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Note: We are talking about the protagonists here. Sassy Gay Best Friends do not count.

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Deep Dives!

Want more from us on certain tropes, archetypes, and settings? Our most recent tropes discussions are below; you can find all of them here.

Let’s Talk Tropes: Enemies with Benefits…Podcast Edition!

We’re back with another podcast episode! This month, we’re talking Enemies to Lovers (aka, the most popular trope in Romancelandia that none of us really like), as well as all the books called Enemies with Benefits that we read this week.

Let’s Talk Tropes: Woke Up Married…Podcast Edition!

Hi everyone! The podcast experiment continues, this time with a discussion of the Woke Up Married trope! Books discussed in this podcast: We discuss both Lick and What I Did for Love in depth, so here’s your spoilers warning.  Also, N.B. we refer to What I Did for Love as the SEP frequently. It’s easier…

Jingle Jingle, Here’s Chuck Tingle

Anybody who spends as much time as we do in romance and romance-adjacent book circles has heard of Chuck Tingle, but how many of us have purchased and read any of his books? Well, we couldn’t hold back our curiosity any more, so this year we’re diving in feet first. Dinosaurs? Cryptids? Animated inanimate objects?…

Let’s Talk Archetypes: Cowboys

Our theme week for this month is cowboys and to kick it off, the Smut Reporters sat down to talk about the cowboy archetype. Bottom line: Do you like the Cowboy archetype? Erin: With this question I compare myself to my college roommate, who was all about the cowboys when I was not. So I…

Let’s Talk Archetypes: Blue Collar

Every now and then Erin will send something that captures her attention to the group chat, and for whatever reason when she saw this post from @LadySadieReads on Insta she sent it along… …which, combined with SuperWendy’s August TBR Challenge, inspired our August buddy read week. Several of the books on Sadie’s list were already…

Let’s Talk Tropes: Fake Relationship

Here’s a fun one for us! We just happened to have several fake relationship ARCs, so this month we’re talking about the fake relationship trope. Bottom line: Do you like the fake relationship trope? Erin: Even though I often think the reason the protagonists think they need a fake relationship is absolutely ridiculous, there is…

Let’s Talk Settings: Between the Wars

Normally we do a buddy read focusing on a trope or archetype, but when we were talking about our goals for the year, Erin wanted to explore the setting of the 1920s. This (mostly) aligned with the TBR Challenge prompt for June: After the War, so we decided to do a “Between the Wars” week…

Let’s Talk Tropes: Accidental Pregnancy

When we were discussing our goals for this year, Holly said she wanted to talk about the accidental pregnancy trope even though she hates it. So here we are!  As usual, we’re starting the month with a discussion of the trope, but we have to say in advance…none of us is super pumped about it.…