Fated Mates Podcast

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Fated Mates is a romance novel podcast that I co-host with author Sarah MacLean. 


Weekly episodes include romance novel read-alongs and discussions of the work of the genre, highlighting the romance novel as a powerful tool in fighting patriarchy…with absolutely no kink shaming.

You can buy Fated Mates swag in the JenReadsRomance shop right here.

Romance Book Clubs

If you're in Chicago and you're interested in talking about romance in real life, join one of my romance book clubs. They are hosted every other month at two stores,  57th Street Books in the Hyde Park neighborhood, and Love's Sweet Arrow in the south suburb of Tinley Park. 

Join us! 

Upcoming Meetings​​

  • On February 4th at 57th Street Books, we'll be discussing Dreaming of You by Lisa Kleypas. 

  • On March 14th at Love's Sweet Arrow, we'll be discussing Every Last Breath by Juno Rushdan. 

Previous Romance 57 Book Club Selections

Previous Love's Sweet Arrow Book Club Selections

Map of Romance-friendly Indie Bookstores

It's the Marauder's Map for romance readers! Find a bookstore that sells romance and won't look down their snooty noses at you! Please remember: this is crowd-sourced and could be inaccurate.

The only "metric" for this map: does it have a freestanding romance section, regardless of size? THAT'S IT. The size of the selection will vary store by store. Please call ahead for more information and details. Please contact jenreadsromance AT gmail DOT com with corrections (additions/deletions) for the map, or tweet at me @JenReadsRomance

Note: Half Price Books and Barnes & Noble carry romance, but I didn't put them on the map.

And more...

Kirkus Romance Correspondent
I write essays and interviews about romance for Kirkus, and you can find a link to my work here. 
USA Today Bestsellers AirTable
I'm tracking all the USA Today Romance bestsellers in a database.

I've written tons of reviews, but here are links to reviews for books featured on this site (alphabetical by title): 

Who Did it Better...
I've also written a series of very silly blog posts ranking romances with similar settings/tropes. 


Here are some essays I've written about various romance-related topics:

Guest appearances