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Ep. 92 Sarah MacLean: Brazen and the Beast

We’re joined by Sarah MacLean who is not only a NYT Bestselling author, but is also a cohost of one of our favorite podcasts, Fated Mates. We chat about her latest book, Brazen and the Beast, how podcasting has impacted her writing, and the fabulously bananas books she’s been reading lately.

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Some highlights from our conversation include:

  • Why Goodreads is brutal for authors
  • Sarah’s favorite bad review
  • Why Brazen and the Beast is Jenny’s new favorite of Sarah’s books!
  • Why getting a puppy is a terrible idea! 
  • How podcasting has made her think differently about her own writing
  • The bananas planet books she’s been reading

Books mentioned:

You can find Sarah MacLean on her website, Twitter, or Facebook!

Ep. 58 Holiday Special with Tessa Dare, Joanna Shupe, Sarah MacLean, and Sophie Jordan

We’re joined this week by four incredible authors who’ve all been guests in the past: Tessa Dare, Joanna Shupe, Sarah MacLean, and Sophie Jordan! They tell us about their stories from their holiday anthology, How the Dukes Stole Christmas, chat about some of their holiday traditions, and answer questions from our Great Holiday Debate 2018! If you want to weigh in on the debate, you can submit your votes here: WWC Great Holiday Debate 2018 Listener SurveyYou can check out How the Dukes Stole Christmas here! The audio book is now available as well! You can find their past episodes here: Thanks to everyone who has heeded our call from the Anniversary Episode and left us a review on iTunes (or wherever you listen!)—we appreciate it more than you know! Make sure you remember to shoot us an email ( to claim your reward(s)! If you haven’t done it yet, offer still stands!
  • A signed copy of Jenny’s book!
  • A custom limerick written about you by Sarah!
  • Name a character in Jenny’s column!
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About the Guests

Here are the links to each guest’s website where you can find info about their books, social media, and more!

Tessa Dare is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling American historical romance novelist. She has authored fifteen novels and novellas and created four different series. In 2012, she won the prestigious Romance Writers of America RITA award for Best Regency Historical Romance for her book A Night to Surrender. Award-winning author JOANNA SHUPE has always loved history, ever since she saw her first Schoolhouse Rock cartoon. In 2013 she won Romance Writers of America’s prestigious Golden Heart® Award for Best Historical.Joanna’s first Gilded Age historical novel, Magnate, was named one of the Best Books of 2016 by Publishers Weekly, and one of 2016′s top romances by The Washington Postand Kobo. The Washington Post named Joanna’s The Lady Hellion as one of 2015’s top five romance novels. New York Times, Washington Post & USA Today bestseller Sarah MacLean is the author of historical romance novels that have been translated into more than twenty languages, and winner of back-to-back RITA Awards for best historical romance from the Romance Writers of America.Sophie Jordan

Sophie Jordan grew up in the Texas hill country where she wove fantasies of dragons, warriors, and princesses. A former high school English teacher, she’s also the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of Avon historical romances.

Ep. 33 Sarah MacLean: Wicked and the Wallflower

We’re joined by bestselling author Sarah MacLean. Her latest novel, Wicked and the Wallflower, just came out, and it is amazing. We to her about historical lockpicking, her romance review column in the Washington Post, and the true nature of the Alpha in romance.

We also got an incredible list of romance recommendations. Our conversation was so good that we went far longer than normal, so you get a massive episode this week! Without further ado, here is our interview with Sarah MacLean.
Ways to listen:

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Be sure to check out Sarah’s list of romance recommendations on her website. You can also follow her on Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook!
Other highlights include:
  • Sarah’s favorite romance novel
  • Why she loves Lisa Kleypas
  • Why we like the idea of men who fight
  • All about Wicked and the Wallflower
  • How we think the concept of Alphas sometimes gets misunderstood
  • Why she loves an Alpha submissive
  • The unpickable Chubb
  • How she managed to use her research for her new book to crack her mom’s safe
  • Our heist team and the open positions if anyone would like to apply
  • Stair sex
  • Her column in the Washington Post including how the column came about, how she chooses what to include, and what kind of pitches she accepts
  • Her favorite tropes
  • Our Kresley Cole fan club
  • JenReadsRomance’s spreadsheet
  • The Santino Hassel  debacle
  • Book recommendations

Books mentioned in this episode:

Wicked and the Wallflower by Sarah MacLean

Dreaming of You by Lisa Kleypas

Mine Til Midnight by Lisa Kleypas

Scoring Off the Field by Naima Simone

Sweet Ruin by Kresley Cole

Dreams of a Dark Warriorby Kresley Cole

Poison Princess by Kresley Cole

The Player by Kresley Cole

The Masterby Kresley Cole

Longshot by Kennedy Ryan (starcrossed lovers NBA)

Vegas Top Gun series by Katie Porter

Loving the Secret Billionaireby Adriana Anders

Briarley by Aster Glenn Grey

Priest by Sierra Simone

American Queen by Sierra Simone

Sinner by Sierra Simone

Other media mentioned:

University of Warwick nude calendar

Thomas Crowne Affair (art thief movie)

Penny Dreadful (TV show with Josh Hartnett)

Eastern Promises (movie with Viggo Mortenson)

Ep. 103 Angelina M. Lopez: Lush Money

We could not be more excited to be joined by Angelina M. Lopez to talk about her outstanding debut, Lush Money! Angelina was one of our earliest listeners when she was still prepublished and now her first book is out in the world! We also chat about Fated Mates, her twenty year path to publication, the upcoming books in her series, and the state of publishing. This is one of Jenny’s favorite books of the year–go read it immediately!

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Some highlights from our conversation include:

  • Why we love Fated Mates so much!
  • Why it’s so powerful the first time each of us discovers other romance lovers
  • How it took her 20 years to get published–and she did it!!
  • All about her idea for Lush Money and the next books in the series 
  • What her 20 year journey looked like and how much the industry changed in that time
  • The state of publishing today and her thoughts for other authors still early in their journey
  • Why 1k words/day just isn’t realistic for all writers and why it’s okay to write far less when you need to
  • Why we all need to channel a little more Rapinoe

Books mentioned:

You can find Angelina on her website, Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook!

Ep. 73 Robin Covington: Never Love a Thief

We’re joined by Robin Covington to chat about her sizzling books, why we love controversial characters, and how hard it would be to pick a designated survivor of Romancelandia!

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Some highlights from our conversation include:

  • How California was not living up to her expectations in terms of people watching
  • Her into to romance when she was perhaps a little young for the content, but couldn’t get enough of it
  • Why the things we censor for children are a little inconsistent
  • Dr. Christmas Jones!
  • The joys and struggles of watching things with your parents or kids
  • Why she’d rather write a book that pisses some people off, but gets a strong reaction out of people, than write something forgettable that pleases everyone
  • Her upcoming series with some controversial characters
  • Why romance needs a designated survivor
  • How she writes in her closet–henceforth called her cloffice
  • Her love for Roni Loren

Books mentioned:

You can find Robin on her website, Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook!

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Ep. 70 Penny Reid and Maureen Lee Lenker on Toxic Masculinity

We’re joined by Penny Reid and Maureen Lee Lenker to have a conversation about toxic masculinity. We also delve into why Penny has in the past deliberately written characters who start their arc exhibiting these traits, how we’re much harder on our heroines, and some of our own experiences with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and Autism Spectrum Disorder. Check out Penny’s latest incredibly timely book, Motion!

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Books mentioned:

You can find Penny on her website, ITwitter, or Facebook! You can find Maureen on Twitter or Instagram!

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Ep. 52 Kresley Cole and Gena Showalter

We’re joined this week by Kresley Cole and Gena Showalter, bestselling authors of some of our favorite books–and real life besties!  We talk about their upcoming projects, their tortured heroes, kickass heroines, and their epic friendship. You’ll find out about who wants to wear the other one’s skin, the literal shrines they have to each other, and why this game of Fuck/Marry/Kill has a shockingly high body count!

Ways to listen:

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To find out more about Gena, you can check out her website or follow her on Facebook,  Instagram. Or you can find Kresley on her website or follow her on Facebook or Instagram! Sign up for their newsletters!

Highlights and favorite quotes from the episode:

  • “Gena knows how to kill people REAL BAD!” -GS
  • All about Gena’s Gods of War series–spoiler alert, it contains lots of Alpha heroes!
  • How Gena is the heroine of all her books
  • Why Gena’s friends don’t piss her off
  • Why Gena’s new YA series called The Forest of Good and Evil is the hardest to write that she’s ever experienced
  • “I just want one fucking book to flow out of me!” -KC
  • “Let me inspire and excite you!” -GS
  • “It’s like going to war and battling for every word.” -KC
  • How the pressures of audience expectations impacts their writing and how they work past it
  • “When you’re writing, it’s like sanding wood and you can feel the grains that still need to be sanded.” -KC
  • How often there’s synchronisity between their separate projects
  • How their epic friendship began (“Can I lick your face?” “When is she going to lick my face?”)
  • “We are not a tasteful show!” -SH
  • Why writer jealousy is bullshit
  • “By God, you better fucking like your own product…or don’t sell it!” -KC
  • What it’s like writing a storyline that you know will disappoint fans
  • Kresley’s inspiration for the Arcana Chronicles and how she developed it
  • Their hilariously differing responses to killing characters
  • Gena and Kresley’s preferences when it comes to Kresley’s Gamemaker Trilogy
  • What’s coming next in the Immortal’s After Dark series!
  • “Twist our arm!”
  • The Gena shrine
  • “Can my game be Kill/Kill/Kill!?” -GS
  • “So it’s like a praying mantis situation?” -GS
  • “I want to incentivize them for good sex. Bring it or die!” -KC
  • “We emerge as the only survivors…with some very fond memories!”
  • That time they had too much to drink and got lost in Manhattan and ended up in a horse drawn carriage–with Cherry Adair.
  • “You’re my pilot fish ghost!?” -KC
  • “Don’t fuck it up, Cole.” -JN

Books mentioned in this episode:

Wicked and the Wallflower by Sarah MacLean

Shadow and Ice by Gena Showalter

Dreams of a Dark Warrior by Kresley Cole

Captain of All Pleasures by Kresley Cole

Alice in Zombieland by Gena Showalter

Poison Princess by Kresley Cole

Warrior’s Woman by Johanna Lindsey

Darkest Warrior by Gena Showalter

The Master by Kresley Cole

The Player by Kresley Cole

The Professional by Kresley Cole

Books by P.C. Cast

Books by Jill Monroe

Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Dating by Christina Lauren

Ep. 42 What We’re Reading #3

Our third iteration of What We’re Reading, featuring Jen Prokop from JenReadsRomance!

We give a few life updates on Sarah’s new book and Jenny’s adventures in motherhood. Also, dicksoap. We have thoughts.

We forgot to take a picture together, so Jen gets to be the silhouette lady in the middle of this one.

Ways to listen:

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  • Books we discuss in this episode:

    A Taste of Pleasure by Chloe Blake

        • Gorgeous cover!
        • “Ghost Chef” meets handsome Italian man at a wedding
        • Snappy dialog, great banter.
        • Jen considers it “perfect”

    Whiskey Sharp: Unraveled by Lauren Dane

        • Angst vs stakes
        • high stakes low angst (external conflict)

    Forbidden Hearts series by Alisha Rai

    Forbidden by Beverly Jenkins

        • Historical in which hero is passing as white
        • High stakes/high angst, but the drama is driven by the internal conflict

    Sparks Like Ours by Melissa Brayden

        • F/F surf romance
        • Friends to lovers with one heroine discovering her sexual identity

    My Lady’s Lover by Nicola Davidson

        • F/F historical novella
        • Lady’s maid falls for her employer
        • “spectacular”

    Vegas Top Guns Series by Katie Porter

        • Sexy kinks.
        • Exhibitionism at its finest
        • Bisexual showgirl and a photographer

    Long Shot by Kennedy Ryan

        • Dark story of a woman escaping an abusive marriage
        • Incredibly powerful story of a woman surviving and fighting
        • Basketball romance

    Burn Down the Night by M. O’Keefe

        • Motorcycle club romance
        • AMAZING heroine who is not here for your bullshit

    Judgment Road by Christine Feehan

    Lord of Scoundrels by Loretta Chase

    Rules of Scoundrels series by Sarah MacLean

    Radiance by Grace

    Hidden Legacy Series by Ilona Andrews

    Kate Daniels Series by Ilona Andrews

    Guardian Series by Meljean Brook

    Anita Blake Series by Laurel K. Hamilton

    Everything Ravaged. Everything Burned. (short story)

    Recs We’re Looking For:

    Angsty Books!


    Tortured Control Freaks Who Like to Get a Little Kinky!

Ep. 35 What We’re Reading #2

We share what we’ve been up to and what we’ve been reading with special guest, Maureen Lee Lenker. Bonus: hear all about our first kisses, both real life and on stage!

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Click this link to stream:
What We’re Reading #2

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Life Updates:

  • Sarah got an agent!
  • Jenny is back from the wilderness!
  • Sarah is back from Guatamalan adventures!

Recs we’re looking for:

  • Sci fi/fantasy
  • Enemies to lovers (of the saucy variety)
  • Ancient or Renaissance historical fiction

Books mentioned in this episode:

The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang (listen to our episode with Helen!)

A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J Maas

Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwaub

  • Fantasy Maureen loved
  • pickpocket heroine from Victorian England

Wicked and the Wallflower by Sarah MacLean (listen to our episode with Sarah!)

  • Sexy hero named Devil who fights with a sword cane!
  • One of our favorite Sarah MacLean books!

Never Judge a Lady by Her Cover by Sarah MacLean

Inheritance Trilogy by N.K. Jemison

American Queen by Sierra Simone

  • Only $.99 right now!
  • Camelot retold as a
  • Best portrayal of BDSM in fiction that Jenny has read

Priest by Sierra Simone

  • Hot Dom Priest
  • Sexy BDSM
  • Gloriously filthy and somehow spiritual at the same time

A Storied Life by Leigh Kramer

  • High on our TBR pile
  • “Weaving together grief and beauty, humor and romance…will make you rethink life, love, and loss.”

A Long Fatal Love Chase by Louisa May Alcott

  • Gothic romance
  • sexy priest

The Forbidden Hearts Trilogy by Alisha Rai (listen to our episode with Alisha!)

  • Maureen loved the conclusion
  • sexy, satisfying family drama

Forbidden and Tempest by Beverly Jenkins

  • Historical Western series
  • Often based on real historical figures
  • Jenny is now binge reading all things Beverly Jenkins

The Red by Tiffany Reisz

  • Art history based erotica
  • Da Vinci Code erotica!

The Idea of You by Robinne Lee

  • 39 year old heroine falls for 20 year old boy band member when she takes her preteen daughter to a meet and greet
  • gorgeous exploration of ageism, madness of fame, the invisibility of “older” women, art world, and love.
  • Does not have an HEA.
  • Rec from Michelle Jenkins!

My Oxford Year by Julia Whelan (listen to our episode with Julia!)

  • Maureen felt it was deeply authentic having experienced her own Oxford Year
  • found it breathtaking

Always Never Yours by Emily Wibberley and Austin Siegemund-Broca

  • High school sweetheart authors who got engaged at The Ripped Bodice
  • teenage girl who thinks she’s always The Girl Before
  • about her finding her self worth
  • lots of Shakespeare
  • sex positive teen heroine

Royals by Rachel Hawkins

  • YA with snarky, funny heroine
  • her sister is getting married to Crown Prince of Scotland and she has to live there for the summer and learn etiquette

Song of the Lioness by Tamora Pierce

Ep. 26 What We’re Reading!

Ways to listen:

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Below are the books we discuss in this episode. To find other great suggestions, check out It’s like a choose-your-own-adventure for romance novels!

Quick shout out to The Book Queen for continuously screwing up our TBR piles with her book deals! We both love and hate you for it!

Life Updates:

  • Jenny had a baby! Baby Zelda has arrived at last. Listen closely and you’ll hear her in the background of this (and future) episodes.
  • Jenny is headed to the Pacific Northwest for the month of May. Follow along on her Airstream camping adventures on Instagram!
  • Sarah is querying two novels and just won #RevPit with her YA fantasy!
  • Sarah also just moved in with her boyfriend!

Books we discuss:

Say Yes to the Marquess by Tessa Dare

  • Prize fighter in love with his brother’s fiance
  • He’s trying to plan her wedding to convince her to wait for his brother
  • Typical brilliant Tessa Dare humor

Seared by Suleikha Snyder

  • Erotic foodie romance between step siblings
  • Broody hot chef
  • Food Porn

The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang

  • Math whiz heroine with Asperger’s
  • Hires an escort to “educate” her

Decadent by Shayla Black

  • Menage romance
  • “Fucking her ass, saving her life…”
  • Hero will only do anal as part of a threesome

Moonlight Sins by Jennifer Armentrout

  • Sexy, naughty brothers who Jenny wanted to both bang the heroine (they don’t!)

Glutton for Pleasure by Alisha Rai

  • Food porn
  • Hot brother menage
  • Jenny must read immediately

Beyond Series by Kit Rocha

  • Post apocalyptic pan sexual gang
  • Bootleggers scrapping a living in totalitarian future city
  • Sarah is obsessed and may not emerge in public again until she’s read all of them

A Princess in Theory by Alyssa Cole

  • Academic orphan heroine is busting her ass through grad school
  • Sexy consent
  • African Prince she was betrothed to as a child comes looking for her, but conceals his identity

A Duke by Default by Alyssa Cole

  • Hot Scottish silver fox, Hufflegruff, #swordbae (master swordsmith)
  • Heroine is his apprentice
  • Discovers he’s the secret son of a Duke and the title should be his

The Hating Game by Sally Thorne

  • Enemies to lovers
  • Both gunning for same promotion in a publishing house
  • Quirky heroine

Royally Matched by Emma Chase

  • Prince Harry-like hero agrees to be on Bachelor type reality show
  • Falls in love with contestant’s librarian sister
  • Hilarious!

Beautiful Bastard by Christina Lauren

  • Sexy, sexy times
  • Enemies to lovers
  • Sarah’s favorite Christina Lauren

Burn for Me by Ilona Andrews

  • Slow burn (no sexy times)
  • Psychic super-soldier
  • Fast paced, Sarah really enjoyed

Earth Bound by Emma Barry and Genevieve Turner

  • 1950’s NASA-like organization
  • Tightly wound man in charge hero
  • Super smart coding heroine
  • Competence porn

Famous by Jenny Holiday

  • Taylor Swift-like pop star escapes to small town
  • Hides out with artist/professor hero who is trying to keep a low profile
  • Charming, quick read with surprising depth

Love and Other Words by Christina Lauren

  • Split timeline between past and present
  • Stomach flipping story of first love
  • Lovers reconnect as adults
  • Mystery of what drove them apart

Reign of the Fallen Sarah Glen Marsh

  • YA not romance
  • Bisexual Necromancer
  • Dark, mysterious, and exciting

High Voltage by Karen Marie Moning

  • Love story between Ryodan and Dani
  • Latest Fever Series book
  • Jenny and Sarah are both raging Moning Maniacs

Under the Kilt Series by Melissa Blue

  • Jenny has just started–excited!
  • Sexy Scottish times

Unmasked by the Marquess by Cat Sebastian

  • Regency nonbinary heroine with bisexual hero
  • Love love love!
  • Heroine is dressing as a man to pull a con (for good reasons)
  • Hero doesn’t care if she’s a man or a woman, loves the person

The Viking Queen’s Men by Holly Trent

  • Viking psychic queen needs a mate- MFM menage
  • Commune in NM
  • Sarah has just started

Feud by Phyllis Bourne

  • Recommendation from Suzanne (@loveinpanels)- romantic comedy
  • Enemies to lovers between warring neighbors competing for an inheritance
  • Novella that Jenny mistakenly thought was novel

Just this Once and Just Good Friends Rosalind James

  • Sexy New Zealand All Blacks romance
  • (Book 1) Captain of the rugby team rescues her from drowning and she doesn’t realize who he is
  • (Book 2) She’s hiding from stalker ex and falls for pretty boy player who turns out to have more to him than meets the eye

Hold by Claire Kent

  • Gritty novella about prison planet of totalitarian space government
  • Becomes woman of powerful man to survive

Some upcoming reads:

Wicked and the Wallflower by Sarah MacLean

Hellion by Christi Caldwell

Intercepted by Alexa Martin