Kissing Books

Queer Love and Social Justice Go Hand-in-Hand

Well, peeps, I have discovered that The Bachelor Presents: Listen To Your Heart is a thing and I’ve already informed my distinguished spouse that if The Voice doesn’t make it to Lives…we’re gonna have to watch it, even though I have not seen a single season of The Bachelor. But seriously: a musical dating show?! It’s like something straight out of a romance novel!

Over on Book Riot

Book Riot is maintaining all of the stories coming through related to the bookworld and COVID-19 in a single story stream.

Romance manga, you say? Give it to me!

Queer love and social justice go hand-in-hand.

Sometimes I love the families in romance just as much as (and sometimes more than) the central relationship. A person’s people can really make a difference, and here are some Natalya would totally join.


If you’ve been curious about Sorcerer to the Crown or The Terracotta Bride but want some experience with Zen Cho before making a series commitment, check out The Perilous Life of Jade Yeo, which is free right now. It’s a novella set in the 1920s (more 1920’s!), in which Jade writes fashion articles for the society pages. But she writes a scathing review of the wrong person, and there is tension.

New Books!

There are a few super intriguing books out this week, and I can’t wait to someday read them all! The only one I’ve started is actually a re-release, which the author sort of convinced herself to polish off and polish up.

Charlotte Stein

It’s the Zombie Apocalypse and June has been running for her life for two years. When she finds herself following Jamie up instead of out, she isn’t expecting to take a helicopter to an island, where the zombies can’t get to them. She, Jamie, and Blake enjoy a slice of long lost normalcy, even as June can’t stop dreaming up scenarios that find at least one of them naked. But as long as the zombies stay away, is there anything wrong with that?

As I mentioned, this is a republished title, so you might have come across it long ago. But I am a relatively newcomer to Charlotte Stein, so when she posted about possibly pulling out a menage zombie apocalypse story? I was ready.

There are so many others, too:

Inked With a Kiss by Jennie Davids
Perfect Timing by T. Key and Monica Walters
Irresistible Chemistry by KT Bishop
Lucas by Elna Host (An epistolary novel set during and after the events of Pride and Prejudice, in which Charlotte Lucas gets her own real, queer HEA)
Not That Kind of Guy by Andie J. Christopher
Change of Momentum by Liana Brooks
The Spare by Miranda Dubner (I dunno why it’s always the younger English prince who ends up being queer, but we’ll take it)
Flavor of the Month by Georgia Beers
Were-Geeks Save Wisconsin by Kathy Lyons (WERE GEEKS)
The Last Place You Look by Aurora Rey
Provoke by Rachel Van Dyken
Cabin Fever by Stephanie Nicole Norris

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