Shelf Love: A Romance Novel Book Club

030. A Seditious Affair by KJ Charles with Emma Barry

Episode Summary

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?

Episode 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)

Books/Media

Historical romance that confronts politics of the time:

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What’s next for Emma:

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