If you are anything like me then you love to take a good book with you on vacation, which is why we put together this must-read Top 100 Lesbian Vacation Novels list.
When we were putting together the list we had a couple of factors in mind. The first was that these need to be books that transport you away completely. If it’s a romance, then it needs to be utterly captivating. If it’s a speculative fiction novel, then the world building must make it feel like you are somewhere else.
A couple of things to note. The first is that the books in the list are not in order from 1 -10—it’s random, based on when the review went live. Also, we split this top 100 into categories and these are also not in any order in terms of best books. The categories are:
- Vacation Reads
- Beach Reads
- Small Town
- Cozy Mystery
- Crime Mystery
- Speculative Fiction
- Sheena’s Choice
At the end of the page, you can find the full Top 100 without the categories.
Vacation Reads by Tara
(with a couple from Sheena)
You’re going on vacation, so why not read about other people who are travelling? These f/f books will take you all over the world while you’re on your own getaway!
Easy Nevada and the Pyramid’s Curse by Georgette Kaplan is an adrenaline-fueled action and adventure masterpiece that keeps your heart ...Read More
The Curvy Side Of Life by Suzie Carr is a sweet story that focuses on the curves that show up ...Read More
Riding the Track by Kara Ripley is a sweet and sexy novella about taking chances, stepping outside your comfort zone, ...Read More
Rock and a Hard Place by Andrea Bramhall is a lesbian romance that takes us all the way to the ...Read More
Vacationland by Susan X Meagher is a story about opening your heart to love, embracing unforeseen circumstances, simplifying your life ...Read More
Snow Globe by Georgia Beers is a wonderful friends to lovers romance. It starts with Mackenzie crying in the bathroom ...Read More
Whitewater Rendezvous by Kim Baldwin is a wonderful romance set in the most gorgeous place. It is the story of ...Read More
Winters Harbor by Aurora Rey is a charming story. It is a sweet, gentle romance with just enough angst to ...Read More
Seasons Meetings by Amy Dunne is a delightful Christmas romance that is even better as an audiobook. The book is about Catherine ...Read More
Tomorrows promise by Radclyffe is a book I have read many times. Radclyffe is a really prolific author who writes ...Read More
Beach Reads by Tara
What’s better to take to the beach than a delicious romance? Some of these are angsty, some are fluffy, some are sexy, and one of them literally takes place on the sand and surf. They all have one thing in common—the perfect happily ever after.
In Fashion by Jody Klaire is a fabulous opposites attract, celebrity romance between a girl next door and one of ...Read More
Off Limits by Vanessa North is a rich girl/poor girl, celebrity romance (which we all know are two of my ...Read More
Marriage of Unconvenience by Chelsea M. Cameron is quite possibly the cutest f/f romance I’ve ever read. Reading it is ...Read More
Paper Love by Jae is a really sweet workplace romance with a thawing ice queen, origami, and even a sneaky ...Read More
Twice in a Lifetime by Clare Lydon is an excellent second chance romance that’s even better in audio. Sally McCall ...Read More
Sparks Like Ours by Melissa Brayden is an enemies to lovers romance set in the pro surfing world. It’s the ...Read More
Great Bones by Lynn Ames is a romantic comedy that’s sure to make you laugh, smile and forget about the ...Read More
Up On The Roof by AL Brooks is a story about moving out of your comfort zone, learning to embrace ...Read More
Casting Lacey by Elle Spencer is a fake relationship romance featuring TV actresses in Hollywood. Quinn Kincaid has known for ...Read More
Always Alex by Robin Alexander is a delightful friends to lovers romance about Dana Castilaw and Alex Soileau. Alex and ...Read More
Small Town Romances by Tara
(with a couple from Victoria)
Sometimes getting away from it all means leaving the hustle and bustle of the big city behind. All of these stories take place in small towns, so you can fall in love with the setting while the characters fall in love with each other!
Take Your Time by VK Powell is the third book in the Pine Cone Romance Series. This delightful story emphasizes ...Read More
Back To The Start by Monica McCallan is a wonderful second chance romance that gave me oodles of warm, fuzzy, ...Read More
Charming Memory by EL Bossert is a wonderful, feel-good romance that is as comforting as a favorite throw blanket and ...Read More
Love at Cooper’s Creek by Missouri Vaun is a lovely small town romance. Near the top of the corporate ladder ...Read More
I really loved The Scent of Jasmine by Lila Bruce. I was so sad when it turned out to be ...Read More
Sexy Reads by Victoria
Do you feel like taking something sexy to read on vacation? Perhaps something a little naughty to add some spice to your getaway? This selection of erotic romances is guaranteed to heat things up.
Knotted Legacy by Brenda Murphy is a sensual BDSM romance about letting go of the past and moving on and ...Read More
Nights of Silk and Sapphire by Amber Jacobs is an erotic romance set in an exotic desert kingdom with a ...Read More
Certain Requirements by Elinor Zimmerman is a kinky, butch/femme erotic romance that’s surprisingly sweet. Phoenix Gomez is excited to start ...Read More
Fire On The Ice by Tamsen Parker needs a warning label, saying: May cause spontaneous combustion due to steamy and ...Read More
Djara by Kat Evans is great fun. Set during the westward expansion in the US, when people wanted to strike ...Read More
Shadow Haven by AJ Schippers is an erotic romance that we both had so much fun reading, we just knew ...Read More
Her Best Friend’s Sister by Meghan O’Brien is a new erotic romance that might just be this author’s hottest book ...Read More
Party Favors by Jaime Clevenger is not your average romance book. I’m not even sure if I should call it ...Read More
At Her Feet by Rebekah Weatherspoon is an erotic romance and I guarantee you won’t find anything else like it ...Read More
All The Wrong Places by Karin Kallmaker is an erotic romance with a lot of steamy sex, family drama, and ...Read More
Sports Romances by Anna
Playing sports is like taking a vacation. Both provide you with once-in-a-lifetime experiences that can change your life in the most amazing ways. Here are a few of my favorite stories that spotlight some amazing women and, most notably, the sports and women they love.
A Swing At Love by Harper & Caroline Bliss is my first sports romance centered around golf. It is also ...Read More
Gold by EJ Noyes gives us an insight on how the road to recovery is not only about rediscovering who ...Read More
Code Of Conduct by Cheyenne Blue combines two of my favorite themes flawlessly: sports and workplace romance. Cheyenne Blue takes ...Read More
Smokey O by Celia Cohen is a story that takes us on a trip into the dugouts of the Women’s ...Read More
Touch by Kris Bryant is the second book in Bryant’s sensory series. Whether by design or by accident, Bryant has ...Read More
Romancing The Zone by Kenna White is a story about the plans we make in life and how they may ...Read More
Edge Of Glory by Rachel Spangler is a lesson in positive frustration. It is frustrating because after being a fan ...Read More
Remember Me by Syd Parker is a slow-burn romantic story that pays homage to ancestry and heritage by taking us ...Read More
The Set Piece by Catherine Lane is a sweet, romantic story the uses the backdrop of soccer to show that ...Read More
Delay of Game by Tracey Richardson is a book I couldn’t put down. It hit so many of the right ...Read More
Cozy Mystery and Crime Mystery Category by April
(with a couple from Sheena)
It’s never an easy task when it comes to hand picking books for a Top 100 list and it’s certainly no small task when you have to narrow it down to ten books per section (I’m always going overboard!).
I would have loved to put as many mystery books as possible on this awesome list, but I had to tame my booklust and choose only 10 Cozy mysteries and 10 Crime/Thriller mysteries.
Each story was chosen because I have a thing for quirky, hilarious, fast-paced and action-packed mystery stories that contain unforgettable and adorable characters. We had the time of our lives creating these entertaining reviews, so we really hope you enjoy reading them!
The Lost Women of Lost Lake by Ellen Hart is the nineteenth book in the Jane Lawless Mystery Series. Jane ...Read More
She Waits by Kate Sweeney is the first book in the Kate Ryan Mystery Series. Kate Ryan is a middle ...Read More
The Missing Comatose Woman by Sarah Ettritch is a new adult, cozy mystery story that deals with learning the gentle ...Read More
The Wombat Strategy by Claire McNab is the first book in the Kylie Kendall Mystery Series. Kylie Kendall has spent ...Read More
Dust by Ann McMan is a political thriller featuring an investigator, a junior Senator being vetted for higher office, and ...Read More
The Potion by RG Emanuelle is a historical romance that is as potent as the potion the two women are ...Read More
Heist by MJ Duncan is a story that illustrates the choices we make out of obligation, if not careful, can ...Read More
Sins of our Fathers by A Rose Mathieu is a grim and dark mystery that has a surprising lightness and ...Read More
Captivated by Annette Mori is yet another quirky, humor-filled, out of the box type of story that fans have come ...Read More
Easy Street by Elizabeth Sims is book 4 in the Lillian Byrd Crime Series and one of my favourites. All ...Read More
Lucky Stiff by Elizabeth Sims is book 3 in the Lillian Byrd crime series. This time Lillian is trying to ...Read More
Damn Straight by Elizabeth Sims is a fun mystery set against the backdrop of the Dinah Shore golf tournament. In ...Read More
Holy Hell by Elizabeth Sims was a fun audiobook. It is about Lillian Byrd a reporter at a local newspaper ...Read More
Left Field by Elizabeth Sims is the fifth book in the Lillian Byrd crime series. Tamara: Mystery is one of ...Read More
Relic by Anne Hagan is the first book in the Morelville Mystery Series. How do you heal a broken heart ...Read More
Alias by Cari Hunter is a fun ride if you like a great suspense with a bit of mystery thrown ...Read More
Calling The Dead by Ali Vali is set against the backdrop of a devastated New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. It’s ...Read More
The Scholarship by Jaime Maddox is a romantic suspense featuring a historical murder, a woman with Down syndrome, and a ...Read More
Heart Stopper by RJ Samuel is a medical thriller set in Ireland and featuring a woman of colour. Dr Priya ...Read More
A Date To Die by Anne Laughlin is an excellent mystery/thriller, and I think Laughlin is really growing into this ...Read More
A Matter of Blood by Catherine Maiorisi is an NYPD thriller featuring an ostracized Detective and her new partner. Detective ...Read More
A Secret To Tell by Ann Roberts is the sixth book in the Ari Adams Mystery Series. Ari Adams and ...Read More
Shadows by Jackie McLean is the second book in the Donna Davenport Mystery Series. Nothing is routine when it comes ...Read More
Deaths of Jocasta by JM Redmann is the second book in the Micky Knight Mysteries series. Micky Knight is a ...Read More
Speculative Fiction by Michelle and K. Aten
(and a couple of choices by Sheena)
A vacation is an escape from the tedium of our day-to-day lives. So why not embark on epic adventures to completely new worlds and alternate realities? With speculative fiction you can immerse yourself into story full of fantastical aesthetics and charm, or travel to a place where you are free from the conventions and restrictions of the here and now. These books were selected for their ability to transport you to another place in time, and keep you enthralled for the entire journey.
Trafalgar & Boone and the Children of the Burnt Empire by Geonn Cannon is the 4th novel in the Trafalgar ...Read More
The Private Life of Jane Maxwell by Jenn Gott is a unique take on your classic superhero novel. As a ...Read More
The Exile and the Sorcerer by Jane Fletcher is the first book in the Lyremouth Chronicles, an epic fantasy quest ...Read More
The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers is the first book in the Wayfarer series and ...Read More
Broken Wings by L-J Baker is a romance like none you’ve ever read before. Baker has created a magical world ...Read More
2° by Bev Prescott is a climate based dystopian tale set on a future Earth ravaged by the forces of ...Read More
Compass Rose by Anna Burke is a fast-paced pirate tale set in the dystopian future of 2513. It challenges the ...Read More
Waking The Dreamer by K. Aten WAS THE BEST! When I had finished I felt like I was in a ...Read More
Demon In The Machine by Lise MacTague is an exquisite steampunk and paranormal mashup permeated with action, mystery and romance! ...Read More
Lucky 7 by Rae D Magdon is an intensely hot gender-bending cyberpunk adventure. Right in the beginning we’re introduced to ...Read More
A Touch Of Truth by Nita Round is the first book in The Towers Of The Earth series, and it ...Read More
Curved Horizon by Taylor Brooke is set in a world where science has discovered and predicted when each person will ...Read More
The Queen Of Ieflaria by Effie Calvin is exactly my kind of book. It has a kick ass princess who ...Read More
The Year Of The Knife by GD Penman was a really intriguing book from the start. I was worried it ...Read More
Survival Instincts by May Dawney was a big read. It’s the kind of book that you ingest in large starving ...Read More
Outcaste by Fletcher DeLancey is the next book in the Chronicles of Alsea series. Though the title states that Outcaste ...Read More
Protector of the Realm by Gun Brooke is the first book in the Supreme Constellations series and I believe is ...Read More
Little Dip by Gill McKnight is everything I wanted from it and then some. This tells you something because I ...Read More
Friends In High Places by Andi Marquette is the first in the Far Seek Chronicles series. Though at its heart, ...Read More
Reintegration by Eden S French is the kind of book lesfic sci-fi needs more of. The richly-drawn characters run the ...Read More
Audiobooks by Tara
(with a couple from Sheena)
Too busy sightseeing to keep your nose stuck in a book or ereader? Then maybe audiobooks are more your speed! If you love to listen to books while you’re on the go, this list is for you.
All In by Nell Stark is a gem just waiting to be discovered. This is a romance with a touch ...Read More
First Love by CJ Harte is a sweet new adult romance that’s a little like Romeo and Juliet, but with ...Read More
For the Love of Cake by Erin Dutton is an age gap, celebrity romance that takes place on a reality ...Read More
A Heart to Call Home by Jeannie Levig is a beautiful, angsty, smalltown romance. Jessica Weldon has been carrying pain ...Read More
The Midnight Moon by Gerri Hill is adorable. It’s a wonderful romance that I devoured in a day. Payton Watts ...Read More
Falling Into Her by Erin Zak is an age gap, toaster oven romance that I really enjoyed. I’m especially glad ...Read More
The Covert Captain: Or, A Marriage Of Equals by Jeannelle M. Ferreira is quite simply the best, most enjoyable lesbian ...Read More
Whispers Of The Heart by KA Moll starts with Aki Williams embarking on a life changing journey. She travels from ...Read More
Strike a Match by Fiona Riley is the third book in her Perfect Match series. Like the other two books, ...Read More
The Right Kind of Wrong by PJ Trebelhorn is a beautiful friends-to-lovers romance that shows how sometimes love has been ...Read More
A Royal Romance by Jenny Frame is a fun romance. It is the story of Britain’s first openly lesbian queen ...Read More
A Pirates Heart by Catherine Friend is a delightful audio book. Friend narrates the work and she does a great ...Read More
Heart’s Surrender by Emma Weimann is a rich girl/poor girl erotic romance that starts with a scorching, one night encounter ...Read More
Lucky Loser by Yolanda Wallace is a friends to lovers lesbian romance that takes us to the manicured lawns of ...Read More
Seven Minutes in Heaven by Kat Fletcher is a lovely, light lesbian romance. I was fortunate enough to get to ...Read More
And if you want to see all 100 books, then go here. This shows 10 books at a time, at the bottom of the page are previous or next arrows that will take you to the previous page or the next page.
We hope you enjoyed this list as much as we enjoyed making it.
I love a good romance and one that can keep me entertained when I am on vacation is an absolute must for me. So, this is my choice.
The Way You Smile by Kiki Archer is delightful. Camila is returning to work after having her two sons, now ...Read More
Sheena’s note: We get that this is not everyone’s Top 100 Vacation Reads choices and that is totally cool. Please respect that this list is ours and it took the TLR team months to compile it. The team did an amazing job, so let’s celebrate the books that you have enjoyed from this list and embrace the ones that you haven’t read.
And to all the authors who didn’t make this list—don’t worry, we have more awesome lists coming so don’t feel discouraged.
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.