Season 1 – Episode 20

The librarians ride again, back into the land of cowboy romances with a book discussion! We chose two historical and one contemporary romance to take a deep dive into the journey the cowboy trope had gone on. We discuss what original cowboy romance books look like, problematic heroes, cinnamon rolls, independent women, and whether or not Jen will read more cowboys now. Jackie also discovers that once again, you should never reread books that were your favorites years ago…because you will question your life choices.

Content WarningDiscussions of abusive relationships, domestic abuse, bully romances, forced consent, rape, dubious consent, age gaps, racial slurs, slavery and divorce, and use of language

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National Domestic Violence Hotline

National Teen Dating Hotline

RAINN National Sexual Assault Hotline

National Resource Center on Domestic Violence

National Human Trafficking Hotline

Books read:

  • Only Mine by Elizabeth Lowell
  • Wild Rain by Beverly Jenkins
  • Down Home Cowboy by Maisey Yates

Other books we mention:

Terms:

  • Dubcon – dubious consent
  • Bully Romance – where the heroine falls for a hero who is a bully. He may torment, tease, belittle, or deride the main character and others in the story.
  • Cinnamon roll – A sweet, supportive, kind, and oh-so-sweet hero who is just too good for this world.
  • Instalust – Immediate sexual attraction