Pride Reading & The Ripped Bodice's Summer BINGO (2019!)

[fa icon="calendar"] Jun 14, 2019 9:45:00 AM / by Suzanne

Rainbow flag with "Love in Panels Offers some Queer Recommendations for The Ripped Bodice Summer Romance Bingo" in textJust like last year, we're celebrating Pride and summer by giving queer recommendations for The Ripped Bodice's Summer Romance Bingo!

A few notes:

Some of the categories we stretched a wee bit.

We've tried to leave off the books we recommended last year.

Some of these we haven't read and are planning to read them for our own bingo cards, but we've tried to eliminate those with problematic rep and/or give content warnings below.

 So here's the deal with the Summer Romance Bingo:

- Full rules, recommendations from The Ripped Bodice, and a downloadable/printable card are over here at The Ripped Bodice's site.

- Where we can, we've given a link to purchase each book at The Ripped Bodice. We do get a little affiliate bump from those sales, but mostly we're hoping you can buy some of your books from TRB since they're running this whole thing.

- The contest runs from June 1 - August 31, 2019. Pride is, of course, just the month of June, but that shouldn't stop you from reading LGBTQIA+ books whenever the heck you want. During the month of June, we'll be tweeting out these recommendations and posting them on our Instagram.

This post contains affiliate links.

2019 BINGO card

Without further ado, on with the recs!


Beach on the Cover

blissBliss, by Fiona Zedde

This is an erotic lesbian romance set in Jamaica that also fits in the "Character's Name in Title" category. This novel was a Lambda Literary Award finalist and is on Suzanne's Kindle, waiting for a beach day.

Amazon, Apple Books, Kobo, Barnes & Noble, The Ripped Bodice


undue-influenceUndue Influence, by Jenny Holiday

A contemporary m/m retelling of Jane Austen's Persuasion. You can read Margrethe's review recommending it here. This is technically a pier, but we say it counts.

Amazon, Apple Books, Kobo, Barnes & Noble



perfect-dayPerfect Day, by Sally Malcolm

Another m/m retelling of Persuasion! And you can read Margrethe's review of this one here. Also check out Between the Lines, by Sally Malcolm, which has a beachy cover too!

Amazon, Apple Books, Kobo, Barnes & Noble



Next Door Neighbor


Covet Thy Neighbor, by LA Witt

A tattoo artist and a pastor who happen to be neighbors.

Ebook and Audio are on Hoopla.

Amazon, Apple Books, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, The Ripped Bodice

band-sinisterBand Sinister, KJ Charles

This is a fluffy historical romance with heroes who have neighboring homes and a sweet secondary romance. Read Ana's review here. (Suzanne and Margrethe also rec it.)

Amazon, Apple Books, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, The Ripped Bodice


On the Page Atheist

ittakestwototumbleIt Takes Two to Tumble, by Cat Sebastian

A vicar and an atheist in a Sound of Music sort of setup. There are ducklings and unruly children (who are not mean but run around and climb trees) plus a polyam father. You can read Suzanne's full review here.

Amazon, Apple Books, Kobo, Barnes & Noble, The Ripped Bodice


band-sinisterBand Sinister, KJ Charles

Yes, we just recommended this for the neighbors category, but there's also an atheist. Multiple, honestly. The men in the Murder have bucked many conventions, organized religion being one of them.

Amazon, Apple Books, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, The Ripped Bodice


Show Business

just-for-showJust for Show, by Jae

This romance is between an author and the actress she hires to pretend to be her fiancee for a few weeks. It's a Suzanne rec and you can read her review here.

Amazon, Apple Books, Kobo, Barnes & Noble, The Ripped Bodice



everything-leads-to-youEverything Leads to You, by Nina La Coeur

This is an Andrea rec and this from the blurb sounds magical:

When she and her best friend, Charlotte, discover a mysterious letter at the estate sale of a Hollywood film legend, Emi must move beyond the walls of her carefully crafted world to chase down the loose ends of a movie icon’s hidden life, leading her to uncover a decades’ old secret and the potential for something truly epic: love.

Amazon, Apple Books, Kobo, Barnes & Noble, The Ripped Bodice


echo-after-echoEcho After Echo, by Amy Rose Capetta

This young adult romance pairs an actress and an assistant lighting director at the Aurelia Theater. Plus mystery!

Amazon, Apple Books, Kobo, Barnes & Noble, The Ripped Bodice



an-unsuitable-heirAn Unsuitable Heir, by KJ Charles

Pen is a genderfluid trapeze artist who performs with his twin sister. (He uses he/his pronouns.) This book also works for the Someone Wears a Costume square.

Amazon, Apple Books, Kobo, Barnes & Noble



syncopationcounterpointReverb_Anna Zabo-Cover

Twisted Wishes Series, by Anna Zabo

We interviewed Anna before the release of Reverb if you want to know a little more about their books. Links are to Reverb.

Amazon, Apple Books, Barnes & Noble, Kobo


riven razerendRoan Parrish's Riven Series

More queer rockstars! Andrea will be reviewing Raze before release day on July 2. Links are to the first book in the series, Riven.

Amazon, Apple Books, Barnes & Noble, Kobo


Queer Paranormal


Salt Magic, Skin Magic, by Lee Welch

Read Eva's review here. She was more critical of the book, but Margrethe, Suzanne, and Ana have also read and recommend this one. If you hate the cover, I'm sorry, but it's really very good. The premise is that a young man is trapped on his family's estate by a curse, and a visitor might just be his ticket out. Audio is on Hoopla.

Amazon, Kobo, Barnes & Noble


the-wolf-at-the-doorCharlie Adhara's Big Bad Wolf series

Ana gave us a review of this trilogy earlier this year. They've got a mystery element and obviously... wolves. Links below are to the first in series.

Amazon, Apple Books, Barnes & Noble, Kobo




Wolfsong, by TJ Klune

If you like this one, it's just the first in series! This rec comes from Ana, but we don't have a review up. If you need content warnings, please feel free to ask.

 Amazon, Apple Books, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, The Ripped Bodice



Port Lewis Witches series by Brooklyn Ray

Exit Plans for Teenage Freaks, Nathan Burgoine

Many of Holley Trent's books, including The Coyote's Comfort




Hmm, spies? We stretched this prompt a bit. Except for the last one, which has a legit assassin.

mr-and-mr-smithMr. & Mr. Smith, by Helen Kay Dimon

Not quite assassins, but they're undercover and up to some questionable things. But also keeping many secrets. Let's pretend they're assassins.

Amazon, Apple Books, Barnes & Noble, Kobo



cut-and-runCut & Run series by Abigail Roux

This series is currently transitioning publishers, so not all of the books are available right now, but it's m/m with Special Agents crime-solving! This rec comes from Andrea. Links are to Crash & Burn (Book 9, sorry).

Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, The Ripped Bodice


hither-pageHither Page, by Cat Sebastian

From the blurb:

A jaded spy and a shell shocked country doctor team up to solve a murder in postwar England.

AKA - "Agatha Christie, but make it gay."

Amazon, Apple Books, Barnes & Noble, Kobo


unmasked-by-the-marquessUnmasked by the Marquess, by Cat Sebastian

This square is so hard for queer romance. *sob* Anyway, a secondary pairing in the novel elopes. Here is Amy's review.

Amazon, Apple Books, Kobo, Barnes & Noble, The Ripped Bodice


Takes Place in Multiple Countries

american-fairytaleAmerican Fairytale, by Adriana Herrera

This book has scenes in both the United States and the Dominican Republic. Read Ana's full review here. (We've also got this one in the grandparent category!)

Amazon, Apple Books, Barnes & Noble, Kobo



the-gentlemans-guide-to-vice-and-virtueThe Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue, by Mackenzi Lee

Since this book is essentially one giant road trip, it fits this category perfectly. We even mentioned it in our 2018 RomBkLove Road Trip post!

Amazon, Apple Books, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, The Ripped Bodice



one-last-heistOne Last Heist, by Dahlia Donovan

This rec comes from Andrea and has husbands who do crime together! Heists, in particular. Content Warning: Mack has a degenerative eye disease and we can't speak to the rep.

Amazon, Apple Books, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, The Ripped Bodice


Sassy Grandparent


Finders Keepers, by NR Walker

This is a tricky category since so many queer folks have strained family ties, but Andrea says this one has found-grandparent vibes.

We had it on last year's list, but this is tough category.

AmazonThe Ripped Bodice


american-fairytaleAmerican Fairytale, by Adriana Herrera

This is the second in Herrera's debut series and you can read Ana's review of it here.



Heroine Smells Like a Flower

the-ladys-guide-to-celestial-mechanicsThe Lady's Guide to Celestial Mechanics, by Olivia Waite

 Waite's debut f/f historical comes out on June 25th and we're super excited for it. Ana's review will go up soon and we'll link it then!

Amazon, Apple Books, Barnes & Noble, KoboThe Ripped Bodice (Print July 23)



a-ladys-desireA Lady's Desire, by Lily Maxton

This f/f historical novella is connected to Maxton's Townsend series and the m/m story is in the Kilts category.  Margrethe recommended it here.

Amazon (Kindle Unlimited)


Both Leads Over 50

hooked-on-youHooked on You, by Jenn Matthews

This f/f romance pairs two divorcees complete with grown kids and lots of lived experience. As you might guess, it's full of crochet!

Margrethe's review is here.

Amazon, Apple Books, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, The Ripped Bodice


twice-in-a-lifetimeTwice in a Lifetime, by Jodie Griffin

 This f/f romance pairs a Jewish widow with a police officer. The title comes from this part of the blurb:

Then Eve is badly injured in the line of duty, and Talia’s worst fears are realized. She may lose her chance at happiness with the woman she’s come to love, and she can’t survive that kind of loss twice in a lifetime.

Amazon, Apple Books, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, The Ripped Bodice


mrs-martins-incomparable-adventureMrs Martin's Incomparable Adventure, by Courtney Milan

Also works for Title Includes Character's Name! This book is like a unicorn - an f/f historical romance with characters over 50. There's some foiling of a sh*tty nephew, too.

Amazon, Apple BooksKobo, Barnes & Noble


Title Includes Character's Name


the-remaking-of-corbin-waleThe Remaking of Corbin Wale, by Roan Parrish

 This is a weird, quiet, vaguely spooky m/m romance between a young baker who returns to town and the loner he went to high school with. Corbin Wale has frequented the cafe for years, coming in every day and sitting with his sketchbook. It's hard to describe but totally transports the reader. The audiobook is on Hoopla.

Amazon, Apple Books, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, The Ripped Bodice


patience-and-sarahPatience and Sarah, by Isabel Miller

Patience and Sarah is a classic historical lesbian romance between a painter and a farmer in 19th century New England. It was one of the books that galvanized the gay and lesbian community in the '60s and '70s, and was re-released by Arsenal Pulp Press as part of an effort to revive out-of-print gay and lesbian classics. If you need content warnings, please ask.

Amazon, Apple Books, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, The Ripped Bodice


dont-date-rosa-santo Don't Date Rosa Santos, by Nina Moreno

The romance in this book is m/f, but high school senior Rosa has dated both boys and girls in the past. (Not sure how she identifies.) The book has a touch of magical realism, plus lots of food and family and a love interest who bakes and sails. (Full review to come.) Content warning for death of family member and grief.

Also works for Tarot, Takes Place in Multiple Countries, and Sassy Grandparent. You could use it as a stretch for Beach on the Cover. Audiobook is on Hoopla.

Amazon, Apple Books, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, The Ripped Bodice


Also: Peter Darling, by Austin Chant, and Priddy's Tale, by Harper Fox (Both on last year's list)



 true-queenThe True Queen, by Zen Cho

An f/f historical fantasy with dragons. Not quite a romance, but with romantic elements. Margrethe's review is here if you want more details.

Amazon, Apple Books, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, The Ripped Bodice


smoke-signalsSmoke Signals, by Meredith Katz

This is part gaming romance part "dragon wants tech service in exchange for gold." You'll just have to read the blurb. This rec comes from Ana and also works for the Queer Paranormal square.

Amazon, Apple Books, Barnes & Noble, Kobo


breaking-his-spellBreaking His Spell, by Foster Bridget Cassidy

This novella is on Suzanne's TBR. We're not sure where the dragon is in the book, but there's one on the cover! This line sold it though: "While he tries potions, Carishina tries kisses. Only one of them will succeed." Bwahaha! Who wants to be it's the kisses?

Amazon, Apple Books, Barnes & Noble, Kobo



her-royal-highnessHer Royal Highness, by Rachel Hawkins

This is sort of cheating, but the word "kilt" is in the book... This is an f/f young adult romance with a teenager from the US going to a private school in Scotland and falling for... a Scottish princess. This rec comes from Margrethe, who read the audiobook.

Amazon, Apple Books, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, The Ripped Bodice


a-scots-surrenderA Scot's Surrender, by Lily Maxton

This recommendation comes from Margrethe (read her review here), who liked it so much she read everything else she could get from Lily Maxton. It's part of a series with m/f, m/m, and f/f pairings.

Amazon, Apple Books, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, The Ripped Bodice


playing-for-keepsAvery Cockburn's Glasgow Lads series

This rec comes from Sarah (@queer_reader), and the books are about a team of queer Scottish soccer players. 

Amazon/Kindle Unlimited, The Ripped Bodice



YA Historical


The Rest is Silence, by Chii Rempel

Andrea reviewed this book earlier this year, and it's a queer Hamlet retelling of all things. Even though it's based on Shakespeare's fictional kingdom, we're calling it historical fiction.

Kindle Unlimited


ThePrinceandtheDressmakerThe Prince & The Dressmaker, by Jen Wang

 This graphic novel features a genderqueer prince and a dressmaker who helps him transform into the glamorous Lady Crystallia at night. It's sweet and Suzanne loved the dresses.

Amazon, Kobo, Apple Books, Barnes & Noble, The Ripped Bodice


DatesDates I & II Comics Anthologies, from Margins Comics

 These are queer comics anthologies that feature romances throughout history. They're so fun and sweet and really validating if you're a queer reader. Suzanne reviewed Dates I and Dates II, and noted that the stories were more diverse and better curated in the second volume. You can buy them direct here.


Also - A Gentleman's Guide to Vice & Virtue, by Mackenzi Lee, which was on last year's list and is in the Multiple Countries list.

Wine & Spirits

beyond-control-1The Beyond Series, by Kit Rocha

In case you missed it, Ana's such a fan of this series that she's co-hosting a podcast about it! Anyway, the characters are part of a group that runs a whiskey distillery and distribution gig in a post-dystopian society.  The bar is central to the story. Kit Rocha call these characters a "Bisexual Love Army." The books and audio are widely available on Hoopla and Scribd and Audible etc.

Amazon, Apple Books, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, The Ripped Bodice


love-at-last-callLove at Last Call, by M. Ullrich

This is a New Adult (ish?) lesbian romance that Suzanne recommended last year. One of the heroines owns a bar and after she and the other heroine become friends, offers her a job when she's down on her luck. It manages to not be weird about the power dynamic though.

Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Bold Strokes Books, Apple Books, Kobo, The Ripped Bodice


trust-with-a-chaserAnnabeth Albert's Rainbow Cove Series

These books are set in and around a bar and like the rest of Albert's romances, are m/m. Ebooks are only in KU, but audio is on Hoopla and elsewhere.

Available in Kindle Unlimited


If you feel like stretching the prompt a little bit and reading romantic suspense, you might also try Layla Reyne's Agents Irish and Whiskey series, which starts with Single Malt. Also works for assassins maybe? It's a bigger stretch for that category as they are secret agents.


carolinesheartCaroline's Heart, by Austin Chant

 This is a trans steampunk cowboy Western novella. We don't have a review up, but Ana recommends it! This one and Peter Darling also fit for Queer Paranormal, and we think you should ready pretty much anything Chant has written.



the-midnight-twelveThe Midnight Twelve, by Hairann

This is a classic western, with revenge and outlaws and a saloon, but one of the main characters is genderqueer. None of us have read it (it's a new release) and you should probably read the content warnings here.

Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo


red-dirt-heartRed Dirt Heart, by NR Walker

This recommendation comes from Andrea and is a cowboy romance set in Australia with a local rancher and an American agronomy student. You should know, however, that the first volume doesn't stand alone. It's a series following the same couple.

Kindle Unlimited, Print at: The Ripped Bodice, Barnes & Noble



tjamalThe Less than Epic Adventures of TJ & Amal, by E.K. Weaver

This is a big road trip across the country and it's one of the most frequently recommended modern queer romance comics. If you're going to buy this, we highly suggest picking up the definitive edition at Iron Circus, since it includes all the shorts and is cheaper than Amazon. (Better and cheaper = the best.)

Read the Webcomic, Iron Circus Comics, Amazon


arctic-sunBeta Test, Status Update and Arctic Sun, by Annabeth Albert

 Albert apparently likes a road trip, but she's also a very prolific author of contemporary m/m so it could just be that there's a lot to choose from. The first two of these are in her Gaymers series (geeky) and the third is an Alaska-set book that Andrea reviewed recently. Links to the first two books are in the title, Artic Sun links below. Audio is on Hoopla.

Amazon, Apple Books, Barnes & Noble, Kobo


signal-boostSignal Boost, by Alyssa Cole

 Post-apocalyptic road trip? This m/m romance is one big dystopian hike. It's the second in a series, but each stands pretty well alone. The first book, Radio Silence, is m/f and features the best friend and the brother of one of these two heroes.

Amazon, Apple Books, Barnes & Noble, Kobo


fly-with-meFly With Me, by Hudson Lin

This is a bit of a stretch since they're in an airplane... but we say it counts! Margrethe recommended it in her review. (Bonus: it's short!)

Amazon, Apple Books, Barnes & Noble, Kobo




play-it-againPlay it Again, by Aidan Wayne

This is an m/m romance between a blind YouTuber in the US and an asexual Let's Player (gaming streamer) in Ireland. The romance is mostly through DMs and chat until they finally meet in person. Suzanne gave it a mini-review here. It's very fluffy. Audio is on Hoopla.

AmazonApple BooksBarnes & NobleKobo

irlIRL, by Lucy Lennox and Molly Maddox

This m/m accidental-photo-text romance also works for the Epistolary category. There's also an audiobook on Audible if you prefer, but everything seems Amazon exclusive EXCEPT the paperback, which you can get at TRB.

Kindle Unlimited, The Ripped Bodice


red-white-and-royal-blueRed, White & Royal Blue, by Casey McQuiston

This New Adult debut pairs the son of the US President with a British prince. Also works for Royalty. Content Warning: Forced outing.

Amazon, Apple Books, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, The Ripped Bodice



captive-princeCaptive Prince, by C.S. Pacat

First in a gay fantasy romance trilogy, complete with court intrigue and deadly political machinations. Content Warning right in the first paragraph of the blurb:

Damen is a warrior hero to his people, and the rightful heir to the throne of Akielos. But when his half brother seizes power, Damen is captured, stripped of his identity, and sent to serve the prince of an enemy nation as a pleasure slave.

Amazon, Apple Books, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, The Ripped Bodice


of-fire-and-starsOf Fire and Stars, by Audrey Coulthurst

This is the first of Coulthurst's queer fantasy romances and features a princess and the sister of her betrothed (also a princess). The audiobook is on Hoopla.

Amazon, Apple Books, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, The Ripped Bodice


a-prince-on-paperA Prince on Paper, by Alyssa Cole

Johan is a Bad Boy bisexual prince who's been playing a part to deflect attention from his brother, the heir to the throne. Enter Nya, who's back in Thesolo for the royal wedding. Oh, and did we mention the Fake Engagement?

Amazon, Apple Books, Barnes & Noble, Kobo,  The Ripped Bodice


See also:

queen-of-ieflariaThe Tales of Inthya series, by Effie Calvin (three books)

Her Royal Highness, by Rachel Hawkins

Ivan, by Kit Rocha

Princess, Princess Ever After, by Katie O'Neill (graphic novel)





toil-and-troubleToil & Trouble Anthology

A few stories have a queer romance plot, while the rest of the book is comprised of a whole bunch of diverse witches. Content Warning for sexual assault in a couple of the stories.

Amazon, Apple Books, Kobo, Barnes & Noble, The Ripped Bodice


these-witches-dont-burnThese Witches Don't Burn, by Isabel Sterling

This one is billed as "equal parts sweet romance and thrilling mystery" and has two witches falling in love. It's on Suzanne's nightstand, so no content warnings yet.

Amazon, Apple Books, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, The Ripped Bodice


labyrinth-lost-1Labyrinth Lost, by Zoraida Córdova

There's a very brief mention of a Tarot card in one scene. We're counting it. The MC is bi and this is a bit of a love triangle.

Amazon, Apple Books, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, The Ripped Bodice


Someone Wears a Costume


hot-dog-girlHot Dog Girl, by Jen Dugan

"A fresh and funny contemporary YA rom-com about teens working as costumed characters in a local amusement park."

On Suzanne's TBR so we don't have content warnings yet.

Amazon, Apple Books, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, The Ripped Bodice


breaking-characterBreaking Character, by Lee Winter

You can read Margrethe's review of this f/f actress romance here. Audio is on Hoopla if that's of interest.

Amazon, Apple Books, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, The Ripped Bodice



fire-on-the-iceFire on the Ice, by Tamsen Parker

"Snow & Ice Games" f/f sports romance. Maisy is a figure skater. Content Warning for forced outing.

Amazon, iBooks, Kobo





how-not-to-ask-a-boy-to-promHow Not to Ask a Boy to Prom, by S.J. Goslee

This is on the ever-growing TBR pile, but it fits this prompt perfectly! Here's the blurb:

Nolan Grant is sixteen, gay, and very, very single.

He's never had a boyfriend, or even been kissed. It's not like Penn Valley is exactly brimming with prospects. Nolan plans to ride out the rest of his junior year drawing narwhals, working at the greenhouse, and avoiding anything that involves an ounce of school spirit.

Unfortunately for him, his adoptive big sister has other ideas. Ideas that involve too-tight pants, a baggie full of purple glitter, and worst of all: a Junior-Senior prom ticket.

Amazon, Apple Books, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, The Ripped Bodice

F/F Contemporary


once-ghosted-twice-shyOne Ghosted Twice Shy, by Alyssa Cole

This is a novella in the Reluctant Royals series, told in two timelines - when the MCs first meet and when they're reunited. There's a ghosting plot, but it's for a good reason. Read Ana's review here.

Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Apple Books, Kobo, The Ripped Bodice


sunstoneSunstone, by Stjepan Sejic

A BDSM erotic romance comic told in 5 volumes. Surprisingly funny and populated with a (very white) kinky and supportive cast. Suzanne put it in her Top 5 romance comics of 2017 post.

Amazon, Barnes & Noble, The Ripped Bodice


paper-lovePaper Love, by Jae

Jae's gentle f/f workplace romance starts out with a touch of enemies-to-lovers but quickly morphs into a story of two women working to save a struggling stationary shop. It's a great book for when you want to be reminded of life's quieter pleasures like crafting, writing longhand, and reading. Suzanne's review is here.

Amazon, Apple Books, Kobo, Barnes & Noble, The Ripped Bodice


If-I-Loved-You-LessIf I Loved You Less, by Tamsen Parker

This is a retelling of Jane Austen's Emma, set in Hawaii. Surfing, baking, and falling in love. Margrethe's review is here.

Amazon, iBooks, Kobo, Barnes & Noble, The Ripped Bodice



And that's the list! What will you be reading this summer?


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