Ep #124


This week Sarah Jean hosts the podcast with guest Suzanne as we conclude our February “fake relationships” theme with an exploration of Queer Romance


> SARAH JEAN (she/her) From the woods of Massachusetts, Sarah Jean has been reading queer romance for 12 years. She runs a queer book club called Rainbow Readers of Massachusetts (https://www.facebook.com/rainbowreadersmass/) that celebrates queer lives, joy, and empowerment through genre fiction. When not reading or listening to books Sarah is plotting her queer historical romances, cuddling with her cats, and planning her next adventure. Follow Sarah on Twitter @queer_reader


> SUZANNE KROHN (she/her) is a book nerd from New England who runs the site Love in Panels, which is dedicated to inclusive coverage of romance comics and romance novels. She also reviews for Shelf Awareness and can usually be found around the internet @loveinpanels


> Title: Gemini Keeps Capricorn (Signs of Love #3)

Author: Anyta Sunday

Relation to theme: Fake engagement

Representation: Queer MCs, Japanese-American MC, white MC

Content Warnings: none identified 

Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36423306-gemini-keeps-capricorn

> Sarah Jean is a big fan of the entire Signs of Love series

Link: https://www.goodreads.com/series/195005-signs-of-love

> Title: The Husband Gambit

Author: L.A. Witt

Relation to theme: Marriage of convenience

Representation: Queer MCs

Content Warnings: abusive parent, homophobia, poverty

Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/42610128-the-husband-gambit

> Sarah Jean mentions another fake relationship romance Three Stupid Weddings which is written under the name Ann Gallagher, an alter-ego of L.A. Witt

Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/41070264-three-stupid-weddings

> Title: Faux Ho Ho (Little Village)

Author: Nathan Burgione

Relation to theme: Fake dating

Representation: Queer author, queer MCs

Content Warnings: manipulative family/emotionally abusive 

Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/49199375-faux-ho-ho

> Sarah Jean professes her love for Burgoine’s writing style, and we previously recommended his other Little Village holiday romance Handmade Holidays in RBP ep #116

Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36492203-handmade-holidays

> Title: Candy Hearts (So Over the Holidays #2)

Author: Erin McLellan

Relation to theme: Fake dating

Representation: Queer MCs

Content Warnings: past manipulative relationships

Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/50170971-candy-hearts

> As mentioned, the previous book in this series is Stocking Stuffers which is set during Christmas

Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/48385513-stocking-stuffers

> Title: Just For Show

Author: Jae

Relation to theme: Fake dating

Representation: Queer MCs

Content warnings: Some of the food discussion might be triggering to people who’ve dealt with eating disorders, Lana has PTSD from a car accident and ongoing pain and scars

Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/37789281-just-for-show

> Sarah Jean mentions the concept of a lavender marriage or when two consenting adults agree to a heterosexual marriage in order to obscure one or both partner’s true sexuality and is often connected to the Hollywood era under the Hays code (1934-1968)–real life Hollywood examples include Rudolph Valentino (pre-code), Barbara Stanwyck, and Rock Hudson

Link: https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/the-latin-lover-and-his-enemies-119968944/

Link: https://www.out.com/entertainment/today-gay-history/2013/07/16/today-gay-history-inimitable-barbara-stanwyck

Link: https://www.bitchmedia.org/article/cover-story/how-hollywood-closeted-queerness-capital

> Suzanne mentions Behind These Doors by Jude Lucens a polyam romance set in Edwardian London (it was also edited by K.J. Charles!)

Link: https://www.goodreads.com/en/book/show/40190173

> Still need to track down the lavender marriage book Anna C was reading

Link: tbd

> Suzanne refers to A Gentleman’s Position by K.J. Charles from the excellent Society of Gentlemen Series

Link: https://www.goodreads.com/series/151032-society-of-gentlemen

> Title: To See the Sun

Author: Kelly Jensen

Relation to theme: Mail-order-spouse/partner

Representation: Queer MCs

Content Warnings: murder, past death, colonization of a space rock, mentions of drug use(i think), child neglect in past, escaping violence

Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/39901160-to-see-the-sun

> Title: The High King’s Golden Tongue (Tales of the High Court #1)

Author: Megan Derr

Relation to theme: Marriage of convenience

Representation: Queer MCs, queer author 

Content Warnings: abuse/torture, kidnapping, poltical manverouing, past death of spouse 

Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25902535-the-high-king-s-golden-tongue

> Title: The Queen of Ieflaria (Tales of Inthya #1)

Author: Effie Calvin

Relation to theme: Marriage of convenience

Representation: Queer MCs

Content Warnings: violence

Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/39011062-the-queen-of-ieflaria

> Title: The Wolf and the Sparrow

Author: Isabelle Adler

Relation to theme: Marriage of convenience

Representation: Queer MCs

Content Warnings:  death of parent in battle, torture, violence

Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/48668316-the-wolf-and-the-sparrow

> Title: Hot Dog Girl

Author: Jennifer Dugan

Relation to theme: Fake dating

Representation: Queer MCs

Content Warnings: past death of family member

Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35843729-hot-dog-girl

> Sarah Jean mentions reading Sword Dance by A.J. Demas which contains a fake relationship

Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/47195212-sword-dance

> You can find Suzanne’s monthly TBR at Love in Panels

Link: http://www.loveinpanels.com/prose/february-2020-tbr

Link: http://www.loveinpanels.com/prose/january-2020-tbr

> Which favorite #QueerRomance fake relationships did we miss? Let us know on Twitter or Instagram @RomBkPod

Happy Reading!


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