A main character or strong secondary character with a deceased spouse or long time life partner.

Beowulf For Cretins by Ann McMan

Beowulf for Cretins by Ann McMan is a lovely, hilarious lesbian romance. Anyone who’s read “Falling From Grace” in McMan’s short story collection Sidecar will be familiar with the beginning of this book. Whether you’ve read that or not, though, you’ll be sure to enjoy Beowulf for Cretins—especially if you’re a romance fan. Grace Warner is a college professor in the St. Albans, Vermont who’s been working away at her

Both Ends Of The Whip by Brenda Murphy

Both Ends Of The Whip by Brenda Murphy is a story about accepting who you are, learning the delicate art of giving and receiving love and expressing your sexual desires without shame. Octavia really wants to be free to explore both sides of her sexual nature—her dominant and submissive sides. She knows she will never be able to fully explore her desires if she remains employed at an elite house

The Promise by Claire Highton-Stevenson

The Promise by Claire Highton-Stevenson is a story about coping with losing the one you love, overcoming grief and opening your heart to love again. Life comes with many challenges, surprises and unforeseen circumstances. Ali and Susan have everything in their lives all neatly planned out until life throws a huge curveball their way. When Susan is diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer, Ali is devastated and she wants

Rabbit by Max Ellendale

Rabbit by Max Ellendale is a lesbian romance between a cop and doctor that held me thoroughly enraptured. Alice Lange is a detective with a bias crimes unit in Seattle almost 10 years in the future. The book imagines that hate crimes have gone up enough to warrant dedicated police units, thanks to the current presidential administration in the US. When Alice is shot at a white nationalist rally that

Falling Into Her by Erin Zak

Falling Into Her by Erin Zak is an age gap, toaster oven romance that I really enjoyed. I’m especially glad that I listened to it, because the narrator took a great book and made it even better! Kathryn Hawthorne is very happy with her one-night stands and isn’t interested in a serious relationship after having her heart ripped out a few years prior. One day she stops at an upscale

Unconventional Lovers by Annette Mori

Unconventional Lovers by Annette Mori is a story about healing from past hurts, doing what brings you joy and breaking away from other people’s expectations. Bri and Siera are young women who just want to follow their hearts and live their lives by doing the things that make their souls sing. This should have been a simple task but the world is not kind to people who do not measure

Dingo's Recovery by Genevieve Fortin

Dingo’s Recovery by Genevieve Fortin is a super sweet age gap romance. In the three years since her wife died, 56-year-old Joyce Allen has made some significant changes. She’s recently retired, and as part of Joyce’s shift towards living her life in a way that makes her happy (rather than simply doing what her wife or sister tell her to), she’s adopted an adorable basenji pup named Dingo. When Dingo

Rock and a Hard Place by Andrea Bramhall

Rock and a Hard Place by Andrea Bramhall is a lesbian romance that takes us all the way to the mountains of Patagonia. Jayden Harris is one of the best mountain climbers in the world, but she’s finished with mountains after experiencing tragedy on Mount Everest. And while life in England a year later might suck it’s all she can handle, working in a call centre and visiting her mum

The Journey Home by K’Anne Meinel

The Journey Home by K’Anne Meinel is a story about valuing each moment of your life, love for one’s family, community and nature. It is also a story about embracing and accepting who you really are. Cassandra Scheimer is facing hard times indeed, she is single-handedly trying to run the family farm during the Great Depression. Cassandra already has enough problems on her plate and the last thing she needs

Spring Flowering by Farah Mendlesohn

Spring Flowering by Farah Mendlesohn takes place in an English Regency-era setting that owes more to Jane Austen, with its parson’s daughters and everyday family dynamics, than to Georgette Heyer’s dashing aristocrats and Gothic perils. We are invited into the life of Ann Gray. The death of her father has left her unmoored, once the formalities of mourning have become routine. Living with relatives in a Birmingham manufacturing family, her