I thought about writing a post about why I read queer romance, but it turned out that there was not a lot to say. I like kissing books, and it turns out I don’t really care who does the kissing as long as they’re enjoying themselves and they end up happy.
So instead, I thought I’d let you know about some of my favorite books that I’ve read recently.
Hot Head by Damon Suede
I started reading this in public, while I was getting my hair bleached so I could dye it blue, and this was…not at all a mistake. The only mistake I made was not reading it sooner. It was so good. Hot Head starts with a slow, yearning, pining build, and ends in a conflagration.
This was everything I wanted a romance to be: sweet, sexy, touching, angsty, and about best friends who are deeply committed to each other as friends on so many levels before they ever touch each other.
Treasure by Rebekah Weatherspoon
This is an absolutely fantastic book about an introvert who gets a lap dance. And if you’re saying, “lap dance, gah, awkward!” then you are my kind of person, because I’m so introverted that the thought of having emotions and feelings around people I don’t know freaks me out. This book recognized that feeling and transformed it into the sweetest connection between them.
What happens after the lap dance? The two women end up in a computer science class together. Honestly, if you know me at all, you know I’m squealing at that last sentence. Together, they program computers.
I am going to pretend that this book was written for me, la la la, I can’t hear you telling me otherwise. (But it might be written for you, too.)
Swordspoint by Ellen Kushner
I got tagged in a Twitter conversation with Ellen Kushner a few months ago. She casually mentioned that her books were swords and kissing, and naturally I perked up, because I love books about swords and I love books about kissing, so both in one book would be awesome.
Turned out that she vastly undersold her book, which was about swords, kissing, manners, hot chocolate, just about everyone being casually gay and/or bisexual, people who were masquerading as someone other than themselves… In other words, someone put all my favorite things in one book.
And then they put all those things on a T-shirt. Seriously. A T-Shirt. Which you can get here.
BONUS “I can’t wait for this!” book: DAYBREAK RISING by C.K. Oliver. I have desperately wanted to read since they described it on Twitter as follows:
DAYBREAK RISING features a badass transguy that’s a lawyer for the dead & a necromancer. If that’s up your alley.
Hefty doses of magic and romance are promised, and I am THERE for this book, which alas, will not be there for the rest of us until Spring 2016. Until then, I’ll have to keep reading more.
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About Courtney Milan
Before she started writing, Courtney got a graduate degree in theoretical physical chemistry from UC Berkeley. After that, just to shake things up, she went to law school at the University of Michigan and graduated summa cum laude. Then she did a handful of clerkships with some really important people who are way too dignified to be named here. She was a law professor for a while.
But her favorite job is the one she has now: writing romances.
About Trade Me
Tina Chen just wants a degree and a job, so her parents never have to worry about making rent again. She has no time for Blake Reynolds, the sexy billionaire who stands to inherit Cyclone Systems. But when he makes an offhand comment about what it means to be poor, she loses her cool and tells him he couldn’t last a month living her life.
To her shock, Blake offers her a trade: She’ll get his income, his house, his car. In exchange, he’ll work her hours and send money home to her family. No expectations; no future obligations.
But before long, they’re trading not just lives, but secrets, kisses, and heated nights together. No expectations might break Tina’s heart…but Blake’s secrets could ruin her life.
Trade Me is the first book in the Cyclone series.