With June being Pride Month, now is the perfect time to dive in to some queer literature and what better for a poolside or beach read than a great romance? If you’re looking for some LGBTQIA+ romances, here are some of our most anticipated romances to make you swoon this summer!
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You & I, Rewritten by Chip Pons
Chip Pons is a big name on Bookstagram (@booksovrbros) and this summer he is releasing his debut romance novel. Will Cowen just accepted a dream promotion at a publishing house in New York City and is moving in with one of his oldest friends. After meting the gorgeous heir to the publishing house, Graham Austin, Will does not make the best first impression. After reading an amazing manuscript that could make or break his career, the author is a no-show to an event, and Will soon finds himself being comforted by Graham, sparking a romance that could make or break his heart.
Can’t Resist Her by Kianna Alexander
Summer Graves has just returned home to Austin, Texas for a teaching position. During her homecoming, she finds that there is a plan to demolish the high school her grandmother founded—but Summer is adamant about not letting the developers destroy her memories and grandmother’s legacy. Aiko Holt is part of the team looking to make changes in the neighborhood. When Summer and Aiko run into each other, neither can forget their kiss from their senior-year dance and while the memory reignites the feelings they had for one another, is it enough to overcome their clashing beliefs on what is right for the neighborhood?
Love, Hate & Clickbait by Liz Bowery
Thom Morgan is a ruthless political consultant working for the governor of California’s presidential campaign. His job would be rather easy if not for Clay Parker, the data analyst who gets under Thom’s skin like no one else. When Thom and Clay get into a big blowout, a journalist takes a picture that makes their intense argument look like a hot and heavy kiss and the photo goes viral. To help the campaign, the governor asks Thom and Clay to pretend to date for publicity and soon enough, the faux relationship begins to lean toward tension that the two men won’t be able to resist.
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I’m So (Not) Over You by Kosoko Jackson
Aspiring journalist Kian Andrews just received an urgent text from his ex-boyfriend, Hudson Rivers. After not speaking for months, Kian wonders if this will be a reunion of their relationship, or an apology, but it’s neither—Hudson wants Kian to pretend to be his boyfriend while his parents are in town, and Kian says yes. When one dinner turns into Kian being Hudson’s plus one for a wedding where Kian could meet people to help his career, Kian jumps at the opportunity but it seems that his career isn’t the only thing that will be blossoming as the pretend relationship starts to feel real.
Island Time by Georgia Clark
While The Kelly family is a group of loud Australians, the Lee family is a bunch of uptight Americans; it’s clear the two have zero in common. When a wedding between the the Kelly daughter and the Lee daughter bring everyone together, what could go wrong? A volcano erupts, leaving the two families stranded together for six weeks in a story that combines queer romance and family drama.
Never Been Kissed by Timothy Janovsky
Wren Roland is dying for his first kiss, so on the eve of his birthday he sends emails to all of the boys he had a crush on before he came out. The next morning, he brushes his anxieties away, thinking that none of them actually read the emails. Now, Derick Haverford—who was Wren’s #1 crush—is working as the drive-in theater’s social media intern and Wren can’t stop thinking about the kiss the two almost shared. Soon, the two are drawn together in a project to save the drive-in and Wren may be closer than ever to that movie-style kiss he’s been wanting.
The Restless Dark by Erica Waters
It’s all about the darkness within each and every one of us in this unpredictable tale of revenge and survival. In Cloudkiss Canyon, the renowned Cloudkiss Killer is supposedly dead, and a true-crime podcast is hosting a contest to find his bones. But the interested parties all have agendas of their own—including Lucy, the killer’s final almost-victim. While everyone is looking for answers, identity, and a way to hide their own darkness, they realize there may be more than just bones hiding in the shadows.
Sapphire Sunset by C. Travis Rice
Just when you thought Christopher Rice couldn’t get more talented, enter C. Travis Rice: his new pen name that provides romance and steam. Logan Murdoch has left his career in the Marine Corps to work security at a luxury resort to pay for his father’s medical bills. Logan cannot keep his eyes off from the sassy and sexy Connor Harcourt, whose family owns Sapphire Cove. Not only are the two men battling some major sexual tension, but have to work together when a scandal threatens to close down the resort.
Queerly Beloved by Susie Dumond
In Oklahoma during the mid-2010s Amy is a baker and bartender who is somewhat out. When she loses her job at the Christian bakery she works at, Amy turns her job as a substitute bridesmaid into a full-time job due to her baking talents and addiction to rom-coms. When her new job causes Amy to meet the alluring engineer Charley, Amy can’t deny her attraction. But, Amy is a people-pleaser, and soon enough this causes a strain on her relationships and work/life balance that makes Amy realize she needs to put herself first.
Book Boyfriend by Kris Ripper
Preston “PK” Harrington is an editorial assistant and obscure author who has been secretly in love with his best friend Art since they shared a drunken kiss in college. After a breakup, Art moves in with PK—and PK crosses his fingers that Art will finally see him as more than just a friend. When the whole world (including Art) falls in love with the fictional version of himself in PK’s latest book, PK’s plan on winning Art blows up and PK might not only lose his best friend, but his chance at love.
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Yerba Buena by Nina LaCour
When two young women working at the same restaurant cross each other’s paths, they immediately connect. The story, told in alternating perspectives, shows Sara Foster as the mysterious bartender trying to escape her past, and Emilie Dubois as a florist who is in her seventh year and fifth major of school, and also struggling with her parents and her Creole identity. They like each other instantly, but the pain and issues surrounding each woman’s life pull them apart time after time. When they finally connect, they learn to rely on one another and grow their love into something that could even stand their past.
Reader, I Murdered Him by Betsy Cornwell
A queer romance at heart, Reader, I Murdered Him is also a beautiful historical thriller, with a heavy dose of female empowerment and revenge. Teenage Adele has always been lonely, until she’s sent to a boarding school and happily joins the beautiful world of society girls in Victorian England. But their wealthy suitors are never what they seem: behind their charm are dark intentions, violent assaults. As Adele turns into a vigilante, she finds ways to punish her friends’ abusers with the intention of keeping more women safe—but can she protect herself?
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