10 Best Lesbian Romance Novels For Foodies – Guest Review by Aurora Rey

The 10 Best Lesbian Romance Novels For Foodies is a fantastic guest list by Aurora Rey. – Sheena

I love to cook. I also write lesbian romance. It’ll come as no surprise, then, that food and cooking feature prominently in my books. When my first novel, Winter’s Harbor, was released from Bold Strokes Books, I even did a series of recipe posts on my blog, featuring signature dishes of the main characters.

After one of these posts, someone commented that there should be a top ten list of lesbian recipes on—where else?—the Lesbian Review. It may have been a joke, but the seed was planted. I did some polling and, while I would not presume to write recipes for characters who aren’t my own, I did come up with a pretty impressive list.

The books on this list feature sexy chefs, romantic dinners for two, food television stars, and women who simply love to love to cook. The writers all manage to capture the intimate, if not downright sexy, nature of sharing food with another person.

In alpha order by author, I give you the 10 Best Lesbian Romance Novels For Foodies!

starting-from-scratch-by-georgia-beers1 Starting from Scratch by Georgia Beers

What happens when your life takes an unexpected turn?

What happens when you need to protect the one you love from the one you want to love?

What happens when you lose something you never knew you wanted?

Lambda and Golden Crown Literary Award-winning author Georgia Beers brings you Starting from Scratch, a story where learning, laughing, loving, and baked goods are just a few of life’s basic ingredients.

Starting from Scratch…where life is what you make it.

I absolutely agree with this recommendation, I loved this novel – Sheena

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how-sweet-it-is-by-melissa-braedon2 How Sweet It Is by Melissa Brayden

Some things are better than chocolate…

Molly O’Brien is a sweetheart. Her friends and neighbors all think so. While she enjoys her quiet life running the town bakeshop in Applewood, Illinois, she wonders if there could be more. After losing the love of her life four years prior in a plane crash, Molly thinks she’s ready to navigate the dicey dating waters once again. However, you can’t always pick who your heart latches on to. When Jordan Tuscana, the beautiful younger sister of her lost love, returns to town, Molly finds her interest piqued in a manner she wasn’t prepared for.

As secrets are uncovered, Molly and Jordan must figure out how to navigate the difficult terrain of their multi-faceted relationship.

Especially when something much deeper seems to be bubbling between them.

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veritas-by-mj-duncan3 Veritas by MJ Duncan

Working as a chef aboard a private yacht might not seem like a vacation for most people, but to Lauren Murphy, a highly-regarded sous chef at a top New York restaurant, the opportunity to spend seventeen days in the Virgin Islands, sailing from one tropical location to the next, while having complete freedom to create her own menus is a dream come true.

Enter Grey Wells, the owner and captain of the Veritas, and the most complicated person Lauren has ever met. Cold and distant one minute and then cautiously friendly the next, Lauren is compelled to get to know her better. What happens when she does, however, is enough to change both of their lives forever.

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for-the-love-of-cake-by-erin-dutton

4 For the Love of Cake by Erin Dutton

Maya Vaughn, the hottest young pastry chef to emerge from the reality television machine, enjoys spending time with men and women alike.

When she takes a turn as a judge on the very show that launched her career, she expects to find a nice change of scenery and a little diversion.

A late-bloomer at forty-two years old, Shannon Hayes is finally on the precipice of achieving her dreams. She has one shot to prove she can compete with chefs half her age with much more experience. Engaging in a fling with a judge fourteen years her junior would almost certainly kill that chance.

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add-spice-to-taste-by-rg-emanuelle

5 Add Spice to Taste by R.G. Emanuelle

Giovanna “Jo” Rossini teaches cooking classes at The New York Culinary Institute and though she enjoys it, she’s still struggling to make ends meet and figure out how to get her life back on track. Her dream of owning her own café was broken when the business failed, and her heart was shattered with the end of her long-term relationship.

Then, a Moroccan cooking class reveals a few surprises when Jo finds herself attracted to Julianna, one of her students. Despite her internal attempts to deny it, she soon discovers that the attraction is mutual. Even more surprisingly, she must also fend off the unwanted advances of another student—and deal with her own weaknesses and past mistakes. Can Jo find the courage to allow Julianna past her self-imposed boundaries and allow herself to love again? Or will she choose to keep her heart locked away instead?

This novella contains original recipe and photos of dishes from Jo’s Moroccan cooking class.

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sugar-by-karin-kallmaker6 Sugar by Karin Kallmaker

SUGAR SORENSON’S LIFE HAS JUST GONE UP IN FLAMES…
…Literally.

Struggling to make ends meet, Sugar has invested everything into Cake Dreams by Sugar with hopes of becoming the most sought-after designer of event desserts in Seattle.

Working – and baking – night and day to perfect her business and her chances of winning a large bake-off prize, she’s not prepared for disaster. Within a few hours she’s got no place to live and no business, not even a bag of flour or a measuring cup.

Support arrives in the form of an empathetic Victim’s Advocate social worker named Tree, a hunky, charming firefighter named Charlie, and a dynamic, ambitious local TV producer. She’s Emily, and the first of the trio to make a serious play for Sugar in the morning, Sugar in the evening, and Sugar in the afternoon.

After years as a single lesbian who couldn’t get a heartbeat from any woman anywhere, all this attention has Sugar’s head spinning.

Forced to live with her ailing, homophobic grandmother, she has no idea how she’ll get to know any of these new women in her life.

They all offer changed circumstances, stability and a hope at forever. But which one will she choose?

FINDING MS. RIGHT IS NO PIECE OF CAKE.

This is an absolutely gorgeous read – Sheena

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someone-like-you-by-syd-parker7 Someone Like You by Syd Parker

Does true love ever get a second chance?

Aspen Lane hasn’t forgotten her first love or the heartbreak she’s been dealing with since she left. As an artist, Aspen tried to pour her feelings into her art in hopes of healing, but five years later, she’s still trying to move on.

There’s just one thing keeping Lex Tataris from marrying her girlfriend, Cassidy Scott – being married to another woman. A divorce should be simple enough. Go home to Vermont and live there long enough to file the paperwork.

When Aspen offers to live with Lex for the six months it will take to prove residency in Vermont, she figures it will be a chance for her to get closure and move on. Lex is certain everything will go smoothly and she will be free to marry Cassidy soon enough. The two women soon discover that letting go may not be as easy as they thought or what they wanted after all.

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Side-Order-Of-Love-by-Tracey-Richardson8 Side Order Of Love by Tracey Richardson

Every week millions of viewers tune in to watch Grace Wellwood transform basic ingredients into delicious cuisine. Her latest cookbook is flying off bookstore shelves and her trendy Boston restaurant is booked months in advance.

She knows how to cook up success, but she overlooks the basic ingredients to transform her private life into anything delicious–or even remotely satisfying.
During a long overdue vacation, determined to get her life into some kind of order, Grace retreats to a summer cottage in Maine.

Cooking and contemplation are all she has on her mind.
Torrie Cannon has a great deal on her mind–by reputation, the pro golfer’s focus off the green is on the ladies. One look at Grace promises a far more interesting summer than the Tour’s young hotshot had anticipated. Torrie’s bewitching charms are undeniably enticing. In spite of the sizzle between them, however, Grace is done with fast food relationships. What Grace wants is the one thing that has never been a specialty on Torrie’s menu: love.

The glamorous worlds of haute cuisine and professional golf collide as Tracey Richardson explores the trust and sacrifice required before two women can choose more than a side order of love.

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cowgirl-up-by-ali-spooner9 Cowgirl Up by Ali Spooner

When the new ranch hand, Coal Bryan, arrives at the MC2, the last thing she’s looking for is love.

Her co-workers are surprised when Coal turns out to be female. Coal, used to the reaction, quickly earns the respect of the crew with her work ethic and skill with horses. Coal uses the strenuous work and friendship of the ranch hands to try and forget her broken past.

Melissa Conway, owner of MC2, offers Coal a place to live in her home. They both are shocked to find they are linked in a way neither of them imagined.

Mary Leah, Melissa’s sister, arrives at the ranch to recover from a recent tragedy. The attraction between Mary Leah and Coal is instant and mutual.

Can the three women survive their personal dilemmas? The love and friendship they develop certainly helps but will it be enough to bring them together. Ride along with the MC2, for boot scootin’, butt kickin’, dirt eatin’, rodeo adventures, with a love story thrown into the mix.

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a-month-of-sundays-by-yolanda-wallance10 Month of Sundays by Yolanda Wallace

Conservative accountant Rachel Bauer is recovering from the abrupt end of a long-term relationship when she’s tossed into the dating pool against her will. Expecting to meet friends for drinks, she finds herself in the middle of a blind date with Griffin Sutton, the sexy celebrity chef with a reputation for being easy on the eyes but hard on the heart.

Rachel isn’t interested in becoming the latest notch on Griffin’s well-worn bedpost so she rebuffs her advances. Griffin, who hasn’t met a woman she couldn’t seduce, decides the best way to Rachel’s reluctant heart is through her stomach. She offers to take her on a culinary trip around the world one Sunday at a time.

If Rachel accepts Griffin’s proposition, will she find more than a good meal? Love doesn’t always happen overnight; sometimes it takes a month of Sundays.

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Of course, it would be bad form to put my own book on the list. But since that’s what got this whole list started, I’ll include it as a footnote. Because who doesn’t love a sexy pastry chef?

winters-harbor-by-aurora-reyWinter’s Harbor by Aurora Rey

Lia Brooks has a broken heart and a burning desire to escape New York City. She decides Provincetown is the perfect winter escape to find some peace and regroup. Alex McKinnon is the pastry chef and proprietor of The Flour Pot Café in the heart of Provincetown. She loves owning her own business and the easy, no-strings-attached relationships that come with living in a gay tourist mecca.

When Lia appears in the café, the attraction is immediate. The passion between them promises more than a casual affair, but it’s never that simple. Women from Alex’s past pop up at the most inopportune times. Then there’s Lia’s ex, who brokers deals for a living and is unaccustomed to losing. Will Alex and Lia be able to overcome the roadblocks and find a happily ever after?

And if you’d like to check out some of the recipes—like Alex’s chocolate croissants or Lia’s praline sweet potatoes—head on over to my blog 

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This was a brilliant list by the lovey Aurora Rey and with Top 10 Romance Novels For Foodies like this, who can resist adding a little extra spice to your reading – Sheena.

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Aurora Rey grew up in a small town in south Louisiana, daydreaming about New England. She keeps a special place in her heart for the South, especially the food and the ways women are raised to be strong, even if they're taught not to show it. When she's not writing or at her day job in higher education, she loves to cook and putter around the house. She's slightly addicted to Pinterest, has big plans for the garden, and would love to get some goats. She lives in Ithaca, New York. Her first novel, Winter’s Harbor, is available from Bold Strokes Books. Her second, Built to Last, will be out in April.
aurorareywrites@gmail.com'

Aurora Rey

Aurora Rey grew up in a small town in south Louisiana, daydreaming about New England. She keeps a special place in her heart for the South, especially the food and the ways women are raised to be strong, even if they're taught not to show it. When she's not writing or at her day job in higher education, she loves to cook and putter around the house. She's slightly addicted to Pinterest, has big plans for the garden, and would love to get some goats. She lives in Ithaca, New York. Her first novel, Winter’s Harbor, is available from Bold Strokes Books. Her second, Built to Last, will be out in April.

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