What We’re Reading!

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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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!

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Below are the books we discuss in this episode. To find other great suggestions, check out JenReadsRomance.com 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