Queer Love Stories: Romance Novels to Warm Your Heart This Pride Month

Are you ready for some happy, sweet, and maybe a little cliché, queer love stories? Here’s a list to get you started.

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Book covers of 'D’Vaughn and Kris Plan a Wedding,' 'Caught in a Bad Fauxmance,' and 'Sorry, Bro' against a rainbow background.

There’s no better time to celebrate LGBTQ+ love stories than during Pride Month. The sweet, the cute, the bitter, the ugly, all these stories are wonderful and worth reading. But for today, let’s focus on the sweet ones. Read on for queer novels that whisper of true love and make hearts melt.

D’Vaughn and Kris Plan a Wedding by Chencia C. Higgins

'D’Vaughn and Kris Plan a Wedding' by Chencia C. Higgins book cover showing two small figures of women on top of a large cake.

Kris Zavala has almost made it as an influencer — starring on the reality show Instant I Do could really elevate her. Plus, the prize is $100,000. D’Vaughn Miller wants to come out to her mom, and what better way than with a huge, fake wedding? They need to ensure their friends and family believe they’re getting married in six weeks; otherwise, they lose. Surprisingly, they have great chemistry on and off camera; winning will be easy! But with growing feelings and new challenges, their relationship might end before their fake wedding!

Sorry, Bro by Taleen Voskuni

'Sorry, Bro' by Taleen Voskuni book cover showing two women having a picnic.

Nareh Bedrossian knows it’s time to dump her non-Armenian boyfriend when he proposes in front of an entire room of drunk tech boys. Her mom guilts her into a month-long series of events called Explore Armenia, along with a list of acceptable Armenian men for her future husband. But she is more interested in a woman named Erebuni, who is immersed in preserving their culture and in witchy arts. She helps Nar see the beauty in their culture, and they grow close. But nobody knows Nar is bisexual. The events are almost over, and her family is coming for the closing banquet. Her worlds will collide, but Nar decides she wants to be happy and — for the first time — herself.

Lose You to Find Me by Erik J. Brown

'Lose You to Find Me' by Erik J. Brown book cover showing two mem in waiter attire grinning at each other.

Tommy Dees is a server at Sunset Estates retirement community to get the necessary experience to attend one of the world’s greatest culinary schools. A letter of recommendation from his manager will make his application stand out even more, but in order to get the letter, he has three tasks. One task is training the newbie, who turns out to be Gabe, an old crush, during a summer at camp. But Gabe doesn’t remember Tommy. Tommy desperately tries to keep everything together with the deadline and his feelings for Gabe crowding his brain.

Hani and Ishu’s Guide to Fake Dating by Adiba Jaigirdar

'Hani and Ishu's Guide to Fake Dating' by Adiba Jaigirdar book cover showing two girls reaching for the other's hand.

Humaira “Hani” Khan is a likable, easy-going, and popular girl. When she comes out to her friends as bi, they insist she can’t be because she’s only dated boys. Hani blurts out that she has a girlfriend, but the girl is someone her friends can’t stand — Ishita “Ishu” Dey. Ishu is an overachiever who wants to be the head girl for college applications. They strike an agreement: Ishu will help Hani, and Hani will make her more popular so she can become head girl. The two start developing real feelings over time, but it gets complicated, especially when people will do whatever it takes to prevent two Bengali girls from being happy together.

The Falling in Love Montage by Ciara Smyth

'The Falling in Love Montage' by Ciara Smyth book cover showing two girls walking and holding hands.

Saoirse Clarke always said she wasn’t looking for a relationship until she met a mischievous girl named Ruby. Ruby had a proposal: a summer with all the cliché movie montage dates. They would break up in the fall with no hard or messy feelings. But the one thing these two forgot is that at the end of the movie montages, the characters are actually in love.

Meet Cute Diary by Emery Lee

'Meet Cute Diary' by Emery Lee book cover showing five couples sitting around the title.

Noah Ramirez, self-proclaimed romance expert, has a blog of trans happily ever after stories called the Meet Cute Diary. But none of these stories are real; there were fantasies of a trans boy who was terrified of coming out. However, these stories gave hope to trans readers around the world. One day, an online troll exposes the blog as fake, and in order to save it, Noah has to convince everyone that these stories are real — he needs proof. When a boy named Drew comes into his life and agrees to fake-date him, Noah is ecstatic. However, as Noah’s feelings start to become real, he realizes that real-life romance is nothing like in books.

Caught in a Bad Fauxmance by Elle Gonzalez Rose

'Caught in a Bad Fauxmance' by Elle Gonzalez Rose book cover showing two boys messing around in a lake.

Devin Baez wants to relax at Lake Andreas for winter break. But when he runs into his obnoxious neighbors, the Seo-Cookes and reigning champions of the lake’s yearly Winter Games, relaxing is the last thing on his mind. In order to take them down, the Baezes recklessly offer their cabin as a bet. So, when Julian Seo-Cooke needs a fake boyfriend, Devin uses this as a chance to play dirty and get into enemy territory. Due to their families, the only feeling allowed between Devin and Julian is hate. Which becomes a problem when Devin starts experiencing real, genuine love.

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