Ep #232


This week Sarah Jean concludes our ode to Romance Friendly Librarians with special guest librarian Amy Dittmeier and a focus on 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


> AMY DITTMEIER (she/they) Amy is a librarian living in Chicago who loves romance novels, comics, and cosplay. You can follow Amy on Twitter and Instagram @RoboticDinos



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-April during the coronavirus pandemic of 2020-21

> Slow Burn = unresolved sexual tension, while Slow Build = unresolved pining

> Title: The Loaded March

Author: Footloose 

Relation to theme: slow burn

Representation: Queer MCs

Content Warnings: war games, war violence, spy games

Link: https://archiveofourown.org/series/9979

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34115776-loaded-march

NOTE: This is speculative fiction written on Archive of Our Own (Ao3)

> Title: Check, Please!

Author: Ngozi Ukazu

Relation to theme: Slow burn

Representation: Black, queer author; white m/m couple, anxiety rep

Content Warnings: underage drinking, panic attacks, hazing

Bookshop: https://bookshop.org/lists/rombkpod-sarah-jean-recs/

Kindle: https://amzn.to/3wL30Vx

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/series/223727-check-please

> Sarah Jean and Amy discuss some slow burn Webtoons and Tapas favorites:

> Heir’s Game by Suspu

Link: https://www.webtoons.com/en/drama/heirs-game/

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/42101767-heir-s-game

> The Croaking by Echorise

Link: https://www.webtoons.com/en/fantasy/the-croaking/

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/en/book/show/43180513

> Brimstone & Roses by Mei Rothschild

Link: https://www.webtoons.com/en/romance/brimstone-and-roses/

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/44310037-brimstone-and-roses

> Charity Case by Malacandrax

Link: https://tapas.io/series/Charity-Case/

Goodreads: unavailable

> Title: Fence

Author: C.S. Pacat

Relation to theme: Slow burn

Representation: Queer MCs

Content Warnings: none identified

Bookshop: https://bookshop.org/lists/rombkpod-sarah-jean-recs/

Kindle: https://amzn.to/3wL423R

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/40680873-fence-vol-1#

> Title: The Lady’s Guide to Celestial Mechanics

Author: Olivia Waite

Relation to theme: Slow burn

Representation: White, queer author; white f/f couple

Content Warnings: sexism, domestic abuse, infertility, gaslighting

Bookshop: https://bookshop.org/lists/rombkpod-sarah-jean-recs/

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

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/42402528-the-lady-s-guide-to-celestial-mechanics

> Sarah Jean mentions Hellion’s Waltz by Olivia Waite due out June 2021


Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/55355668-the-hellion-s-waltz

> Title: His Secret Illuminations

Author: Scarlett Gale

Relation to theme: Slow burn

Representation: Queer m/f couple

Content Warnings: institutional abuse, sexual guilt and shame

Bookshop: https://bookshop.org/lists/rombkpod-sarah-jean-recs/

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

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/55817571-his-secret-illuminations

NOTE: This is a duology and the first book ends with a HFN and book 2 is now available

> Sarah Jean recommends The Magnus Archives podcast, which just finished if you were waiting before you started listening

Link: https://rustyquill.com/the-magnus-archives/

> Sarah Jean also mentinons the Night Vale podcast

Link: http://www.welcometonightvale.com/

> Title: Winter’s Orbit

Author: Everina Maxwell

Relation to theme: Slow burn

Representation: White, queer author; white m/m couple

Content Warnings: death, court intrigue, domestic abuse

Bookshop: https://bookshop.org/lists/rombkpod-sarah-jean-recs/

Kindle: https://amzn.to/3t8iCQQ

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/53320169-winter-s-orbit

> Title: A Dark and Hollow Star

Author: Ashley Shuttleworth

Relation to theme: Slow burn

Representation: White, queer author; f/f couple & m/m couple

Content Warnings: murder, court intrigue, vigilante justice 

Bookshop: https://bookshop.org/lists/rombkpod-sarah-jean-recs/

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

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/43850198-a-dark-and-hollow-star

> Amy mentions enjoying the audio book for Take a Hint, Dani Brown written by Talia Hibbert and narrated by Ione Butler

Bookshop: https://bookshop.org/lists/rombkpod-sarah-jean-recs/

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

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

> Amy’s TBR: 

>> Leo Loves Aries by Anyta Sunday

Bookshop:  https://bookshop.org/lists/rombkpod-sarah-jean-recs/

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

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33267481-leo-loves-aries

NOTE: This book was also discussed in RBP #204

LISTEN NOW: http://lustandfoundreads.com/rombkpod/ep-204/

>> Amy also mentions anticipating some “Stucky” fanfic and Good Omens fanfic

> Sarah Jean’s TBR:

>> 10DANCE by Inouesatoh

Bookshop: unavailable

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

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/43673054-10-dance-vol-1

> 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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