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February is the month of love and to celebrate Valentine’s Day we asked a group of lesfic readers to choose the best lesbian romance books. Even though this is far from a comprehensive list, it’s a good place to start. Here are their picks in alphabetical order.
‘The Fall‘ by Robin Alexander
Noel Savino is a dentist only interested in casual relationships after failing at finding true love a few times. She meets town newcomer Sunny Chase, who has only done serious dating but is looking to change to casual in order to leave her dating rut.
‘Poppy Jenkins‘ by Clare Ashton
Poppy Jenkins makes everyone smile. She’s the heart of Wells, a beautiful village in mid-Wales, leaving light and laughter in her wake. But she’s the only gay in the village and it’s a long time since she kissed a girl.
‘One Walk in Winter‘ by Georgia Beers
Hayley Boyd Markham is the spoiled younger daughter of a resort magnate. As part of teaching her a lesson, Hayley’s father sends her to his failing resort, Evergreen Resort and Spa, as the manager for the winter season. When she arrives in town, she meets this charming woman and her dog on a walk.
‘Who’d Have Thought‘ by G. Benson
Neurosurgeon Samantha Thomson needs to get married fast for unknown issues so she offers cash-strapped ER nurse Hayden Pérez 200.000 dollars to tie the knot. Sam comes across as cold, distant and sometimes downright rude, so living together and trying to convince everyone else that they love each other is a tall order.
‘No Strings Attached‘ by Harper Bliss
Micky Ferro has recently divorced from her husband and now that her children are teenagers she has more free time at her disposal. On the first anniversary of her divorce, Micky’s best friend convinces her to take a job as a barista at The Pink Bean cafe. There she meets the aloof but gorgeous Robin who will make her question her own sexuality…
‘Just Three Words‘ by Melissa Brayden
Accountant Samantha Ennis craves order and structure. As the bookkeeper at the boutique advertising agency she owns with her three best friends, it’s her job to apply logic to the chaos. When one of those best friends, laid back Hunter Blair, moves in to share her loft apartment, Sam’s carefully organised world is thrown wildly askew.
‘Kiss the Girl‘ by Melissa Brayden
Twenty-eight-year-old Brooklyn Campbell is having a bad day. The only bright spot is an impromptu date with a beautiful and mysterious brunette. Jessica Lennox is the head of a multimillion-dollar advertising firm in New York City, and it didn’t happen by accident. But when the blonde head turner from the wine bistro turns out to be her number one competitor, her life gets infinitely more complex.
‘Far from Home‘ by Lorelie Brown
In the surface, this is a story about a sham marriage between Rachel, an American citizen with a hefty student loans debt, and Pari an Indian woman in need of a green card who eventually fall in love with each other. But it’s so much more. The story, written in first person from Rachel’s point of view, submerges the reader into her world of insecurities, low self esteem and her struggle with anorexia.
‘Three Reasons to Say Yes‘ by Jaime Clevenger
When Julia Maguire meets Reed Baxter in a holiday in Hawaii, she knows that their relationship has no future. Reed is the mother of 4 year-old twin girls and a busy doctor with no time to have a full-time girlfriend. But their attraction is undeniable and Julia decides against her own convictions to engage in a holiday fling. Soon she realises that she has feelings for Reed but a relationship with her is impossible. Or is it?
‘Brooklyn Summer’ by Maggie Cummings
Ashleigh McAllister is going through a rough patch, her ex-wife left her for a man and now she seems to bump into them in their neighbourhood all the time. As Summer approaches she decides to spend it sightseeing in NYC by herself. That is until army vet Kellan Dwyer makes an appearance and joins her in her daily city tours. As time goes by, their attraction is undeniable and they decide to become friends with benefits. But that was a bad idea, wasn’t it?
‘Breakthrough‘ by Kris Bryant
Kennedy Wells is an LA based showbiz journalist sent to Alaska to write an article on fishing after a scandal almost finished her career. Feeling completely out of her comfort zone, she gets into trouble almost immediately and is saved by sexy ranger Brynn Coleman who introduces Kennedy to the vibrant wildlife and breathtaking landscape of the 49th state. Kennedy slowly falls for both Brynn and Alaska but her home and career are back in LA. Will they have a happily ever after?
‘Always a Love Song‘ by Charley Clarke
When golden girl pop star Bridget Callahan’s broken engagement comes out, she heads back to her hometown for the first time in five years to write songs for her next album. And maybe while she’s there, she’ll finally be able to face the woman she left behind who she never let go.
‘At Seventeen‘ by Gerri Hill
Madison Lansford and Shannon Fletcher met when they were ten years old. Madison—daughter of wealthy parents and Shannon, daughter of their live-in maid and cook—became fast friends, yet both knew their place in life. Little by little, they grew apart, their love affair ending with Madison’s marriage and pregnancy. Now, years later, Shannon returns to her old hometown to care for her ailing mother. Can they rebuild their friendship? Or will their new-found closeness bring back memories of their long-lost love?
‘Just for Show‘ by Jae
Dr. Renshaw is a successful couples therapist with a mild obsessive-compulsive disorder and a big reputation at stake when her fiancée calls the engagement off. As an expert in relationships, a career-changing book deal might fall through if her publisher realises that she’s been dumped. Hiring an actress to play the role of her fiancée seems to be the perfect solution, at least in theory. But when Lana appears in Claire’s life with her untidiness, her diet full of carbs and tendency to put her foot in her mouth, Claire starts second-guessing her decision.
‘Something in the Wine‘ by Jae
All her life, Annie Prideaux has suffered through her brother’s constant practical jokes. But Jake’s last joke is one too many, she decides when he sets her up on a blind date with his friend Drew—neglecting to tell his straight sister one tiny detail: her date is not a man, but a lesbian. Annie and Drew decide it’s time to turn the tables on Jake by pretending to fall in love with each other.
‘Someone to Love‘ by Jenny Frame
Davina Trent lives for work. Marriage is destined to fail, and family can’t be trusted. But when Trent’s cousin dies unexpectedly, Trent is the only relative left to care for his two small children. She needs a nanny fast. Her new nanny, Wendy, falls in love with the children, but her heart aches at the distance between Trent and the kids. Wendy’s determined to show Trent how fulfilling family life can be, and soon love begins to blossom. But will Trent have the courage to embrace her desire for Wendy and her unexpected family.
‘Living‘ by Lise Gold
Cam Saunders is a yoga instructor who saves a woman attempting to commit suicide by walking into the sea. The woman in question is famous actress Ella Temperley who is suffering from deep depression after the death of her twin sister. Six months later and after working hard to recover, Ella goes back to meet Cam. The women become closer but, what happens when their friendship eventually turns into attraction?
‘The Secret Chord‘ by Virginia Hale
Kate York is trying to move on from her last relationship when she accepts a temporary teaching position at her former Catholic boarding school. A few months in, her old roommate returns to the school as a substitute teacher. Tilly Wattle was raised by her aunt and the rest of her convent nuns after her parents died. She planned on devoting her life to God as a nun, but after all this time, Kate realizes Tilley never took her vows and is now engaged to a vicar. Having to share the same cottage at the school, old feelings awaken and Kate and Tilly must navigate past and present filled with challenges in order to save their relationship.
‘Love waits‘ by Gerri Hill
When Gina Granbury receives an invitation for the 20th anniversary high-school reunion, memories of her first love relationship with her schoolmate Ashleigh Pence come back along with the betrayal that drove them apart. he has ignored any previous reunion’s invitations but, after so many years and her heart mended, she wants to see Ashleigh again. When they finally meet, they discover that their chemistry is still there but will they be able to give in to a second chance opportunity?
‘The Music and the Mirror‘ by Lola Keeley
Anna is the newest member of an elite ballet company. Her first class with her mysterious idol, Victoria, almost ruins her career before it starts. When she shows she might be a potential star, Victoria chooses Anna to launch a new season around. Now Anna must face down jealousy, sabotage and injury, not to mention navigate the circus of friends and lovers within the company. In the process, Anna discovers that she and the daring, beautiful Victoria have a lot more than a talent for ballet in common, and that not every thrilling dance can be found on stage.
‘And Playing the Role of Herself‘ by KE Lane
Actress Caidence Harris is living her dreams after landing a leading role in 9th Precinct, a hot new police drama. Her sometimes-costar Robyn Ward is magnetic, glamorous, and devastatingly beautiful. When the two meet on the set, Caid is instantly infatuated but settles for friendship, positive that Robyn is both unavailable and uninterested. Soon Caid sees that all is not as it appears, but can she take a chance and risk her heart when the outcome is so uncertain?
‘Embracing the Dawn‘ by Jeannie Levig
Jinx Tanner is an ex-convict trying to build a new life for herself far away from her past and her family. E. J. Bastien is a business executive with her sexuality hidden from her grown-up children. After a one-night stand together, Jinx and EJ’s intentions were to go separate ways but chance will have their lives entwined and their mutual attraction impossible to forget. Will they have a future together despite the odds against them?
‘London, Actually‘ by Clare Lydon
Event planner Cleo Nightingale is 39 and recovering from a divorce two years ago. Her only rule for dating again is to avoid younger women. Becca Cramer is 23, exactly what Cleo doesn’t need. But she’s also gorgeous, mature and hard-working, a combination difficult to resist. Will they have their happily ever after?
‘From the Boots up‘ by Andi Marquette
Meg Tallmadge is finishing up a college degree, getting ready to apply to vet school, and working another summer with her dad, Stan, on the family ranch in southern Wyoming. He’s managed to get the Los Angeles Times to send a reporter out to do a story on the Diamond Rock, which doubles as a dude ranch. Meg knows the ranch needs all the publicity it can get to bring in more customers, but she’s not looking forward to babysitting a reporter for a week. What Meg’s not prepared for — and never expected — is the reporter herself and the effect she has on her.
‘Beowulf for Cretins‘ by Ann McMan
English professor and aspiring novelist, Grace Warner spends her days teaching at one of New England’s “hidden ivy” colleges. Not long after she is dumped by her longtime girlfriend, Grace meets the engaging and mysterious Abbie on a cross-country flight. Sparks fly on and off the plane as the two strangers give in to one night of reckless passion with no strings attached, and no contact information exchanged. Back home at St. Albans, the college rocks Grace’s world when it announces the appointment of a new president, the first woman in its 165-year history, who is none other than Abbie.
‘Letters Never Sent‘ by Sandra Moran
Joan Henderson travels to Lawrence, Kansas, to clean out her estranged mother’s house. Hidden away in an old suitcase, she finds a wooden box containing trinkets and a packet of sealed letters to a person identified only by a first initial. Joan reads the unsent letters and discovers a woman completely different from the aloof and unyielding mother of her youth–a woman who had loved deeply and lost that love to circumstances beyond her control. Now she just has to find the strength to use the healing power of empathy and forgiveness to live the life she’s always wanted to live.
‘Silver Wings‘ by HP Munro
When in 1943, twenty-five-year-old Lily Rivera is widowed, she finally feels able to step out of the shadows of an unhappy marriage. Her love of flying leads her to join the Women’s Airforce Service Pilots, determined to regain her passion and spread her wings, not suspecting that she would experience more than just flying. Helen Richmond, a Hollywood stunt pilot, has never experienced a love that lifted her as high as the aircraft she flew… until she meets Lily.
‘Gold‘ by EJ Noyes
Pro alpine skier Aspen Archer is retired from competitive skiing due to a serious injury. She prefers to keep a low profile by teaching in ski resorts and hiding her problems. While working in Australia, she meets Cate Tierney, a Physical therapist with relationship issues and a teenage daughter. Their mutual attraction is undeniable but will their emotional baggage get in the way of happiness?
‘Turbulence‘ by EJ Noyes
Stockbroker Isabelle Rhodes has a lot of money and a lot of trust issues. One night, Isabelle throws caution to the wind and dives into her first one-night stand. Checking that off her bucket list should be something to celebrate—except it turns out that the woman she just spent an earth-shattering night with is actually her newly hired company pilot, Audrey Graham.
‘Fated Love‘ by Radclyffe
When Quinn Maguire, a dashing young trauma surgeon, unaccountably accepts a position as an ER physician, her new boss, Honor Blake, suspects that Quinn is hiding a dark secret. While the two declare an uneasy truce in an effort to work together, both struggle with mutual, and unexpected, attraction.
‘Miss Match‘ by Fiona Riley
When Samantha Monteiro launched Perfect Match, Inc. a few years ago, she never imagined her matchmaking business would be booming while her own love life floundered. When her business partner drags her out of hiding to attend the wedding of one of their successful client matches, she meets a dancer with a dark past and a penchant for secrecy who excites her in a way she hadn’t thought possible. Samantha wonders if Lucinda Moss is the key to solving not one but two matches that have eluded Samantha since everything around her fell apart or if she is destined to find love for everyone but herself.
‘Forbidden Melody‘ by Magnolia Robbins
Emma Harvey is a brilliant and gifted young pianist, accepted into one of the most prestigious music conservatories in the country and prepared to do whatever it takes to accomplish her dreams of playing professionally. Juliet Hamilton is a prodigy violinist. First chair for nearly fifteen years in the New York Philharmonic and a professor at the conservatory, she is engulfed in her career with no time for distractions. Especially not a beautiful young graduate student with a spirited personality that challenges her every step. When Emma and Juliet’s paths cross in the classroom, their connection is undeniable. Friendships, ethics, and careers are tested as Emma and Juliet find themselves lost in a concerto of fiery passion and heartbreak.
‘Edge of Glory‘ by Rachel Spangler
Corey LaCroix only wanted to snowboard, but Olympic medals and world championships only carry you so far when your knees ache and you’re suddenly an underdog for the first time in her career. Elise Brandeis doesn’t need a training partner, especially an unorthodox has-been snowboarder with an attitude. But Elise has already lost a full season to injury, and she’s struggling to make the Olympic ski team. Can teaming up with Corey give her the edge she needs to go for gold, or will the snowboarder’s infuriatingly cocky smile and rock hard abs prove a distraction she simply can’t afford?
‘30 Dates in 30 Days‘ by Elle Spencer
Veronica Welch is a lawyer about to be named partner at one of the most prestigious law firms in New York City. Her professional life’s goal almost achieved, she wants to get married by the age of 35. As she lets her plan known to her assistant, Bea organises a series of 30 dates in 30 days for her boss. Rachel Monaghan doesn’t do serious relationships. She’s a renowned wedding photographer and part-time bartender at her cousins’ place. There, she meets Veronica and each of her daily dates. Sparks fly between them but Veronica believes in true love and Rachel doesn’t. Do they have a chance together?
‘Pretending in Paradise‘ by M. Ullrich
Caroline Beckett is a PR specialist hired by travelwisdom.com to save them from a possible defamation lawsuit caused by the reckless actions of travel blogger Emma Morgan. When Emma is invited to travel to Miami to review a couples retreat, she jumps at the opportunity to redeem herself. But that chance comes with the condition that her travel companion has to be Caroline and they have to pose as a couple. Pretending to be in a relationship can be a hardship when they cannot stand each other but, as time goes by, both women discover that their early dislike for each other is turning into the complete opposite. Will they have a chance to make their fake relationship real?
‘Love at Cooper’s Creek‘ by Missouri Vaun
When Shaw Daily escapes San Francisco to her grandparents’ town of Cooper’s Creek to decompress from the stress of her corporate career, she finds there more than she bargained for. In the rural town she meets Kate Elkins, a beautiful school teacher in a sabbatical year to care for her aging mother. Along with love, Shaw discovers unexpected family secrets. Will Shaw be able to make peace with her past and take her budding relationship with Kate to the next level?
‘Sit. Stay. Love‘ by Karis Walsh
City girl Alana Brendt accepts a one-year contract as an event coordinator in remote Yakima, Washington, to reboot her career. Then she discovers she has to lead trail rides and whitewater adventures, not just coordinate them. Add a litter of puppies underneath her rickety farmhouse’s porch, and Alana is desperate enough to accept help from the local vet…the gorgeous, sexy, outdoorsy vet who is absolutely not Alana’s type. At all. Alana and Tegan both know they don’t belong together. Only problem is, they’re falling in love.
‘Invisible as Music‘ by Caren Werlinger
Henrietta Cochran has spent nearly forty years dealing with the effects of the polio she contracted in 1945. She hates that she has become increasingly reliant on a series of live-in companions to help her. As Henrietta retreats further and further into her art, where her physical limitations don’t matter. Into her life sails history professor Meryn Fleming: young, out, outspoken, and fiercely political. To Ryn, Henrietta is an enigma: prickly and easily insulted at the slightest suggestion that she can’t do things for herself; a brilliant artist capable of producing the most beautiful paintings. With Meryn’s youthful optimism pitted against Henrietta’s jaded acceptance of the world as it is, life will never be the same for either of them.
‘Breaking Character‘ by Lee Winter
When famous British actress Elizabeth Thornton shares the set with American former child prodigy Summer Hayes, a series of random accidents made the press portray them as girlfriends. The mistake escalates when a French director offers the pair a career-changing role assuming that they can act on set the intimacy they share as a couple. How hard could it be to fake a relationship for a while?
‘The Gravity Between Us‘ by Kristen Zimmer
At just 19, Kendall Bettencourt is Hollywood’s hottest young starlet with the world at her feet – but behind the glamour and designer dresses is a girl who longs for normal. Payton Taylor is Kendall’s best friend since childhood, and the one person who reminds her of who she really is – her refuge from the craziness of celebrity life. With her career taking off, Kendall moves Payton to LA to help keep her sane. But Payton is hiding a secret that could make everything ten times worse. Because to her, Kendall is more than a best friend – she is the only girl that she has ever loved.