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

When In Romance Book Riot

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

    Ranking the Most Impactful Romance of the Last Decade

    Ranking the Most Impactful Romance of the Last Decade

    Jess and Trisha do something a little different and spend the show ranking the most influential romance novels that have come out in the last decade (based on their very subjective opinions).
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    News
    Book Club is back!! We’re reading Rules of Engagement by Stacey Abrams writing as Selena Montgomery. We’re discussing on June 22 for our June 26 episode.
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    Books Discussed
    A Bollywood Affair by Sonali Dev
    American Dreamer by Adriana Herrera
    An Extraordinary Union by Alyssa Cole
    Beach Read by Emily Henry
    Forbidden by Beverly Jenkins
    Get a Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert
    Ice Planet Barbarians by Ruby Dixon
    Neon Gods by Katee Robert
    Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston
    Sinner by Sierra Simone
    Take the Lead by Alexis Daria
    The Duke Who Didn’t by Courtney Milan
    The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang
    The Love Hypothesis by Ali Hazelwood 
    The Wedding Date and The Proposal by Jasmine Guillory
    Truth or Beard by Penny Reid
    Wicked and the Wallflower by Sarah MacLean

    Let us know what you’re reading, what you’re thinking, and what you’re thinking about what you’re reading! 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), and Jess is even on TikTok (@jess_isreading).
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    • 56 min
    Not As Much Eye Reading

    Not As Much Eye Reading

    Jess and Trisha announce a new book club book and get into why contemporary romance isn’t always the same as a romcom (which is different from a romantic comedy)…and where does “chick lit” fit into all of this?
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    News
    Check out Book Riot’s new First Edition podcast – there’s something for everyone!
    Book Club is back!! We’re reading Rules of Engagement by Stacey Abrams writing as Selena Montgomery. Get ready – we’re discussing on June 22 for our June 26 episode.

    Books Discussed
    Something Wild and Wonderful and Love & Other Disasters by Anita Kelly
    Codename Charming by Lucy Parker
    Wrong to Need You by Alisha Rai
    Trade Me by Courtney Milan
    The Dating Playbook by Farrah Rochon
    Battle Royal by Lucy Parker
    Second Chance at Rancho Lindo by Sabrina Sol
    The Tyrant Alpha’s Rejected Mate by Cate C. Wells
    Let us know what you’re reading, what you’re thinking (especially about romcoms), and what you’re thinking about what you’re reading! 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), and Jess is even on TikTok (@jess_isreading).
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    • 53 min
    Normal People with Quirky Friends

    Normal People with Quirky Friends

    Jess and Trisha do a bit of follow-up from last time, talk about why romance book adaptation news so often goes nowhere, and recommend some favorite romances with STEM characters. 
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    News
    Check out this episode of the Big Gay Fiction Podcast with Anna Zabo and L.A. Witt.
    The blog post by Jane Friedman that Trisha mentioned about book adaptations is here.

    Books Discussed
    Hotel of Secrets by Diana Biller, audiobook narrated by Carlotta Brentan
    Calling the Shots by Kelly Farmer
    The Eastside Brewery series (starting with Thirsty) by Mia Hopkins
    Wrong Number, Right Woman by Jae
    A Princess in Theory by Alyssa Cole
    Reckless at Heart by Zoe York
    The Countess Conspiracy by Courtney Milan
    The Viscount Made Me Do It by Diana Quincy
    Astrid Parker Doesn’t Fail by Ashley Herring Blake
    Digging Up Love by Chandra Blumberg
    Let us know what you’re reading, what you’re thinking, and what you’re thinking about what you’re reading! 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), and Jess is even on TikTok (@jess_isreading).
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    • 46 min
    Somewhere In Between

    Somewhere In Between

    Jess and Trisha talk about the jobs and activities we do and don’t see in romance (and what it means) and discuss and recommend second chance romances. 
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    Books Discussed
    The Spy and Her Serpent by Maria Ying
    Rookie Mistake by by Anna Zabo and LA Witt
    Appealed by Emma Chase
    Before I let Go and Coming Home by Kennedy Ryan
    How to Catch a Queen by Alyssa Cole
    Faded by Lisa B. Trinidad
    A Lot Like Adiós by Alexis Daria
    Unwritten Rules by KD Casey
    Let us know what you’re reading, what you’re thinking, and what you’re thinking about what you’re reading! 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), and Jess is even on TikTok (@jess_isreading).
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    • 54 min
    The Body Falls for the Guard

    The Body Falls for the Guard

    Jess and Trisha talk about the trans rights readathon (starting March 20!) and then discuss comfort reads.
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    News
    Join the Trans Rights Readathon March 20-27!
    Here’s a list of free books you can read for the readathon.

    Books Discussed
    The Taming of Jessi Rose by Beverly Jenkins
    The Banned Bookshop of Maggie Banks by Shauna Robinson
    Drag Me Up by RM Virtues
    The Craft of Love by EE Ottoman
    Sing Anyway by Anita Kelly
    Reverb by Anna Zabo
    Hotel of Secrets by Diana Biller
    Love at First Psych by Cara Bastone
    That Kind of Guy by Talia Hibbert
    Your Dad Will Do by Katee Robert
    Hot and Badgered by Shelly Laurenston
    Running Away With the Bride by Sophia Singh Sasson
    Let us know what you’re reading, what you’re thinking, and what you’re thinking about what you’re reading! 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), and Jess is even on TikTok (@jess_isreading).
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    • 51 min
    Trading Off Words

    Trading Off Words

    Jess and Trisha discuss a social media situation impacting romance authors and why it matters more broadly and then dive into After Hours on Milagro Street for WIR Book Club.
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    NEWS
    Looking for fascinating stories, informed takes, useful advice, and more from experts in the world of books and reading? Subscribe to Book Riot’s newest newsletter, The Deep Dive, at bookriot.substack.com
    The Spoutable situation is a little tricky to piece together, but here’s a Twitter thread from Courtney Milan about her experience.
    Go check out the Swoon Awards winners!!
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    BOOKS DISCUSSED
    Black Love Matters by Jessica P. Pryde
    Scoreless Game by Anna Zabo and LA Witt
    A Week to be Wicked by Tessa Dare
    After Hours on Milagro Street and Full Moon Over Freedom by Angelina M. Lopez
    Send us all of your thoughts on anything, but especially After Hours on Milagro Street and the Swoon Awards. 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), and Jess is even on TikTok (@jess_isreading).
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    • 49 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
117 Ratings

117 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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