I’m very excited to share the first post of the long-awaited Lesbian Book Bingo with you.
In case you missed the rules post and don’t know what Lesbian Book Bingo is all about, read up on the rules and then come back to this post for your first bingo square.
I picked “women in uniform” as the theme for the first reading list since they are such popular heroines. Whether they are in the military or part of the police force or other first responders, there’s something about a woman in uniform that makes us swoon. Maybe it’s their integrity or the fact that they’re putting themselves in danger for the greater good. Plus it probably doesn’t hurt that they are physically fit and easy on the eyes.
15 GREAT LESBIAN BOOKS WITH MILITARY OR POLICE OFFICER HEROINES
I’ve put together a list of 15 books with military or police officer heroines that I hope you’ll enjoy.
Fragmentary Blue (Alex/CJ series, book 1) by Erica Abbott
C.J. St. Clair’s success as a police officer has brought her a new job and a fresh start with Internal Affairs in Colfax, Colorado. Captain Ryan loves her department, her detectives, and her family. Loving another woman isn’t in the game plan, but C.J.’s southern charms are difficult to ignore.
The Long Way Home by Roslyn Bane
Major Sam Davies is a warrior, helicopter pilot, and Marine. Lt Cdr Kris Matthews is a highly skilled, combat experienced Navy Surgeon. One fateful afternoon their paths cross and their lives change forever. In a world where independence and strength are as valued as teamwork, and they struggle through rehab, will they heal enough to live again and find happiness or be destroyed?
Close Enough to Touch (Rylee Hayes Thriller, book 1) by Cade Brogan
Homicide detective Rylee Hayes has just about given up on the idea of a relationship until an investigation causes her to cross paths with her old college sweetheart, Kenzie Bigham. As they discover that the passage of time may have offered them a second chance at love, serial killer Joanna Grey sets her sights on her next target. Will Rylee have what it takes to meet the challenge of a serial killer who’s proven herself to be a more than worthy opponent in time to save Kenzie’s life?
Strong by Natalie Debrabandere
Life is a challenge and IEDs a constant threat for the soldiers working at Cobel, an American checkpoint in Afghanistan. British Army medic Kate Sanderson’s mission there is crystal clear: to look after the injured and save as many lives as she can. She is assigned to a platoon led by USMC Captain Tyler Jackson, a talented young officer who uses her career as an excuse to avoid personal relationships. The handsome captain has learnt the hard way that love can hurt beyond life itself, but Kate’s presence in camp is making it difficult for her to keep her distance.
Available at: Amazon
Officer Down by Erin Dutton
Veteran emergency dispatcher Hillary O’Neal can handle any crisis, until she gets the call that destroys her confidence. Now she spends every shift dreading what could happen and doubting whether she’ll be able to handle another tragedy. Olivia Dennis joined the sheriff’s department for the action and to fulfill the family legacy. But she could lose both when she’s caught up in an internal investigation and assigned to a security desk at the communications center.
Relic (The Morelville Mysteries series, book 1) by Anne Hagan
Cases collide for two star-crossed ladies of law enforcement! Customs Special Agent Dana Rossi and semi-rural Ohio county Sheriff Melissa “Mel” Crane are each working critical cases that seem to be related. Can they get along together long enough to solve them both, and will their undeniable feelings for each other be allowed to grow, or will the two ladies fight each other every step of the way?
Whatever Gods May Be by Sophia Kell Hagin
Jamie Gwynmorgan doesn’t believe in prayer. She doesn’t believe in anything much. Except that people can’t be trusted—certainly not anyone she’s ever met. But Jamie knows some things. From experience. She knows if she died, nobody would give a damn. Nobody would even notice. She knows the better she can fight, the safer she’ll be.
Intersection (Alex and Cassidy series, book 1) by Nancy Ann Healy
FBI agent Alexis Toles is dispatched to New Rochelle, New York, to investigate threatening letters sent to Congressman O’Brien and to protect his ex-wife Cassidy and six-year-old son, Dylan. But when she gets to New Rochelle, Alex discovers that there is more to the situation than simple stalking or political agendas; she finds that she has growing romantic feelings for Cassidy—and that the feelings are mutual. While Alex and Cassidy explore their budding romance, the investigation continues, and the complicated web surrounding the threats begins to unravel, placing their lives in grave danger.
Available at: Amazon
Sawmill Springs by Gerri Hill
After a botched drug bust left a friend dead, homicide detective Mandi Murphy left Houston for peaceful Sawmill Springs. When things soured between FBI agent Kayla Dixon and her lover, she was ready for a change from the fast paced life she was living. Her father, the Police Chief in Sawmill Springs, offered her a job. Mere hours after she starts her first shift, a prominent citizen is gunned down. While the two women are trying to solve the murder, their attraction grows.
Conflict of Interest (Portland Police Bureau series, book 1) by Jae
Detective Aiden Carlisle isn’t looking for love, especially not at a law enforcement seminar, but the first lecturer isn’t what she expected. After a failed relationship, psychologist Dawn Kinsley swore to never get involved with another cop, but she immediately feels a connection to Aiden. Can Aiden keep from crossing the line when Dawn becomes the victim of a brutal crime?
Don’t Call Me Hero (Don’t Call Me Hero series, book 1) by Eliza Lentzski
It’s been over a year since Cassidy Miller retired from the United States Marine Corps, but transitioning back to civilian life isn’t easy after eight years in a war zone. Looking for a fresh start, she’s left Minneapolis to be a police officer in northern Minnesota. It’s in the tiny town of Embarrass where she learns more about Julia Desjardin. The city prosecutor is cool, professional, and untouchable. But she and Cassidy have history, and Cassidy isn’t going to let her forget that.
Available at: Amazon
Moment of Weakness by KG MacGregor
Zann Redeker returns to Vermont a wounded war hero. Valiant, dashing—she’s the shining warrior Marleigh Anderhall always dreamed would sweep her off her feet. They have all they could ever want…a home they’ve built together and a love that grows stronger every day. It’s an idyllic life, until Zann discovers something that calls into question her very identity.
Ask, Tell by E.J. Noyes
An innocent crush on your boss shouldn’t be an issue. Unless you’re an Army surgeon serving under ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ where it could get you fired, or worse. Captain Sabine Fleischer knows policy is only one of the reasons Colonel Rebecca Keane is off-limits, so she’s content with her private fantasies. When Sabine’s life is turned on its head, she’s surprised to find the Colonel by her side and wonders if fantasy might actually be reality.
Show of Force by AJ Quinn
When correspondent Tate McKenna broke her own rules and took navy pilot Lieutenant Commander Evan Kane home from an embassy dinner in Bahrain, she knew all the reasons why it wouldn’t work. Long, unpredictable work hours. Extended absences. The dangers inherent in their jobs. Yet after being with Evan once, it was inconceivable she wouldn’t be with her again.
Rescue Me by Michelle L. Teichman
Kristen Bailey of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police has it all figured out, until she meets Ashleigh Paige. Beautiful, naïve, and trusting, Ashleigh is the perfect lead for her case. Only she’s a paramedic, and in Toronto, EMTs and cops don’t mix, and the closer she gets to Ashleigh, the more the line between informant and intimate gets blurred.
If you haven’t done so already, download your bingo card, pick the book you want to read for the “women in uniform” square, and start reading! Remember that you can either read one of the 15 books listed above or pick another lesbian book with a woman in uniform as a main character.
Leave a comment to win a book
But wait, that’s not all there is to Lesbian Book Bingo. There’ll also be great giveaways twice a month. This time, you can win Cade Brogan’s Close Enough to Touch as an audiobook.
To be entered into the drawing, leave a comment and let us know which book you’re going to read for the “women in uniform” square or if you can think of other lesbian books that fit this category.
I’ll announce the winner of the audiobook on Thursday, January 11.
The reading list for the next bingo square will be posted on January 18. There’ll be another giveaway too!
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