Ep #125

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“WE LIKE THEM A LOT, ACTUALLY” 

This week Ana hosts the podcast with guest Lillie as they introduce our March theme “Unlikable” MCs and challenge this misleading label

EP 125 HOST

> ANA COQUI (she/her) A lifelong genre reader, Ana grew up reading fantasy, sci-fi & mystery novels in Puerto Rico, before finally wandering into the romance section of the library in search of HEA’s after bawling through one too many dystopian novels. When she is not reading, knitting, writing about romance for Love in Panels or running #RomBkLove on Twitter as @anacoqui, Ana is a school librarian

EP 125 GUEST

> LILLIE (she/her) has been reading and loving romance for over 20 years. A former blogger and reviewer, she is now a series bible maker, proofreader, and occasional copy editor. She can be found on Twitter @lillie_80 at all hours talking about all things romance 

EP 125 DISCUSSION

> Title: Lush Money (Filthy Rich #1)

Author: Angelina M Lopez

Relation to theme: Female MC Roxanne

Representation: Latinx author, Mexican-American MC

Content Warnings: abandonment, medical non-con, coercion

Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/46038661-lush-money

> Title: A Gentleman in the Streets (The Campbell Siblings #1)

Author: Alisha Rai

Relation to theme: Female MC Akira

Representation: South-Asian author, Asian-American bisexual MC

Content Warnings: past trauma with family addiction, unhealthy family relationships 

Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23569243-a-gentleman-in-the-street

> Title: Xeni (Loose Ends #2)

Author: Rebekah Weatherspoon

Relation to theme: Female MC Xeni

Representation: Black author, black bisexual MC, white bisexual MC

Content Warnings: Secrets, biphobia, homophobia grief, mentions of miscarriage, mentions of abortion, Past Trauma: emotional abuse, coercion

Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/48359637-xeni

> Title: Drawn Together (Brown Family #5)

Author: Lauren Dane

Relation to theme: Female MC Raven

Representation: White author, bisexual heroine

Content Warnings: Child abuse, including sexual, and abduction and death of a teen, not on page but discussed, mental illness, BDSM

Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/16075145-drawn-together

> Title: A Duke by Default (Reluctant Royals #2)

Author: Alyssa Cole

Relation to theme: Female MC Portia

Representation: Black author, black MC, ADHD rep, Scottish-Latinx MC

Content Warnings: secrets, toxic family dynamic, anxiety, self-doubt, problem drinking, racism

Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35564582-a-duke-by-default

> Title: Beast Behaving Badly (Pride #5)

Author: Shelly Laurenston

Relation to theme: Female MC Blayne

Representation: Black author, black MC

Content Warnings: violence, abduction, human trafficking

Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/6972157-beast-behaving-badly

> Title: Big Bad Beast (Pride #6)

Author: Shelly Laurenston

Relation to theme: Female MC Dee-Ann

Representation: Black author

Content Warnings: violence, human trafficking

Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/8538297-big-bad-beast

> The new series Lillie refers to is The Honey Badger Chronicles by Shelly Laurenston

Link: https://www.goodreads.com/series/210022-honey-badger-chronicles

> Title: Gilded Cage (Lilywhite Boys #2)

Author: KJ Charles

Relation to theme: Female MC Susan Lazarus

Representation: White author, bisexual MC

Content Warnings: miscarriage, abandonment, kidnapping, abuse

Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/46368222-gilded-cage

> Ana also mentions Any Old Diamonds by K.J. Charles, but Gilded Cage can also be read as a stand-alone

Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/42925241-any-old-diamonds

> Title: Mercy (Holton Woods #1)

Author: HelenKay Dimon

Relation to theme: Female MC Becca 

Representation: White author, white cis het MC

CW: violence, spy games

Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18668046-mercy

> Title: Beyond Series

Author: Kit Rocha

Relation to theme: ALL of them!

Representation: Bisexual authors, bisexual characters

CW: violence, war, past trauma, addiction, BDSM 

Link: https://www.goodreads.com/series/87051-beyond

> Title: Belonging (Trewton Royd #2)

Author:  Rhoda Baxter

Relation to theme: Female MC Harriet

Representation: South-Asian author

CW: Binge drinking, grief

Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/41796319-belonging

> Title: Tempting Her Neighbor (Small Town Temptations #1)

Author: Laura Jardine

Relation to theme: Female MC Rachel

Representation: Asian author

Content Warnings: “slut” shaming

Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34741853-tempting-her-neighbor

> Title: Working Title (Plot Twist #3)

Author: Holley Trent

Relation to theme: Female MC Finch 

Representation: Black author

Content Warnings: none identified

Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/49294664-working-title

> Title: Stripped (Happy Endings #1)

Author: Zoey Castile

Relation to theme: Female MC Robyn

Representation: Latinx author, Latinx MC

Content Warnings: Harassment, anxiety, depression

Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/38740616-stripped

> Title: Beary Christmas, Baby

Author: Sasha Devlin

Relation to theme: Female MC Sira

Representation: Black author

Content Warnings: car accident due to snow

Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/29873875-beary-christmas-baby

> Title: Kiss of Snow (Psy-Changeling #10)

Author: Nalini Singh

Relation to theme: Female MC Sienna

Representation: Asian author

Content Warnings: child abuse, violence, war

Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/11014249-kiss-of-snow

> Title: Shards of Hope (Psy-Changeling #14)

Author: Nalini Singh

Relation to theme: Female MC Zaira

Representation: Asian author

Content Warnings: child abuse, abduction, torture, suicide, violence

Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17159943-shards-of-hope

> Title: Teach Me 

Author: Olivia Dade

Relation to theme: Female MC Rose

Representation: White author, fat MC

Content Warnings: spousal abuse, workplace harassment

Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/44648234-teach-me

> Title: Moonglow (Darkest London #2)

Author: Kristen Callihan

Relation to theme: Female MC Daisy 

Representation: White author, white cis het MCs

Content Warnings: violence, assault, discussion of past domestic and sexual violence  

Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13223523-moonglow

> Title: Winterblaze (Darkest London #3)

Author: Kristen Callihan

Relation to theme: Female MC Poppy

Representation: White author, white cis het MCs

Content Warnings: secrets, sexual violence 

Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13389546-winterblaze

> Title: Hard Knocks

Author: Ruby Lang

Relation to theme: Female MC Helen Chang

Representation: Asian author, Chinese-Canadian MC, white MC

Content Warnings: CTE, aging ill parent

Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/28080614-hard-knocks

> Title: Viking Flame (Afótama Legacy #3)

Author: Holley Trent

Relation to theme: Female MC Nadia

Representation: Black author, bisexual MC

Content Warnings: BDSM, consensual humiliation kink

Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/29452044-viking-flame

> Title: Kinked (Elder Races #6)

Author: Thea Harrison

Relation to theme: Female MC Aryal

Representation: White author, biisexual MC

Content Warnings: violence, BDSM

Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/15808775-kinked

> Title: Fire on the Ice

Author: Tamsen Parker

Relation to theme: Female MCs Blaze & Maisy

Representation: White, bisexual author, bisexual MCs

Content Warnings: controlling family, BDSM

Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36471949-fire-on-the-ice

> What does “unlikeable” mean to you? How do we better define these “unlikeable” characters to avoid confusion? Which “unlikeable” MCs do you love? Tag us @RomBkPod or share with us in the comments

EP 125 MUSIC CREDIT

Music: “Lift Off” by Jahzzar

From the Free Music Archive

CC BY-SA 3.0

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