Jeff and Will kick off the show wishing well all the listeners  who endured Winter Storm Jonas over the past weekend. Jeff honored the 20th Anniversary of the musical Rent, his favorite musical ever, which opened at New York Theatre Workshop on January 25, 1996. The guys discussed the new series on BBC America, London Spy. They also gave a shoutout to The Satyrsphere podcast, which gave BGFP a mention in its most recent episode. Answers to last week’s question of the week were read out and then Jeff and Will welcomed author Jordan Nasser to the show. Jordan talked about his debut novels, Home is a Fire and The Fire Went Wild along with what his initial foray into publishing was like and what his future plans are.

Jordan asked the Question of the Week: “How do the seasons affect your reading–the amount of reading and the kinds of books you’re reading?” After the interview Jeff & Will answer that question and let listeners know that if they answer the question they’ll be entered into a giveaway that Jordan’s sponsoring for signed paperback copies of his two books. Remember, you can listen and subscribe to the podcast anytime on iTunesStitcherPlayerFMYouTube and audio file download.

*Giveaway rules: To be eligible to win the signed paperback copies of Jordan’s two books you must answer the Question of the Week (“How do the seasons affect your reading–the amount of reading and the kinds of books you’re reading?”) in the comments section below. Only one answer per email address. Answers must be on the website by Saturday, January 30 at 11:59pm PT. We are not responsible for any issues that may cause an answer to not appear on the website. We’ll announce the winner from the random drawing on next week’s episode.

[h2]Show Notes[/h2]
Here are the things we talk about in this episode:

[h2]Question of the Week Episode 15 Responses:[/h2]
While listeners can leave comments on the website each week, answers come in from various other platforms as well (and we can only read a few answers on the show). Here are all the responses we got to the question “What is your favorite romance trope and why.” Thanks to everyone who took the time to answer.

  • Jordan Nasser [from his interview]: Enemies to lovers. My favorite part of that is the frenemies part, right in the middle. I love that tension in the middle  where they are still enemies, but trying to figure out if they can be friends or lovers and if there’s more there.
  • Anya: Enemies to lovers and Friends to lovers are my two mushy guilty pleasures. There’s something alluring and cute about people experiencing an epiphany on why they’ve had such strong emotions towards someone but not really recognizing it for what it is. I live for that journey of clarity, self awareness and discovery.
  • Tal: Gay for you is my favourite. Gets me all the time.
  • Wade: Love me some athletes!
  • Beth: I have always been drawn to the hurt/comfort storylines. either someone seeing the person under the injuries or someone not letting an injury/mental/deformaty issue slow them down.
  • Tammy: My favorite romance trope, if it counts as a trope, is working threesomes.
  • Anna: Gfy/ofy – especially late in life. Love me some existensial angsting about sexual orientation
  • Devon: Love athletes (duh)! A big one for me is lifelong friends who become more as adults, or young first loves who separate then come back together later in life. [Devon Rhodes co-writes the International Men of Sports series]
  • Viv: Definitely GFY. I especially love double GFY like Faith & Fidelity by Tere Michaels or Crossroads by Riley Hart.
  • Terri: Alpha/alpha uniform type especially. Example: Cut & Run series by Abigail Roux.
  • Tory: Gay for you is my favorite. Like Faith & Fidelity by Tere Micheals or The Rebuilding Year by Kaje Harper; where both are “straight.” Not sure why it’s my favorite…
  • Ruby: GFY and BDSM
  • Rebecca: Pretend boyfriend!
  • Kiyle: I’m not sure if it’s a trope, but I love may/december romances.
  • Stacey: I like GFY because I like the angst that you get with them. But I love enemies to lovers. I like musicians too. Anything with lots of angst.
  • Kaje: Hurt-comfort. I’m a sucker for strong guys discovering and showing tenderness and compassion.
  • Isabella: GFY. If it’s combined with pretend a boyfriend it’s double nice. Why I love this? I love to see people fall in love no matter what gender they have.  The feelings are important. And so I love it.
  • Gillian: The obvious answer is vampires, but I suspect that is just because of my new release dominating my attention [Thorns and Fangs by Gillian St. Kevern is the book she’s referring to]. I think my actual answer is friends as family, which I only recently discovered was a trope — I just really like it. Possibly because I live a very long way from my family myself!