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418: Romance Recs with Amanda and Sarah: Psychic Pining!

Amanda and Sarah are back with reader recommendations! We start with Amanda’s current attempts to learn resin art and preservation, our cats, and then: get ready for psychic pining! Leanne is looking for romances with telepathic main couples. I have thoughts on different variations of this trope, on how romance has changed over the years, and, of course, we have a lot of suggestions. We have a LIST, but we want to hear your ideas, too!

Thanks to Leanne for writing to us!

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  1. 1
    Emma says:
    3+

    I tried to post about this josei manga with telepaths a couple weeks ago, but it got caught in the spam filter because I put a link to it, I think. Anyway, it’s called Kodaike no Hitobito, and it features 3 telepathic siblings, their love interests, and their awesome mom and grandmother. Everyone knows that the siblings and grandma are telepathic, and everyone communicates like mature adults. The eldest son’s girlfriend is my favorite, with her bonkers imagination and everyone’s reactions to it 😀 It’s unfortunately one of the thousands of manga series that will never have an official English release, so feel free to look it up and read the fan scanlation.

    Also, since you mentioned Webtoon, In the Bleak Midwinter is for all those who loved the quarian-geth storyline in Mass Effect and wished it had some romance! It does have some upsetting physical violence and the death of the main character’s sister is mentioned in the early chapters, FYI.

  2. 2
    Yota Armai says:
    5+

    Quarantimes has me doing more re-reading, and I just re-read (listened to?) The audiobook for Susanna Kearsley’s The Firebird. It features telepathic hero and heroine, a time slip story set during the Jacobite era and modern times, art, and trips to both Scotland and St Petersburg Russia.

  3. 3
    Tam says:
    5+

    I just re-read Sarah Rees Brennan’s Lynbourn trilogy on my Kindle because I remembered thinking years ago that THOSE books were what Twilight should have been: gorgeous soapy supernatural plotline, an active heroine who moves the plot along who has good female friends, an actually interesting love triangle, and themes of consent woven into the whole thing. (Plus, interesting subplot romance between a lesbian girl just coming out and another girl discovering that she’s bi!) But when I tried to buy the trilogy for a teenager I know, I found out that they’re all out of print and copies of the third is particularly difficult to find. I think they’re still available on Kindle, but come on, publishers, reprint these books. They’re still pretty terrific.

  4. 4
    Trix says:
    3+

    Not a book, but (not to give too much away) you should try one of my all-time favorite movies, THE GIRL ON THE BRIDGE. It’s warped enough to undercut any sappiness, so when it hits you in the feels it’s that much more effective. Vanessa Paradis stars as an unlucky-in-love gal rescued from jumping off a bridge by Daniel Auteuil, who needs a partner for his touring knife-throwing act. (I know, but stay with me.) There’s epic traveling and snarky dialogue and the best sublimated-sex visual metaphor I’ve seen. It’s black and white in subtitled French, and I thibk I’ll dig out my DVD tonight…

  5. 5
    San says:
    6+

    Pirate Nemesis (Telepathic Space Pirates #1) by Carysa Locke, this is a world where a large group of people all have psi powers, and i believe all of them include telepathy. The MC was raised away from the rest, and her LI is someone deeply a part of the community. The later books are going to go RH direction, but in the first book, there’s only one guy. Warnings for some kidnap/mental trauma (via villain), early on in the book.

    Dreaming Death (Palace of Dreams #1) by J. Kathleen Cheney. This one is primarily fantasy, especially in the first book, they’re young & often being chaperoned (she’s a couple months from 18 i think) and things move very slow on the romantic front. It’s more reaching acceptance that they will eventually be a couple, rather than actually becoming one. Holding Hands is a Big Thing! Rather than true telepathy she sees his dreams. Problem is, he dreams of murders as they happen, the main plot is trying to catch the killer. This is a different sort of “bonded to each other” story (not by fate, but by a strange and rare happenstance). The bond isn’t instant, it grows slowly with increased contact. It’s guessed at (but not known, it’s too rare) that they could avoid the bond by staying distant and letting it eventually weaken.

  6. 6
    Ellen H says:
    3+

    I think the Carpathian books also get very dubious/non-consent when the heroes convert the heroines or start the process without telling them.
    Dark prince isn’t because the conversion wasn’t known about by the characters then

  7. 7
    Sarah says:
    2+

    It wouldn’t be shelved under romance, but Hexwood by Diana Wynne Jones has a very twisty plot including a girl who talks to other people in her head and then later finds out how she is connected to them. There are stories within stories, but I would probably describe one of them as psychic pining romance.

  8. 8
    Tess McGinley says:
    1+

    Robin D Owens Celta Series.

  9. 9
    coffeecupkat says:
    0

    Subvocalization means you create the sound of a voice in your head as you read, to help process the information. It’s your inner narrator I guess. I think in the Murderbot books, Murderbot doesn’t do that – they just absorb the information directly. Which is probably faster – and a lot of the time, fractions of seconds in reaction time matter in those books. So that’s why the subvocalization bugs SecUnit – they want the humans to process feed info faster than they physically can manage it.

  10. 10
    Rebecca says:
    0

    There is definitely telepathy in the Telepathic Space Pirates series by Carysa Locke – also it’s in space so it fits that elusive space fantasy romance niche well enough. Fun read, not one I would reread?

  11. 11
    Another Anne says:
    0

    I’m late listening and commenting, but Amanda’s comments about the Skarsgaard brothers made me laugh out loud. I hope she will include their dad, Stellan, in any nesting doll set. I’m showing my age — but I remember him from Breaking the Waves (a very strange movie from the 1990s) and also as the professor in Good Will Hunting. He’s been a lot of movies and television — I think was most recently in the tv series, Chernobyl.

    In terms of books, Christine Feehan also has two series set in the fictional town of Sea Haven that have some psychic pining. The first is about 7 sisters who have all kinds of powers and so do their future husbands/partners. The second is about a found family of sisters — 5 or 6, who also have all kinds of different powers. At least some of the books involve psychic communication with partners or partners to be. It has been awhile since I read them, so I don’t recall titles, but I enjoyed them. Some angst and lots of danger/thriller plotlines.

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