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Short, sweet, and (almost) totally perfect!
Former wallflower and nerd Claire is now all grown up, with a kid, and a cheating ex. Who does she happen to run into on a play date? Former popular girl/cheerleader turned supermodel Mary. And the sparks? They fly!
This is a quick, adorable read that I totally fell in love with. Clare is hurt, damaged by her past and her breakup with her ex. She doesn’t trust and she doesn’t want to fall in love, maybe even doesn’t think she is worthy of love. And Mary is just figuring out a whole new life for herself and her kid. So, these two have great chemistry but so many doubts and fears to overcome. Plus, Clare is canonically bisexual– she actually uses the word “bisexual” to describe herself. Yay! Representation! Sure, there are some typos and that’s annoying, but I got pretty caught up in the story and was able to overlook the editing issues.
It made me laugh, made me cry, even got me a swooning, and did it all in the space of a single afternoon. 4 stars.
Lately I’ve found myself with a real craving for F/F romance in fantasy and sci-fi settings that I can devour in one go, and I couldn’t find a handy list anywhere, so I decided to make one myself. (If anyone knows of another such list I’d love to see it, though!) Thank you to everyone who suggested things on Twitter!
These are all ones that I have read myself, but if you know of any I’ve missed off, don’t hesitate to add them and I’ll reblog. I’ll probably also add new entries to this list periodically, so if you get through them all and want more, check back!
A couple of these are technically novelettes, and one or two of them are getting towards novel length, but all of them are longer than a super-quick short story and shorter than a full-length novel, and available to buy as ebooks on their own rather than as part of an anthology.
(If you’d like content notes for any of these, they’ll all eventually get full reviews, but feel free to send me a message or an ask if you have questions about the ones without reviews posted yet.)
Beauty, Glory, Thrift, by Alison Tam – This smart and evocative space adventure is almost impossible to explain – you just have to read it – but it involves an unusual relationship between a goddess and a thief.
Cinnamon Blade: Knife in Shining Armor, by Shira Glassman – In this witty and steamy story, crime fighter Cinnamon Blade just wants to get through a whole date with cute, nerdy Soledad without having to save the city from aliens or vampires.
The Cybernetic Tea Shop, by Meredith Katz – This is a warm and atmospheric tale of a romance between a sentient robot stuck in the past and a human technician afraid to put down roots.
The Disastrous Début of Agatha Tremain, by Stephanie Burgis – My review notes when I reread this recently were just “KISS GIRLS SMASH THE PATRIARCHY!!!” and if that’s your jam you’ll love this kickass, uplifting 19th-century fantasy.
Dynama, by Ruth Diaz – A sweet and hot superhero story following undercover metahuman TJ as she tries to juggle kids, work, saving the day, and her evil ex escaping from supervillain prison, with the help of her incredibly competent nanny Annmarie.
The Flamebringers, by Charley Clarke – A lush and romantic high fantasy story with awesome dragons – Astraea, the leader of her people, finds herself drawn to Mal, an outcast refugee.
Gale, by Lyssa Chiavari – This atmospheric and creepy dystopian retelling of The Tempest features the beginnings of a sweet romance between Miranda and Ferda, a girl she meets in her dreams who tells her stories of another world.
Girl Reporter, by Tansy Rayner Roberts – A funny, smart and thoughtful story of superhero journalism, family, adventure, and cute, bantersome romance.
Gretel: A Fairytale Retold, by Niamh Murphy – An intriguing and romantic twist on a familiar tale, with Gretel stepping out from her brother’s shadow when she falls for a mysterious woman in the woods.
Humanity for Beginners, by Faith Mudge – Gloria may have accidentally started a halfway house for lesbian werewolves but it is DEFINITELY not a pack and she is DEFINITELY not the Alpha. Totally charming with lovable characters and a gorgeous romance.
The Masked Minotaur, by Chace Verity – A super-cute fantasy romance that features a candy shop, a marriage of convenience and a masked vigilante. Plus, in a stroke of sheer genius, the ebook comes with two versions – one with a sex scene and one without, so you can choose your preferred flavour!
Moon-Bright Tides, by RoAnna Sylver – An absorbing and lovely story of the relationship between a lost mermaid and a lonely sea witch struggling under the weight of a duty that she bears alone.
Passing Strange, by Ellen Klages – A beautiful, immersive tale of magic, love, art and queer community in 1940s San Francisco.
Romancing the Inventor, by Gail Carriger – A hot and sweet slow-burn romance in a steampunk vampires-and-werewolves setting, featuring a butch inventor and a maid with a secret talent for mathematics.
Safety Protocols for Human Holidays, by Angel Martinez – This fun and satisfying story explores cultural misunderstandings and communication on a multi-species space vessel – can Growlan Raskli figure out what’s bothering Human Jen?
Seven: A Lesbian Snow White, by Jennifer Diemer – A creepy and lovely fairytale retelling in a richly imagined world.
Sparks Fly, by Llinos Cathryn Thomas – OK, maybe this is cheating because I wrote this one, but consider checking it out if you want to read a quick rivals-to-lovers romance between two teachers at a performing arts school on a space station.
The Terracotta Bride, by Zen Cho – A witty and bittersweet tale of first love and self-discovery in the Chinese afterlife.
Waiting on a Bright Moon, by J.Y. Yang – A tense and absorbing story in an intriguing dystopian setting, with a whirlwind romance at its heart.
I love being on this list!! And I can personally recommend Moon-Bright Tides, Terra-Cotta Bride, Cybernetic Tea Shop, and Sparks Fly a lot 💙✨
can I get a book about Butch Lesbian Knights? Extra great if they've got OLD butch lesbian knights thanks x
Sorry, I got nothing – just lesbian knights is already super rare! Anyone else?
This list is for thirsty butches and femmes who need to read a good book. You’re Welcome.
- All the Pretty Things Rae D Magdon
- Departure from Script by Jae
- Second Nature by Jae
- Backwards to Oregon by Jae
- The Cain Casey Series by Ali Vali
- Homecoming By Nell Stark
- The Princess and the Prix by Nell Stark
- Micky Knight Series by J.M Redmann
- Emma Victor Book Series by Mary Wings
- Winds of Fortune by Radclyffe
- The Color of Love by Radclyffe
- Above All, Honor by Radclyffe
- Blind Eye Mystery series by Diane and Jacob Anderson-Minshall
- A Royal Romance by Jenny Frame
- Unexpected by Jenny Frame
- Royal Rebel by Jenny Frame
- Heart of the Pack by Jenny Frame
- Courting the Countess by Jenny Frame
- Sword of the Guardian by Merry Shannon
- Crybaby Butch by Judith Frank
- The Harder She Comes: Butch Femme Erotica by D.L King
- Sometimes She Lets Me: Best Butch Femme Erotica by Tristan Taormino
- Back to Basics: A Butch-femme Anthology by Therese Szymanski
- A Touch of Temptation by Julie Blair
- Playing Passion’s Game by Lesley Davis
- Built to Last by Aurora Rey
- Butch Girls Can Fix Anything by Paula Offutt
- Goldenseal by Gill McKnight
- Heart of the Game by Rachel Spangler
- Choices Book Series by Skyy
Pink hair, don’t care.
This is more of a Thanksgiving Romance, although there is a Christmas scene. But if you are at all into holiday romances, you should give this one a shot.
Kayliegh wants to bring a girl to dinner to shock and upset her conservative, fundamentalist aunt. She finds her via Craigslist and the pink haired, tattooed Brooke could not be more perfect for her plans. Except they are immediately attracted to each other and a funny flirtation turns into something else!
The family dynamics are funny and infuriating, by turns. The flirtation between Brooke and Kayliegh is charming and when the relationship turns steamy, it is off-the-charts hot. For a novella, there is good character building and relationship development. Sure, things happen fast, but it was believable. Plus there are cute dogs! Just go read it. 4 stars.
Can you rec any queer romance novels?
I can’t, I haven’t yet read any, mainly because contemporary romances aren’t my cup of tea and I’m yet to find any historical ones, which sucks.
@romancingthebookworm or @respectingromance might be able to help you?
Ahoy, matey! Thar be lesbian pirates!
Escape to Pirate Island by Niamh Murphy
Action! Adventure! (Some) romance! You should read Escape to Pirate Island. Cat escapes the local militia by the skin of her teeth and– in disguise as a boy– joins a nefarious crew on a mysterious journey across the sea. Lily, left penniless by her father’s debt, has found his treasure maps and is trying to lead the crew to the treasure without getting stabbed in the back.
Most of this book is spent with Cat and Lily either apart, or disliking each other. The romance comes near the end, but is definitely quite sweet, if a little sparse. Murphy explores ship life in quite a bit of detail, but never loses hold on the plot. Cat is a strong character; she overshadows Lily just a bit. But really, the book is all about the adventure. And it’s a lot of fun! 4 stars.
It’s the perfect time of year for thrills, chills, and things that go bump in the night. Let’s get to reading!
I went a-googling and here are some lists of halloween and horror themed books, in absolutely no particular order
Lesbrary Tag Archives – Halloween
Lesbrary Tag Archives – Horror
Casey the Canadian Lesbrarian – 5 Spooky Queer Woman Halloween Reads
The Lesbian Review – Horror Archive
The Lesbian Talk Show – It’s a Halloween Mix-up
BookRiot – Lesbian & Queer Women Halloween Reads
YLVA Publishing – Halloween Archives
Halloween book recommendations for LGBT Young Adults
LGBTQ Reads – Fave Five: Queer Halloween Reads
Goodreads – Lesbian Horror
Outwrite – The Ten Best Queer Horror Books Ever
30 Authors. 43 Autographed Books. 3 Lucky Winners! #EpicLesficWin