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When In Romance is a biweekly show dedicated to romance novel news, gushing, and book recommendations!

    Reality Through Fiction

    Reality Through Fiction

    This week, Trisha and special guest Liberty Hardy talk about reality show competition romance: what we like about it, why it works, and some of our favorites.
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    NEWS
    Are you looking for the perfect Valentine’s gift for your bookish boo? Gift Tailored Book Recommendations!
    Book club is back!!! We’re reading After Hours on Milagro Street by Angelina M. Lopez, and we’ll be talking about it when we record on March 2. 
    The Harper Collins strike continues ‚Äď please¬†support the workers¬†however you can.
    The 2022 Swoon Book Awards are open for nominations until Jan 30!
    And yes, Roxane Gay has confirmed that she’s writing a romance novel with Channing Tatum.
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    BOOKS DISCUSSED
    After Hours on Milagro Street by Angelina M. Lopez
    This Bird Has Flown by Susanna Hoffs (4/4/23)
    Georgie All Along by Kate Clayborn
    Looking for Group and Rosaline Palmer Takes the Cake by Alexis Hall
    Battle Royal by Lucy Parker
    Recipe for Persuasion by Sonali Dev
    D’Vaughn and Kris Plan a Wedding by Chencia C. Higgins
    Track Liberty down at a whole bunch of places: What’s My Page Again, the Book Riot New Books newsletter, the All the Books podcast, and/or on Instagram (@franzencomesalive). As always, you can find Jess and Trisha at the WIR email address (wheninromance@bookriot.com). You can also find us on Twitter (@jessisreading), or Instagram (@jess_is_reading and @trishahaleybrown).
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    • 49 min
    The Year of the Cowboy

    The Year of the Cowboy

    Jess and Trisha cover some recent romancelandia news, look back on favorites of 2022, and look ahead to possible future favorites for 2023.
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    NEWS
    Book club is back!!! We’re reading After Hours on Milagro Street by Angelina M. Lopez, and we’ll be talking about it in early March. 
    Romance author Susan Meachen lied about her death in 2020 (CW for suicide) [Rolling Stone]
    If you or someone you know needs to reach the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline in the Unites States, you call dial 988. The website is here.
    USA Today is no longer publishing a bestseller list [Publisher’s Weekly]
    The¬†Harper Collins strike¬†continues ‚Äď please support the workers however you can.
    This content contains affiliate links. When you buy through these links, we may earn an affiliate commission.
    BOOKS DISCUSSED
    After Hours on Milagro Street by Angelina M. Lopez
    Must Love Cowboys by Carly Bloom
    Second Chance at Rancho Lindo by Sabrina Sol
    You Made a Fool of Death with Your Beauty by Akwaeke Emezi
    Tanked by Mia Hopkins
    Delilah Green Doesn’t Care by Ashley Herring Blake
    Honey & Spice by Bolu Babalola
    Ship Wrecked by Olivia Dade
    The House on Mulberry Street by Jeannie Chin (3/07)
    Sorry, Bro by Taleen Voskuni (1/31)
    The Neighbor Favor by Kristina Forest (2/28)
    Codename Charming by Lucy Parker (8/15)
    Hotel of Secrets by Diana Biller (3/28)
    Diamond Ring by KD Casey (4/11)
    Let us know what you’re excited to read in 2023! As always, you can find Jess and Trisha at the WIR email address (wheninromance@bookriot.com). You can also find us on Twitter (@jessisreading), or Instagram (@jess_is_reading and @trishahaleybrown).
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    • 57 min
    Pine, Pine, Pine...Pine, Pine

    Pine, Pine, Pine...Pine, Pine

    Jess and Trisha close out the year by recommending queer friends-to-lovers books, romances with a criminal element, and more in part two of our annual recommendation request episode.
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    NEWS
    A reminder to learn more about the Harper Collins strike and support the workers however you can.
    Gift Tailored Book Recommendations this holiday season!
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    BOOKS DISCUSSED
    For a complete list of books discussed in this episode, visit our website https://bookriot.com/listen/pine-pine-pine-pine-pine/.
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    • 1 hr 3 min
    Roll the Dice with Me

    Roll the Dice with Me

    It’s that time again!! Jess and Trisha recommend steamy sci-fi, romance with characters over 40 (and sometimes 50!), and more in part one of our annual recommendation request episode.
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    NEWS
    Please learn more about the Harper Collins strike and support the workers however you can.
    We mentioned our episode from earlier this year that included some romances about older MCs, and you can check it out here.

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    BOOKS DISCUSSED
    Paris Daillencourt is About to Crumble by Alexis Hall
    Silver Silence by Nalini Singh
    Read Between the Lines by Rachel Lacey
    Spoiler Alert by Olivia Dade
    Ghosting, a Love Story by Tash Skilton
    Act Your Age Eve Brown by Talia Hibbert
    The Jekh Saga by HE Trent starting with Erstwhile
    Deal with the Devil (and many other books) by Kit Rocha
    Monsters Love Curvy Girls series starting with His Human Nanny by Michele Mills
    Asking for It by Lilah Pace
    Better Off Red by Rebekah Weatherspoon
    The Beards and Bondage series starting with Haven by Rebekah Weatherspoon
    Syncopation and others by Anna Zabo
    Flirting with 50 by Jane Porter
    Wherever is Your Heart by Anita Kelly
    Something About You by Reese Ryan
    The Worst Guy by Kate Canterbury
    Let us know if you have other recs for these requests…and you might still be able to sneak in a request of your own! As always, you can find Jess and Trisha at the WIR email address (wheninromance@bookriot.com). You can also find us on Twitter (@jessisreading), or Instagram (@jess_is_reading and @trishahaleybrown).
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    • 52 min
    Best of Our 2022 Backlist!

    Best of Our 2022 Backlist!

    Jess and Trisha start talking about 2022 recommendations, including No-Shirt November and their favorite backlist romance reads of 2022.
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    News
    Jess mentioned the Brown Book Series ‚ÄĒ check it out here!
    Jess was at RRAW this year ‚ÄĒ maybe we‚Äôll all join her next year??
    Are you ready for Shop Your Shelves BINGO from Love in Panels? Of course you are.

    Books Discussed
    The Vibrant Years by Sonali Dev
    Cupid Calling by Viano Oniomoh
    Play it by Ear by Tara Frejas
    The Men at Work series ‚ÄĒ including Her Naughty Holiday ‚ÄĒ by Tiffany Reisz
    Harbor (or anything in the Beards and Bondage series, honestly) by Rebekah Weatherspoon
    Thirsty (and similarly, anything in the Eastside Brewery series) by Mia Hopkins
    Royally Screwed (and the rest of the Royally series) by Emma Chase
    Whiteout by Adriana Anders
    Battle Royal by Lucy Parker
    Deal With the Demon by Chace Verity
    You Had Me at Hola and A Lot Like Adiós by Alexis Daria
    The Worst Guy by Kate Canterbury
    If You Love Something by Jayce Ellis
    Check, Please! By Ngozi Ukazu

    The time has come ‚ÄĒ send us your recommendation requests for any gifting (or just for you)!! As always, you can find Jess and Trisha at the WIR email address (wheninromance@bookriot.com). You can also find us on Twitter (@jessisreading and @trishahaleybrwn), or Instagram (@jess_is_reading and @trishahaleybrown).
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    • 53 min
    All The Holidays with Special Guest Jenn Northington

    All The Holidays with Special Guest Jenn Northington

    Jess and Jenn discuss the increasing number of romances in best-of lists (even if they are coming way too early) and the massive phenomenon that is holiday romance.
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    Check out the giveaway to win a copy of Book Riot’s Reading the Stars with an Obvious State celestial print, notebook, and tote bundle.
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    News
    So many best of lists already!
    Publishers Weekly Best Books 2022
    NPR Books We Love
    Barnes & Noble Best Romance of 2022

    Books Discussed
    What the Hex by Alexis Daria
    Hiding in the Smoke by Ofelia Martinez
    Partners in Crime by Alisha Rai
    Drunk on Love by Jasmine Guillory
    Book Lovers by Emily Henry
    The Dead Romantics by Ashley Poston
    Heroine Complex by Sarah Kuhn
    Mating the Huntress by Talia Hibbert
    A Scatter of Light by Malinda Lo
    Beach Read by Emily Henry
    Bottle Rocket by Erin McLellan
    Lighting the Flames by Sarah Wendell
    The Matzah Ball by Jean Melzer
    The Mistletoe Affair by Farrah Rochon (the Kwanzaa one!)
    Holiday Temptation by Donna Hill etc (The Green Book)
    Just One More by Jodie Slaughter
    Candy Hearts by Erin McLellan
    Party Favors by Erin McLellan
    Stocking Stuffers by Erin McLellan
    No, Thank You by Alexandra Warren
    Thank You, Next by Nicole Falls
    Thank Me Later by Christina C. Jones
    A Match Made for Thanksgiving by Jackie Lau
    A Second Chance Road Trip for Christmas by Jackie Lau
    A Fake Girlfriend for Chinese New Year by Jackie Lau
    A Big Surprise for Valentine’s Day by Jackie Lau
    Wanting a Witch by Lauren Connolly
    Trick by Shae Sanders
    Treat by Shae Sanders
    Pumpkin Pounder by Laura Lovely
    Halloween Boo by Sarah Spade
    The Rivals of Casper Road by Roan Parrish
    Matzah Ball Surprise by Laura Brown
    A Merry Little Meet Cute by Julie Murphy and Sierra Simone
    Royal Holiday by Jasmine Guillory
    A Holly Jolly Diwali by Sonya Lalli
    How to Excavate a Heart by Jake Maia Arlow
    Season of Love by Helena Greer
    You’re a Mean One, Matthew Prince by Timothy Janovsky
    Amor Actually by Adriana Herrera, Alexis Daria, Diana Munoz Stewart, Zoey Castile, Mia Sosa, Priscilla Oliver’s, and Sabrina Sol
    Grand Theft NYE by Katrina Jackson
    …Sorry.

    Let us know your thoughts about the excessive number (if there is such a thing) of holiday romances, very early best-of lists, and what you’re hoping to read by the end of the year!
    As always, you can find Jess and Trisha at the WIR email address (wheninromance@bookriot.com). You can also find Jess and Jenn on Twitter (@jessisreading and @jennIRL), or Instagram (@jess_is_reading and @iamjennirl).
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    • 53 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
115 Ratings

115 Ratings

PhxNestJess ,

Book recs galore!

Love to listen for the book recommendations (thanks Trisha for The Widow of Rose House!) and romance news.

Tuesday Reads ,

A great way to spend some time.

Two very personable young women discussing romance books. If you enjoy romance, listening to this podcast is well worth your time.

stenellalong ,

Decent podcast

This is generally a decent podcast. I appreciate how they talk about topics related to Romancelandia in general (both good and problematic). My biggest quibble is that they ramble rather than having a concise message.

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