S2 E7: The Five Most Polarizing Popular Romance Novels

This week, Mackenzie and Lily go into controversial territory and unpack five of the most polarizing popular romance and love story-adjacent novels to come out in the past couple of years. Get ready for hot takes on hot takes. Major episode timestamps: Introduction (0:00), Housekeeping (1:23), Introduction to Main Topic (2:17), Discussion of In Five Years by Rebecca Serle (3:54), Discussion of The Light We Lost by Jill Santopolo (10:10), Discussions of The Two Lives of Lydia Bird by Josie Silver (24:20), Discussion of The Right Swipe by Alisha Rai (29:42), Discussion of Anxious People by Fredrik Backman (38:31), Honorable Mentions (45:42), What Else We’re Reading (48:34), Conclusion (51:24) You can get full show notes and episode transcriptions on the Bad Bitch Book Club website: Give us a five-star rating wherever you get your podcasts, and say hi to us at @F2LPodcast on Twitter and Instagram. You can also join the private F2L Facebook group:

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Friends to Lovers is a Bad Bitch Book Club podcast hosted by BBBC founder Mackenzie Newcomb and writer, editor, and bestie Lily Herman. Each week, they use books as a jumping off point to talk about sex, relationships, dating, love, romance, and more. Podcast logo by MKW Creative Co. ( and music by Eliza Rose Vera (

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