10 Queer Historical Romances You'll Want To Read Again And Again
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Queer Historical Romances
October was LGBT History Month, but that doesn't mean we should stop honoring it now that October is over. A fun and entertaining way to keep LGBT History Month alive is by checking out these 10 queer historical romance novels!
While there unfortunately aren't as many historical romance novels featuring queer couples as there are ones with straight couples, the ones that are out there are fantastic. We're eager for more LGBTQ romance novels in the future and, in particular, historical romance books!
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1. How to Talk to Nice English Girls by Gretchen Evans
Set after World War I, How to Talk to Nice English Girls is a charming F/F romance between total opposites. Lady Marian Fielding and Katherine Fuller's fathers are business partners. American-born Katherine comes to visit the Fieldings, turning Marian's well-ordered life upside down.
2. The Rat-Catcher's Daughter by KJ Charles
A prequel to the Lilywhite Boys series, The Rat-Catcher's Daughter has both trans and asexual representation. Miss Christiana is a singer who is in over her head, while Stan Kamarzyn, the fence for the Lilywhite Boys, is her longtime admirer who wants to help her escape harm's way.
3. Black & Blue by Vesper St Clair
After sharing an intense night together, Gabriel Liao and Edmund Hastings discover they've been assigned to work a homicide case together. Set during the Jazz Age, they will have to learn to trust each other if they have any hope of discovering whodunit.
4. The Lady's Guide to Celestial Mechanics by Olivia Waite
Kicking off the Feminine Pursuits series, The Lady's Guide to Celestial Mechanics has everything you could want in a historical romance: badass women scientists, a bisexual awakening, women finding strength after heartbreak, and, in Olivia Waite's own words "more than you probably ever wanted to know about early 19th century beekeeping," then you've come to the right place!
5. After the Wedding by Courtney Milan
A bisexual woman and a biracial Black man are forced to marry each other at gunpoint after they're found in a situation that wasn't at all what it looked like. While working together to prove they weren't consensually married, they may just find the love they've always desired along the way!
6. That Could Be Enough by Alyssa Cole
Alyssa Cole's That Could Be Enough is the love story of two queer Black women, one of whom is a heartbroken poet and Eliza Hamilton's maid, while the other is a flirtatious dressmaker. Mercy had her heart broken before and isn't quite sure what to make of Andromeda when she rolls into town.
7. Bound with Honor by Megan Mulry
If you're looking for a super queer romance, Bound with Honor has got you covered. The novel features married couple Archie and Selina who are in love with each other, while also both loving someone else. So you have bisexual, lesbian, gay, and polyamorous rep all in one book!
8. The Pursuit Of... by Courtney Milan
You wouldn't think that John, a Black American soldier, and Henry, a white British officer and deserter, would have much in common. And you'd be right. Sort of. They do share an immediate distrust for one another and the fact that they're both falling for the other man.
9. The Craft of Love by EE Ottoman
Benjamin Lewis is a trans man wishes to find someone who can turn old dresses sewn by his mother into something beautiful. Enter Remembrance Quincy, a talent at quilting and embroidery. Despite falling for Benjamin, Remembrance had her heart broken once and isn't sure if she wants to go through that again.
10. The Ruin of a Rake by Cat Sebastian
Lord Courtenay never cared about his image until a novel chronicling his exploits gets him shunned from society. Julian Medlock may have a long-burning torch for Courtenay, but refuses to help rehabilitate his image until his sister asks. The two men clash and then collide.
Let's Keep the Conversation Going
What queer historical romance books would you add to the list?