customer Reviews

MarielleRR ,

So excellent

Love it, love Jen and Sarah! They are so smart and so funny!

ctapiau ,

A place for a romance book lover to exist!

I found this podcast through The Hot and Bothered Podcast - and I loved it so much, that I subscribed and rated! I care about the topic and Jen and Sarah discuss it so well! It’s a treat!

Karmba ,

The best romance podcast!

I’ve been listening to this podcast since the beginning and it keeps getting better. Going through the Immortals After Dark series was great but I think I’m enjoying the second season even more.

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