Happy Pride! Here’s a list of my favorite Queer Romance Book Recommendations (YA and over 18) to read for Pride Month 2022. What is your favorite queer romance?
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Felix Ever After by Kacen Callender
A love triangle, Catfishing, and learning to accept yourself. This book is all about LOVE. Self love, romance, and everything in between.
CW: Gender dysphoria, bullying, deadnaming, transphobia, medical transitioning
Updates on the book: https://www.kacencallender.com/post/felix-ever-after-changes
The Passing Playbook by Isaac Fitzsimons
Hate to love romance, starring a trans boy joining the soccer team at this new school behind his parent’s back and what it means to be a trans athlete.
CW: Misgendering, transphobia, homophobia, religious fanaticism in the form of religious rhetoric, and mention of death by overdose and child death (not graphic), allusions to past bullying, death threats, and school lockdown; rhetoric; outdated transphobic terminology (from side characters); and some brief (non-graphic)
Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas
A paranormal romance between a ghost and a trans boy. This is an awesome coming-of-age story filled with magic and humor.
CW: Misgendering, allusions to deadnaming, depictions of gender dysphoria, exploration of parental death, non-violent references to blood magic, some descriptions of ritualistic blood-letting
The Princess and the Fangirl by Ashley Poston
Sapphic ‘The Prince and the Pauper’ retelling set at a convention between an actress and an attendee. This book has a vast cast of queer characters.
CW: Bullying, Body shaming, Sexism, Sexual harassment, Misogyny, Sexual assault, Toxic relationship, Stalking, Alcohol
Bookish and the Beast by Ashley Poston
Beauty and the Beast retelling about grief with a bisexual protagonist. Some of the side characters are also queer! The main character, Rosie is bisexual and her father is also bisexual. Elias is also implied to be queer. There’s a non-binary side character, Rosie’s best friend, Quinn, and their character is done very well.
CW: Mentions of Harry Potter and Hogwarts Houses, death of a parent, grief, and loss
Last Night at the Telegraph Club by Malinda Lo
Sapphic Historical Fiction romance set in 1950’s San Fransico, Chinatown during the Red Scare.
CW: Some exploration of racism, deportation, xenophobia, homophobia, underage drinking, some graphic sex, brief mention of miscarriage, some use of outdated racial and social epithets (relevant to time period), some exploration of familial estrangement and disownment
Cheer Up: Love and Pom Poms by Crystal Frasier
Sapphic graphic novel about a head cheerleader who is a trans girl and the transphobia she experiences. But, a very cute friends to lovers romance!
CW: Transphobia, Sexual harassment, Fatphobia, Body shaming
Don’t Date Rosa Santos by Nina Moreno
Bisexual Cuban-American girl swooning over a boy during the summer while grappling with grief.
CW: Death of a family member, mention of drowning, heart attack, parental death (past)
OVER 18+ AND ADULT
Icebreaker by A.L. Graziadei
Rivals to lovers romance between two hockey players who are competing to be the first round pick in the NHL draft. If you’re looking for a well-written rivals to lovers romance, this is a must-read!
CW: Mental Illness: Depression, Anxiety, and Imposter Syndrome (because of depression), Alcohol, Alcoholism, Homophobia, Abandonment, Suicidal Thoughts, Scene where a character takes anti-depressant medication with alcohol
The Mistletoe Motive by Chloe Liese
Christmas novella romance between a demisexual, autistic girl, Gabby, and her rival, a man she works with at a bookstore. This book is all about their sexual tension, hatred for one another, and trying to save the bookshop!
CW: Sexual content, stalking by an ex
Bingo Love by Tee Franklin
Queer rekindled romance comic about Black women in their 60s.
CW: Dementia, Death of a loved one, Panphobia, Homophobia, Infidelity, Death, Dementia, and Religious bigotry
Their Trouble Some Crush by Xan West (Indie Author)
includes a queer trans man/cis woman romance, forced proximity and friends to lovers tropes, and polyamorous, demiromantic, bisexual, pansexual, trans, Jewish, fat, autistic, disabled, diabetic, PTSD, and depression.
See a list of CWs: https://xanwest.wordpress.com/kink-showtunes/their-troublesome-crush/
Fearless by Shira Glassman (Indie Author)
Sapphic novella between band moms who are snowed in at their kids’ band competition.
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Peter Darling by S.A. Chant (Indie Author)
CW: transphobia, graphic blood scenes & there’s fighting with knives and swords
What if Peter Pan was transgender? Born as Wendy Darling, Peter ventures out to Neverland to be his true self who is Peter Darling. I’m not a huge fan of the fantasy genre, so some of this book had me skimming. Luckily, I already knew the story of Peter Pan before diving into this story. Austin Chant will never disappoint me with his writing, his writing kept me reading. The action scenes were so descriptive and the imagery was excellent, I could picture the creatures Hook and Pan had to defeat.
Coffee Boy by S.A. Chant (Indie Author)
A workplace romance between a trans man and a bisexual cis man. I love this one a whole lot!
CW: Sexual content, transphobia in the workplace, Alcohol, Homophobia, Cursing, Biphobia
Check, Please Series by Ngozi Ukazu
Hockey player romance graphic novel about a baker and vlogger, Bitty during his college years!
Volume 1 – CW: Cursing, Alcohol, Homophobia, Bullying, Drug Abuse, Panic Attacks/Disorders, Addiction
Volume 2 – CW: Homophobia, Panic attacks/Disorders, Bullying, Suicidal thoughts, Drug abuse
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