LGBTQ+

What kind of book reviewer would I be if I didn’t also review LGBTQ+ themed books? Under this header, you will find both Young Adult and Adult fiction with LGBTQ+ themed stories. As much as I try to find all genders/ sexualities, I know I’m still lacking. If you have any suggestions, be sure to leave comments!

Adam Silvera

They Both Die at the EndThey Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I picked up this book on a whim because of how popular it was on social media. I really loved the general storyline of knowing that a character was going to die at some point in the day (didn’t know when or how), and then following them through their last day. I found myself always trying to find clues on how each one would pass, but every time I thought I might have the answer, it didn’t happen! I also really loved the dynamic between our two main characters and their slow budding romance. It was cute and adorable, and I really wished they had more time together.

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Alexis Hall

Something Fabulous (Something Fabulous, #1)Something Fabulous by Alexis Hall
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Something Fabulous was so utterly charming! Based in the regency era, it was lovely to read a romantic comedy about finding who you are and what you are into. Conversations between characters were both funny and adorably raw. We get different types of LGBTQ+ rep between characters (MM coupling, overly dramatic demisexual, sapphic coupling). It’s silly, its adventurous, it’s a sunny rainbow romp with dramatic characters. Honestly, this was such a fun read, and definitely one I would easily read again in the future.

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Boyfriend Material (Boyfriend Material, #1)Boyfriend Material by Alexis Hall
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I picked up Boyfriend Material by Alexis Hall on the spur of the moment. Let me tell you, I’ve never been so happy. This wonderful novel is incredibly charming. Featuring many witty banter between characters, I’ve breezed through the pages so fast. There is very little that I disliked from the storyline. I loved the variety of characters and all the inner monologue from our main character. The author took the time to give each main character enough of a backstory to keep me satisfied. The storyline felt quite authentic and real to me to the point that I felt so deeply for the characters and their issues. Everyone is dealing with something, and just trying to get through each day. Seriously, if you haven’t picked up this book yet, you really should.

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Amanda Meuwissen

Coming Up for AirComing Up for Air by Amanda Meuwissen
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I honestly thought this short standalone story was really cute. I picked it up on whim from amazon, and I’m pleased to say I thoroughly enjoyed it. The dynamic between the main couple is lovely and I liked how I got a sneak peak into the side characters relationships as well. Though I wish there was more information at times because they were just so adorable.

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Amy Lane

The Locker RoomThe Locker Room by Amy Lane
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I’m going to be honest here. When I picked up this book last night to read, I didn’t expect to be thrown into such a heartwarming tale of two young boys meeting and slowly finding the meaning of love with each other as they grow up. The author really takes us through so many heart-crushing moments that Chris and Xander go through, and yet they always come out stronger and more in love with each other. Seriously, I cried like a babe a few times (mostly the last 50 pages or so) while reading because I was hit with how strong-willed and determined both the characters were to be with each other, despite all the shit they were forced to go through.

Personally, I thought this was really well written, with the author balancing enough time between Chris and Xander’s POV’s. I also thought that this story was really relatable and something that people in this day and age are still dealing with, just like the characters.

Seriously, if you want to know the meaning of love and sacrifice, I highly suggest picking up this book and giving it a whirl. This story was better than more than half of the heterosexual romance novels I’ve read to this day and really truly made me believe in true love.

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Ben Alderson

Lord of Eternal NightLord of Eternal Night by Ben Alderson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Lord of Eternal Night by Ben Alderson was utterly charming. I loved the Beauty and the Beast Re-telling mashed with queer themes. Though I loved the characters and their dynamic, there were moments when I wished there was a bit more sparks or danger, or lives on the line. It was really sweet to see their slow-burn romance bloom when they were clearly interested in each other.

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Blaise Ramsay

Through the Black Mirror (The Last Witch Hunter, #1)Through the Black Mirror by Blaise Ramsay
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Looking for a new young adult fiction novel with LGBT+ representations? Look no further for Through the Black Mirror might just be what you need. This book is the first from The Last Witch Hunter series by Blaise Ramsay. Featuring a slow-burn gay romance, there’s plenty of adventure and danger. There are triggers like (death, violence, gun violence, horrible childhoods), so beware! Blaise Ramsay does a wonderful job showcasing a bunch of various characters in this first novel, all different from the other. It’s fresh and exciting and the plotline is quite intriging.

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The City of Nightmares (The Last Witch Hunter, #2)The City of Nightmares by Blaise Ramsay
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The City of Nightmares is the second book from the Last Witch Hunter series by Blaise Ramsay. Though I greatly enjoyed the first book, there was just something about this one that didn’t live up to all my expectations. Don’t get me wrong, I thoroughly enjoyed it, the plot line was good and solid and I liked the growing relationship… But like someone else reviewing this book, the storyline felt a bit familiar. I swear I’ve read other stories that feature very similar themes and aspects featured in this novel. But as I said, I still enjoyed this novel. The world-building is detailed and thorough, it’s well written with a writing style that’s easy to read and understand.

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Casey McQuiston

Red, White & Royal BlueRed, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I can not explain how much I loved this book! Seriously, there’s so much to enjoy in the writing and the characters are just so loveable and cute. I really enjoyed the commentary between characters but also their inner thoughts. It felt more raw and connectable to me. I can clearly see why this book blew up the internet and continues to be a crowd favouite!

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Damien Benoit-Ledoux

The Love We HideThe Love We Hide by Damien Benoit-Ledoux
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Love we Hide was literally a whirlwind of emotions for me. There was so much vulnerability between characters, heartfelt situations, emotions flying everywhere… that my heart felt whole finishing the book. This wonderful novel is all about overcoming any and all obstacles that come your way and using the power of love to give you the strength to keep moving forward. If that’s not getting you interested, I don’t know what will. This was relatable, inspiring and overall, an amazing read.

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Eileen Glass

Omega Society Auction: Episode One (Rourke #1)Omega Society Auction: Episode One by Eileen Glass
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I’m going to start off and say this book has a very interesting concept of a storyline. I’m digging the whole Omega and Alpha idea but it’s completely new to see it mashed with SciFi (Aliens). I don’t know, I picked up this book because it was so outlandish that I had to see what it was about. For the most part, I did enjoy it, but I felt it lacked a lot. This book could have had a lot of potential to be amazing. Since this is the first episode, I’m aware that it was only the beginning and set up the story for the other 3 episodes. BUT, I felt like it could have dived deeper into the backgrounds of characters and general history. Still though, I’m interested enough to keep reading and see how this story plays out.

View all my reviews Omega Society Auction: Book Four (Rourke #4)Omega Society Auction: Book Four by Eileen Glass
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I am proud to say that I actually managed to get through all 4 episodes when I didn’t think I was going to. It was my pure determination and general curiosity to see how the story ends that got me through it all. Overall, I had a lot of mixed feelings about the storyline. The backbones of the story were really interesting and new, which is what held my interest. But well, I personally thought that the story lacked everything else that made it a ‘good’ story. In my opinion, I thought the characters were really underdeveloped, the background story isn’t strong, lack of world-building, and honestly, that ending with Cory kind of pissed me off. I don’t know, I feel like if this was taken back in too the writing board, this could be a pretty decent book, but as of now, I wouldn’t recommend it.

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Omega Society Auction: Book Two (Rourke #2)Omega Society Auction: Book Two by Eileen Glass
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Ok, I gave this episode a slightly higher rating than the first book because I was engaged with the relationship between Rourke and Zachri. That being said, I really wish that in this episode that there would be deeper information about the mother, the missing father from Rourke’s life, heck, even more information about this so-called war that seemed to have crushed the humans and made such a large disgust for them. Though, I did enjoy Thomas’ character (he’s kind of overly friendly and I’m going to smile everywhere I go type of guy). At this point, my curiosity is the only thing that’s getting me to pick up the 3rd episode to read….

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Omega Society Auction: Book Three (Rourke #3)Omega Society Auction: Book Three by Eileen Glass
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

I don’t know anymore what’s getting me to keep reading this series, but I’ve made it to episode 3 at least through pure determination. I’ve said this in my review for the first episode, but this story had a lot of potential to be something really great, it’s just not hitting any of the points. The storyline is interesting, that much I’ll give, but I really wished there were more descriptions on ANYTHING in this book… whether it be diving more on backgrounds of characters, world-building, or just anything. This episode in general was supposed to be really emotional considering Rourke seems to be going through a lot in his new life, but it’s just missing a little something-something for me to connect with the character. I feel so detached from all the characters and it’s to the point that I’m finding Rourke to be kind of silly as your main character. It almost feels like he’s taken a new turn with his thoughts and emotion’s from the first two episodes and is looking like a different character.

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Ellen Mint

Claw (Coven of Desire, #1)Claw by Ellen Mint
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Now, I’ve had the pleasure of reading some of Ellen Mint’s other books and this one didn’t disappoint me. I personally thought the general story was fun and cute (with a sex demon and all). Plus, there was enough drama to keep me quite engaged. (The book literally starts to a very ‘spicy’ scene between the protagonist and incubus demon). I also thought that the world-building was well done and there was enough character growth to satisfy me.

I would recommend this series but only to older young adult – adults!

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Fang (Coven of Desire, #2)Fang by Ellen Mint
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Fang, the second book in the Coven of Desire by Ellen Mint, was just a bundle of chaos…. but in the best way. With Cal heading to Santa Fe and suffering through personal issues, Layla follows him in hopes to support him. It’s so lovely to see their relationship grow and Ink is really an intriguing character. This series is perfect for getting you out of any reading slump, as long as you enjoy spice! Can’t wait for the next book in the series and seeing where the characters take us next!

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Finn Manning

One Little Word (One More Thing #1)One Little Word by Finn Manning
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

One Little Word is the first book from One More Thing series by Finn Manning. I thought it was incredibly charming. Featuring a MM romance and sports, I thought the storyline was interesting. Though you can clearly tell this was a young. adult novel (the characters didn’t have the maturity or wiseness that comes from adult-related books), it was nice to read an LGTB+/Queer novel with sports themes. It’s not usually something I’ve seen, which might have been why I was so excited to pick this up. Overall, it’s cute, deals with real problems, and was interesting.

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F.T. Lukens

In Deeper WatersIn Deeper Waters by F.T. Lukens
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was such an adorable read! Being the first book I’ve experienced from this author, I was incredibly pleased with all the touching/sweet-hearted romance moments in-between storylines. I was expecting a ‘historical fiction’ novel, but was happy to see that it played more with the fantasy aspect! Plus, I really enjoyed the little mermaid retelling in the background!

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Karla Nikole

Lore & Lust (Lore & Lust #1)Lore & Lust by Karla Nikole
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This was…. wow. Lore and Lust is so completely original, that it had me hooked from the first chapter. I loved the dynamic between the two main characters and their growing attraction/ relationship was to die for! Honestly, the world building was also stellar as well, and yet, simple at the same time. I enjoyed how the author spent just enough time to describe scenery and background without it taking away from the main story.

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Lore and Lust: Lore and Lust Series Book TwoLore and Lust: Lore and Lust Series Book Two by Karla Nikole
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

There is something just so beautiful about Karla Nikole’s writing. I first fell in love with this series because of the uniquely designed characters and the loving dynamics between them. Who doesn’t find slow-burn yet love at first sight, such high attentiveness to the other, healings through love, cute adorable moments all wrapped up in a loving romance with hints of danger and trauma? I know I do, and this book gave me all that and more. Such a heartwarming read and I’m so happy to be back in Nino and Haruka’s world! Can’t wait for the third book!

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K.S. Marsden

Winter Trials (Northern Witch #1)Winter Trials by K.S. Marsden
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Winter Trials is the first book from the Northen Witch series by K.S. Marsden. I thought this was really enjoyable since it had supernatural aspects and it was rather cute. I thought it was rather refreshing to see an openly gay guy (Mark). This novel is rather short, so its a fairly fast and easy read!

View all my reviews Sophie: Witch-HunterSophie: Witch-Hunter by K.S. Marsden
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Sophie: Witch hunter is a prequel to the WitchHunter Trilogy written by K.S. Marsden. Right off the bat, the author offers up spoilers for the trilogy, from this particular character. I highly suggest reading the trilogy first (or at least the first book), before reading this, since it really dives deep into Sophie and her character background. I personally loved the writing style, as I did with other K.S. Marsden books, and was pulled right into the story from the start. I thought the storyline was brilliant and in a way, I felt somewhat connected to this otherwise cold character. Overall, this was an amazing read and I’m thankful I was given the opportunity to read it!

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Awaken (Northern Witch #2)Awaken by K.S. Marsden
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

As a continuation from the first book, Winter Trials, we get to see our main character (Mark) deal with having his boyfriend possessed by a demon. The author allowed us to dive a bit deeper into the story and her world building of witches. This book is cute, funny, plenty of teenage drama, openly gay characters (so very LGBT friendly), and romance mashed with the supernatural.

View all my reviews Summer Sin (Northern Witch, #4)Summer Sin by K.S. Marsden
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

K.S. Marsden has once again written another lovely book in the Northern Witch series. From the last book, Mark is really down on his luck from that London night when everything got messed up. As a character, he really grew in the last three books and seems as though he lost his ‘teenage innocence’ in favor of a more mature outlook in life. Which makes sense considering how lost he feels from every problem and issue regarding everyone around him.

The book is well written and still carries the same level of engagement and interest from the first three books into this one. Characters are still unique and we are getting the teenage angst, supernatural aspect, danger/adventure, suffering and so much more in the writing.

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The Breaking (Northern Witch, #3)The Breaking by K.S. Marsden
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The Breaking is the third book in the Northern Witch series by K.S. Marsden. First off, this author does a really great job with transitions between her books. I didn’t mention it from my review of book two, but she does a lovely job of starting each book where the last one left off. The writing style is smooth and easy to understand. This book, just like the first two in the series is full of drama, more so as we see Mark continuing his struggles as he tries to balance everything in life all the while trying to save his boyfriend, Damien from demon possession. We get to enjoy Mark growing more into his character and there’s a cliff hanger at the end of this book!

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Madeline J. Reynolds

The Time Traveler's Guide to Modern RomanceThe Time Traveler’s Guide to Modern Romance by Madeline J. Reynolds
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

If I could describe this book in one word, it would probably be ‘adorable’. I don’t usually read novels with a time-traveling theme, but this one was so perfectly chessy and cute, I couldn’t pass it up. The dynamic between the couple is lovely and there was just enough drama to move the plotline forward. I think this novel just became one of my comfort reads!

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Madeline Miller

CirceCirce by Madeline Miller
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I originally picked up this book at the height of its release on social media and it turned out to be everything I could ever want in a book. Being a book based on Greek mythology, this one singular novel brings you through a THOUSAND YEARS worth of godly drama, romance, folklore, and adventures. Truly a well-written masterpiece and deserves all the hype.

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The Song of AchillesThe Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I can’t believe I let myself wait so long to start this book. Oh man, The Song of Achilles was everything I could ever wanted in a greek mythology themed novel. Since I knew I was going to love anything by Madeline Miller, I’ve LOVED Circe, I knew this was easily going to be my next 5 star read. There was the perfect amount of drama, romance that was both heartwarming and sexy, and battles, all wrapped up in a perfectly described writing style. I really enjoy how all of Madeline Miller’s books, her writing style replicates a storyteller, which compliments the storyline itself.

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Melissa Blair

A Broken BladeA Broken Blade by Melissa Blair
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I thoroughly enjoyed zipping through this book, since I’ve been seeing it all over social media (when we were all trying to guess the author). There were many great scenes and enough danger and details that captured my interest. Though I wished it had a bit more spice, I was quite content with the dynamic of our female lead and the growing love interest with Shadow.

Though I loved the detail in the world-building, I did have problems understanding the difference between Fae and Elves many times. Also, were mortals also living a long life (over a hundred years) just like the Fae or Elves? Besides that, this was quite enjoyable to read. The ending though with that plot twist! Can’t wait for the next book!

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Novae Caelum

MagnificentMagnificent by Novae Caelum
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This novel was a lot of fun to read! I’m so happy I finally found a non-binary representation in a book and what better than to have it in a superhero-themed one! Truly lovely! There was something so heartwarming about reading about Magnificent’s struggles and how they push through with any issues or negative thoughts that came their way. It gave the book an earthly – down to earth – realistic feel. Now that I’ve discovered this author, I’ll be sure to keep an eye out for more wonderful works!

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Rachel Starkie

Seduced by Sloth (Seven Deadly Sins, #7)Seduced by Sloth by Rachel Starkie
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I had mixed feelings about this story but overall I loved it. I thought it was well written with great characters and even better “interesting intimate” scenes. There was a good balance of world-building and enough twists to keep me engaged. I loved the humor but I wasn’t the biggest fan of all the F bombs (though I was able to easily ignore them and move on). There’s also no cliffhanger, but I found myself satisfied with the storyline so that was ok. Would recommend.

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Sam Burns

The Fairest (Fairy Tale Retellings, #1)The Fairest by Sam Burns
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The Fairest by Sam Burns is the first book by this indie author that I have explored. I have to say, that this short Snow White Re-telling was quite adorable with a splash of spice. I liked the dynamic between our ‘snow white’, Carwyn, and his ‘huntsman’, Gareth, as their personalities and appearances were completely different from each other yet, complimented. I wish it was longer. I felt this story could have been written with more world-building and character development, but for what it was, 142 pages, it was quite cute and enjoyable.

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S.T. Gibson

Odd SpiritsOdd Spirits by S.T. Gibson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Odd Spirits by S.T. Gibson was the first book I’ve read from this author and I loved it! It’s adorable novella since it’s under 100 pages, so quite a short read. Featuring witchy/warlock themes, marriage issues, spirits/ energy; this was the perfect quick read to get me out of a reading slump. Even though it’s short, there was plenty of drama to keep me satisfied and I loved the Bi representation in the story as well!

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