Top Ten Tuesday: Books That Center a LGBTQ+ Relationship πŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆ

And it’s time for a Top Ten Tuesday list again! This week’s more open ended prompt – Love Freebie – also seemed fun. So fun that I wasn’t quite sure what to go for. In the end, I decided to focus on SFF books where the main romantic relationship is LGBTQ+ because…well, because. Not all of them are romance (I wish I had enough romance!), but I’d highly recommend them all and I could easily list 15 instead of 10.

As usual, no specific order.

1. This is How You Lose the Time War by Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone

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Two agents from the opposite sides of a time war start exchanging letters and eventually fall in love. F/F enemies to lovers! Also some of the most gorgeous prose I’ve ever seen.

2. Los Nefilim by T. Frohock

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This one is a little different in that it doesn’t focus on romance, but on an established relationship. Diago and Miquel have been together for decades – and they’ve also been trying to raise a child together. Established couples are already a rarity in SFF, established gay couples even more so.

3. In the Vanishers’ Palace by Aliette de Bodard

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A queer, Vietnamese retelling of The Beauty and the Beast. Consent is handled very carefully and I loved the worldbuilding. I need more!

4. Seven Summer Nights by Harper Fox

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This one is actually proper historical romance (with slight SFF elements)! It takes place just after WWII. An esteemed archeologist is fired after suffering a violent flashback episode and has to take one last assignment to help with church restoration in a remote village. There he meets an atheist, motorcycle-riding vicar. The obvious happens. The characters are incredibly written and even though it’s a romance, it gets very dark in places.

5. The Last Sun by K.D. Edwards

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Fast-paced, actiony, shitload-of-fun UF with some of the most amazing banter and characters. Even though Rune doesn’t meet his love interest until quite a bit into the book I’d like to include it anyway, because once the relationship starts, it’s great. And there’s more in the sequel.

6. The Winged Histories by Sofia Samatar

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Centers on the stories of four women, two of whom (the general and the poet) are lovers. One of the most gorgeously written, experimental fantasy books I’ve ever read and very high on the list of my all-time favourites. It’s written in a very…impressionistic, I suppose, style where anything you could call “plot” is completely in the background and the feelings of the characters front and centre – but it’s mostly about history, those who make it, those who are overshadowed by great men, those who write it, the bystanders caught in its flow.

7. The Vintner’s Luck by Elizabeth Knox

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A vintner in 1800s France meets an angel – and they continue to meet once a year in the same spot for the rest of his life. Literary historical slice of life kind of deal and I really need to reread it cause I don’t remember much except that I liked it.

8. Miranda in Milan by Katherine Duckett

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A retelling of Shakespeare’s The Tempest that focuses on the relationship between Miranda and Dorothea, a servant. The dynamic is very interesting – Miranda may be the one with the higher social status, but Dorothea has a lot more experience – and the power imbalance is handled with delicacy and care. And while it’s fluffy, there’s quite a bit of social commentary (colonialism…) as well.

9. A Taste of Honey by Kai Ashante Wilson

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Another novella. Centered on a relationship between two men from two very different cultures…but I cannot say more because it’s full of twists.

10. Bonds of Brass by Emily Skrutskie (currently reading!)

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You may remember that I included it last week in my list of predictions for 5* reads. Well, now I’m reading it, it’s great, and it deserves a place on this week’s list as well. The relationship between Ettian, our narrator and a war orphan, and Gal, the heir to the empire that destroyed Ettian’s home, is the focal point of the book. There’s a lot of tension, a lot of pining, only one bed…a lot of very fun romancey tropes and a plot designed for maximum tension. I can’t wait to see where it all ends up.

6 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Books That Center a LGBTQ+ Relationship πŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆ”

  1. I have Bonds of Brass on my TBR and I’m looking forward to your review. This is an awesome list! I’m pretty sure I read The Vintner’s Luck but I don’t remember any of the details😁

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