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Angsty sapphic romance (Sapphic Book Bingo 2023 #15)

This week’s Sapphic Book Bingo category features angsty sapphic romance novels.

An angsty or high-angst romance is a book in which the author puts the characters (and the readers) through the emotional wringer.

When it comes to romance novels, “angst” usually means that the characters are going through inner turmoil and painful emotions such as longing, dread, fear, pain, and insecurity. There might be trauma and heartbreak before they characters finally get their happily ever after.

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Sapphic books with an unusual first date (Book Unicorn #5)

This week’s Sapphic Book Bingo category features sapphic books in which the main character goes on an unusual first date. 

What makes it an unusual first date is totally up to you. It could be an unusual date activity, the setting could be unusual, or something unexpected could happen. So there’s a lot of room for interpretation, but you’ll find some suggestions below. 

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Sapphic book with “heart” in the title (Sapphic Book Bingo 2023 #4)

For this category of the Sapphic Book Bingo, you shouldn’t have any problem finding enough books to choose from. Romance novels are the most popular genre of sapphic fiction, so there are plenty of books with the word “heart” in the title. Of course, you can also read a sapphic book in another genre, as long as the title includes the word “heart.”

The word heart can be part of an open compound, e.g., Heart Trouble, or a closed compound, e.g., heartfelt. It can be single (heart) or plural (hearts). 

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Sapphic book with a bodyguard or security guard (Sapphic Book Bingo 2023 #2)

The bodyguard trope has been a staple in romance novels not just since the movie The Bodyguard with Whitney Houston and Kevin Costner. It’s a popular trope in sapphic romance too.

For this category of the Sapphic Book Bingo, read a book with a main character who’s either a bodyguard (often protecting the other main character) or works in security, e.g., as a security guard or a doorwoman.