I initially hadn’t planned on putting together a list of recommended books for the “free choice” square of the Lesbian Book Bingo—after all, you’re completely free to pick whatever book you want for this square, as long as it has a female main character who’s attracted to women.
But I’ve been asked for a little guidance by several readers who can’t make up their mind or want to be pointed toward books that aren’t on their radar so far, so I decided to put together a list of recommended reads for this square after all. It’s not as if there could ever be too many recommended books, right?
Here’s how I picked the books on this list: I asked readers on Twitter and in several groups on Facebook to name their favorite lesbian fiction book(s). The books that got the most mentions made it on this list. Since we had several draws, I finally decided to have 20, not just 15 books.
Initially, I wanted to take out all the books that already made it onto the reading lists for other squares, but that was half the list, so I just went by the number of mentions.
20 LESBIAN BOOKS THAT WERE NAMED AS A READER FAVORITE MOST OFTEN
In alphabetical order (sorted by author name), here are the 20 lesbian novels that readers named as their favorite most often:
Pennance by Clare Ashton
Lucy is haunted by the death of her partner, Jake. She lives in a small, introverted village in Cornwall called Pennance, and is surrounded by Jake’s family and memories of him. She feels intensely guilty about his death and thinks someone is out to get her in retribution. Relief appears to come when a new neighbour, Karen, enters her life, but is that when the real threat begins?
Mine by Georgia Beers
Three years after Courtney McAllister loses her partner in a car accident, she’s finally trying to move forward. She’s even dated halfheartedly over the past year, but no one is able to penetrate her emotional barricades until she meets aggressive real estate broker Rachel Hart.
Stoner McTavish by Sarah Dreher
Meet lesbian travel agent turned reluctant detective, Stoner McTavish and her friends, on their first adventure to Grand Teton National Park, where she falls in love with her dream lover, Gwen, whom she must rescue from almost certain death.
Available at: Amazon
Something So Grand by Lynn Galli
As a designer for the wealthy, Vivian Yeats doesn’t have a lot of time for a relationship. Despite being her favorite subject in books and on screen, romance constantly eludes her.
For Natalie Harper, romance has never been on her radar. She prefers working hard at her construction job. When they meet, both are knocked off that focused path.
Gulf Breeze by Gerri Hill
Wildlife biologist Dr. Carly Cambridge returns to the Texas Gulf Coast to manage the latest Habitats for Nature project. Having sworn off women and relationships, Carly is perfectly content to live her life alone. But then wildlife photographer Pat Ryan is duped into volunteering her talents to the cause.
Backwards to Oregon by Jae
“Luke” Hamilton accepted that she would spend her life alone when she chose to live her life disguised as a man. After working in a brothel for three years, Nora Macauley no longer hopes for a man who will sweep her off her feet and take her away to begin a new, respectable life.
But now they find themselves married and on the way to Oregon in a covered wagon, with two thousand miles ahead of them.
Daughter of Mystery by Heather Rose Jones
An unexpected inheritance fuels Margerit Sovitre’s dream of becoming a scholar, not simply making a good marriage. But the least expected part of that legacy is the swordswoman Barbara, who may be the only person standing between her and a charge of sorcery and treason.
The Kiss That Counted by Karin Kallmaker
CJ Roshe is a successful businesswoman with a dark past, so she never makes any connections that go deeper than one night, but when she meets kind-hearted Karita, she starts wishing for something more. Karita has always lived for today while she waits for tomorrow to happen. One kiss couldn’t change all that–unless it’s the kiss that counted.
Heartwood by Catherine Lane
When the law firm she works for sends Nikka to the Springs, home of lesbian author Beth Walker, she is determined to prove herself to her boss, Lea.
But nothing is as it seems. Beth is hiding her past with a film star. Lea may be keeping Beth prisoner in her own home. The only person who knows the truth is adorably impulsive Maggie.
Will Nikka dare look into the mystery—and into her own heart?
And Playing the Role of Herself by K.E. 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. When she meets her beautiful co-star Robyn, 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?
Depths of Blue by Lise MacTague
For Torrin Ivanov, life is a bargaining table. Every planet is a new business opportunity. Legality is optional and supplying one side in a local civil war always adds up to profit. Jak Stowell is at war within a war. A woman hidden in the heart of a male-only army, her brother’s murder has left her desperate for vengeance. These two women on a collision course set off a chain reaction of intergalactic intrigue—and awaken a dangerous passion that could cost them their lives.
All That Matters by Susan X. Meagher
Dr. Kylie Mackenzie’s happily gay, Blair Spencer’s happily straight. Their friendship is so intense friends and family start to question whether they’re setting themselves up for heartache. The question is whether each woman can change her view of both herself and her needs. The answer is All That Matters.
Thirteen Hours by Meghan O’Brien
Can you fall in love in 13 hours? It’s her birthday but lonely workaholic Dana Watts is at the office late, drafting a proposal. The very last interruption she expects comes in the form of the most beautiful breasts she has ever seen. These belong to an incredibly hot woman, who is standing in front of her, stripping to music.
Fated Love by Radclyffe
What do you do when your carefully planned life takes a wrong turn into hell? 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.
An Outsider Inside by RJ Samuel
For Irish-Indian lesbian activist, JAYA DILLON, an outsider who craves belonging over all else, survival depends on hiding the truth of who she is and who she loves – from herself. She discovers a manuscript, written by an Indian woman, Lana, who disappeared in worrying circumstances. Jaya is drawn into a fictional world that may be truer than reality.
The Devil Inside by Ali Vali
Derby Cain Casey was groomed from birth to take the reins of the Casey family enterprises, which just happens to be one of the major crime organizations in New Orleans. Cain is as careful with her heart as she is with her business—until she met Emma Verde. The farm girl from Wisconsin puts a hit out on Cain’s heart and leads her down a dangerous road filled with great joy and devastating sorrow.
Fingersmith by Sarah Waters
Sue Trinder is an orphan, left as an infant in the care of Mrs. Sucksby. One day, the most beloved thief of all arrives—Gentleman, an elegant con man, who carries with him an enticing proposition for Sue: If she wins a position as the maid to Maud Lilly, a naïve gentlewoman, and aids Gentleman in her seduction, they will all share in Maud’s vast inheritance.
Requiem for Immortals by Lee Winter
Requiem is a brilliant cellist with a secret. The dispassionate assassin has made an art form out of killing Australia’s underworld figures without a thought. One day she‘s hired to kill a sweet and unassuming innocent. Requiem can’t work out why anyone would want her dead—and why she should even care.
If you haven’t done so already, download your bingo card, pick the book you want to read for the “free choice” square, and start reading! Remember that you can either read one of the 20 books listed above or pick another book with a female main character who’s attracted to women.
Lesbian Book bingo giveaway: Win a book by leaving a comment
For the “free choice” square, I’m giving away an e-book copy of:
- Backwards to Oregon by Jae
- Heartwood by Catherine Lane
- Requiem for Immortals by Lee Winter
Anyone can enter. To be entered into the drawing, leave a comment on this blog and either name your favorite lesbian fiction novel or let us know which book you’re going to read for the “free choice” square.
Entries close on Thursday, June 7, 2018, 10 a.m. CET, when I’ll draw the winners using a random numbers generator. I’ll notify winners via email. Your email address won’t be used for any other purpose.
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