Women loving women: 22 fantastic contemporary lesbian romance books

Written by Silke, updated 30 Apr 2024

We have compiled a list with our absolute favorite modern-day lesbian romance book couples for your reading pleasure.

  • #1 The Senator's Wife - Jen Lyon

    The Senator's Wife - Jen Lyon

    sports age gap class difference lesbian romance

    Two Women. Two Worlds. One Love Worth Risking it All.

    When professional soccer player, Alex Grey, goes on a vacation to the local South Carolina islands, she isn't anticipating any life-changing events. Just a relaxing weekend to prepare for the upcoming season. But that quickly changes when she finds herself the lone witness to a sailing accident and makes the decision to risk her own life to save a drowning woman—unwittingly coming to the rescue of a U.S. senator's wife, Catharine Cleveland.

    Despite the vast disparity between their worlds, the two women find themselves inexplicably drawn to one another after the near-catastrophic afternoon... more

  • #2 Those Who Wait - Haley Cass

    Those Who Wait - Haley Cass

    lesbian romance college friends with benefits contemporary

    Sutton Spencer’s ideas for her life were fairly simple: finish graduate school and fall in love. It would be a lot simpler if she could pinpoint exactly what she should do when she graduates in less than a year. Oh, and if she could figure out how to talk to a woman without feeling completely hopeless, that would be great too.

    Charlotte Thompson is very much the opposite. She's always had clear steps outlining her path to success with no time or inclination for romance. Her burgeoning career in politics means everything to her and she’s not willing to compromise it for something as insignificant as love. Fleeting, casual, and discreet worked perfectly fine... more

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  • #3 Above all Things - Roslyn Sinclair

    Above all Things - Roslyn Sinclair

    lesbian romance age gap secret relationship grumpy/ice queen

    Aspiring writer Jules Moretti and iconic fashion editor Vivian Carlisle have been through the wringer.
    As Vivian’s personal assistant, Jules was there for her ice queen boss’s whims, commands, and the shocking discovery of her pregnancy. Just as shocking was Jules’s realization that she was falling hard for Vivian…and that the feeling was mutual.
    Now Jules is forging her own path... more

  • #4 Imogen, Obviously - Becky Albertalli

    Imogen, Obviously - Becky Albertalli

    young adult contemporary lesbian romance new adult funny

    Imogen Scott may be hopelessly heterosexual, but she’s got the World’s Greatest Ally title locked down.

    She's never missed a Pride Alliance meeting. She knows more about queer media discourse than her very queer little sister. She even has two queer best friends. There's Gretchen, a fellow high school senior, who helps keep Imogen's biases in check. And then there's Lili—newly out and newly thriving with a cool new squad of queer college friends.

    Imogen's thrilled for Lili. Any ally would be. And now that she's finally visiting Lili on campus, she's bringing her ally A game. Any support Lili needs, Imogen's all in.

    Even if that means bending the truth, just a little... more

  • #5 Charon Docks at Daylight - Zoe Reed

    Charon Docks at Daylight - Zoe Reed

    dystopian lesbian romance dark romance military enemies to lovers horror

    It's six years after an infection turned a majority of the population into ferocious, zombie-like creatures that hunt during the day, forcing the living into a nocturnal state of existence. Survival is a continuous struggle when it's hide or fight, and the creatures aren't the only threat in a wasted America. Sometimes fighting is the only answer... more

  • #6 Breaking Character - Lee Winter

    Breaking Character - Lee Winter

    lesbian romance age gap contemporary

    Life has become a farcical mess for icy British A-lister Elizabeth Thornton. America’s most-hated villain stars in a top-rated TV medical drama that she hates. Now, she’s been romantically linked to her perky, new co-star, Summer, due to the young woman’s clumsiness. As a closeted actress, that’s the last thing Elizabeth needs. If she could just get her dream movie role, life would be so much better. The only problem is that the eccentric French film-maker offering it insists on meeting her “girlfriend”, Summer, first.
    Summer Hayes is devastated when her co-star shuns her for accidentally sparking rumors they’re lovers.. more

  • #7 One Last Stop - Casey McQuiston

    One Last Stop - Casey McQuiston

    contemporary funny new adult science fiction young adult

    Cynical twenty-three-year old August doesn’t believe in much. She doesn’t believe in psychics, or easily forged friendships, or finding the kind of love they make movies about. And she certainly doesn’t believe her ragtag band of new roommates, her night shifts at a 24-hour pancake diner, or her daily subway commute full of electrical outages are going to change that.

    But then, there’s Jane. Beautiful, impossible Jane.

    All hard edges with a soft smile and swoopy hair and saving August’s day when she needed it most. The person August looks forward to seeing on the train every day.. more

  • #8 Tangled Vows - Anna Stone

    Tangled Vows - Anna Stone

    lesbian romance multicultural bdsm contemporary

    One year. Five million dollars. A proposal she can't refuse.

    Escort Ruby Scott is used to waking up in the bed of a wealthy woman. What she isn’t expecting is to wake up with a ring on her finger and married to Yvonne Maxwell, one of the executives behind the Mistress Media empire, a woman as alluring as she is cold.

    For ten years, Yvonne has been sitting on an inheritance she can't touch until she’s married. An encounter with an escort in a red dress presents the perfect solution—a marriage of convenience. In exchange for a year playing the role of her wife, Yvonne offers Ruby a life of glamour, decadence, and more money than Ruby ever dreamed of.. more

  • #9 How to Find a Princess: Runaway Royals - Alyssa Cole

    How to Find a Princess: Runaway Royals - Alyssa Cole

    contemporary multicultural funny royal hero lesbian romance

    Makeda Hicks has lost her job and her girlfriend in one fell swoop. The last thing she’s in the mood for is to rehash the story of her grandmother’s infamous summer fling with a runaway prince from Ibarania, or the investigator from the World Federation of Monarchies tasked with searching for Ibarania’s missing heir.

    Yet when Beznaria Chetchevaliere crashes into her life, the sleek and sexy investigator exudes exactly the kind of chaos that organized and efficient Makeda finds irresistible, even if Bez is determined to drag her into a world of royal duty Makeda wants nothing to do with.. more

  • #10 Unadulterated Something - M.J. Duncan

    Unadulterated Something - M.J. Duncan

    lesbian romance sports enemies to lovers contemporary

    Emma Beauchamp and Campbell Jordan’s rivalry on the ice was legendary. Retirement should have closed that chapter of their lives, but when Campbell joins the faculty at Stonebridge—the prestigious Berkshires boarding school where Emma now teaches—it takes on a brand new life. There’s plenty of distrust and lingering animosity, but as circumstances force them to find a way to not only coexist, but work together, Emma and Campbell find that being on the same team isn’t as awful as they’d feared.. more

  • #11 Mutual Benefits - H.P. Munro

    Mutual Benefits - H.P. Munro

    lesbian romance contemporary funny

    Coming out to your loved ones is stressful, so when Hannah Melville’s family not only accept but celebrate her accidental announcement, it should be a relief. Which it would be, if Hannah was gay.
    Ashley West isn’t looking for a relationship. When she’s set up by her mother on a blind date, she’s ready to nip any expectations in the bud. She’s less prepared for her love interest to be straight.. more

  • #12 When You Least Expect It - Haley Cass

    When You Least Expect It - Haley Cass

    lesbian romance christmas contemporary friends to lovers

    Caroline Parker knows three things to be true. First, she is going to be Boston's most sought after divorce attorney by thirty-five. Second, given how terrible her romantic track record is, falling in love isn't in the cards for her. And third, Christmas only brings her bad luck - being broken up with not once, not twice, but three times during the holidays is proof enough of that.

    When she runs into Hannah Dalton on Christmas Eve, she has no reason to believe her luck will change. After all, though Hannah is probably the most gorgeous woman she’s ever seen, she’s also straight. And married to Caroline’s work rival.. more

  • #13 Then & Now - Monica McCallan

    Then & Now - Monica McCallan

    lesbian romance second chances contemporary

    Lily Connor has focused all her energy into becoming a successful wedding planner, and after five years, she’s on the precipice of taking on more responsibility at Southerland Wedding Company. When the chance finally presents itself, it comes with a complication she couldn’t have dreamt up in her worst nightmares. With the bride and groom away for a month, Lily needs to work with the bride’s best friend, Bennett Burke, a woman she never thought she’d see again.

    It was only for a few months, a study abroad experience that felt plucked from those same dreams turned nightmares, but Bennett is back, and Lily wants nothing to do with her.. more

  • #14 Hani and Ishu's Guide to Fake Dating - Adiba Jaigirdar

    Hani and Ishu's Guide to Fake Dating - Adiba Jaigirdar

    young adult contemporary funny lesbian romance bisexuality

    Everyone likes Humaira "Hani" Khan—she’s easy going and one of the most popular girls at school. But when she comes out to her friends as bisexual, they invalidate her identity, saying she can’t be bi if she’s only dated guys. Panicked, Hani blurts out that she’s in a relationship…with a girl her friends absolutely hate—Ishita "Ishu" Dey. Ishu is the complete opposite of Hani. She’s an academic overachiever who hopes that becoming head girl will set her on the right track for college. But Ishita agrees to help Hani, if Hani will help her become more popular so that she stands a chance of being elected head girl.. more

  • #15 Who'd Have Thought - G. Benson

    Who'd Have Thought - G. Benson

    lesbian romance age gap enemies to lovers fake relationship contemporary

    Top neurosurgeon Samantha Thomson needs to get married fast and is tightlipped as to why. And with over $200,000 on offer to tie the knot, no questions asked, cash-strapped ER nurse Hayden Pérez isn’t about to demand answers.
    The deal is only for a year of marriage, but Hayden’s going into it knowing it will be a nightmare. Sam is complicated, rude, kind of cold, and someone Hayden barely tolerates at work, let alone wants to marry. The hardest part is that Hayden has to convince everyone around them that they’re madly in love and that racing down the aisle together is all they’ve ever wanted.. more

  • #16 I Can't Think Straight - Shamim Sarif

    I Can't Think Straight - Shamim Sarif

    lesbian romance contemporary multicultural shy heroine

    Tala, a London-based Palestinian, is preparing for her elaborate Middle Eastern wedding when she meets Leyla, a young British Indian woman who is dating her best friend.

    Spirited Christian Tala and shy Muslim Leyla could not be more different from each other, but the attraction is immediate and goes deeper than friendship. As Tala’s wedding day approaches, simmering tensions come to boiling point and the pressure mounts for Tala to be true to herself.. more

  • #17 Ask the Passengers - A.S. King

    Ask the Passengers - A.S. King

    contemporary lesbian romance

    Astrid Jones desperately wants to confide in someone, but her mother's pushiness and her father's lack of interest tell her they're the last people she can trust. Instead, Astrid spends hours lying on the backyard picnic table watching airplanes fly overhead. She doesn't know the passengers inside, but they're the only people who won't judge her when she asks them her most personal questions . . . like what it means that she's falling in love with a girl.

    As her secret relationship becomes more intense and her friends demand answers, Astrid has nowhere left to turn.. more

  • #18 Fated Love - Radclyffe

    Fated Love - Radclyffe

    contemporary lesbian romance boss & employee enemies to lovers

    What do you do when your carefully planned life takes a wrong turn into hell? When Quinn Maguire, a dashing young trauma surgeon, unaccountably accepts a position as an ER physician, her new boss, Honor Blake, suspects that Quinn is hiding a dark secret. While the two declare an uneasy truce in an effort to work together, both struggle with mutual, and unexpected, attraction. Honor, however, has more than one reason to resist her growing feelings for the attractive newcomer—not the least of which is that her heart belongs to the woman whose wedding ring she wears.. more

  • #19 Deal with the Devil - Ali Vali

    Deal with the Devil - Ali Vali

    suspense lesbian romance contemporary

    It's business as usual for crime boss Cain Casey, as she maneuvers to form an alliance with Ramon and Remington Jatibon and secure peace among the ruling families in New Orleans . Cain's new associate Remington Jatibon is a lot like Cain used to be-- a playgirl with a passion for bedding beautiful women and an even greater passion for expanding her father's empire, on both sides of the law. When Remi meets Dallas Montgomery, a budding actress working for the studio Ramon Jatibon has just acquired, she finds that there's more to Dallas than is included in her press pagers.

    Meanwhile, on the home front it's anything but normal as she and Emma hope to conceive their third child.. more

  • #20 Foolish Hearts - Emma Mills

    Foolish Hearts - Emma Mills

    young adult contemporary funny new adult friends to lovers

    When Claudia accidentally eavesdrops on the epic breakup of Paige and Iris, the it-couple at her school, she finds herself in hot water with prickly, difficult Iris. Thrown together against their will in the class production of A Midsummer Night's Dream, along with the goofiest, cutest boy Claudia has ever known, Iris and Claudia are in for an eye-opening senior year.

    Smart, funny, and thoroughly, wonderfully flawed, Claudia navigates a world of intense friendships and tentative romance in this book about expanding your horizons, allowing yourself to be vulnerable, and accepting—and loving—people for who they really are.. more