10 Best Lesbian Books Of 2017

Welcome to my 10 Best Lesbian Books Of 2017 list. These are, without a doubt my absolute favourite books of the year which is quite a feat since there were just so many excellent releases in 2017.

This is a combination list of audiobooks and ebooks which means that some of the titles were originally published previously but I considered them because their audiobooks were released in 2017.

Please bear in mind that my list is based on my personal preferences as well as what I have read this year. I cannot possibly read all the books released. However, rest assured that this list is full of incredible stories that are well written, exciting and in a word – gorgeous.

Five Moons Rising by Lise MacTague1 Five Moons Rising by Lise MacTague

Published by Bella books

This book is a: Urban Fantasy Action Romance

What it’s about

Unknown to regular citizens, nightmarish creatures lurk in the dark underbelly of human civilization. The presence of these supranormals (“supras”)—werewolves, vampires, demons—is a closely guarded government secret, as is the existence of a cadre of specially engineered Hunters charged with exterminating them.

Code-named Malice, Hunter Mary Alice Nolan was genetically modified and rigorously trained to use her great strength, heightened senses, and killer instincts to track and eliminate supras who prey on the innocent. A loner by choice, her only real link to the human world is her close connection to her mother and sister—until the unthinkable happens…

Ruri Samson has been a werewolf for more than a century and is comfortably situated as the Beta of her peaceful pack. Until she is betrayed by the woman she loves and an evil outsider massacres her Alpha and his most loyal followers. Barely escaping with her life, Ruri is forced to tread the perilous path of a lone wolf while vowing vengeance against the usurper and his minions.

Although these two powerful women should rightfully despise each other, fate will soon compel them to join forces on a dangerous quest to avenge their loved ones—and will ignite a forbidden passion that neither of them ever imagined.

Why I love it

At about 240 pages in the printed book it is a solid length and yet the story keeps up a good pace and I fell in love with the characters.

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Tricky Chances by Camryn Eyde2 Tricky Chances by Camryn Eyde

This book is a: Thawing The Ice Queen Romance

What it’s about

Moving into the final years of Harvard Medical School, Darcy Wright matures with every fatigue-riddled experience she endures, however, the rigorous schedule of clinical rotations clashes with her attempts to navigate her sanity and her happiness. Olivia, her temperamental girlfriend with too many rules, is an asset amidst the chaos; someone she can rely on and someone she can support in return, but can their relationship withstand the intensifying pressure?

Tested by exhaustion and Olivia’s troubled past, Darcy does what she can to hold on to the woman she loves, but misunderstandings and frayed emotions expose and amplify rifts between them. Surely no relationship can withstand the ambitious tunnel-visioned life of a medical student?

New chances, new friends, and a new understanding of how precious life is helps Darcy through the maze of med school. The question is, can she make it out the other side without irreparable psychological damage? And when everything seems to fall apart, will Olivia still be with her at the end?

Why I love it

This is the second book in the series (so get Tricky Wisdom first) but it is ridiculously good. I didn’t think it was possible for the second book in a series to be this good and yet Eyde proved me wrong.

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a Fish out Of Water by Karin Kallmaker3 A Fish Out Of Water by Karin Kallmaker

This book is a: sexy novella retelling of The Little Mermaid

What it’s about

An above sea hunt for the pleasure and song of human women turns disastrous when Ariel, 77th daughter of the Mer Queen, shares rising tides—and human passion—with the forbidden Erica. Court rivals quickly report her transgression and Ariel finds herself an example of what happens to those who defy the Queen.

Why I love it

It is so beautifully written and filled with such longing that I couldn’t stop reading.

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Crossing The Wide Forever by Missouri Vaun4 Crossing The Wide Forever by Missouri Vaun

Published by Bold Strokes Books

This book is a: historical romance with a woman who pretends to be a man to get by

What it’s about

Cody Walsh leaves Arkansas for California. Lured by stories of opportunity, even for women, Cody disguises herself as a man and prepares for the arduous journey west.

Lillie Ellis leaves New York to accept a post as a schoolteacher on the frontier near a small homestead she just inherited from her uncle. Lillie’s ultimate desire is to become a painter, and she hopes the Kansas frontier will offer her the freedom to follow that dream. In the nineteenth century, a young woman has few options in the East that don’t revolve around marriage and motherhood. Lillie is interested in neither.

Cody rescues Lillie after a chance encounter in Independence, Missouri. Their destinies and desires become entwined as they face the perils of the untamed West. Despite their differences, they discover that love’s uncharted frontier is not for the weak in spirit or the faint of heart.

Why I love it

I feel like Missouri Vaun was born to write this book. It is the perfect combination of sweet romance with passion, action and the wonders of starting a life on the frontier.

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Secret Hearts by Radclyffe5 Secret Hearts by Radclyffe (audiobook)

Published by Bold Strokes Books

This book is a: dramatic romance

What it’s about

Kip Kensington owes 400 hours of community service for a joy ride gone wrong. Jordan Rice has no time for younger women with “trouble” written all over them no matter how sexy they might be, even if she is in desperate need of more hands – and more funds – to keep her community garden project alive. Kip’s past follows her into Jordan’s carefully constructed, and safe, world, disrupting Jordan’s orderly life and threatening to uncover all the secrets she’d locked away: secrets she guarded as closely as her heart. Together they discover the only way to build a future is to make peace with the past.

Why I love it

This is definitely one of Radclyffe’s great romances. It contains that magic spark that only Radclyffe can do. If you loved Fated Love or Tomorrow’s Promise then get this book.

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Little Dip by Gill McKnight6 Little Dip by Gill McKnight

Published by Dirt Road Books

This book is a: Romance Urban Fantasy Period Piece

What it’s about

It’s 1977, and Connie Fortune has an easy, freewheeling life as a wildlife photographer and illustrator. A new contract brings her to the Little Dip valley in Oregon to track down a rare bird, but a clash with Sylvie Garoul, the valley’s owner and matriarch of the mysterious Garoul family, and her daughter, the haughty, frustrating, but somehow bewitching Marie Garoul, ruins the deal.

The following year Connie tries again, but this time, things have changed. The residents of nearby Lost Creek are up in arms about strange goings-on in the valley, with blame swirling around the Garouls. Connie is unsure whose side she is on, even as she’s drawn deeper into Little Dip.

Why I love it

The women are feisty and the writing is on point. What a great book.

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Unexpected by Jenny Frame7 Unexpected by Jenny Frame (audiobook)

Published by Bold Strokes Books

This book is a: Butch/Femme Romance and it’s wonderful

What it’s about

Self-made business owner Dale McGuire has always enjoyed two things in life: women and fast cars. Now in her mid-30s, she’s restless and can’t work out why. Then one day a 10-year-old boy turns up, claiming to be her son, and her simple ordered world turns upside down.
Rebecca Harper bears the emotional scars of her father’s crimes, and now she has two rules: never let anyone get too close and never admit weakness. Thanks to an anonymous egg donor, infertility didn’t stop her from having her son Jake. Now pregnant for a second time, she’s horrified when Jake brings home the woman he believes is his other mother.

When distrust turns to understanding and passion, can Dale and Rebecca, two women bound by fate, make a family neither expected?

Why I love it

Jenny Frame writes the most adorable butch/femme romances. No one in the sector quite does it like her and this one is no exception.

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Embracing The Dawn by Jeannie Levig8 Embracing The Dawn by Jeannie Levig

Published by Bold Strokes Books

This book is a: romance about finding love when you didn’t think you wanted it or could find it

What it’s about

Does love have a chance when no one knows she wants it?

Jinx Tanner is an ex-con trying to piece together a life on the outside and heal her relationship with her half-sister who hasn’t spoken to her in over twenty-five years. Romantic love is nowhere on her radar. E. J. Bastien is a business executive with her life and heart under control. She has a successful career, a woman in her bed whenever she wants one, and a healthy relationship with her grown children—as long as they don’t find out she’s gay. She has no desire for romantic entanglements.

When these two women awaken after a one-night stand to find their lives inextricably entwined, love has its work cut out for it.

Why I love it

The audiobook was captivating. It kept me finding excuses to listen. The characters were well thought out and the romance was epic.

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Snow Globe by Georgia Beers9 Snow Globe by Georgia Beers (audiobook)

Published by Bold Strokes Books

This book is a: Friends to lovers romance

What it’s about

Mackenzie Campbell has no idea her life is about to fall apart. She’s bright and attractive with a good job, a comfortable home, and an impending Christmas wedding she’s been planning for months. So when her girlfriend bails less than two weeks before the nuptials, Kenzie’s picture-perfect Christmas world begins to crumble around her.

Determined to hold on to at least some shred of her dignity, Kenzie snags her best friend, Allison, and flees the cold of the Northeast to take the honeymoon anyway. The Rainbow’s Edge is an enormous LGBT resort in South Florida, and its atmosphere of sun and fun seems to be just what Kenzie needs to help take her mind off of her lost relationship. But can a few hot dances, a mysterious suitor, and a handful of rum runners help her figure out what it is she really wants?

Why I love it

It is adorable. The story unfolds in an entirely satisfying way. It is gorgeously written and had me captivated from start to end.

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Djara by Kat Evans10 Djara by Kat Evans

This book is a: wild west romance with steamy sex

What it’s about

It was a period in time known as the westward expansion, a time when people from all over the country moved west in search of silver and gold. The population influx created a shift, and the untouched frontier became inhabited by corrupt men consumed with greed and spurred by desperation. In mining towns overtaken by outlaws, the primary capital was crime. The law of the land was there was no law in the land.

Orphaned as a child, rescued by magical Indians, and raised by a grizzly-bearded mountain man, Djara grew up to be the deadliest woman west of the Mississippi. With a steely determination as immovable as the white-capped Rockies, the gun-slinging bounty hunter fears only one person: a raven-haired beauty named Eden McAllister. When the trail of the ruthless Kody Lawless leads Djara back to Silverton, neither her resolve nor her Colt revolver is a match for a love as wild as the West.

This novelette of approximately 15,000 words is the first book of the DJARA series.

Why I love it

Evans has a gorgeous writing style. The concept is fun and the sex scenes were ridiculously steamy. The only reason this is not higher on the list is that it is a short story and the beginning of a series – so it ended on a cliffhanger. It’s so good, though.

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Sheena is the founder of The Lesbian Review.

She discovered lesbian fiction when she was 19. Radclyffe and Karin Kallmaker soon became favourite authors and she spent a large part of her hard earned income on shipping books from Amazon.com to her home in South Africa.

Over the years she became frustrated with purchasing mediocre lesbian fiction feeling like it was a waste of her money and time. And so she decided to share only the best books and movies with lesbians who are looking for only the best. And so, The Lesbian Review was born

Sheena

Sheena is the founder of The Lesbian Review. She discovered lesbian fiction when she was 19. Radclyffe and Karin Kallmaker soon became favourite authors and she spent a large part of her hard earned income on shipping books from Amazon.com to her home in South Africa. Over the years she became frustrated with purchasing mediocre lesbian fiction feeling like it was a waste of her money and time. And so she decided to share only the best books and movies with lesbians who are looking for only the best. And so, The Lesbian Review was born

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