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The Farmer Might Be the Nudist

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Jess and Trisha discuss the challenges in finding romance by AOC with queer characters, plan to get better acquainted with the Emma Award winners, and have some recommendations for anyone looking for romance with couples past the age of 40.

This episode is sponsored by The Traitor’s Ruin by Erin Beaty and One Small Thing by Erin Watt.

Also! Book Riot is giving away $500 worth of the year’s best YA fiction and nonfiction so far! Go to before July 31 to enter.

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You’ll be seeing more Cat Sebastian in your local Barnes & Noble.

Many congratulations to this year’s Emma Award winners, announced at Romance Slam Jam.

In the Washington, DC or Kansas City areas and looking for free romance events? We’ve got good news for you.

Not in those areas? That’s ok – we’ve got you covered too.

Books Discussed:

Wrong To Need You by Alisha Rai

Phire: I’m Just Saying by Iris Bolling

Sweet Stallion by Deborah Fletcher Mello

Love Will Always Remember by Tracey Livesay

Playing the Part by Robin Covington

Bingo Love by Tee Franklin, illustrated by Jenn St-Onge, Joy San, and Genevieve Ft

Fanning the Flames by Victoria Dahl

Bear Among the Books by T.J. Masters

Trust Me by Farrah Rochon (This is the one Trisha recommended with the rad New Orleans city councilwoman and the pesky journalist.)

Cherish Me by Farrah Rochon (And this is the brand new one about the long-married couple trying to fix their relationship.)

Twice in a Lifetime by Jodie Griffin

Autumn by Cole McCade

Tell us what books you love with characters beyond their 20s and 30s – and can someone please help Jess find that farmer/nudist book she’s searching for?? Find us on email ( and, Twitter (@jessisreading and @trisha_reads), or Instagram (@jess_is_reading and @trishahaleybrown).