LGBT Recommendations for You ❤


LGBT is one of my ultimate favorites genres out there, thus, I decided to share with you some of my most memorable reads. Maybe, just maybe, you’ll find one or two, from this list, that you’d be interested in reading.

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New York Times  bestselling author David Levithan tells the based-on-true-events story of Harry and Craig, two 17-year-olds who are about to take part in a 32-hour marathon of kissing to set a new Guinness World Record—all of which is narrated by a Greek Chorus of the generation of gay men lost to AIDS.

While the two increasingly dehydrated and sleep-deprived boys are locking lips, they become a focal point in the lives of other teen boys dealing with languishing long-term relationships, coming out, navigating gender identity, and falling deeper into the digital rabbit hole of gay hookup sites—all while the kissing former couple tries to figure out their own feelings for each other.

Sloane loves a good mystery. He grew up as the son of two psychiatrists, so he finds most people tediously easy to figure out. He finds his way to Pennsylvania State University, longing for a rural experience, and ends up being lured into joining a frat by Micah Springfield, the hippest guy on campus.

Nothing in Sloane’s classes is as intriguing as Hank Springfield, Micah’s brother and fellow frat house member. Hank looks like a tough guy—big muscles, tatts, and a beard—but his eyes are soft and sweet. He acts dumb, but he’s a philosophy major. He’s presumably straight, but then why does Sloane feel such crazy chemistry whenever Hank is around? And why does Hank hate Sloane so much?

When Sloane ends up stuck on campus over Christmas, Micah invites him to spend the holidays at their family farm in Amish country. It’s a chance to experience a true Americana Christmas–and further investigate the mystery that is Hank Springfield. Can Sloane unlock the secrets of this family and unwrap the heart hidden inside the beefcake?

Available at: www.inthecompanyofshadows.com

In a post-apocalyptic future, the Agency works behind the scenes to take down opposition groups that threaten the current government. Their goals justify all means, even when it comes to their own agents.

Sin is the Agency’s most efficient killer. His fighting skills and talent at assassination have led to him being described as a living weapon. However, he is also known to go off on unauthorized killing sprees, and his assigned partners have all wound up dead.

Boyd is not afraid to die. When his mother, a high-ranking Agency official, volunteers him to be Sin’s newest partner, he does not refuse. In fact, his life has been such an endless cycle of apathy and despair that he’d welcome death.

In the newly revised Director’s Cut of Evenfall, the first volume follows these two cast-offs as they go from strangers to partners who can only rely on each other while avoiding death, imprisonment, and dehumanization by the Agency that employs them.

120,000 words.

Warnings: Explicit violence, physical and psychological abuse.

Note: This is the first of the two volumes comprising Evenfall, the first book in the ICoS series.

One thing Liam Turner knows for sure is that he’s not gay—after all, his father makes it very clear he’ll allow no son of his to be gay. And Liam believes it, until a chance meeting with James “Jay” Bell turns Liam’s world upside-down. Jay is vivacious and unabashedly gay—from the tips of his bleached hair to the ends of his polished nails. With a flair for fashion, overreaction, and an inability to cork his verbal diarrhea, Liam believes drama queen Jay must have a screw loose.

An accident as a teenager left Liam with a limp and a fear of driving. He can’t play football anymore either, and that makes him feel like less of a man. But that’s no reason to question his sexuality… unless the accident broke something else inside him. When being with Jay causes Liam’s protective instincts to emerge, Liam starts to believe all he knew in life had been a convenient excuse to stay hidden. From intolerance to confrontations, Liam must learn to overcome his fears—and his father—before he can accept his sexuality and truly love Jay.

Scarlet of Lysia is an honest peddler, a young merchant traveling the wild, undefended roads to support his aging parents. Liall, called the Wolf of Omara, is the handsome, world-weary chieftain of a tribe of bandits blocking a mountain road that Scarlet needs to cross. When Liall jokingly demands a carnal toll for the privilege, Scarlet refuses and an inventive battle of wills ensues, with disastrous results. Scarlet is convinced that Liall is a worthless, immoral rogue, but when the hostile countryside explodes into violence and Liall unexpectedly fights to save the lives of Scarlet’s family, Scarlet is forced to admit that the Wolf is not the worst ally he could have, but what price will proud Scarlet ultimately have to pay for Liall’s friendship?

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The next dark and sexy romantic suspense novel from the USA Today bestselling author of Unteachable.

It only took one moment of weakness for Laney Keating’s world to fall apart. One stupid gesture for a hopeless crush. Then the rumors began. Slut, they called her. Queer. Psycho. Mentally ill, messed up, so messed up even her own mother decided she wasn’t worth sticking around for.

If Laney could erase that whole year, she would. College is her chance to start with a clean slate.

She’s not looking for new friends, but they find her: charming, handsome Armin, the only guy patient enough to work through her thorny defenses—and fiery, filterless Blythe, the bad girl and partner in crime who has thorns of her own.

But Laney knows nothing good ever lasts. When a ghost from her past resurfaces—the bully who broke her down completely—she decides it’s time to live up to her own legend. And Armin and Blythe are going to help.

Which was the plan all along.

Because the rumors are true. Every single one. And Laney is going to show them just how true.

She’s going to show them all.

A lord in danger. A magician in turmoil. A snowball in hell.

Exiled to China for twenty years, Lucien Vaudrey never planned to return to England. But with the mysterious deaths of his father and brother, it seems the new Lord Crane has inherited an earldom. He’s also inherited his family’s enemies. He needs magical assistance, fast. He doesn’t expect it to turn up angry.

Magician Stephen Day has good reason to hate Crane’s family. Unfortunately, it’s his job to deal with supernatural threats. Besides, the earl is unlike any aristocrat he’s ever met, with the tattoos, the attitude… and the way Crane seems determined to get him into bed. That’s definitely unusual.

Soon Stephen is falling hard for the worst possible man, at the worst possible time. But Crane’s dangerous appeal isn’t the only thing rendering Stephen powerless. Evil pervades the house, a web of plots is closing round Crane, and if Stephen can’t find a way through it—they’re both going to die.

Warning: Contains hot m/m sex between a deeply inappropriate earl and a very confused magician, dark plots in a magical version of Victorian England, family values (not the good kind), and a lot of swearing.

Teahouse (Webcomic)

Welcome to The Teahouse, where a motley bunch are ready to serve in and out of the bed. Enter Sir Rhys, a regular client who has turned The Teahouse upside down with his blunt put-downs and skilled moves. Will he choose shy virgin Rory, or the ladies’ favorite Axis? Axis is hoping he won’t have to service Sir Rhys again, but he can’t get him out of his head! What will happen when these two opposites meet again in the bedroom?

Status:
Chapter 01-05: Complete
Chapter 01-05 Backstory: Complete
Chapter 06 & Backstory: Complete Rough
Chapter 07: Incomplete/Discontinued (though the storyline is finished in narrative form to not leave readers hanging as to what would have happened in the end)
Some extra and more explicit content is not available online.

Chapters 01-05 are available for purchase in paperback format, and include extras that are not found in the free online version.
Order them here.

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Starfighter Chapter 1 (Webcomic)

In an unknown time and place, there’s a war going on in space and mankind has developed a system of fighting that includes two sides of a team. One person is the fighter who pilots the spacecraft and his partner is the navigator who directs the way.

Navigators come from higher society and are mostly seen as privileged and intelligent. Fighters are men that are known for their violent tendancies, skills in combat, and anger issues.

Abel didn’t want to follow his politican father into his world and instead chose his own path as a navigator. He’s gay and has always had strong desires that he’s hidden… until he’s partnered with his fighter, Cain.

Cain is unpredictable, violent, possessive, and very skilled at what he does. He goes through navigators faster then any other fighter so he’s developed the reputation that he’s impossible to work with.

When Cain meets Abel, he marks him and possessives him in every way possible unknowingly giving Abel exactly what he’s been craving for years. Now the only question is, will their relationship grow to benefit them both in this time of war or with Cain’s reputation and violent tendancies end up destroying Abel?

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And, finally… *drums*

“This was Vere, voluptuous and decadent, country of honeyed poison”

Damen is a warrior hero to his people, and the truthful heir to the throne of Akielos, but when his half brother seizes power, Damen is captured, stripped of his identity and sent to serve the prince of an enemy nation as a pleasure slave.

Beautiful, manipulative and deadly, his new master Prince Laurent epitomizes the worst of the court at Vere. But in the lethal political web of the Veretian court, nothing is as it seems, and when Damen finds himself caught up in a play for the throne, he must work together with Laurent to survive and save his country.

For Damen, there is just one rule: never, ever reveal his true identity. Because the one man Damen needs is the one man who has more reason to hate him than anyone else…

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So… anything that appeals to you? 😀

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31 thoughts on “LGBT Recommendations for You ❤

  1. LOLA. THANK YOU FOR SHARING THIS LIST. I really want to take my reading to the next level and tackle genres I haven’t read that much, and I’m starting with LGBT reads. I’m definitely sure I’ll be checking out everything on this list (except Black Iris cuz of problemz) especially SCARLET & THE WHITE WITCH, UNWRAPPING HANK (I saw this book once before and I thought the cover was sooo corny aha), and CAPTIVE OF COURSE.

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    • Aww, Miguel, you’re the best! What, haha? Is Black Iris too dark for you? It surely is dark.

      Scarlet & the White Wolf was one of my first M/M romances and I loved the fact that the romance was a slow-burn and love/hate one. As for Unwrapping Hank, it is the perfect read for the Holidays!! Or whenever you want to be in the Holiday kind of mood. yeah, lol, pretty corny but, HEY, cute!!

      Captive Prince ❤

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  2. Amazing list, Lola. Captive Prince and Black Iris are already on my list, but I’m excited about every title here. Bookmarking the page 🙂

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  3. Thank you so much for this post! I want to venture into LGBT books. Not just the ones who featured LGBT characters like TMI but ones that are focused on them. And for that reason I might try YA for this one and if I like it enough I will pick up adult books (I’ve heard Sarah Waters is particularly good). I’ve heard nice things about Black Iris and you say such amazing things about Captive Prince that I will eventually read it 🙂

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    • Captive Prince is definitely my favorite of the genre, although it is M/M romance (adult) so maybe you’ll want to wait a little. At the same time… it WAS my first book featuring two gay main characters so it’s up to you, really. Thanks so much, Noelia!! I’m excited to see you reading LGBT books 😀

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  4. Oooh thank you so much for sharing this list! I’m totally adding a bunch of them to my TBR 🙂 I must admit, I mainly read slash fan-fiction and am yet to read any books of the m/m variety, but I will totally start with these (probably with Unwrapping Hank because I *love* Christmassy books when it’s not Christmas lol)

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  5. Mannn I cannot wait to read Black Iris! I have it here to pick up when I’m ready. I read Two Boys Kissing, and although it had this really blatant, overwhelming undertone to it I still appreciated the message and the diversity. Thanks for your recs Lola!

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  6. Oh, PERFECT, I’ve been looking for something like this just earlier today. It kind of saddens me that LGBT is considered an extra genre, but at least there are more books being read and written now, I guess? Though is it just me or are there like practically no f/f books out there? Black Iris sounds a little darker than my usual style, but I think I’ll give it a chance anyway. Thanks for sharing! 🙂

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    • It is? I mean, I know it’s not THAT popular but extra genre? Is NA consider as an extra genre, too? Probably not, there are so many books of the genre out there, plus it’s wider. Anyway, sure this’ll change eventually. Like you said, there are more being written and I enjoy making it my mission to encourage people to read them, hehe. You’re welcome!! Black Iris is definitely a book to be read, even though it might not be for everyone!

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  7. The only book on this list that I’ve read is Two Boys Kissing… have you read any of Levithan’s other books? I’ve read a few and didn’t enjoy them, although that was due to the writing style. :/ He has such good ideas but I’m afraid I just don’t like HOW he tells his stories.

    Black Iris looks sooooo good! One of my friends just read that book and now she WON’T SHUT UP ABOUT IT and now I need to borrow it from the library so she stops pestering me to read it. 😛 Gotta love bookworm-y friends!

    Ooh, and I have recs for you!!
    -Ash by Malinda Lo
    -Adaptation (book #1 in a series) and Inheritance (#2) by Malinda Lo
    -Kissing Kate by Lauren Myracle
    -The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily M. Danforth (my fave book in the WORLD – absolutely amazing & made me cry, which hardly EVER happens when I read books!)

    All of the books above are about queer girls! 😀 Beauty Queens by Libba Bray is also quite good. It’s told through multiple POVs, so not all of its characters are queer, but there’s a lesbian, a bi girl, and a trans girl and they’re all AMAZING and basically the story is about what would happen if Lord of the Flies had only girl characters?? It’s great.

    Oh! And before I forget, the Young Avengers comic books by Kieron Gillen are great too… they’re about a group of teen superheroes and there’s a bi guy, two adorable gay guys, and America Chavez AKA the most badass lesbian in the world. SO GOOD.

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    • …aaaaaand replying to my own comment to add that the Pretty Little Liars books feature a bisexual character and I’m still peeved that she’s a lesbian in the show instead because THERE ARE SO FEW BI CHARACTERS IN FICTION (and even fewer well-written ones who aren’t stereotyped) and we NEED them.

      Anyway.

      Also, just remembered another book and this is my final FINAL rec (haha I promise I’ll stop replying to my own comments after this): I am Jazz by Jessica Herthel and Jazz Jennings. It’s a picture book about a young transgender girl and it’s SO ADORABLE. It’s based on the life of one of the authors; I believed she published it when she was, like, 13?? DSKGJHDFKGHSDFKG.

      Also, sent you a friend request on Goodreads! 🙂

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  8. Literally the only book/comic I’ve heard of on this list is Black Iris. Clearly I don’t get enough exposure to LGBT works haha. Wait, just realised I’ve heard of David Levithan’s book as well. Actually I’ve heard pretty good things about both those books- should probs get onto them at some point 😛

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