The best LGBTQ+ romances, because we all deserve to love and be loved

Who am I?

As part of the LGBTQ+ rainbow, I know firsthand what it is to be othered, and I grew up desperately wanting to read about and watch characters like me in books and movies. Now that I’ve found a genre of books that celebrates LGBTQ+ lives, I can’t help but want to read and write the stories I’ve always wanted to see and experience in the world of fiction and romance. Everyone deserves love, and I want to share that love with as many people as I can.

I wrote...

Power Exchange

By A.J. Rose,

Book cover of Power Exchange

What is my book about?

The moment Detective Gavin DeGrassi enters the BDSM world to solve a brutal slaying, he’s mesmerized and out of his depth. Enter consultant Dr. Ben Haverson, a psychologist and respected Dom. With Ben’s attention on both the case and Gavin's murky truths, Gavin delves deeper than ever into his submissive nature. Forced to scrutinize his innermost desires, Gavin has a choice: deny submission out of fear, or dive in and use his newfound knowledge to solve the case. 

With another victim discovered, Gavin’s choice is made for him, pulling him into the deepest, most emotional journey of his life. Unfortunately for him and Ben, a killer has targeted the D/s pair. Can Gavin outwit them, or will his first exchange of power be his last?

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King Perry

By Edmond Manning,

Book cover of King Perry

Why this book?

This book is an unconventional romance, but it is a sweeping one, with language that made me swoon and a love story that gave me reason to hope again. The main character, Vin, was a mystery I needed to solve. King Perry is the first in a book series that has opened my heart in ways I didn’t even know my heart needed opening. It’s a beautiful book (and series) that has the potential to change the way you look at life. Yes, it’s that good. 

The Slave

By Kate Aaron,

Book cover of The Slave

Why this book?

I love a good world-building tale, and this series is phenomenal. I also felt a real connection with Kai in the second book, The Soldier, but to understand him, you have to read this book first. Kai’s thrown into a situation not of his own making, but he manages to land on his own feet. Not only that, but he finds the courage to open his heart in a situation where he’d be justified in completely shutting down. His bravery is something to behold. I also loved Tam’s unwavering optimism and their Master’s heart of gold. Unconventional relationships are my jam, and this is a gem of a series.

Kill Game

By Cordelia Kingsbridge,

Book cover of Kill Game

Why this book?

This book and series has everything, an enigmatic main character, an elusive serial killer, and best of all, a romantic relationship between LGBTQ+ characters that’s enviable and healthy and something to aspire to. Levi Abrams is likely my favorite character in any book I’ve ever read. He’s prickly, difficult, whip-smart, and driven, but he’s also vulnerable, genuine, and fiercely loyal. I love that I didn’t guess who the killer was in the first book (I had a theory, but I genuinely didn’t know for sure until the big reveal), and this series kept me on my toes the whole time. The writing is solid and the character development is spot on. It’s the kind of series I wish I had written myself.

Spectr: Volume 1

By Jordan L. Hawk,

Book cover of Spectr: Volume 1

Why this book?

Jordan L. Hawk took a tired kind of trope and turned it into something amazing. I love paranormal stories, but with vampires, I need to be convinced. By the end of the first chapter, Jordan had me convinced. He took an opposites-attract story, threw a cranky vampire in the middle of it, and turned it into a love story that I now cannot wait for when each new installment is published. It’s fresh, exciting, and I’m still coming back for more. Jordan’s one of my auto-buy authors, and this is one of my favorites of his series. Hands down. The characters are vivid, the adventures unique, and their love story is one for the ages. There’s nothing ordinary about this book.

Not Dead Yet: A Paranormal Mystery

By Jenn Burke,

Book cover of Not Dead Yet: A Paranormal Mystery

Why this book?

It takes a lot to make me emotional, and Jenn Burke managed to get me in the feels with each book in this series, starting with Not Dead Yet. Wes Cooper is not living, but not quite dead due to a spell performed by a witch. He can travel between the living plane and the other plane. When Wes witnesses a murder by something otherworldly, he’s not sure what to do. Crossing paths with his one-time lover Hudson Rojas isn’t what Wes expected, but it does mean he has help to figure out what’s going on. He just doesn’t expect to fall in love again. And oh what a love it is. More than once, I got choked up over Wes and Hudson. Read it. You won’t regret it.

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