I was so excited to be invited to write a blog post on five of my favorite female/female romances. Talking about books, and sharing ones I’ve enjoyed, is right up my alley. The hardest part was narrowing it down to five. As any reader would know, this was not an easy task, but here they are: five female/female romances that I love.
This was the first female/female book I read before I came out. Before taking that step I needed to read about two women meant to be together getting their happily-ever-after, and boy did this book deliver. The sexual tension between the two heroines is intense, but there are also many tender moments between them—total catnip for me. Add in a bookworm and pansexual representation and it was an instant favorite.
This RITA-nominated book is so touching. It deals with some tough subjects, but it does so beautifully. There is humor and family and discovering oneself. The heroines fall in love while planning their wedding and all the madness that comes with it.
As soon as I saw that this was a lesbian retelling of the myth of Hades and Persephone, I knew that I had to read it. I’ve always been intrigued by the myth, but it never satisfied my romance reader heart. Sarah Diemer changed that. I loved everything about this book—the fresh spin to the story, the lyrical writing, the setting that is a character of its own.
I so appreciated reading a book where one of the characters is asexual. Plus we have a pop star—I’m in! These characters go from disliking each other to supporting each other and it’s a wonderful journey. This book is very emotional and one particular scene—no spoilers—I still think about long after reading.
I’m always seeking out sports romances, so I was instantly sucked into the world of professional tennis. I also appreciated that both heroines were in their thirties, and that one had a teenage daughter and all the complications that creates. I loved the humor and the believability of the characters. If I turned on a tennis tournament, I feel like I could see them on TV.
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About New Ink on Life:
Quiet does not equal weak…
Leaving a dependable job to apprentice as a tattoo artist was a drastic step after surviving breast cancer, but Cassie Whiteaker is nearly five years cancer-free. Nearly. She’s not ready to go out on her own until she clears that all-important hurdle. Also off-limits are relationships and sex—something Cassie is sure she’ll never want again.
Struggling tattoo shop owner MJ Flores doesn’t give a damn what people think, but losing Thorn & Thistle would mean losing everything. When her former mentor’s protégé arrives at her door, MJ hires her out of obligation…at first. Cross-stitching goody-goodies are not her type, but Cassie’s business background might just get the shop back on solid footing. They strike a bargain: Cassie will enact new marketing plans and MJ will teach her to find her inner bitch.
Only when clients request to see Cassie—having learned of the beautiful, compassionate tattoos she creates for survivors and their families—does MJ realize all Cassie has endured. And as Cassie’s fears fade, she finds it harder to keep her admiration for her bad-girl boss from reawakening all she’d feared was lost.