The 90th Academy Awards ceremony took place earlier this month, so I thought this would be a good time to post the recommended reading list for the celebrity romance square of the Lesbian Book Bingo.
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I think what makes celebrity romances so appealing to many readers is that we get to see the glamour, but also the downside of fame. Whether the famous person is an actress, an athlete, or a singer, love in the limelight has its challenges. Often, seeing two very different worlds—those of a star and a normal person—collide can be part of the fun.
15 GREAT LESBIAN CELEBRITY ROMANCE NOVELS
I’ve put together a list of 15 celebrity romance novels with lesbian, bi, pan, or other women-loving female main characters. I hope you’ll enjoy them.
Damage Control (Hollywood series) by Jae
When actress Grace Durand is photographed in a compromising situation with a woman, she fears for her career.
She hires PR agent Lauren Pearce to do damage control, not knowing that she’s a lesbian.
As they run the gauntlet of the paparazzi together, Lauren realizes how different Grace is from her TV persona.
Getting involved would ruin their careers, but the attraction between them is growing.
All That Lies Within by Lynn Ames
A sexy, glamorous movie star with a secret second career… A learned professor of American Literature with a particular expertise in the work of a mysterious, Pulitzer Prize-winning author… And the chance phrase in a letter that forever alters the course of their lives. Welcome to the worlds of Dara Thomas and Rebecca Minton.
Off Screen (Off Screen series, book 1) by J.A. Armstrong
Actress Emma Bronson seems to have it all, but she’s lonely and craves love. When aspiring writer Addison Blake accidentally collides with Emma; sparks ignite. Friendship and companionship are rivaled by an attraction that neither woman has ever experienced. But Addison seems reluctant to pursue a romantic relationship with the popular television star, challenging Emma to finally demolish all of her self-imposed walls.
Waiting in the Wings by Melissa Brayden
Jenna McGovern has spent her whole life training for the stage. At graduation, she’s stunned when a chance audition lands her a prime supporting role in the hottest Broadway touring production in the country. In more exciting news, Jenna discovers acclaimed television star Adrienne Kenyon is headlining the production..
Leaving L.A. by Kate Christie
When Hollywood A-lister Tessa Flanagan’s long-term nanny quits, she hires graduate school-bound Eleanor Chapin to watch her young daughter for the summer. The job is supposed to be temporary, but when a deeper connection begins to develop between the two women, will Eleanor change her mind about leaving LA?
Love on Location by Lisa Girolami
Power, money, and fame spell happiness—at least in the movies. Hollywood film producer Kate Nyland has it all, including her gorgeous movie star girlfriend, Hannah Corrant. Amid the excitement of shooting multimillion dollar movies and being photographed by the ever-present paparazzi after a glimpse of Hannah, Kate is reminded continuously that her life couldn’t be better.
Stepping Stone by Karin Kallmaker
Producer Selena Ryan isn’t going to let anyone use her to get what they want, ever again, even if that means living without love.
Lights, camera and action are the backdrop for this lesbian romance novel of taking chances by Golden Crown and Lambda Literary award-winning author Karin Kallmaker.
And Playing the Role of Herself by KE Lane
Actress Caidence Harris is living her dreams after landing a leading role among the star-studded, veteran cast of 9th Precinct, a hot new police drama shot on location in glitzy LA. Her sometimes-costar Robyn Ward is magnetic, glamorous, and devastatingly beautiful, the quintessential A-List celebrity on the fast-track to super-stardom. When the two meet on the set of 9th Precinct, 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?
Between the Lines by Bobbi Marolt
When romance writer Gail Prescott meets British actor Tannen Albright, she develops feelings that she usually only experiences through her characters. Despite Gail’s prickly demeanor, Tannen won’t be deterred from striking up a friendship. Gail’s emotional walls begin to crumble before Tannen’s irresistible charms, and she cautiously allows Tannen, and the possibility of love, into her life.
Stars Collide by H.P. Munro
Despite her fame, Freya Easter has managed to keep one aspect of her life out of the public eye. However, a new job on the hit show Front Line and a storyline that pairs her with the gorgeous Jordan Ellis may mean that Freya’s secret is about to come out. While their on-screen counterparts begin a romantic journey, Freya and Jordan also find themselves on a pathway towards each other.
Survived by her Longtime Companion by Chris Paynter
After the death of a movie star, Daphne DeMonet, two former lovers, Bailey and Chelsea, find themselves interviewing her “longtime companion,” Eleanor Burnett. Eleanor insists the two women read portions of her diaries to learn from the mistakes that she and Daphne made during their relationship–and from the love they shared. By reading about Daphne and Eleanor’s 60 years together, will Bailey and Chelsea renew their own relationship?
Love’s Autograph by Michele M. Reynolds
What do you do when you show up at an apartment to pick up your blind date and she mistakes you for her kid’s sitter?
Lesbian rock star EJ Way decides to be the sitter for the night. Fascinated by both Ria and her eleven-year-old daughter, she finds herself sitting night after night, without revealing who she really is. Getting a glimpse into their family life seems like a nice change of pace from her world of music and fame. She doesn’t count on falling in love—or on having to watch Ria go on date after date.
Backstage Pass by Riley Scott
Everyone’s favorite rock ’n’ roll bad girl has gone too far this time. When scandal finally breaks, Raven is forced to hire public relations guru, Christina Villanova, to refine her image. As Raven’s behavior escalates dangerously, Christina realizes she’s not just fighting for Raven’s popularity, she’s fighting for Raven’s heart—and her future.
Casting Lacey by Elle Spencer
Coming out is easier when you’ve got someone by your side. At least that’s how the hyper-private Quinn Kincaid sees it. When her publicist suggests a good old-fashioned sham of a Hollywood relationship, Quinn reluctantly agrees. And that’s how the star of Jordan’s Appeal, TV’s highest-rated legal drama, ends up with a fake girlfriend—the very real, very sexy, and very gay soap star Lacey Matthews.
The Princess Affair by Nell Stark
Rhodes Scholar Kerry Donovan has never had anything handed to her on a silver platter. As she arrives at Oxford to begin her course of study, she is determined to make the most out of this latest opportunity. But when she meets Her Royal Highness Princess Sasha, second in line to the British throne, Kerry’s priorities are eclipsed by an attraction neither of them can ignore.
If you haven’t done so already, download your bingo card, pick the book you want to read for the celebrity romance square, and start reading! Remember that you can either read one of the 15 books listed above or pick another lesbian book featuring a famous main character.
Leave a comment to win a book
In addition to winning books by completing a line on the bingo card, there’ll also be a giveaway for each post. This time, you can win an e-book copy of my novel Damage Control (which is part of the Hollywood series, but is a standalone with all-new main characters) and an e-book copy of Stepping Stone by Karin Kallmaker.
To be entered into the drawing, leave a comment and let us know which book you’re going to read for the celebrity romance square or if you can think of other lesbian books that fit this category.
I’ll announce the winner of the two books on Thursday, March 22.
The reading list for the next book bingo square—fake relationships and marriage of convenience romances—will be posted on April 5. There’ll be another giveaway too!
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