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16 Queer Love Stories To Read This Pride Month


1. Once Ghosted, Twice Shy by Alyssa Cole

Avon Impulse

Likotsi β€”Β the personal assistant to an African prince β€”Β traveled to New York to help her boss and her country. She never expected to fall for someone...let alone to have her heart broken. Now, months later, she's returned to NYC again, determined not to let her past experience rain on her parade. The universe has other plans, however, when she's reconnected with the same woman who broke her heart. Is it too late for them to have a second chance?

Get it from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or Bookshop.

2. Red, White, and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston


Alex Claremont-Diaz, the First Son, and Henry, the Prince of Wales, are sworn enemies. When they're involved in an altercation that makes the news, the two are forced to play nice to smooth things over for the press. But pretending to be friends blossoms into something more that neither of them saw coming. With politics, public opinion, and a presidential campaign in the works, their secret romance puts a lot at stake. Is their growing love worth the risk?

Get it from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or Bookshop.

3. In at the Deep End by Kate Davies

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Between her uncomfortable living situation, dead-end job, and lackluster sexual encounters with men, nothing in Julia's life is going quite right. So when she gets invited to a cool warehouse party, she readily accepts, hoping to find something or someone to add a spark to her life β€”Β which is exactly what happens when she meets Sam, a beautiful female artist. Along with her new sexual awakening, Julia is enraptured by the queer community and finally feels like she's found what she's been missing. Everything is going great until her relationship with Sam takes a turn, leaving Julia more confused than ever.

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4. When Katie Met Cassidy by Camille Perri

G.P. Putnam's Sons

Katie Daniels is 28 years old and is a straight-laced, country girl nursing her wounds in New York after a broken engagement. While on the subway, she meets Cassidy Price, a sexy, self-confident woman who shows Katie her home away from home β€” a lesbian dive bar. Katie is in awe of the close, tight-knit community, as well as Cassidy herself. Unable to deny their chemistry, both women are forced to open their hearts to have a chance at what they truly want.

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5. Conventionally Yours by Annabeth Albert


Conrad and Alden are mortal enemies with only one thing in common: their love for gaming. When the two get stuck together on a cross-country road trip to a popular fan convention, they build an unexpected friendship...and possibly more. Yet they both want to win the upcoming gaming tournament, and it's never smart to fall for the competition.

Get it June 2 from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or Bookshop.

6. Something to Talk About by Meryl Wilsner


Jo Jones is a Hollywood hotshot on track to make the summer's biggest blockbuster. But the new job also comes with some scrutiny from the press. When Jo is photographed making her assistant, Emma, laugh on the red carpet, rumors begin flying that the two are a couple. Emma and Jo do their best to ignore the gossip while they work on the movie, but after long days and late nights together, it turns out there might be something to those rumors after all.

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7. Call Me By Your Name by AndrΓ© Aciman

Holtzbrinck Publishers

In the 1980s, 17-year-old Elio vacations with his family in their mansion on the Italian Riviera. When his professor father invites his 24-year-old grad student assistant, Oliver, to stay and work with him that summer, a connection between Elio and Oliver builds. With societal pressures and expectations on their shoulders, the two try to fight their growing feelings for each other, but eventually succumb to their attraction and begin an intimate affair.

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8. Honey Girl by Morgan Rogers

Park Row

Grace Porter is a 28-year-old straight-A overachiever who just got her PhD in astronomy. To celebrate, she goes on a girls trip to Vegas, where she meets the beautiful Yuki Yamamoto...and drunkenly marries her. Known for her level head, Grace has never done something so reckless in her life. But, with her parent's suffocating expectations, bleak job market, and overall feelings of burnout, Grace doubles down and abandons her routine for a summer in New York with the wife she barely knows. The two fall hard and fast, but when summer ends, reality comes knocking.

Get it Feb. 21, 2021 from Amazon or Barnes & Noble.

9. A Tiny Piece of Something Greater by Jude Sierra

Interlude Press

With an unhealthy relationship behind him and progressing well in treatment for cyclothymia, Reid Watsford goes to stay with his grandmother in Key Largo for a fresh start. Looking to take things off his mind, he signs up for diving lessons. But diving isn't the distraction he hoped it'd be when he finds himself enthralled by his Brazilian dive instructor, Joaquim. The pair's connection is instant and magnetic, and as time goes on, their lust grows to love.

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10. Boyfriend Material by Alexis Hall


After 20 years, Luc O'Donnell's rock star dad is making a comeback β€”Β which means Luc's personal life is back in the public eye. He needs to clean up his image, so he enlists the help of Oliver, a vegetarian barrister who also happens to need a date for a big event. The two make a deal to be fake boyfriends in public and friends in private, but before long, the lines get blurred.

Get it July 7 from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or Bookshop.

11. Swearing Off Stars by Danielle Wong

She Writes Press

In the 1920s, Lia Cole leaves her overbearing parents in Brooklyn to become one of the first women to study abroad at Oxford. It's there that she falls for Scarlett, an exciting and determined advocate for the gender-equality movement. Their love is strong...but ultimately, not strong enough. Years later, Scarlett is a famous actor, and Lia's only connection to her is seeing her former love splashed across billboards. But when a mysterious letter surfaces, Lia is thrust back into Scarlett's life and goes on an adventure to see if the love they shared can be had once again.

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12. The Secret of You and Me by Melissa Lenhardt

Graydon House

Years ago, Nora managed to leave her conservative small town and toxic father for a new life where she could live freely how she chose. But when a tragedy brings her back home, she's forced to confront her past, including Sophie, the older woman who once stole her heart. Unlike Nora, Sophie hid her true self and made a life with her husband and daughter β€”Β a life that she likes. But when the two are reunited and their old flame is reignited, everything is thrown into question.

Get it Aug. 4 from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or Bookshop.

13. Memorial by Bryan Washington


Benson, a Black daycare teacher, and Mike, a Japanese-American chef at a Mexican restaurant, have been living together for a few years. Their relationship is fine, but not what it once was. Right as the two begin to question where their lives are headed, Mike decides to travel to Osaka to say goodbye to his dying estranged father. He leaves on the cusp of his mother's trip to visit them in Texas, leaving her and Benson in a strange forced roommate situation that blooms into a meaningful relationship. Their time apart gives them clarity on their future together.

Get it Oct. 6 from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or Bookshop.

14. Perfect Pairing by Rachel Spangler

Bywater Books

Hal has made the perfect life for herself in Buffalo β€” she's a successful, single food truck owner with no commitments and no roots. Investment banker Quinn Banning is the exact opposite and thrives on order and stability. When Quinn proposes a business venture where Hal would have her very own (very permanent) restaurant, Hal turns her down. As the two continue to differ on ideals, the one thing they do agree on is that they're attracted to each other.

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15. Meet Cute Club by Jack Harbon

Independently Published

Jordan Collins needs more members to join his romance book club, but what he doesn't need is for one of those people to be Rex Bailey, the new employee at his local bookstore who thinks romance novels are for "grandmas." Still, Jordan lets Rex join and the two work to keep the club going. As they continue to spend time together, Jordan realizes that maybe Rex isn't as bad as he first thought. In fact, maybe he's pretty great.

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16. Written in the Stars by Alexandria Bellefleur


Set up by her brother, no-nonsense and analytical Darcy goes on a terrible blind date with Elle, a popular astrologer and hopeless romantic. But, to keep her brother from playing matchmaker again, she lies and says the date went great. When she gets caught in the lie, she begs Elle to play along and pretend that they're dating. Under the condition that Darcy helps her navigate her own overbearing family during the holidays, Elle agrees. For the next several weeks, the pair fake a relationship neither ever dreamed would turn real.

Get it Nov. 10 from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or Bookshop.

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