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030. A Seditious Affair by KJ Charles with Emma Barry

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Romance novelist Emma Barry is my guest, and we read A Seditious Affair by KJ Charles. This male/male Regency romance features a cross-class romance that gets us discussing if there is an element of coercion in most cross-class romances.

Plus, does this book end with a happily ever after, or just a happily for now? What is “ever after” anyway? What is permanence? It’s possible I had an existential crisis in the middle of recording this one, but thank goodness I had Professor Emma Barry to guide me through this discussion.

We talk about how academics are intellectual colonizers, plus how one of the best oral sex scenes saved Emma from the trauma of the ‘90s, and I ask the question: Is it bad to read escapist trash?


queer romance, romance novel discussion, historical romance

Show Notes

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Guest Host: Emma Barry

We Read A Seditious Affair by KJ Charles

Emma’s Modern Romance Novel Canon recommendation:

The Winter Sea by Susanna Kearsley (2010)


Historical romance that confronts politics of the time:

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What’s next for Emma:

  • A story in this upcoming anthology: He’s Come Undone (May 12, 2020 release)
    • "Appassionata" by Emma Barry
    • Piano technician Brennan Connelly lives to control details: the tension on a piano string or the compression of hammer felt. But he's never faced demands like those heaped on him by Kristy Kwong, the diva who's haunted his dreams for two decades. Kristy's got her own secrets--the debilitating stage fright that's kept her from performing publicly for years to start--and this concert is the last chance to save her career. But can he locate her lost passion without losing his precious control?
    • Also stories by Olivia Dade, Adriana Herrera, Ruby Lang, and Cat Sebastian
  • Red Shift with Genevieve Turner (out in 2020) - part of the Fly Me To the Moon series and featuring Soviet and US spies!