Ep #230


This week Melinda & Melanie host the podcast and continues our April tribute to Romance Friendly Librarians with special guest Jess Pryde and a focus on self-referential romance


> MELINDA UTENDORF (she/her) was that child reading Baby-Sitters Club and Sweet Valley High books with a flashlight until 2 a.m. and checking out stacks of books from the library every week. After getting sick of ‘important’ books in her English degree classes, she turned to romance and HEAs and hasn’t looked back since. Melinda spends her time doing puzzles, listening to podcasts, and helping as admin for @RomanceSparksJoy. When she’s not busy with all of that, she’s a freelance editor or talking about books as @MelindaEdits

> MELANIE (she/her) A life-long bookworm, Melanie discovered her love of books with kissing at a pretty early age. Gilbert Blythe was her very first book boyfriend. Since then, she’s developed a love for contemporary, historical, and more recently, paranormal romances. Basically, if it involves humans or vampires or shapeshifters or even aliens falling in love and living happily ever after, chances are high she’ll be interested in reading it. When she’s not immersed in a book, she can usually be found baking and hanging out with her husband and daughter. You can find Melanie’s reviews at SmexyBooks (https://smexybooks.com/) and you can follow Melanie on Twitter @Melon_Reads


> JESS PRYDE (she/her) is a librarian for a public library system in Southern Arizona. She’s also a contributing editor for Book Riot, where she co-hosts the “When In Romance” podcast. Jess loves romance of all kinds, and can be found squeeing about her faves on twitter @JessIsReading and Instagram @Jess_Is_Reading



NOTE: These notes include affiliate links to Bookshop.org and Amazon.com to support the RBP transcript project

NOTE: This episode was recorded in mid-March during the coronavirus pandemic of 2020-21

> Yes, that is one of Melinda’s dogs wagging their tail on the floor in the background 

> Check out Jess’ podcast, When in Romance

Link: https://bookriot.com/listen/shows/when-in-romance/

> Are you familiar with your local library’s patron recommendation options?

> Title: Playing the Part

Author: Robin Covington

Relation to theme: Romance novelist MC, actor MC playing one of her characters

Representation: Indigenous author; interracial m/f couple (white female MC, biracial Male MC)

Content Warnings: TBD (need to revisit)

Bookshop: https://bookshop.org/lists/rombkpod-melinka-recs/

Kindle: https://amzn.to/2OXzKKk

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18300510-playing-the-part


> Jess also recommends Robin’s new Redhawk Reunion series with Harlequin

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/series/290759-redhawk-reunion

> SNARK TO LOVERS <3 <3 <3

> Title: Meet Cute Club

Author: Jack Harbon

Relation to theme: Romance book club

Representation: Multiracial, queer author; interracial m/m couple (Black MC, white MC)

Content Warnings (from reader Leigh Kramer): recent death of grandmother, grief, Rex’s father is a serial cheater, past homophobia, secondary character is on a diet, secondary character’s mother is in remission (does not say from what), reference to a fictional character who does coke and dies

Bookshop: https://bookshop.org/lists/rombkpod-melinka-recs/

Kindle: https://amzn.to/3s5r95z

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/51054227-meet-cute-club

> Title: Just Like This (Albin Academy #2)

Author: Cole McCade

Relation to theme: romance reading MC

Representation: Multiracial, queer author; interracial m/m couple (MC with indigenous heritage)

Content Warnings: toxic family relationship; indication of illness or abuse (resolved)

Bookshop: https://bookshop.org/lists/rombkpod-melinka-recs/

Kindle: https://amzn.to/3soCrSy

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/53443222-just-like-this

> Title: The Story Guy (Lakeside novellas)

Author: Mary Ann Rivers

Relation to theme: Librarian MC

Representation: white author, white m/f couple

Content Warnings: traumatic brain injury relating to car accident, grief, loneliness

Bookshop: unavailable

Kindle: https://amzn.to/3ahX90u

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18096568-the-story-guy

> Title: Take a Hint, Dani Brown (Brown Sisters #2)

Author: Talia Hibbert

Relation to theme: romance reading MC, romance-inspired gesture of love

Representation: Black, queer, neuro-divergent author; queer m/f couple (Black, bisexual, witch MC, Pakistani-British Muslim MC with anxiety)

Content Warnings: PTSD, grief, past death of parent, past death of sibling, anxiety, depression, evil ex

Bookshop: https://bookshop.org/lists/rombkpod-melinka-recs/

Kindle: https://amzn.to/3mwxCWl

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/48568248-take-a-hint-dani-brown

> Title: Spoiler Alert

Author: Olivia Dade

Relation to theme: fanfic writing MC

Representation: white author; white m/f couple; fat rep

Content Warnings: fat shaming, anxiety, hero is dyslexic and shamed by his parents for his learning disability, toxic parental relationships, sexism and misogyny

Bookshop: https://bookshop.org/lists/rombkpod-melinka-recs/

Kindle: https://amzn.to/2Q7ceej

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/53410266-spoiler-alert

> Title: Ever After Always (Bergman Brothers Book 3)

Author: Chloe Liese

Relation to theme: romance reading MC

Representation: white author; white m/f couple; anxiety rep 

Content Warnings: anxiety, past food insecurity, past poverty

Bookshop: https://bookshop.org/lists/rombkpod-melinka-recs/

Kindle: https://amzn.to/2Q0di3M

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/55929228-ever-after-always

> Title: Three Part Harmony (Plot Twist #2)

Author: Holley Trent

Relation to theme: MCs work in publishing

Representation: Black author; m/m/f triad

Content Warnings: toxic family

Bookshop: unavailable

Kindle: https://amzn.to/3doJG96

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/44668988-three-part-harmony

> Title: Two Rogues Make a Right

Author: Cat Sebastian

Relation to theme: Seduction via books

Representation: white, queer author; white m/m couple; chronic illness rep

Content Warnings: PTSD, MC with drug addiction, MC with on-page illness

Bookshop: https://bookshop.org/lists/rombkpod-melinka-recs/

Kindle: https://amzn.to/3cAOENS

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/52737554-two-rogues-make-a-right

> Who’s your favorite romance friendly librarian? What’s the best romance recommendation you received from a librarian? Let us know on Twitter or Instagram @RomBkPod

Happy Reading!


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