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Jess and Trisha discuss the problem with calling non-explicit romance “clean,” explore why Trisha rereads and Jess doesn’t, and talk about what they’ve been reading this week.

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On Book Riot, Sarah talks about why calling books “clean” is a problem.

The Feminist Librarian makes an argument that a distinction between “erotica” and “porn” is harmful.


Friends Without Benefits by Penny Reid

Virgin River by Robyn Carr

Worth the Fall by Claudia Connor

So Sweet by Rebekah Weatherspoon

Going Down by Barbara Bell

Geek Out: A Collection of Trans and Genderqueer Romance

Can’t Escape Love by Alyssa Cole

The Governess Affair by Courtney Milan

Let us know if you have thoughts on calling romance “clean,” and whether/why/when you reread books. Find us on email ( and, Twitter (@jessisreading and @trishahaleybrwn), or Instagram (@jess_is_reading and @trishahaleybrown).