People, June has arrived! It’s Pride Month. Even though you totally have to celebrate the LGBTQ+ community all year round, definitely take the chance to give them extra love during Pride Month. Share their successes, businesses, creations, and passions. Because we love books over here, today I’m sharing some romance titles you might want to pick up as soon as possible.
If you didn’t know, Pride Month takes place in the month of June to honor the 1969 Stonewall riots in New York City. They were the spark of something much bigger; they helped the gay rights movement, pushing forward political activism, and creating numerous gay rights organizations. One of the main leaders in the riots was a bisexual Black trans woman named Marsha P. Johnson, and after the events at Stonewall, she became a fixture in the community, always helping trans youth.
To celebrate Pride Month, let’s talk about some awesome books with LGBTQ+ representation.
A Lady For a Duke by Alexis Hall
If you’re in the mood for a historical romance with angst, this book is for you. InA Lady For a Duke, you’ll meet Viola Caroll, a young woman, who was presumed dead at Waterloo. She took that opportunity to finally live as herself. But that freedom cost her more than her wealth and title, it cost her the friendship of her best friend, the Duke of Gracewood.
Now, Gracewood is still grieving the loss of his friend and has decided to drown himself in alcohol and drugs. The arrival of Viola at his estate brings desire and attraction onto their lives.
Parker by Jack Harbon
Parker is a phenomenal romance where one man finds love and family where he least expected it. You get introduced to Trey, the protagonist, in one difficult night for him. He’s escaping an abusive relationship and while he’s doing it, he encounters an old lady who gives him a place to stay.
But staying with her means he’s also staying with her adopted son Parker, a tough, tattooed man.This book will take you on an emotional ride with ups and downs and highs and lows. But you gotta trust Jack Harbon, because that happy ending is so worth it.
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Keep Me Close by RM Virtues
RM Virtues gave us an epic series inspired by the Greek myths. Keep Me Close is the second book in this series, but can be read as a standalone perfectly. Although I do recommend reading the first one, only because it’s so good too. In this novel, you’ll meet Aphrodite and Hephaestus who hate each other big time.
Unfortunately for them, Hades assigns Hephaestus as Aphrodite’s bodyguard after an attempt at her life. Now, staying in closed quarters, Heph and Aphrodite will realize that they might have more in common than they originally thought.
Sweethand by NG Peltier
Sweethand is a childhood enemies find out that they have to be maid of honor and best man for an upcoming wedding! Cherisse is done thinking about love, being there and done that. She rather wants to completely focus on her baking business fully now. But then she gets the news that her sister has made her maid of honor for her wedding, but the groom has made her nemesis the best man?!
Keiran and Cherisse have never seen eye-to-eye, but organizing all of these events before the wedding, having all of these duties together, is bringing them closer… and maybe those fireworks they’re feeling aren’t just a one-time thing.
Astrid Parker Doesn’t Fail by Ashley Herring Blake
Herring Blake’s upcoming F/F romance, Astrid Parker Doesn't Fail, comes out in November, but it’s clear that everyone is excited about it. After a failed engagement, Astrid Parker wants to focus on her career rather than love. When she is offered to renovate the Everwood Inn and appear in the show Innside America, she takes that opportunity to put aside her not-so-great love life.
But she never expected Jordan Everwood, the lead carpenter for the inn’s renovation. Astrid wants modern while Jordan wants to preserve the history of the inn… The tension is running high and these two will have to leave their dislike for each other behind to turn this into something successful!
What are your favorite LGTBQ+ novels? Let me know in the comments!
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It’s fascinating and entertaining to read a sports romance because you not only get to follow the romance plot, but also the sport itself. Personally, I do love it whenever the characters are playing their sport and as a reader, you get to experience it with them. The highs and lows! Don’t you love when the character who does the sport loses and the other one takes care of them and is there for them in the sad moments in their life? It makes me swoon so much.
Even though sunshine girls are written in romance books every single time, let’s not forget about the grumpy girls. The girls who answer in monosyllabic words, grunts, or not at all. The girls who have a hard shell but a soft inside. The girls who are scared to let their walls down and protect themselves in their own way. Grumpy girls are my heart and soul, so I decided to mention a few that have stuck with me even after finishing reading their books.
When we’re talking about romance books, sometimes we can have either a slow-burn romance or an instant-love one. But personally, I feel like we can also find the slow burn aspect in instant-love romances. For example, we can have a book with two characters who get it on early in the novel, but in terms of their romantic feelings for each other, they are not yet there. I call that an emotional slow burn because we do have them interacting a lot in these swoony moments, but they are not yet there in the “I fell in love with them” part of the story. The most common way you’ll see a slow-burn romance book is, probably, when two people take most of the book to finally be together.