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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.

    S02.23: Waking Up with the Duke: Lorraine Heath Breaks A Lot of Romance Rules

    S02.23: Waking Up with the Duke: Lorraine Heath Breaks A Lot of Romance Rules

    This week, it’s one of Sarah’s favorites, and by an author Jen has never read! Lorraine Heath is a master of the historical, and this one is near-perfect. It’s complex and nuanced and it has an infidelity plot and THERE IS SO MUCH ANGST!

    • 1 hr 12 min
    S02.22: Sarah's on Deadline AMA

    S02.22: Sarah's on Deadline AMA

    We promised we’d get to the rest of our Holiday AMA questions eventually, and Sarah’s on deadline, so this seemed like the perfect week to do it! Join us for a freewheeling hour during which Sarah cannot remember Tessa Thompson’s name, we talk about how much we’d like to meet Sandra Brown, and how romance really does have something for everyone, including an entire series about romance during power outages.

    • 1 hr 13 min
    S02.21: Old School Category Romance Interstitial

    S02.21: Old School Category Romance Interstitial

    This one is a RIDE, you guys! We wanted to do something really fun this week—something that would lighten the mood for us and for you. So, strap in, because we’re talking about our favorite Old School Category romances today! We’ve got something for everyone — wolves and dragons and marine biologists and single moms and more wolves!

    A word of caution this week — we didn’t reread these books before we recorded, and they’re all published in the 80s and 90s, so tread lightly if you decide to read them…and let us know just how wrong we got the plots! (Just kidding, we’re for sure rereading all of them now).

    • 1 hr 20 min
    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

Customer Reviews

Kibbix ,

Fun, informative and wildly addicting

This podcast has been amazing. I’ve grown as a reader listening to Jen and Sarah critically discuss books and also have fun in a genre that is the best. I feel like I’m sitting in the room with them discussing the various the topics they do (and let’s be real I wish I was). They are both open, funny and real. The biggest takeaway is that not only is it fun, but they discuss and breakdown what works and doesn’t work in books and don’t shy away from the problematic aspects that need discussed. I hope they continue to grow their podcast cause it’s awesome! Oh! And I LOVE the episodes with the guests! It’s a blast getting to know the authors I love to read! Keep it up ladies!

Samba2405 ,

A fabulous romance podcast!

Sarah and Jen are funny and sassy hosts! I know that I’m always going to laugh and talk out loud with every episode. I didn’t listen to the first season because I hadn’t read IAD but I’m going to have to go listen to the interstitial episodes once I’m caught up with the current season. At the moment my favorite episode is the pegging one! Brilliant! I wish I were friends with these two IRL. 😁

MarielleRR ,

So excellent

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

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