Best lesbian romance authors

Best lesbian romance authors DEFAULT

Who doesn’t enjoy a great love story? Everyone does, and up until now, those stories were all about the male-female relationship.

Fortunately, all of that has changed, and now there are beautiful love stories between two people, regardless of their sexual orientation. So if you’re interested in reading about lesbian romances, you’re in luck.

Here are some of the top lesbian romance books that you should be reading.

See our newest top picks in the chart below or keep reading for the entire round-up:

Needing Her

Needing Her: Lesbian Romance Short Story BundleAuthor: Cassandra MichaelsA steamy collection of lesbian stories that leave very little to the imagination. Features best sellers such as &#;The Protege&#; and &#;The New Girl on Campus&#;. A must-get for the voracious reader.

Full Bodied in the Vineyard

Full Bodied In The VineyardAuthor: Nicolette DaneShannon is about to turn 40 and has no special love interest in her life. When she reconnects with an old college friend on social media, she finds in Alina the free-spirited, sensual woman she remembers, and she hopes their relationship will be what both of them need.

Ask, Tell

Ask, TellAuthor: E.J. NoyesSabine is a captain in the army who is deployed in Afghanistan, and when she meets Rebecca, she is immediately smitten. Even though she thinks Rebecca is interested in her as well, she can’t help but notice Rebecca’s wedding ring. In addition, because of the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell law, Sabine is reluctant to pursue Rebecca, but she also can’t stop thinking about her.

Far From the World We Know

Far from the World We Know: A Lesbian Romance NovelAuthor: Harper BlissLaura heads to a small town in Texas after a rough breakup, where she immediately meets Tess and becomes interested. However, Laura is afraid of being hurt again and approaches the situation with caution. Will she ever let down her defenses enough for Tess to claim her heart?

Floats Her Boat

Floats Her Boat: A Lesbian Romance NovelAuthor: Nicolette DaneWhen Brooke heads to Minnesota to prepare her family’s vacation home for the sale, she intends to stay there only a short time, but when she meets Hailey, her neighbor, she starts to change her mind. Can this famous singer and lovely woman convince Brooke to stay in Minnesota instead of going through with her plans to sell the house?


Jericho (A Jericho Novel)Author: Ann McManSometimes it takes awhile to notice the obvious. Syd is straight and going through a divorce, but her attraction to Maddie is undeniable. The whole town knows Maddie is a lesbian, but how long will it take Syd to notice? And will it make a difference in the end?

Swearing Off Stars

Swearing Off Stars: A NovelAuthor: Danielle WongLia and Scarlett have a brief fling in London, and years later, neither has forgotten the other. Lia begins a search for Scarlett, who is now an actress, and will stop at nothing to find this remarkable woman so that she can renew their relationship and be happy once again. But after all these years, is this even possible?

Changing Leaves

Changing Leaves (A Lesbian Romance Novella)Author: Edie BryantGina and Jess have lost touch with one another, partly because of what Gina had done to this lovely woman. But when Gina returns to her hometown to take care of her dying mother, the two meet up once again. Will Jess forgive Gina? And how will Gina reciprocate?

The Intern

The Intern: A Sweet Lesbian RomanceAuthor: Mia ArcherNicole wasn’t too happy with her life, especially her job, but when she meets the new intern, her interest is piqued. The intern is actually an heiress working under an assumed name, and she isn’t thrilled about her new position. But, both ladies learn to enjoy one another’s company, even though they have no idea if it will last.

The Boss of Her

The Boss of Her: Office Romance NovellasAuthor: Julie CannonEnjoy three novellas about office romance. In the first one, Riley’s stripper-lover shows up as an employee at her company, but will it wreak havoc on Riley’s life? In the second story, Elisa is a lawyer whose firm takes on a case that involves her law school crush. In the third story, Stephanie tries to handle her new assistant’s kindness and loveliness without getting too attached to her.

A Way with Words

A Way With Words: A Lesbian Romance NovelAuthor: Nicolette DaneEvelyn is a writer whose editor is begging for another manuscript, but she is stuck in a rut. When a former student, Meadow Sims, becomes attracted to her, Evie is unsure of what to do next. She wants to explore a relationship with Meadow, but conventional wisdom tells her not to do so. What will she choose in the end?

Southern Comfort

Southern ComfortAuthor: SkyyKatrina has a choice to make. She can have either Willow, a new acquaintance, or an old flame who once broke her heart. Each situation has its own advantages, so which one will Katrina choose in the end?

The Private Life of Jane Maxwell

The Private Life of Jane Maxwell (Hopefuls Book 1)Author: Jenn GottJane Maxwell is a comic strip artist who finds herself in a parallel world where her characters come to life and she becomes their leader. This puts her face-to-face with a family she almost doesn’t recognize and even her dead wife, making the navigation of this alternate life a lot harder than she thought.

Seeing Double

Seeing Double: A Lesbian Romance NovelAuthor: Seeing DoubleAn unlikely incident brings Anna and Emily together – they are both dating, but being cheated on by David. As their friendship develops into something more, they try to turn this negative incident into something positive and beautiful.Cheer


Cheer: A Lesbian RomanceAuthor: Mia ArcherLife gets confusing for a high school cheerleader who suddenly develops a crush on her long-time best friend, Candice, especially since Candice doesn’t know the depth of those feelings and thinks that her friend is straight.

The Cruise

The CruiseAuthor: Lise GoldCara is between careers and takes a job on a cruise line, along with Billie, who is her friend Dan’s girlfriend. Suddenly, the two see one another as more than friends, and Cara feels like she is in a dilemma, especially because her friendship with Dan is so important to her.

Author: Briar LaneCatie and Anya have been best friends since they can remember, and they are now both planning a wedding. But when Anya starts relying on Catie more than she does her fiancée, she feels it could spell trouble for her future. What’s a bride-to-be to do?

Meet Me Halfway

Meet Me HalfwayAuthor: Eija JimenezAlyssa and Vivien come from two different worlds, but their worlds collide when Vivien, a budding photographer, and Alyssa, a dancer and bartender, meet in the bar where Alyssa works. They form an immediate attraction, but neither is sure their differences can overcome their growing love for one another.

The Long Weekend

The Long WeekendAuthor: Clare LydonNine friends meet for a fun weekend at the English seaside, and their lives intertwine more than any of them were prepared for, but are these relationships weekend flings or meant to last? No one knows for sure.

Teacher’s Pet

Teacher's Pet (A Sweet Lesbian Romance)Author: Briar LaneKatie is a young single mother with few friends and no love life, so when she meets Lana she thinks she’s found a new best friend. Fate, however, might turn this friendship into something much more.

Survival Instincts

Survival Instincts: A Dystopian NovelAuthor: May DawneyCivilization is gone and animals have taken over when Lynn Tanner is born. When her guard, Dani, starts to intrigue her more than Lynn thinks she should, she starts to wonder if being alone for the rest of her life is really the smartest option for her after all.

The Daughter’s Bite

Lesbian Romance: The Daughter's Bite (The Daughter of The CEO Book 2)Author: S.B. SheeranCarmen is living at luxurious Shadow Woods and coming to terms with her sexuality all at the same time. When she meets Bonnie, she decides to take her newly discovered sexuality to the ultimate height, and she hopes Bonnie will come along for the ride.

Turning the Page

Turning The PageAuthor: Georgia BeersWhile living with a cousin temporarily, businesswoman Melanie meets Benjamin and his daughter, Taylor. She is surprised by the feelings she has for both of them, but decides that she’s going to explore all of those feelings and see where they lead her.

An Act of Love

An Act Of Love: A Lesbian Romance NovelAuthor: Nicolette DaneJessica moves to LA to open a yoga studio, only to find that her long-time friend, Liberty, is now an actress on a television show. The two renew their friendship, but soon Jessica wants more. Liberty, however, has problems with her newfound celebrity and can’t always tell the difference between fantasy and reality, so Jessica wonders how it will all end.


Blossom (A Lesbian Romance Novella)Author: Edie BryantOlive is happy with her life; Gabby is less so, but when the two meet, Olive is determined to have a relationship with Gabby, even if she has to take things slow to get there.

Susannah’s Roses

Susannah's RosesAuthor: Susannah’s RosesJessica is on sabbatical and in Australia, where a woman from the past, Susannah, has a life that inadvertently mingles with Jessica’s. The past and present come together, and Jessica feels it is her destiny to finish what Susannah started long ago.

Dormitory Dearest

Dormitory Dearest: A Lesbian Romance NovelAuthor: Nicolette DaneNatasha begins college as a nerd, somewhat introverted and afraid to explore her sexuality, even though she already knows she likes girls. Hosannah is a bit older and living in Natasha’s dorm, and she is upbeat and positive about her sexuality. Can the two ever make it together, or is their relationship doomed from the start?

Her Hardest Choice

Her Hardest Choice (A Historical Lesbian Romance)Author: Jesalin CreswellLady Vivian is tired of grieving her husband and tries to move on with her life. It isn’t long before she meets a younger woman, Millie, who knows what she wants and goes after it. But, Lady Vivian is unsure how to proceed, because she knows how much she’ll be giving up if she chooses to love Millie.

Double Pleasure, Double Pain

Double Pleasure, Double Pain (Urban Books)Author: Nikki RashanKyla is a part-time university student who is happy with her four-year relationship with her boyfriend, but when she returns to school and meets Steph, she is surprised by what she is feeling for her. Suddenly, she is questioning everything she thought she knew about love and relationships, and she has no idea how this will end.

Match Me

Match MeAuthor: A.J. AdaireCasey and Mica are partners in every aspect of their lives except for one, until they agree to work with a dating service called Match Me. This is a romantic comedy that allows the two women to explore each other’s strengths in a way they never have before, and it proves that “getting there is half the fun.”

At the Water’s Edge

At the Water's EdgeAuthor: Harper BlissElla returns to her hometown and immediately meets Kay, who owns a resort nearby. Ella is disinterested at first because she thinks she has no time for love, but her feelings for Kay may make her feel otherwise.

Darkness Remains

Darkness Remains (The Darkness Series Book 2)Author: K.C. LuckFour women are together when the world ends, and none of them knows what will happen next. This includes Laura, who is now homeless; Sam, a vet student; Taylor, an Army veteran; and Jackie, an ex-CEO. Which one will survive and find something special?

When Sara Met Myra

When Sara Met Myra (A Lesbian Romance Novella)Author: Viki SantosSara, a woman at a crossroads, and Myra, a woman who can challenge everything Sara ever believed about herself, have a love story that you’re not soon to forget.

Sara’s Induction

Sara's Induction (A Lesbian Romance Novella)Author: Viki SantosSara is right in the middle of exploring herself and exploring others when she meets a sexy new neighbor who wants her bad, and the two women enjoy themselves in a way neither of them had in the past.

Rising Shot

Rising Shot: (Lesbian Romance) (The Other Side of the Net Book 1)Author: S.B. SheeranLeslie seems to have it all, including a great boyfriend. But when she meets Jenna, all the turmoil that has secretly been inside of her for a long time comes to the surface, and she wonders if she will ever be the same again.

Back in Service

Back in Service (Service Girl Chronicles Book 2)Author: Heidi LoweErica returns home after her first year of school and looks forward to seeing her clients again, particularly one of them. But after a year, it seems that someone else is in Dana’s heart, and Erica is bound and determined to do something about that.

The Girlfriend’s Secret

The Girlfriend's Secret (Thirsty Thursday #3): A Package Handler's NovelAuthor: Kyle AutumnTwo women, who have been best friends for over 10 years, discover they are now in love with one another, and decide to explore their feelings even though it may mean disapproval from their families.

Author: Josie JaxWhen Melanie decides to help her lesbian boss enter a dance contest, she has no idea the type of desire it will produce in her. While she is teaching Leslee to dance, Melanie starts to feel a type of passion she’s never felt before, and she decides to explore it further.


Dormitory: A Lesbian Romance NovellaAuthor: Anja TalbotWhen Millie switches to a new college, she finds it is better than the older one in many ways, including its selection of women. When she meets lustful and playful Rex, she is automatically smitten, but will Rex’s reputation – real or not – prove to be the end of the relationship before it has the chance to blossom?

Lesbian Romance: A Secret Romance

Lesbian Romance: A Secret Love: An Amish Love Story (Book1) (Love Matters Book 4)Author: Cara S. ThomasTwo Amish women fight their desires, but secretly wish to be together. Saran was once in love with a man from the English world, and Miriam is trying to love a man within the Amish community, but she is unsuccessful so far. Will the two women ever be able to be together?

Stripped: A Lesbian Romance

Stripped: A Lesbian RomanceAuthor: Mia ArcherTaylor and Jasmine were not looking for one another, but they found each other nonetheless. Can a girl who’s considered “one of the guys” and a beautiful stripper ever be happy together?


Drowning: A Steamy FF Romance NovelAuthor: Briar LaneJessica left her religious parents behind so that she could be who she is without judgment, but she broke Amy’s heart in the meantime. Now Jessica is back, but can Amy ever forgive her so they can rekindle the flame they once felt?

Friends Forever

Friends Forever: A Sweet Lesbian RomanceAuthor: Briar LaneWhen Talia gets a call from her best friend, Jamie, who is now married, she expects the two women will merely be catching up about their past, but it soon becomes obvious that there is much more at stake than just two friends chatting about their lives.

Time of Grace

Time of Grace (Lesbian Historical Romance)Author: Gabriella WestShy Caroline is working at Thornley Hall in Ireland when she meets Grace. Their friendship quickly evolves into something much more, but Caroline is afraid the upheaval in Ireland is going to make it impossible for them to stay together.

Author: Eliza DuncanWith her two daughters going off to college, Maddie finally decides to do something about the fact that she is gay. On a bonding trip to Hawaii with her girls, she meets Britt, who shows her passion that she’s never felt before. But, is it enough to last once they get back home? And how will she tell her husband?

Sinning Forever

Sinning Forever (Beautiful Sin Saga Book 3)Author: Heidi LoweJean is riddled with guilt because of her part in Lissa’s accident, and she will do anything to keep the truth from coming out, even if it means destroying what she has – or could have – with Lissa.

Belly Laughing

Stand Up Girl: A Lesbian Romance NovelAuthor: Nicolette DaneMacy is a stand-up comedienne in Chicago with a life that’s as rough onstage as it is offstage. Her best friend Petra is her biggest fan, even though Macy tends to prefer the bad girls. Will love win out in the end, or will Macy continue on her dangerous trail until it is too late?

Delayed Gratification

Delayed Gratification (Wedding Novellas Book 4)Author: Meghan O’BrienWilla and Rae celebrate the legalization of gay marriage by getting hitched and taking a honeymoon to Europe. Unfortunately, things happen there that make them question if this was the right decision, even though they’ve been together for more than 10 years.

Home for the Holidays

Comfort and Joy (A Holiday Romance)Author: Karin KallmakerMilla comes home from the holidays not wanting to concentrate on anything except quiet and tranquility, but when she meets a woman who is unlike anyone she has ever known, she starts to change her mind and desires a walk on the wild side.

Passionate Nights

Passionate Nights: A Lesbian Romance CollectionAuthor: Nicolette DaneIn her steamy trilogy, Ms. Dane takes us to a winery, a drive across the country, and more, all the while leaving you breathless with different women’s tales of ecstasy and lovemaking. If you love your novels risqué and filled with lusty ambitions, you’ll love this trilogy of stories.

As Weak as a Kitten

As Weak As a Kitten: (Lesbian Romance)Author: S.B. SheeranFaith has moved back to her hometown to open a vet clinic and has rekindled a friendship with Natalee, but since the two women have always had feelings for one another, is a friendship going to be enough? And who will admit first how she feels?

Her Most Secret Affair

Her Most Secret Affair (Historical Lesbian Romance)Author: Jesalin CreswellFate has caused Miranda to turn to the world’s oldest profession for survival, and when Valerie, a madam at a nearby brothel, hires Miranda, the two are instantly attracted to one another. But Valerie remains scared that Miranda will leave someday, and it’s a fear that consumes her every night and every day.

Sweetheart Starlet

Sweetheart Starlet: A Sweet Lesbian RomanceAuthor: Nicolette DaneTabitha is a writer on a comedy show with little time for a personal life, until one day a lady named Corinne guest hosts the show, and Tab’s world is turned upside down. Although Corinne has dated some of the world’s hunkiest men, she seems to have an instant attraction to Tab, making both of them wonder what will happen next.

Princess Charming

Princess Charming: A Sweet Lesbian RomanceAuthor: Mia ArcherPrincess Amelia has come to the United States after a photo of her kissing a girl went viral, and Dani just broke up with her boyfriend because she’s accepted the fact that she’s gay. Both girls want a relationship, but are they ready to get rid of the obstacles in their way first?

Before You Were Mine

Before You Were MineAuthor: Heidi LoweAbigail wakes up after a bus accident with no memory of who she is. When a beautiful nurse, Tiffany, takes care of her, the two women embark on a passionate love affair, even though Abby has no idea who she is. Unfortunately, her husband James remembers her, and when he finds her, she’ll have to choose between the two loves of her life.

Paper Love

Paper LoveAuthor: JaeSusanne is a tech-savvy woman who is sent to save her uncle’s stationary store, which is hopelessly out of date. Her aloofness turns off the only full-time employee, Anja Lamm, until she starts noticing what is underneath Susanne’s tough exterior. Susanne is supposed to stay employed at Paper Love for only three months, but will her attraction to Anja be enough to make her stay longer?

A Proper Cuppa Tea

A Proper Cuppa TeaAuthor: K.G. MacGregorChanning heads out to England after a painful breakup to prepare a manor she inherited and put it up for sale, and Lark has just taken a job with a pharmaceutical firm that takes her to the same location. Both are from the New England area, but will they both decide to stay in England, or will one of them eventually wish to return to the States?

Wait for Me

Wait For MeAuthor: Susan X. MeagherMolly Bradley joins a book club to help her through a tough year, even though she isn’t sure she can read a book a week. However, when she meets Alexa, the host of the meeting, she decides that it is worth it just for the two of them to spend time together. But is Alexa as interested in her as she is in Alexa, or is it better that they simply remain friends?

Love’s Verdict

Love’s VerdictAuthor: Carsen TaiteLandon and Carly are both lawyers working on a high-profile case, presumably to determine which one will get a promotion. However, the two women develop more than a friendship, and they both wonder whether their career will get in the way of love, or will love get in the way of their careers?


StuntedAuthor: Breanna HughesStuntwoman Jessie Knight made it a policy years ago not to date co-workers, but when she meets the beautiful actress, Elliot Chase, she starts to change her mind. When they spend a passionate night together and have a sex tape to prove it, and when that tape goes viral, they both wonder if their careers are over, and they will have to work hard to make sure that they aren’t.

The Best Lines

The Best Lines (Chicago Series Book 1)Author: Nicole PylandWhen Eva Dash loses a job she loves, she feels a great disappointment. She then meets Ember Elliot, who has decided to stop playing around and finally look for Ms. Right. But with both of their lives and careers at a turning point, is it possible for Ember to treat Eva with the respect she deserves? And is their relationship destined to dissolve in the end, or will it last

Coach Z

Coach ZAuthor: Q. KellyA reluctant basketball player from a family of coaches and players, Melissa is playing for Richmond College when she meets Coach Andi Zappa, who is fighting demons of her own. Both devoted to the team, they decide to work hard towards the upcoming championship game, but in the meantime they also find themselves playing with matters of the heart.

Mission Compromised

Mission CompromisedAuthor: Graysen MorgenNatalie is looking forward to her vacation in Fiji, until she discovers she’ll have to have a roommate because the hotel is double-booked. Christian is in Fiji for a working vacation, and she is not happy with her uptight roommate. Fate intervenes, however, and sends the two women halfway around the world, and neither of them knows how it will affect their relationship in the end.

Second Chance

Second ChanceAuthor: H.L. LoganAfter having her heart broken by her ex, Clare runs into a former classmate, Mary, and their relationship takes both of them by surprise. The relationship progresses slowly, but each of them still wonders about a “happily ever after,” especially considering all of the baggage that both of them are carrying.

When the Stars Sang

When the Stars Sang (Little Sister Island Series Book 1)Author: Caren J. WerlingerWhen Kathleen heads back to where her grandmother once lived, she brings memories of her brother who drowned there decades earlier. Her arrival wreaks havoc on the town, many of whom still remember the incident. However, when she meets Molly, the two soon become involved. Since Kathleen’s visit there is supposed to be temporary, can Molly possibly make her stay, or is she about to get her heart broken?

Precipice of Doubt

Precipice of DoubtAuthor: Mardi Alexander et al.Jodi, a veterinarian, is having problems with her business and finds it difficult to concentrate, but her assistant Cole is working hard to get her back on track. Jodi soon becomes attracted to this girl, but because of Cole’s past relationships, she is hesitant to commit to anyone else, making it difficult for Jodi to continue to work with her.

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Lesbian literature has come a long way since the days when the poetry of Sappho and underground novels like Radclyffe Hall’s The Well of Lonelinesswere among the few widely available options. Still, anyone on the hunt for the best LGBTQIA+ audiobooks knows that it can still be a challenge to find stories centered on lesbian characters and experiences. So we’ve compiled some of our favorites with a series of lists detailing some of the best stories from the queer community, from LGBTQIA+ listens to bisexual and trans stories.

Here, we’ve come up with some of the best lesbian listens across fiction and nonfiction and in a range of genres and age categories, but with one common factor: All of these selections are stories focused on lesbian characters, written by authors from the LGBTQIA+ community. Here we go!

Long Live the Tribe of Fatherless Girls


Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal?

The Miseducation of Cameron Post

In the Dream House

Under the Rainbow

Georgia Peaches and Other Forbidden Fruit


Mostly Dead Things



Under the Udala Trees

Annie On My Mind

High School

Carol - The Price of Salt

One Last Stop

Everything Leads to You

Save Yourself

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Are you looking for good lesbian romance books to read or curious to check out this category of romance books?

This book list gives you the start you need to explore what lesbian romance books have to offer and which books you should check out and start reading.

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Lesbian romance books list to celebrate Pride month.

If you’ve ever considered reading a lesbian romance book, then pride month is the perfect time to do so, though these romance novels are perfect to read any time of year!

One thing that I LOVE about the romance genre is the vast diversity of characters, storylines and time periods you can pick out with any book.

Sure, diversity is an every growing and expanding thing that can always be improved, but there really is so much to choose from when it comes to reading romance books.

The majority of published romance books feature male/female (MF) couples though male/male (MM) couples are quite a popular category.

* Check out my list of best MM romance books!

Lesbian romance book titles are catching up with more and more FF romances being published, especially in the young adult romance category.

While I’m all about finding my next book boyfriend here at She Reads Romance Books, I’m also on the hunt for finding really great lesbian romance books!

It’s all about the love in my eyes and life truly is better with a love story, no matter who that love story is about.

Ready to read a lesbian romance book? Check out these must-read titles!

My Favorite Lesbian Romance Book

A Fake Relationship Lesbian RomanceBook

Darcy is tired of her brother trying to fix her up, so after a disastrous blind date with Elle, his coworker, she fibs and tells him that they were a match.

Elle is ready to find her soul mate but she’s assured that it is not Darcy who couldn’t be more opposite to the care-free astrologer. But when she finds out that Darcy lied to her brother saying that they are now dating, she somehow agrees to Darcy’s plan to fake date through the holidays.

And the more these two spend time with one another, it appears love may be written in the stars for these two opposites after all.

I really liked this opposites attract story between the quirky astrologer and the straight-laced actuary. It wasn’t overdone to make either seem like an extreme personality or that they wouldn’t be able to find commonality.

A well-written debut novel and overall adorable book that I didn’t want to put down. I highly recommend it! [My Review]

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Popular Lesbian Romance Books

AHistorical Lesbian Romance Book

When Lucy Muchelney accepts a job to translate a groundbreaking French astronomy text, she hoped to find a challenge, not a woman who takes her breath away.

Catherine St. Day expected to hand off the translation and wash her hands of the project—instead, she is intrigued by the young woman whom she soon longs for.

While both women falling in love, can they find the strength to overcome sabotage and stay together?

This one of the most popular lesbian romance books from an author with quite the catalogue of sapphic romance titles. If you’re going to read a novel in this category, why not start with one of the most popular?

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A Small Town Lesbian RomanceBook

Devyn Winters is a Philadelphia real estate broker who’s more comfortable closing multimillion-dollar deals than remembering her formative years in boring Dreamer’s Bay.

When she’s called back home, she starts counting the moments until she can leave again. Only now she’s looking at her former classmate, Elizabeth Draper in a whole new light.

If you’re going to read a lesbian romance book, then a title by Melissa Brayden is a must. I love the set up of this small town romance where former classmates who didn’t click definitely seem to sing a different tune as adults.

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A Lesbian Romance Book Made into a Movie

Tala, a London-based Palestinian, is preparing for her elaborate Middle Eastern wedding when she meets Leyla, a young British Indian woman who is dating her best friend.

Spirited Christian Tala and shy Muslim Leyla could not be more different from each other, but the attraction is immediate and goes deeper than friendship. As Tala’s wedding day approaches, simmering tensions come to boiling point and the pressure mounts for Tala to be true to herself.

I love it when romance books are made into movies so this one definitely caught my eye since it was made into a movie!

I also love the diversity in the different characters and the culture clash that occurs. Check it out then watch the movie.

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ALesbian Romance Novella

Kiskeya Burgos left the tropical beaches of the Dominican Republic with one goal in mind: win the Holiday Baking Challenge. She will stop at nothing to win and prove to her family that she can make it in the culinary world, only she can’t keep her eyes off her infuriating teammate.

Sully Morales loves baking and is determined to win the Holiday Baking Challenge. She just has to convince her grumpy AF baking partner that they make a great team both in and out of the kitchen before an unexpected betrayal ends their chance to attain culinary competition glory. 

This book had me at pastry and Scotland! While this book is more a novella at pages, I can’t wait to see the sparks fly between these two chefs.

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A Historical Lesbian RomanceNovel

“Luke&#; Hamilton has always been sure that she&#;d never marry. She accepted that she would spend her life alone when she chose to live her life disguised as a man.

After working in a brothel for three years, Nora Macauley has lost all illusions about love. She no longer hopes for a man who will sweep her off her feet and take her away to begin a new, respectable life.

But now they find themselves married and on the way to Oregon in a covered wagon, with two thousand miles ahead of them.

A single mother and a woman masquerading as a man….let’s check this one out! I love historical romance novels though haven’t read a lot focusing on westward expansion in the U.S. so I’m very intrigued with this one.

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A Slow Burn Lesbian Romance Book

When Blair Spencer and her husband run into problems trying to conceive a child, they seek the help of a group of reproductive specialists, including a surgeon named Kylie Mackenzie.

As Blair and Kylie become friends and Blair’s marriage teetering on collapse, they eventually come to a crossroads, which could either destroy their friendship or turn it into what each of them has been seeking.

While I’m not a huge fan of pregnancy romances, I adore slow burn romances which is what caught my eye about this one. Check it out for yourself and see what you think of this slow burn, friends to lovers lesbian romance.

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A Celebrity, Fake Relationship Lesbian Romance

British A-lister and closeted actress, Elizabeth Thornton hates the top-rated TV medical drama that she stars in. To add insult to injury, she’s become romantically linked to her new co-star, Summer, due to the young woman’s clumsiness. Elizabeth is desperate to land her dream movie only the eccentric French film-maker insists on meeting her “girlfriend,” Summer, first.

This lesbian romance includes another one of my favorite romance book tropes – the fake relationship love story. I guess it’s also a bit of enemies to lovers given the frustration and angst that started their relationship rumors in the first place.

This is one of my top picks from the list!

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A Hollywood Lesbian RomanceBook

When actress Caidence Harris lands a leading role in 9th Precinct, a hot new police drama she’s brought into the orb of Robyn Ward, the magnetic, glamorous, and the quintessential A-List celebrity on the fast-track to super-stardom.

When the two meet on the set of 9th Precinct, Caid is instantly infatuated but settles for friendship, positive that Robyn is both unavailable and uninterested. Soon Caid sees that all is not as it appears, but can she take a chance and risk her heart when the outcome is so uncertain? 

Who doesn’t love a romance set in Hollywood? This lesbian romance is between co-stars so it’s also a bit of an office romance if that’s a favorite of yours.

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A Lesbian Romancein the Office

Hollywood powerhouse Jo is photographed making her assistant Emma laugh on the red carpet, and just like that, the tabloids declare them a couple. The so-called scandal couldn’t come at a worse time—threatening Emma’s promotion and Jo’s new movie.

The more time they spend together realize the rumor might not be so off base after all…but is acting on the spark between them worth fanning the gossip flames?

This lesbian romance book was a nominee for Best Romance Book for the Goodreads Choice Awards. It&#;s another office romance but this one is between a boss and her assistant.

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ALesbian Romance Novella

Alexis Chambers is coping with her life as a once popular athlete and violinist turned loner and the focus of her parents’ disappointment. She just started her freshman year of college where she finds herself sharing a class with Treasure, the gorgeous stripper from her sister’s bachelorette party.

Trisha Hamilton has finally gotten the credits and the money together to transfer to a four-year university. She can’t seem to hide her feelings for Alexis, even when Trisha discovers what she has been through, but will Alexis have the strength to be just as fearless about their new love?

If you’re looking to dip your feet into the lesbian romance book category, a novella is a great start. This sounds like a great college romance from Weatherspoon.

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An Enemies to Lovers Lesbian Romance Book

Josephine Wilder’s torrid love affair is with Tangle Valley Vineyard, her family’s legacy. She’s always had secret ideas about how to make the place shine, but her biggest obstacle is Becca Crawford, the uppity manager trying to kill the vineyard’s rustic charm.

Becca Crawford is all about giving the tourists of The Jade Hotel all the luxury they desire. If only the captivating owner would get on board with her plan and stop badmouthing the hotel to everyone in town.

This lesbian romance book is giving me good enemies to lovers vibes which is one of my most favorite romance book tropes.

Brayden is an author of lesbian romance not to be missed so I’ll be reading this one with a glass of wine in hand. Plus, this book also kicks off a three-book series if you become a fan.

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An Erotic Lesbian RomanceBook

Emily Parker has always had to maintain iron-clad control in her life but for one night she’s ready to pay for exactly what she wants: to surrender control, by having it taken away.

Nat Swayne knows precisely how to fulfill the fantasies of women who enjoy her special brand of make-believe—all without ever becoming emotionally involved.

When their night of intense play turns into something more, Emily and Nat can’t help but pursue a connection in the real world. Unfortunately, old habits die hard, and love isn’t always enough.

I love erotic romance so this lesbian romance has peeked my interest. I also love when characters try to maintain emotional distance in their encounters yet you can see how that’s going to fail miserably in the end. I’m ready to dive into this world of surrender and control.

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A Young Adult Lesbian Romance Book

Liz Lighty has a plan to get out of her small midwestern town and that plan includes going to college and coming a doctor.

But when the financial aid she was counting on unexpectedly falls through, her plans are in jeopardy until she remembers her school&#;s scholarship for prom king and queen.

Willing to do anything to get into the college of her dreams, she runs for prom queen along with the new girl in town, Mack.

Mack makes the whole process more bearable but will falling for the competition keep Liz from her dreams or make them come true?

This book also made my teen romance book list because I just love the storyline behind this young adult romance. If romances set in high school are your thing, then put this book on your TBR list.

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A Time Traveling Lesbian Romance

August looks forward to seeing Jane every day on the train. Only her subway crush is impossible because Jane is a girl lost in time, displaced from the s.

I fell in love with McQuiston’s debut novel, Red, White & Royal Blue which is an incredible MM romance book so there was no doubt I was going to read this one.

If time travel is an element you like, this lesbian romance book is one to check out.

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A Fantasy, Lesbian RomanceBook

Imprisoned by her dictator brother, Malini spends her days in isolation in the Hirana: an ancient temple that was once the source of the powerful, magical deathless waters — but is now little more than a decaying ruin.

Priya is a maidservant, one among several who make the treacherous journey to the top of the Hirana every night to clean Malini’s chambers. She is happy to be an anonymous drudge, so long as it keeps anyone from guessing the dangerous secret she hides.

But when Malini accidentally bears witness to Priya’s true nature, their destinies become irrevocably tangled. One is a vengeful princess seeking to depose her brother from his throne. The other is a priestess seeking to find her family. Together, they will change the fate of an empire.

I’ve found a love of fantasy romance books so when I saw this book, it instantly stood out as a different type of lesbian romance worth reading. It’s book one in a trilogy and is set in a world inspired by the history and epics of India. Sounds very cool!

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A Royal, Lesbian RomanceBook

When Makeda Hicks agrees to help the investigator from the World Federation of Monarchies tasked with searching for Ibarania’s missing heir, she didn’t expect to be dragged on a transatlantic adventure with the sexy Beznaria Chetchevaliere.

When they finally make it to Ibarania, they realize there’s more at stake than just cash and crown, and Makeda must learn what it means to fight for what she desires and not what she feels bound to by duty. 

This was an interesting read as I never expected to find these two women aboard a cargo ship. If you love the story of Anastasia and the long lost princess, this story may appeal.

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A Second Chance, Lesbian RomanceBook

After becoming an inadvertent viral sensation—and losing her job and her girlfriend as a result— Phoebe Shaw retreats to Vermont. Renovating her late grandmother’s cabin into a vacation rental seems like the perfect way to lie low for a while.

But the last person she expects to encounter on the property is the woman whose kiss was her teenage awakening . . . and whom she’s never quite forgotten.

There’s something about second chance romance books that makes the love connection in these stories so much sweeter. This book is part of the Vinos and Veritas series that takes place in small town Vermont. Check this one out and the entire series of books.

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A Historical Lesbian Romance Novel

Sophie Roseingrave hates nothing more than a swindler. And after her family lost their piano shop to a con man, she’s more suspicious than ever. That’s why she can tell the silk-weaver, Madeline Crewe, is certainly up to something.

Maddie Crewe has set her plan to fund the weavers’ union for life by pulling one over Mr. Giles, a greedy draper. But that was before the nosy piano teacher, Sophie, started sticking her nose where it didn’t belong.

If Sophie won’t be put off, the only thing to do is to seduce her to the cause.

I like variety in my romance book reading so I couldn’t pass up adding another historical lesbian romance to the list. This is another Waite romance to check out if you love historical romances with a bit of suspense.

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New, Young Adult Lesbian Romance Books

A Young Adult, Enemies to Lovers Lesbian Romance

After losing spectacularly to her ex-girlfriend in their first game since their break up, Scottie Zajac gets into a fender bender with the worst possible person: her nemesis, the incredibly beautiful and incredibly mean Irene Abraham.

Things only get worse when their nosey, do-gooder moms get involved and the girls are forced to carpool together until Irene’s car gets out of the shop.

This book sounds like it has it all – an engaging enemies to lovers storyline, a bit of revenge and some hilarious antics. This is a new young adult, lesbian romance worth adding to your TBR list.

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An Opposites Attract Lesbian RomanceBook

Everyone likes easygoing and popular Humaira &#;Hani&#; Khan, but when she comes out as bisexual, her friends invalidate her identity, saying she can’t be bi if she’s only dated guys. Panicked, Hani blurts out that she’s in a relationship…with a girl her friends absolutely hate—Ishita &#;Ishu&#; Dey.

Ishu, the academic overachiever, is the complete opposite of Hani. She agrees to help Hani, if Hani will help her become more popular so that she stands a chance of being elected head girl.

Young adult romances seem to be where it’s at when it comes to diversity in romance. I love the opposites attract angle with this fake relationship story, but it’s also a great pick for increasing my reading diversity.

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Young Adult, Fake Relationship Lesbian Romance Book

When Nozomi Nagai pictured the ideal summer romance, a fake one wasn’t what she had in mind.

That was before she met the perfect girl. Willow is gorgeous, glamorous, and…heartbroken? And when she enlists Nozomi to pose as her new girlfriend to make her ex jealous, Nozomi is a willing volunteer.

This is another young adult romance featuring a fake relationship, lesbian romance.

I do love a story where the a bit of revenge against an ex is part of the story only to have the heartbroken character find love with someone more deserving. This book sounds super sweet!

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Lesbian literature is an extensive genre-spanning over 2, years. Though the ancient Grecian poet Sappho is credited with producing the earliest forms of lesbian writing, the genre as we know it today began taking shape in the 19th century. Works from this period relied heavily on subtext and most often ended in heartache or tragedy, while the early 20th century saw the arrival of specific references to lesbianism in literature. The Well of Loneliness, published in , is considered the first English language novel with explicitly lesbian themes. Lesbian literature surged in popularity during the ’50s and ’60s with the publication of pulp fiction novels and Women’s Barracks, Tereska Torres’ dime-store novel about World War II was the first of its kind. The foundational texts of lesbian literature were written in the latter 20th century. Today, the genre has expanded to include a more diverse and intersectional representation.

Overwhelmed with the myriad of great titles to choose from? Hungry for more lesbian literature? Use this list to find the best lesbian books in any genre.

Lesbian Fiction Books

The Price of Salt () &#; Patricia Highsmith


The critically acclaimed film Carol is based on The Price of Salt, one of the earliest lesbian romance novels with a happy ending. In a tale of infatuation at first sight, discontent department store worker Therese is instantly enamored with Carol, an elegant older woman who purchases a doll for her daughter. Carol leaves her address so the doll may be delivered which Therese uses to send Carol a Christmas card. Carol, who is in the midst of a bitter divorce, responds. As Carol and Therese begin spending time together, their attraction intensifies.

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The Color Purple () &#; Alice Walker


Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, The Color Purple tells the story of Celie, a poor girl living in the rural South under bitter conditions. Celie is abused by her father then married off to another abusive man, Mister. Mister’s mistress, a sultry jazz singer named Shug, comes to stay with Celie and Mister while recovering from an illness. Celie and Shug develop an intimate relationship.

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Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe () &#; Fannie Flagg


While visiting her mother-in-law in an Alabama nursing home, bored housewife Evelyn Couch strikes up a friendship with Ninny Threadgoode, an elderly resident. Ninny tells Evelyn about her childhood in the s when Ruth Jamison, a pious and proper young woman came to live with the Threadgoodes in order to tame rambunctious tomboy Idgie. Idgie and Ruth become inseparable and develop an unspoken attraction. To Idgie’s dismay, Ruth must leave Whistle Stop at the end of summer to marry Frank Bennett. Years later, Idgie and Ruth reconnect.   

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Stone Butch Blues () &#; Leslie Feinberg


Jess struggles to navigate life as a butch lesbian ins upstate New York. She finds refuge and community in gay bars and is taken under the wings of older butches. Cops raid the bar, harass and arrest everyone inside, and the bar closes down leaving Jess homeless. In a harrowing tale of survival, Jess searches for another place to fit in and finds herself along the way.

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Fingersmith () &#; Sarah Waters


Sarah Waters is a prolific writer of lesbian historical fiction. Fingersmith and Tipping the Velvet, her two most prominent works, were adapted into BBC mini-series. Fingersmith follows Sue, a pickpocketing orphan raised on the streets of Victorian London. One night, she is approached by a con man who seeks her assistance in defrauding the heiress Maud Lilly and having her committed to an insane asylum. Sue agrees and poses as a maid to gain Maud’s trust. When they form an unexpected bond, Sue begins regretting her involvement in the con man’s scheme, but it may be too late.

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Sing You Home () &#; Jodi Picoult


Zoe and her husband Max want to have a baby but are unable to conceive. They try in vitro fertilization and give up after multiple unsuccessful attempts. The couple’s fertility issues strain their marriage leading to divorce. Later, Zoe meets Vanessa Shaw. The two women fall in love, get married, and decide to have children using the frozen embryos from Zoe’s previous marriage. But first, they need permission from Max, now a born again Christian uncomfortable with his ex-wife’s new relationship.  

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Other titles to check out: The Well of Loneliness, Patience and Sarah, Orlando, Zami: A New Spelling of my Name, The Hours, Middlesex

Young Adult Lesbian Books

Annie on my Mind () &#; Nancy Garden


Annie on my Mind was one of the first young adult books to portray a lesbian love story between teenagers. Annie and Liza are two seventeen-year-olds coming of age in New York City. Annie lives in an upscale neighborhood and attends a private school while Liza comes from a lower-class background. Despite their differences, Annie and Liza meet at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on one fateful rainy day and fall in love.

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Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit () &#; Jeanette Winterson


Though not a memoir, Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit is semi-autobiographical and details Jeanette’s experience coming of age in an evangelical household in England. Because of her staunchly religious upbringing, Jeanette is an outcast at school. She begins a relationship with another girl which makes her an outcast at church as well and complicates her feelings about faith.

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Keeping You A Secret () &#; Julie Anne Peters


Peters is a well known YA writer whose books feature LGBT characters. Other prominent titles include Luna, Between Mom and Jo, and Rage: A Love Story. In the novel, year-old Holland is crushing her senior year of high school—she has a great boyfriend; she’s Student Council President, and she’s headed to an Ivy League. But the arrival of new girl CeCe makes Holland question everything.

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The House You Pass on the Way () &#; Jacqueline Woodson


Staggerlee has never fit in: she’s biracial in a predominantly black town and her grandparents were killed in an infamous racist bombing. As a result of unwanted attention, Staggerlee is quiet and keeps to herself. All that changes when Trout, her outspoken cousin, comes to visit. They spend a transformative summer together helping each other come to terms with their identities.

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The Miseducation of Cameron Post () &#; Emily M. Danforth


In ’s Montana, year-old Cameron Post loses her parents in a car crash and is taken in by her religious aunt and grandmother. While processing her parents’ death, Cameron begins questioning her sexuality and falls in love with her best friend Coley Taylor. Cameron’s conservative aunt finds out and resorts to drastic measures in order to “fix” Cameron. The novel was turned into a film which won the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance.

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Other titles to check out:Rubyfruit Jungle, Everything Leads to You, Juliet Takes a Breath, If You Could Be Mine, You Know Me Well, Boyfriends with Girlfriends, Little & Lion

Lesbian Fantasy Books

Ash () &#; Malinda Lo


A dazzling retelling of Cinderella, Ash is the story of a teenage girl forced to live with her cruel stepmother after her father’s death. Ash finds solace in fairy tales and wishes a fairy would steal her away. One night, she is approached by a fairy prince with the power to grant her wish, but the next morning she meets the King’s Huntress Kaisa and falls quickly in love with her. Now, Ash is faced with a difficult decision: go with the fairy prince or stay with Kaisa. A prequel, Huntress, is set in the same universe.  

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Of Fires and Stars () &#; Audrey Coulthurst


Denna has been betrothed to the prince of Mynaria since childhood, but she has the ability to conjure fire which and magic is forbidden in Mynaria. As future queen, Denna must learn to ride warhorses and her teacher is none other than her betrothed’s sister: Mare. Denna and Mare do not get along, but when an assassin strikes, they must team up for the fate of the kingdom.

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Other titles to check out:Kissing the Witch: Old Tales in New Skins, Labyrinth Lost, Girls of Paper and Fire, The Abyss Surrounds Us, The Dark Wife, The Warrior’s Path

Lesbian Vampire Books

Carmilla () &#;  Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu


Carmilla is one of the earliest vampire stories, even predating Dracula. When a mysterious girl named Carmilla arrives in town unexpectedly, Austrian teenager Laura is happy to have a new friend. The two become close, but Carmilla’s sudden mood changes and refusal to divulge anything about her past drives a wedge between them. Meanwhile, girls in nearby towns are dying from an unusual ailment. The book inspired the popular lesbian web series Carmilla and a movie of the same name. The entire novella can be read online at Project Gutenberg.

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The Gilda Stories () &#; Jewelle Gomez

Told through a series of vignettes, The Gilda Stories depicts the many lives of a black lesbian vampire over a year period from to The novel won two Lambda Literary Awards, one in fiction and one in science fiction.

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Other titles to check out:The Midnight Hunt, Women of the Bite: A Lesbian Vampire Anthology

Lesbian Comic Books

Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic () &#; Alison Bechdel


Adapted into a Tony Award-winning Broadway musical, Fun Home is a graphic memoir of Bechdel’s relationship with her emotionally distant father who ran the town’s funeral home. When her father dies mysteriously, Bechdel uncovers his hidden gay past while also discovering her own sexuality. Bechdel is the recipient of the MacArthur “Genius” Award. Other works include a second graphic memoir Are You My Mother and Dykes to Watch Out For, a lesbian comic strip that ran for 25 years.

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Lumberjanes () &#; Shannon Watters, Grace Ellis, Brooklyn A. Allen and Noelle Stevenson


In this comic book series, Lumberjane Scouts Mal, Ripley, Molly, April, and Jo realize they got more than bargained for when they discover mythical creatures and supernatural phenomena at summer camp. The gang decides to solve the mystery of these strange occurrences, earning scout badges along the way. Noelle Stevenson is also behind Nimona, a sci-fi/fantasy graphic novel about a mad scientist’s shapeshifting sidekick.  

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Other titles to check out:Skim, Batwoman: Elegy, Bingo Love

Lesbian Romance Novels

When Katie Met Cassidy () &#; Camille Perri


Successful lawyer Katie Cassidy must reevaluate her ideal of a perfect life when her fiance suddenly dumps her. Reeling from the breakup, Katie agrees to have after-work drinks with a coworker, the confident and dapper Cassidy. Katie and Cassidy push each other out of their comfort zones and a sexy game of cat and mouse ensues.  

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The Gravity Between Us () &#; Kristen Zimmer


Payton and Kendall have been best friends since childhood, but Kendall is a rising starlet poised to become Hollywood’s next “it” girl. To keep herself grounded, Kendall moves Payton to Hollywood with her. Payton has been harboring a secret: she is in love with Kendall and terrified her feelings won’t be reciprocated. Payton must pluck up the courage to confess her feelings even if it might ruin the friendship they both cherish.

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Other titles to check out:Blend, Waiting in the Wings

Lesbian Short Stories

Her Body and Other Parties () &#; Carmen Maria Machado


A lyrical debut combining multiple genres of speculative fiction (fantasy, sci-fi, fabulism), this collection uses magical realism to center women and their experiences in society. Each story examines what’s inflicted upon women’s bodies whether it’s sexuality and sensuality or violation and violence.

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Trash: Stories () &#; Dorothy Allison


In this collection, Allison interrogates the South’s troubled history with evangelicalism, social class, racism, sexism, and homophobia in raw and realistic detail. These stories offer a visceral portrait of heartache and humanity’s darkest impulses that are difficult to encounter but impossible to ignore. Allison is also the author of the novel Bastard out of Carolina.

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Other titles to check out:Am I Blue, Missed Her, Valencia, Felt in the Jaw

New Lesbian Books

The Summer of Jordi Perez (And the Best Burger in Los Angeles) () &#; Amy Spalding


Out year-old Abby Ives runs a plus-size fashion blog and dreams of making it big in the fashion world. When she has the opportunity to intern at her favorite boutique over the summer, Abby feels like her dreams are finally coming true. Complicating matters, Abby starts crushing on Jordi Perez, a fellow intern she’s competing against for a paid position at the boutique.

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Stray City () &#; Chelsey Johnson


After a drunken hookup with a man, year-old Andrea Morales discovers she is pregnant. Though her tight-knit group of queer friends express concern, Andrea decides to keep the baby. 10 years later, Andrea’s daughter Lucia wants to know more about her father.

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Other titles to check out:The Love & Lies of Rukhsana Ali, Pulp, Ivy Aberdeen’s Letter to the World, Just for Show

Bisexual Books

Empress of the World () &#; Sara Ryan


Nicola attends the Seigel Institute, a college preparatory summer program and quickly fits in with a group of new friends. Nic is inexplicably drawn to one of them, the beautiful Battle Hall Davies, and their dynamic soon evolves from friends to something more.

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Queens of Geek () &#; Jen Wilde

Three best friends and proud geeks attend the popular fan convention SupaCon. Charlie, a vlogger and actress who just had a public breakup with her costar Reese has her eyes set on the con’s surprise guest: Alyssa Huntington.

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Other titles to check out:Under the Udala Trees, Love in the Time of Global Warming, Not Otherwise Specified, Corona, The Life and Death of Sophie Starks


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Author’s Note:  I’ve used the phrase “lesbian romance” here to harken back to the move to keep lesbians out of the Romance Writers of America (RWA). Women Loving Women (WLW) stories are not necessarily lesbian. The spectrum of sexual orientation and identity reflected by “lesbian romances” is not fully accurate, and excludes non-lesbian WLW and F/NB stories, and I want readers to know I realize that.

Romance readers and writers have been navigating a garbage fire of rumors, rash decisions, and what seem to be (at the time of writing this post) a stalemate at the national level with the Romance Writers of America. Others have done a much better job than I can at summarizing the information, so if you’d like to take a moment and get caught up, try these posts:

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Claire Ryan wrote an exhaustive piece detailing all of it.

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What I want to do is focus on Nora Roberts’s statement on all of this. Ms. Roberts has not been an RWA member in many years. She details her history with the organization in a post she made on December 29, , and it’s this history that I want to engage with for a moment. Nora Roberts writes this of the RWA in , after people in the organization launched a strong effort to define romance as being between one man and one woman.

I received an email from the then president urging me to be quiet, basically, explaining to me–and I am not kidding–I didn’t understand that the lesbians would take over RWA. Jeez, those terrifying lesbians!

I’ll tell you, I read this and nearly did a spit take. Lesbians would take over? Is that a joke? Queer publishing is predominantly M/M novels. Books that center F/F relationships—or WLW (women loving woman) stories—are fewer and further between in romance.

I was reeling. Is this move from RWA—this stonewalling of an entire group of authors on the basis of their sexual orientation—the reason there are far fewer lesbian romances? Why, for the longest time, Bold Strokes Books seemed to be the only place to find those stories?

Those questions are still to be answered—I just got back from vacation—but I think as ever that the best way to support a lesbian romance uprising, past, present, and future, is to support authors writing stellar WLW books. So on that note, let’s get to it.

WLW Stories for the Uprising

Cover Lady's Guide to Celestial MechanicsThe Lady’s Guide to Celestial Mechanics by Olivia Waite

One of ’s most popular romances, this F/F book from Avon tells the story of an astronomer and an embroiderer. Lucy has just lost her lover to a sham marriage, and her only hope for avoiding a similar fate is when she finds correspondence from Catherine St. Day, a widow looking for someone to help translate a French astronomy text. The two undertake the translation together, but bigger things emerge:  fighting the (science) patriarchy, and true love. The story is so, so good, and that clinch cover is my happy place.

Cover Better Off RedBetter Off Red by Rebekah Weatherspoon

There are a lot of great Rebekah Weatherspoon titles to choose from, and if you’re looking for something that doesn’t have vampires, Treasure is a popular suggestion. However! I read Better Off Red this fall and loved it. All you need to know is Vampire Sorority.

Freshman Ginger Carmichael is not interested in sororities, but even she can’t help but feel an undeniable draw to the girls of Alpha Beta Omega. So when her roommate begs her to rush, Ginger goes along. What she doesn’t expect is a sorority of vampires, their sisters, and an intricate network of loyalty to the vampire sisterhood. Ginger also doesn’t bargain for the sorority queen, or their love affair. Sexy, funny, with the suspense of a Buffy episode, this book is so fantastic.

Cover Mangoes and MistletoeMangoes and Mistletoe by Adriana Herrera

I’m going to scream about this book for months to come. Kiskeya Burgos left the Dominican Republic for a better life and the freedom to be who she is: a lesbian and a pastry chef. But for now, she needs to focus on the pastry part, and she does not need distraction by her adorable, spunky teammate at the Holiday Baking Challenge, fellow Dominicana Sully Morales. But the heat and attraction between them is palpable. They’re only together for a week; can they keep their eyes on the prize, or will they give in to their desires? (Look, y’all, it’s two hot women, baking, in a holiday baking competition, in Scotland, and there’s only one bed.)

Cover Cinnamon BladeCinnamon Bladeby Shira Glassman

Look, it’s billed as “spicy super hero romance” [sic]. But in case we need more, here’s the deal. Cinnamon Blade is a crime fighter trying to redeem a dark past. Soledad Castillo is a woman in need of rescuing—more than once. And every time Cinnamon Blade rescues her, their chemistry grows stronger and stronger. But romance is hard to nurture in a city constantly threatened by aliens and vampires.

Cover That Could Be EnoughThat Could Be Enough by Alyssa Cole

Mercy Alston serves as maid to Eliza Hamilton, and if there’s one thing that job has taught her, it’s to avoid pesky feelings like love and hope. But when Andromeda Stiel, a dressmaker, shows up for an interview, she throws off Mercy’s resolve. Mercy is left wondering: What’s better, pain-free living or true love with all its dangers?

And honestly, just go listen to the Hamilton soundtrack after, because you will have that song in your head.

Cover Month of SundaysMonth of Sundays by Yolanda Wallace

Rachel Bauer is reeling from a breakup when she goes to meet friends and finds herself unexpectedly thrown into a blind date with Griffin Sutton, sexy celebrity chef with a bad reputation. Griffin’s never met a woman she couldn’t seduce—until she meets Rachel. As the old saying goes, the way to a woman’s heart is through her stomach, and Griffin proposes a culinary trip around the world, one Sunday date at a time. This was the book that got me into romance, and I recommend it forever and always.

Cover Something TrueSomething True by Karelia Stetz-Waters

Tate Grafton has ragged edges and a heart of gold. She’s fiercely loyal to the owner of the coffee shop where she works, someone who took her in as a homeless teenager. But the shop is floundering and Tate’s life is passing her by. When a beautiful stranger blows through her life, they share an intimate night, and then she disappears. Laura Enfield is beautiful, a shrewd business woman, and the closeted daughter of a Republican political candidate. She was only supposed to be in Portland long enough to shut down a coffee shop her company was buying out. She didn’t expect a whirlwind romance with Tate.

As lies begin to unravel and secrets are exposed, both women must decide whether they’re ready for something true.

Cover Mrs. Martin's Incomparable AdventureMrs. Martin’s Incomparable Adventure by Courtney Milan

Mrs. Beatrice Martin is a year-old widow and likes her life as it is. She’s spiteful, she doesn’t cater to people’s feelings, and she prefers to ignore her Terrible Nephew, sparing him none of her consideration. But when Miss Violetta Beauchamps—a 69 year-old firecracker—shows up, Mrs. Martin’s world is upended. Mrs. Martin’s Terrible Nephew is living in Miss Violetta’s rooming house, and she wants him gone.

Mrs. Martin doesn’t see how this has anything to do with her. That is, until she finds herself wanting to make Miss Violetta smile. If she can terrorize her Terrible Nephew and win Miss Violetta’s hand at the same time? That seems a worthwhile adventure.

Cover Breaking CharacterBreaking Character by Lee Winter

Icy British A-lister Elizabeth Thronton is the star of a medical drama. She hates the medical drama. And now she’s been rumored to be in a thing with her perky costar, Summer, because Summer is a klutz. If she could just get a film role, Elizabeth is sure she could turn her career around. One catch: the French director looking to cast her wants to meet her “girlfriend,” Summer. Elizabeth must convince Summer to play along after being % terrible to her. Summer should say no. Except Summer is maybe a little in love with Elizabeth Thornton.

Cover If I Loved You LessIf I Loved You Less by Tamsen Parker

This modern retelling of Emma, set in Hawaii, is the story of Theodosia Sullivan, a sunny, striking woman who sees little need for marriage. But her unwillingness to tie the knot doesn’t stop her from matchmaking every single person she comes across, locals and tourists alike. One person who does not want Theo’s services is local baker Kini ‘Opunui, owner of Queen’s Sweet Shop since her parents passed away. Kini warns Theo about meddling and matchmaking, but Theo doesn’t listen, and in the end, she finds she may be too good at her job: Kini could end up with someone else, when Theo is in love with her.

Cover Compass RoseCompass Rose by Anna Burke

Y’all. Underwater lesbian pirates.

Okay, more details: Rose is a born navigator, the ability bred right into her bones, which is why she earns a coveted place among the Archipelago Fleet elite. She is sent on a secret mission in pirate territory, aboard the ship Man O’ War, with a crew who has no interest in making things easy for her. Alliances are dangerous, even more so with the wrong people. And the captain, Miranda, is bloodthirsty and irresistible. Rose will have to rely on her intuition—her navigation skills—but the waters aren’t the most dangerous thing she must navigate. (Methinks the human heart will be her greatest challenge.)

Women-loving-women stories are everywhere, and even more great ones are coming out this year. For more recommendations, check out The Lesbian Review and WOC in Romance, where you can search specifically for lesbian romances written by women of color.

For more from Book Riot about F/F stories (though not necessarily romance), check out Lesbian Romance Recommendations; More Than 40 Sapphic Titles to Add to Your TBR; and 8 Amazing Historical Fiction Books with Lesbian and Bisexual Women.


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Beyond Coming Out6 Lesbian Novels That Bring the Romance, and Sex

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Her Best Friend's Sister by Meghan O’Brien (Photo credit: Bold Strokes Books)

Increasingly, lesbian novels and their authors are putting in work to shift the way that lesbians—and queer women overall—exist on the page. New queer coming-of-age novels are challenging stereotypes and deepening our understanding of coming out as a concept; young-adult literature has become a massive hub for LGBTQ representation with writers like Mason Deaver and Gabby Rivera furthering the representation of queer people beyond white, gay men; and queer women are continuing to reshape their space in horror, especially as they slowly gain the power to shift the landscape. But queer women readers deserve a bit of levity, too, as well as a break from narratives that center pain and struggle (as with the important but well-trod territory of coming-out narratives); we deserve books that actively center our pleasure, too.

In creating space for just that, lesbian romance novels are essential, radical, and also just a fun break from the heaviness that so often coexists alongside our queerness. While some lesbian romance novels respect and recognize that heaviness in their plots, other lesbian romance novels choose to sidestep homophobia and sexism entirely, preferring to offer up a utopia in which their readers can luxuriate, if only briefly.

Below, you’ll find a mixture of books that do both—and that give us thoughtful, queer pleasure—freed of the male gaze and written with queer readers in mind.

Sarah Waters is an undeniable favorite of readers of lesbian romance, and for good reason. Fingersmith, which won a Lambda Literary Award and was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize for Fiction, makes clear that a novel can be both extremely hot and extremely well-written. Fingersmith engages with larger cultural concepts like classism and sexism while proffering gripping sex scenes between Sue, an orphan, and Maud, the women for whom she works—and plots against. It’s both a romance and a thriller (and a very good one at that).

Though I tend to be lukewarm on historical romance, Rebecca S. Buck’s The Locket and the Flintlock was fast-paced and engaging enough to hold my interest. Alongside a complex plot—Lucia comes to meet Len when her locket is stolen, and Len is essentially always in danger as she seeks revenge and justice—we’re given several very satisfying sex scenes. It’s good choice for those who like their romance novels to have a detailed plot, rather than just endless sex.

Emily keeps tight control of her life, and rarely does anything fun or indulgent. Enter Nat, the sex worker she hires to help her give up some of that control and explore her sexuality. The book plays into some stereotypes about sex workers, but overall the respect each feels for the other is refreshing. The sex scenes themselves are extremely detailed without feeling heavy-handed, and the focus on and awareness of women’s pleasure is something I always enjoy about O’Brien’s work.

Set in earlys England, The Paying Guests follows Frances, a young woman who lives with her mother. When Frances’s father and brothers die, they have to find a way to make ends meet, and choose to open their home to a young married couple, Lilian and Lenoard. There’s immediately a sort of soft, buzzing energy between Frances and Lilian, and, slowly, a romance begins to bloom. Frances has loved women before, so there’s an extra pressure for her to keep her mother from realizing what’s happening between her and her guest. Another tense, hot read from Waters.


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Notably, this lesbian romance novel features two women of color, which is hugely refreshing considering that it can be difficult to find queer romance novels that—despite the diversity of the romance genre—aren’t full of white people. College students Alexis and Trisha are immediately attracted to each other, but Trisha’s job as a stripper and Alexis’s newfound commitment to focusing on her mental health make it difficult to find time for love. But when they do find time, the romance is boundless. This is less of an erotic romance and more of a steamy read, but the sex itself is well-written and realistic.

With Her Best Friend’s Sister, Meghan O&#;Brien continues to be a driving force of the genre. Wow, I have read this one so many times. Claire has had a crush on her best friend’s older sister, Alex, for ages. When their paths cross as adults, they immediately hit it off and have an explosive, chemistry-filled encounter, which then becomes a relationship. This is a good pick if you like a bit of gender play, and I was also just impressed with how this book discusses strap-on sex without making it seem either required or strange— in the world of these characters, it’s just what they’re into.

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Rachel Charlene Lewis has written about culture, identity, and the internet for publications including i-D, Teen Vogue, Refinery29, Greatist, Glamour, Autostraddle, Ravishly, SELF, StyleCaster, The Frisky (RIP), The Mary Sue, and elsewhere. Her literary work, reviews, and interviews have been published in Catapult, The Los Angeles Review of Books, The Normal School, Publisher’s Weekly, The Offing, and in several other magazines. She is on Twitter and Instagram, always.


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