An Epic, Slow Burn F/F Romance: The Senator’s Wife by Jen Lyon
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by Liv
4M ago
Amazon Affiliate Link Since reading The Senator’s Wife, I’ve been thinking about what exactly my criteria is for rating a book with five stars. Anne of Green Gables is the first five-star book I ever read; Anne of Avonlea was, unsurprisingly, the second. The three books by Jeanette Winterson that were the subject of my undergraduate thesis—The Passion, Written on the Body, and The PowerBook—are all rated five stars. The only book that I rated five stars in 2023 was Jennette McCurdy’s I’m Glad My Mom Died. I rated Iris Kelly Doesn’t Date, Writt ..read more
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Supremely Steamy Slow Burn: Losing Control by J. J. Arias
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by Jamie Rose
5M ago
Amazon Affiliate Link For my first romance of 2024, I decided to read Losing Control by J. J. Arias. I had heard so many great things about this author (shout out to the Strictly Sapphic podcast) and knew that I really wanted to check her work out sometime. So when my friends gifted me a copy for Christmas, I knew what I had to do. I am so happy with my choice. This book is a nearly perfect steamy slow build romance with tons of emotional depth. Losing Control is the first in her new series of books set at the Miami-based Dominion Talent Agency. Andrea Ortiz is one of the top talent agents at ..read more
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A Fantasy of Community: Legends & Lattes by Travis Baldree
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by Danika Ellis
6M ago
Buy this from Bookshop.org to support local bookstores and the Lesbrary! Legends & Lattes has been reviewed at the Lesbrary before, and it’s certainly gotten a lot of praise online in general, so why do I feel the need to add my own positive review to the mix? I think it’s because the reason I loved it isn’t one I’ve seen touched on much, and it’s also why I think cozy fantasy has a particular appeal to queer readers—I adored it when I first encountered it in The Tea Dragon Society, and this series has only cemented that love. I’m here to argue that queer cozy fantasy isn’t just about low ..read more
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Gory Bisexual Horror/Fantasy: The Dead Take the A Train by Cassandra Khaw and Richard Kadrey
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by Danika Ellis
6M ago
Buy this from Bookshop.org to support local bookstores and the Lesbrary! One thing about a Cassandra Khaw book: I never know what I’m getting into. Even two-thirds of the way through this, completely invested in the story, I still kept thinking, “What genre is this? And also, what’s the plot?” Julie is a 30-year-old exorcist for hire, not quite scraping by in New York City by taking on the deadliest and most gruesome jobs carving monsters out of people and going head to head with demons. Her arms are wrapped with barbed wire magic, which she tears from her flesh in order to use those spells ..read more
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Cheesy Goodness: The Princess and the Grilled Cheese Sandwich by Deya Muniz
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by Emory Rose
7M ago
Buy this from Bookshop.org to support local bookstores and the Lesbrary! Note: Though plot spoilers are restricted to the very end of the review, this review discusses some themes and character arcs in the latter part of the book. As the first snow falls in my region, it’s a perfect time for a cozy graphic novel with grilled cheese oozing on the cover. Despite some quibbles, I had a great time with The Princess and the Grilled Cheese Sandwich by Deya Muniz, a lighthearted young adult romance inspired by the author’s own love story. In the kingdom of Fromage, Lady Camembert can’t leg ..read more
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Fake Dating Meets Single Parenting: Make Her Wish Come True by A.L. Brooks
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by J.P.
7M ago
Buy it on Amazon with this Lesbrary affiliate link! Make Her Wish Come True by A.L. Brooks was released on October 23, 2003 and is a contemporary romance about two women who are absolutely not in a place to date. Or so they keep telling themselves. Abby Baxter had to grow up way too fast, stepping in to raise her 12-year-old half-sister after their mom passed away. She’s been working for an online magazine as an administrative assistant until she can break into her dream profession: a journalist. Her prospects seem to get a boost when her friend, a columnist who writes for the magazine, offer ..read more
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Larkie reviews The Jasmine Throne by Tasha Suri
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by Lesbrarians
8M ago
Amazon Affiliate Link | Bookshop.org Affiliate Link What a book! I didn’t know all that much about it before I started reading, and all the reviews I read felt like they confused me more. Once I got into this book and realized how complicated it was, I could see why. The first half of The Jasmine Throne is fairly slow, as Suri sets up the world. At its core, this book is about how to remove a fanatical, xenophobic emperor who believes so strongly in his superiority that he is willing to burn his own sister to death. This sister, Malini, is exiled so that she can’t continue plotting ..read more
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A Tender Foodie F/F Manga: She Loves to Cook, She Loves to Eat by Sakaomi Yuzaki
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by Anna N.
8M ago
Amazon Affiliate Link | Bookshop.org Affiliate Link They say the quickest way to a man’s heart is through his stomach, but in Sakaomi Yuzaki’s latest manga, that proves just as true for women. She Loves to Cook, She Loves to Eat is a lovely, heartwarming story about two neighbors who bond over a shared love of food. Nomoto, an office worker with a passion for cooking and no one to finish off the epically-sized dishes she dreams of making, finally meets her match in Kasuga, her very tall, very reserved neighbor with a very, very large appetite—an appetite perfectly suited to dishes contai ..read more
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JB reviews Something To Talk About by Meryl Wilsner
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by Danika Ellis
8M ago
Hello everybody! My name is JB and I’m so excited to be here. Who doesn’t love a good slow burn romance? The slow burn romance trope is literally my favorite trope in existence. All my favorite ships go through some sort of slow burn/mutual pining stage. Something to Talk About has a slow burn romance AND a fake dating. It feels like it was made for me, and I can tell Meryl Wilsner knows what the lesbians want. And yet this novel did not fully satisfy my itch for slow burn romance. Something to Talk About features Jo, a mega-successful showrunner, and her assistant, Emma, and their journey fr ..read more
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Danika reviews Sweet & Bitter Magic by Adrienne Tooley
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by Danika Ellis
8M ago
Amazon Affiliate Link | Bookshop.org Affiliate Link Tamsin is a 17-year-old witch who was banished from her community of witches when she was 12, for committing the worse of magical crimes. Worse, she was cursed, and now she can’t feel love unless she takes it from others. Without love, she can’t see colors, taste food, or feel warmth. When the townspeople fall ill or are in need of big magic, they come to her and offer up their love for their children or spouse in exchange, and she carefully rations that small store of emotion. Wren is a source: someone made of magic, but who can’t use it h ..read more
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