Hi All! It’s Becky. In honor of June being Pride Month I decided to share some amazing LGBTQ romances from the last year.
A Complicated Love Story Set In Space by Shaun David Hutchinson
Noa wakes up in space tethered to a space ship he doesn’t know how he got there. When Noa returns to the ship, he finds DJ and Jenny, neither of which knows how they ended up in space. As the three struggle to survive and try to return home, Noa develops feelings for DJ, but painful memories in his past may make it impossible for them to be together. This book is a series of complicated, intertwining stories that came together for an amazing reveal that made the book a must read.
The House in the Cerulean Sea by T.J. Klune
Linus Baker has a boring life as a Case Worker at the Department in Charge Of Magical Youth. Linus’s life changes when he is sent to evaluate the foster home run by Arthur Parnassus. Linus goes to Marsyas Island Orphanage to do his job, but he may find love and a new life. This book is adorable and filled with beautifully crafted characters a pitch-perfect romance. The best word to describe Klune’s book is charming and I high recommend it.
Perfect On Paper by Sophie Gonzales
Darcy Phillips runs a business advising lovelorn classmate. Darcy keeps her business a secret from everyone, including her best friend and crush, Brooke. Darcy’s secret is threatened when Brougham, a popular member of the swim team, catches her and blackmails her into helping him get his ex-girlfriend back. As the two spend time together, they build a connection, and Darcy begins to develop feelings for Brougham. Darcy has always been secure in the fact that she is bi-sexual, but as her feelings for Brougham grow, she begins to grow insecure with her sexuality while she also begins to questions her feelings for Brooke. Can Darcy overcome her insecurities and find happiness? This book was an adorable rom-com. It was engaging, entertaining, and fun to read, and I plan to read more from Gonzales in the future.
Pumpkin by Julie Murphy
Waylon Brewer is the self-described gay fat kid. Waylon isn’t able to blend into his small Texas town, and he has always been okay with that. Everything changes when Waylon is dumped, and in a moment of intense sadness, he makes an audition tape for his favorite drag queen reality show. The tape was never supposed to be seen by anyone but somehow gets leaked to the entire school, who respond by nominating him for homecoming queen. Waylon decides that if he has to run for queen he is going to win. Waylon was an amazing character. He was original with a fresh narrative voice that makes this book worth reading. His slow-burn romance was just an added bonus.
One Last Stop by Casey McQuiston
Twenty-three-year-old August has just moved to New York to finish college and finds herself with a new life. August has a new home, new roommates, a new job, a possible new girlfriend, the mysterious Jane, who she meets on the subway. There is only one problem, the more time August spends with Jane, the more she realizes there’s something different about Jane which may make it impossible for them to be together. Casey McQuiston wrote Red, White, and Royal Blue (one of my favorite romance books!), and fans of her first book will not be disappointed with her follow-up.
What is your favorite LGBTQ love story? Add your picks to the comments section.