I've recommended DARKSHIP THIEVES many times so it's great to see it included. Rachel Bach's Paradox trilogy has had good buzz regarding its SF-romance mix so I'm not surprised it was chosen!
Here are the covers and blurbs for both books:
Devi Morris isn't your average mercenary. She has plans. Big ones. And a ton of ambition. It's a combination that's going to get her killed one day - but not just yet.
That is, until she just gets a job on a tiny trade ship with a nasty reputation for surprises. The Glorious Fool isn't misnamed: it likes to get into trouble, so much so that one year of security work under its captain is equal to five years everywhere else. With odds like that, Devi knows she's found the perfect way to get the jump on the next part of her Plan. But the Fool doesn't give up its secrets without a fight, and one year on this ship might be more than even Devi can handle.
Athena Hera Sinistra never wanted to go to space. Never wanted see the eerie glow of the Powerpods. Never wanted to visit Circum Terra. Never had any interest in finding out the truth about the DarkShips. You always get what you don't ask for. Which must have been why she woke up in the dark of shipnight, within the greater night of space in her father's space cruiser, knowing that there was a stranger in her room. In a short time, after taking out the stranger--who turned out to be one of her father's bodyguards up to no good, she was hurtling away from the ship in a lifeboat to get help. But what she got instead would be the adventure of a lifetime--if" she managed to survive. . .
The (Shifting) Line Between Romantic SF and Science Fiction Romance (I shared some of my impressions about DARKSHIP THIEVES)
At Spacefreighters Lounge, author Laurie A. Green blogged about Fortune's Pawn: 7 Reasons Why I Loved This SFR
I've read both books so I'm looking forward to watching this episode. If you want to join in the discussion and watch the show (which may contain spoilers), you have until the last Tuesday in March to read the books!