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Read Harder 2023 Task #16: Read a Romance with Bisexual Representation

Hello readers! Task #16 is a fun one: read a romance with bisexual representation. As a bisexual reader with a queer spouse, this is my jam! I am always on the lookout for new bisexual romances, and there have been a lot of good ones in the last few years. Since I am perpetually behind on my reading, I asked my fellow Rioters for suggestions, and narrowed it down to these 10 titles, some of which I’ve already read and the rest of which I want to!

My favorite thing about “bisexual” (or pansexual or queer) books is the variety of gender pairings. As a cis woman married to a cis man, I especially like M/F queer romances, but I absolutely enjoy F/F, M/M, and F/NB or M/NB pairings! (I haven’t read an NB/NB book yet, but I look very much forward to finding a good one!)

I hope you find the perfect book for your TBR in this list. I’ve tried to include not just a variety of pairings, but also in time period (although these are admittedly mostly contemporary), tone, and tropes. Enjoy!

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Behind These Doors by Jude Lucens

This is an M/M Edwardian historical romance, with class differences between the two leads. Maurice, based on the novel by E.M. Forester, is one of my favorite movies, and this book sounds like a great comp for it — I can’t wait to read it!

the cover of Delilah Green Doesn't Care

Delilah Green Doesn’t Care by Ashley Herring Blake 

This F/F hometown romance takes Delilah, a successful New York–based photographer, and throws her back into the small town she grew up in when she agrees to photograph her stepsister Astrid’s wedding. Then she is reintroduced to Astrid’s friend Claire, and things go awry for them both. This one sounds so fun!

cover of A Lot Like Adiós by Alexis Daria

A Lot Like Adiós by Alexis Daria

This one is an M/F second-chance romance about childhood friends and young lovers who haven’t seen each other since he walked out 13 years ago. They reconnect, at first just working together…then sleeping together…and eventually wondering if there’s a chance for more.

cover of The Love Study by Kris Ripper

The Love Study by Kris Ripper

In this M/M romcom, perma-temp Declan is tired of temping, and tired of everyone talking about his fiancé leaving him at the altar. Then he agrees to let popular nonbinary YouTuber Sidney, who hosts an advice show, set him up on a number of dates and discuss them on the show. Unfortunately, the dates are all meh…because Declan only has chemistry with Sidney.

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Payback’s a Witch by Lana Harper

In this F/F romance, Emmy is a witch who exiled herself from her hometown due to the presence of her crummy ex, Gareth, but she returns for a spellcasting tournament in order to help out her family. Then she meets Talia, who just broke up with Gareth after learning that he was also seeing Linden…and she and Linden both want revenge, so they team up with Emmy, who finds herself drawn to Talia.

Book cover of The Perfect Crimes of Marian Hayes; illustration of woman in breeches and tails jumping into the arms of a man similarly dressed

The Perfect Crimes of Marion Hayes by Cat Sebastian

In this M/F Georgian era historical (and hilarious) romance, thief Rob blackmails duchess Marian and is surprised to find her utterly charming in the letters they exchange — and shocked when she kidnaps him and ties him up to prevent him from participating in her planned highway robbery of her own husband. When Marian is forced to shoot her husband in the robbery gone wrong, she only has Rob to turn to for help.

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The Romance Recipe by Ruby Barrett

In this steamy F/F romance, Amy is trying to save her restaurant and hires hot new reality TV chef Sophie, who is tired of being a public figure and confused by her attraction to her new boss. I love a book where a main character learns a lot about themself, so this one is going on my teetering TBR!

cover of Rosaline Palmer Takes the Cake by Alexis Hall

Rosaline Palmer Takes the Cake by Alexis Hall

In this delightful M/F romance, single mum Rosaline wins a spot on a baking competition show, and quickly finds herself hooking up with fellow contestant Alain. But it’s her steady friendship with Harry that she finds herself relying on.

cover image of Take a Hint, Dani Brown by Talia Hibbert

Take a Hint, Dani Brown by Talia Hibbert

In this M/F romcom, Dani just wants a friends-with-benefits situation. After she’s rescued from an elevator by hot former rugby player Zaf — and video of the rescue goes viral online — she thinks she’s found one. Unfortunately, he wants more than just sex…and he’s very persuasive.

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You Made a Fool of Death with Your Beauty by Akwaeke Emezi

This M/F romance explores grief as much as it does love. Feyi lost the love of her life five years ago and is finally ready to date again. She agrees to a vacation in the tropics with the man she’s casually seeing, but once there, she finds herself drawn to his father, who is also grieving a lover who died.

Still need more options? I found a few books from 2019 (just before my arbitrary cut-off for this list) that are just as great: Xeni by Rebekah Weatherspoon; Ice Cream Lover by Jackie Lau; and Working Title by Holley Trent. 

Happy reading!

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