15 Swoonworthy Queer Romances for Your TBR

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Summer is officially here, which means it’s the perfect time to plan out your TBR for the rest of 2023. Here we’ve rounded up swoonworthy queer romances hitting shelves in the second half of the year that you don’t want to miss. Lucky for you, some were published earlier this summer and can be read now, while others are currently available for request on NetGalley!

Chef’s Choice by TJ Alexander

Two trans protagonists put their cooking to the test in TJ Alexander’s latest, where an heir to a culinary empire and his fake girlfriend must prepare a complex menu to impress his chef grandfather.

An Island Princess Starts a Scandal by Adriana Herrera

Featured on our list of must-read historical fiction, this romance transports readers to the 1889 Exposition Universelle in Paris where artist Manuela falls for Cora, the Duchess of Sundridge.

10 Things That Never Happened by Alexis Hall

What should you do when you faked amnesia to get out of being fired but now your boss is taking care of you and turns out he isn’t as awful as you once thought? Asking for a friend.

Cruel Seduction by Katee Robert

Acts of revenge between the newly married Aphrodite and Hephaestus turn into an open poly knot with Adonis and Pandora in the fifth sizzling installment in the Dark Olympus series.

Stars in Your Eyes by Kacen Callender

Hollywood bad boy Logan doesn’t hide his dislike for his co-star Mattie, but when his comments threaten their film’s success, their publicists suggest a fake dating stunt to draw fans back in.

For Never & Always by Helena Greer

Readers looking for both queer and Jewish representation will find so much to love in this romance where Levi has five dates to win back the heart of Hannah, his ex and former best friend.

Iris Kelly Doesn’t Date by Ashley Herring Blake

Iris Kelly is a romance novelist in desperate need of inspiration. So when Stevie, her latest one-night stand, asks for Iris to pretend to be her girlfriend—Iris finds she can’t resist.

We Could Be So Good by Cat Sebastian

Too early to call this one of the best romances of 2023? We don’t think so! Cat Sebastian’s latest is an emotional and tender story about self-love, bad baseball, great journalism, and queer joy in 1950s New York City.

Sammy Espinoza’s Last Review by Tehlor Kay Mejia

Rumor has it former rocker Max is recording a solo album and Sammy, a pansexual music critic with her job on the line, is ready to do anything (including guilt him over ghosting her) to get the scoop.

Time to Shine by Rachel Reid

Kick off the hockey and holiday season early with this September release! Friendship turns to romance when backup goalie Landon and star winger Casey agree to live together until Landon returns to the minors.

Fly with Me by Andie Burke

In one whirlwind day, ER nurse Olive saves a fellow passenger mid-flight and ends up stranded in Atlanta. When Stella, the grateful pilot, offers to give Olive a ride to Orlando, sparks fly between them.

A Nobleman’s Guide to Seducing a Scoundrel by KJ Charles

Take a trip to the windswept moors of 19th-century Kent in this historical romance following Rufus, the Earl of Oxney, and Luke, his new secretary who is hiding more than a few secrets.

Cleat Cute by Meryl Wilsner

When Grace is injured, she’s benched from the US Women’s National Team to heal and has to watch newbie Phoebe take her place. But what starts as a rivalry, quickly turns to infatuation.

Once a Rogue by Allie Therin

Dark magic, a masquerade, a dangerous relic, and reuniting with Wesley and Sebastian—what more could you ask for from the second installment of the Roaring Twenties Magic series?

It’s a Fabulous Life by Kelly Farmer

Kelly Farmer had us at ‘sapphic retelling of It’s a Wonderful Life!’ An overwhelmed Bailey George gets a little magical help from drag queen Clara Angel and her high school crush Maria.

What queer romance are you picking up next?

Kelly Gallucci

Kelly Gallucci is the Executive Editor of We Are Bookish, where she oversees the editorial content, offers book recommendations, and interviews authors and NetGalley members. When she's not working, Kelly can be found color coordinating her bookshelves, eating Chipotle, and watching way too many baking shows.

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