These are the 10 best lesbian short stories that we have read to date, with five from me (Sheena), five from Tara and one from Tamara.

I enjoy short stories because they are faster to read, which is a blessing when you are trying to conquer the lesbian world and unite lesbians around the globe. Ask me about this pursuit some time, I may talk your ear off, though.

The problem with short stories, however, is that the author doesn’t have a lot of time to develop characters or to create worlds. This means that you can throw a rock at a pile of short stories and you will probably hit a bad one. These, however, are guaranteed great reads.

We considered novellas, stand alone short stories and collections.

Sheena’s Faves

Magic-in-her-Touch-by-Kate-McLayMagic In Her Touch by Kate McLay

Category: Supernatural

Mina Poole left home at eighteen, never to return.

Never is a long time, and when she finds herself back in Lewistown, Indiana her mother insists that she bind herself to a stranger in the name of duty. Mina scoffs at her mother’s plans, and rushes into the arms of a beautiful, brawling woman at the local bar.

She’s the baddest witch in town…

Darby Guerin hustles pool, gets in bar fights, and wears the mantle of black sheep and screw-up with pride. No way will she consent to an arranged marriage with some debutante from a rival witch family just to satisfy her mother. A night of passion with a beautiful stranger is more her speed. Her one night stand gets complicated when sparks fly and Darby can’t stop thinking about Mina.

What’s a little danger between lovers?

Necessity forces the two women even tighter together to help rescue a friend. As their lives intertwine, their hearts collide and bind them together more tightly than their families could dream.

Published by LoveLight Press

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The-Ruin-of-Us-by-Keira-Michelle-TelfordThe Ruin of Us by Keira Michelle Telford

Category: Teacher/Student

In preparation for marriage, sixteen-year-old Maddie is packed off to finishing school. She anticipates spending a dreary summer refining her knowledge of the great literary classics, improving her needlepoint, and learning how to paint. Instead, she receives an altogether more erotic education at the hands of Miss Camille, the school’s beautiful and enigmatic maîtress.

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her-most-secret-affair-by-jesalin-creswellHer Most Secret Affair by Jesalin Creswell

Category: Forbidden Love

Miranda Dashwood was born wealthy, but now she struggles to survive: her deceased father’s gambling debts have crippled the household. With no skills and no experience, Miranda resigns herself to the world’s oldest profession and loathes every moment of her new life… Until she meets Valerie.

Valerie Wilde is the Madam of The Crimson Manor, an exclusive and successful brothel. When one of her most popular girls leaves, Valerie has to find another, fast. Her clients are demanding and discerning, and Valerie’s task is no easy one: most harlots are too unrefined, too vulgar… Until she meets Miranda.

Confused by their desire for one another, the women are drawn together by their forbidden feelings. And all the while, Valerie is terrified that Miranda will leave her for the life of a kept mistress. But Miranda has her own ideas on what the future holds, and will do whatever it takes to make her vision reality.

Published by LoveLight Press

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Brooklyn’s Fave

Tread Lightly by Catherine LaneTread Lightly by Catherine Lane

Category: Supernatural Urban Fantasy

Claire, fairy godmother level one plus, is one of the best operatives at the Fairy Godmother Council, but god-mothering in the twenty-first century isn’t all it used to be. The magic’s drying up; the girls are spoiled brats, and guardian angels poach the council’s best clients whenever they can.

When her boss assigns her a VIP case, Claire assumes it’s more of the same. But Frankie, her client, seems to be the deserving underdog of the olden days. And Tamiel, the guardian angel who pops onto the scene, swears she’s there to protect Frankie, not to steal her. It doesn’t hurt she’s smokin’ hot.

As the case starts to unravel, Claire is forced to examine her own prejudices and desires. Is she heading for certain ruin, or will she grab her happily ever after in this lesbian urban fantasy?

Published by Ylva Publishing

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Tamara’s Fave


It Had To Be You by Clare LydonIt Had To Be You by Clare Lydon

Category: Second Chance Romance

Georgia and Milly are in a relationship and Milly wants Georgia to come home with her for Christmas. Georgia worries that their significant age gap will be a problem, she is old enough to be Milly’s mother and she is not convinced that she will have a lot to talk about with Milly’s family.

Who’s to know that the simple act of meeting the family will turn lives upside down as the past comes to back to haunt them all.

Published by Custard Publishing

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Tara’s Faves

the-miracle-of-th-elights-by-cindy-rizzoThe Miracle Of The Lights by Cindy Rizzo

Category: Young Adult

When her girlfriend, Tova, leaves their upstate New York Hasidic community to avoid an arranged marriage, eighteen-year-old Chava goes in search of her among the hundreds of homeless LGBTQ youth in New York City.

Once there, she faces the challenges of life on the street and must reconcile the insulated world she has known with the new and unfamiliar choices she confronts. But nothing else matters—not the cold, the onset of an illness, or her brush with danger—nothing, except finding Tova.

Published by Ylva Publishing

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treasure-by-rebekah-weatherspoonTreasure by Rebekah Weatherspoon

Category: New Adult

Her sister’s bachelorette party is the highlight of a miserable year for Alexis Chambers, but once her bridesmaid’s dress is packed away, she’s back to coping with her life as a once popular athlete and violinist turned loner and the focus of her parents’ disappointment. She isn’t expecting much from her freshman year of college until she finds herself sharing a class with Treasure, the gorgeous stripper from her sister’s party.

Trisha Hamilton has finally gotten the credits and the money together to transfer to a four-year university. Between classes, studying, and her job as a stripper, she has little time for a social life, until she runs into the adorably shy baby butch from the club. Trisha can’t seem to hide her feelings for Alexis, even when Trisha discovers what she has been through, but will Alexis have the strength to be just as fearless about their new love?

Published by Bold Strokes Books

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by design ja armstrong review on The Lesbian ReviewBy Design by JA Armstrong

Category: Politicians

Building bridges has a very different meaning for Jameson Reid than it does for Candace Fletcher. J.D. Reid spends her days designing some of the most elegant and majestic buildings and homes in North America. U.S. Senator Candace Fletcher has spent her life working to build bridges between people. J.D. Reid is not who Candace Fletcher was expecting to arrive on her doorstep. Candace will challenge all of Jameson’s preconceptions about the women of Washington D.C. The enigmatic architect will test the resolve of the Junior Senator from New York. Two women will discover that falling in love may be out of their control, but creating a relationship in the world of politics and business is completely BY DESIGN.

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sweet hearts short storiesSweet Hearts by Melissa Brayden, Rachel Spangler and Karis Walsh

Category: Romance

Do you ever wonder Whatever happened to…? Find out when you reconnect with your favorite characters from Melissa Brayden’s Heart Block, Rachel Spangler’s LoveLife, and Karis Walsh’s Worth the Risk.

In Firework by Melissa Brayden: Lucy Danaher was born into a life of privilege, and has always enjoyed the view from the top. But after clashing with reporter and rights activist Kristin James, she wonders if there’s more to the world than she once thought.

In Getting Serious by Rachel Spangler: Lisa Knapp has never been the romantic lead. She’s better suited to comic relief, but when another guest at her best friend’s wedding doesn’t go for the easy laugh, Lisa has to face the prospect of getting serious.

In Risk Factor by Karis Walsh: Myra Owens runs a therapeutic riding program for returning soldiers. She won’t risk getting hurt by becoming personally involved with her riders until Ainslee Cooper challenges her to take a chance on love.

Published by Bold Strokes Books

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All-You-Can-Eat-Lesbian-Erotica-BuffetAll You Can Eat edited by RG Emanuelle and Andi Marquette

Category: Erotica/Romance

Chef RG Emanuelle and sous chef Andi Marquette locked themselves in the kitchen to create a menu that would explore the sensuous qualities of food and illustrate how the act of preparing and eating it can engage many more senses than simply taste and smell. They gathered a great group of cooks who put together an array of dishes, and they present to you here a menu that ranges from sweet and romantic to sultry and seductive, from relationships enjoying a first taste to those that have moved beyond the entrée.

Each story also ends with a recipe. Some of these require cooking implements while others are whimsical accompaniments that don’t require cooking at all—at least not in the traditional sense. After all, food serves as more than sustenance—it’s a trigger for love, laughter, sex, pleasure, and carnal and sensory satisfaction. Whatever your palate prefers, you’re sure to find something tasty here.

The menu includes dishes by Ashley Bartlett, Historia, Jae, Rebekah Weatherspoon, Cheyenne Blue, Karis Walsh, Victoria Oldham, Cheri Crystal, Andi Marquette, Jove Belle, R.G. Emanuelle, Sacchi Green, and Yvonne Heidt.

Published by Ylva Publishing

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The-Scent-Of-Jasmine-by-Lila-BruceThe Scent Of Jasmine by Lila Bruce

Category: Light Romance

Tamara loved this story and asked me to add it. I cannot say no to my beautiful wife so here it is.

Four years ago Jessica Taylor thought she was ready to leave small town living behind and headed West. Now she’s back in Cedar Creek, a little older, a lot wiser, and ready to live the quiet life for a while.

It’s been eight months since her fiancée walked out and shattered Grace Donnelly’s dreams of a happily ever after. Her friends tell her it’s time to start living again, but the breakup with Emma was still just too raw for Grace to wash her hands and move on.

After a chance meeting at her brother’s bakery, Jessica finds herself unable to get Grace off of mind. She’s sure she feels an attraction from Grace as well, but will Jessica be able to convince Grace to stop living in the past and take a chance on a future together with her…

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We hope you enjoyed our list of the 10 best lesbian short stories, we certainly did.

About the author

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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 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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Tara Scott lives in Calgary, Canada with her family. If you don't find her with her Kindle in her hand, she's probably busy talking about what she's currently reading.

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I am Brooklyn I was born and raised in San Bernardino California. Running, dancing, reading, singing out of key, my dog, my girlfriend, these are a few of my favorite things.

My favorite Genre is basically anything Lesbian but more specific Lesbian action, sci-fi, dystopian, mystery, crime, but I’m open to everything.

Lastly my favorite color is green.

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Tamara is Sheena's long-suffering wife. She has been dragged into the world of lesbian fiction by her toenails but is now glad that Sheena is as pushy as is she is because Tamara has discovered some great lesfic authors.