Chapter 3 Podcast

S1E23 | Where to Start With ROMANCE! Subgenres, Tropes & Recommendations (with Isabelle from Happy for Now)

August 3, 2021

Are you new to reading romance or wondering where to start? We’ve got you covered! In today’s episode Bethany and Isabelle from Happy for Now talk romance subgenres and tropes, with plenty of recommendations to get you started.  For exclusive bonus content and early access to episodes, consider joining the Chapter 3 Podcast Patreon

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Books from On My Radar segment:

If the Shoe Fits by Julie Murphy:

A Lesson in Vengeance by Victoria Lee:

The Dating Dare by Jayci Lee:

The Sisters of Reckoning by Charlotte Nicole Davis:

Mark of the Wicked by Georgia Bowers:

Bombshell by Sarah Maclean:


Other Books/Authors Mentioned


The Duchess Deal by Tessa Dare:

When A Scot Ties the Knot by Tessa Dare:

Castles Ever After Series by Tessa Dare

Girl Meets Duke series by Tessa Dare

Courtney Milan

The Bareknuckle Bastards series by Sarah Maclean:

Brazen and the Beast by Sarah Maclean:

Vanessa Riley:

Wild West Series by Beverly Jenkins:

An Extraordinary Union by Alyssa Cole:

Proper Romance line from Shadow Mountain Publishing:


Twisted Love by Ana Huang:

Run Posy Run by Kate C. Wells:

The Wicked Villains Series by Katee Roberts

Desperate Measures by Katee Roberts:

Touch of Taboo series by Katee Roberts:

Neon Gods by Katee Roberts:

Patricia Davids: 

Twice Shy by Sarah Hogle:

Sarah Morgan

The Christmas Sisters by Sarah Morgan:

Debbie Macomber:

To Love Jason Thorne by Ella Maise:

To Hate Adam Conner by Ella Maise:

Reluctant Royals series by Alyssa Cole:

A Duke by Default by Alyssa Cole:

Get A Life Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert:

The Wright Brothers Series by Christina C. Jones:

The Love Sisters series by Christina C. Jones:

The Austen Playbook by Lucy Parker:

Cowboys of California series by Rebekah Weatherspoon:

Rafe: A Buff Male Nanny by Rebekah Weatherspoon:

Boyfriend Material by Alexis Hall:

Adriana Herrera:

The Worst Best Man by Mia Sosa:

Love on Cue series by Mia Sosa:

Bromance Book Club series by Lyssa Kay Adams:

The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory:

The Wedding Party by Jasmine Guillory:

Whiteout by Adriana Anders:

Whiskey Beach by Nora Roberts:

Grip by Kennedy Ryan:

Long Shot by Kennedy Ryan:

Reel by Kennedy Ryan:

Forbidden Promises by Synithia Williams:


In Death series by J.D. Robb:

Ice Planet Barbarians by Ruby Dixon:

Risdaverse series by Ruby Dixon:

Strange Love by Anne Aguirre:

Planet of Desire series by Robin Lovett:

I Married a Lizardman by Regine Abel:

Magic Bites by Illona Andrews:

Psy-Changling series by Nalini Singh:

   *Changling Cast:

A Hunger Like No Other by Kresley Cole:

Green Creek series by TJ Klune:

Queen Takes Knights by Joely Sue Burkhart:

Deal With the Demon by Chace Verity:

Reign & Ruin by J.D. Evans:

Radiance by Grace Draven:

A Song of Blood and Stone by L. Penelope:

Empire of Sand by Tasha Suri:

The Jasmine Throne by Tasha Suri:

A Heart of Blood and Ashes by Milla Vane:

The Midwinter Mail-Order Bride by Kati Wilde:

Fortuna Sworn by KJ Sutton:

A Court of Thorns and Roses series by Sarah J Maas:


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