Books With LGBT+ Characters

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Hello people! This is Pride Month, so I thought it was about time to do a post about some of the books I read which had LGBT+ main characters, secondary (important) characters and/or dealt with LGBT issues.


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The ‘Spring has Sprung’ Book Tag

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Hey hey hey! Here I am with another book tag, this time it’s The ‘Spring has Sprung’ Book Tag and I was tagged by The Orang-utan Librarian. Thank you so much! And let’s do this 😉 .


1. Flowers: Look on your bookshelves. What is the most beautiful book both inside and out?

One of my most beautiful books, inside and out, has to be Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon.

Just look at it, isn’t it gorgeous? And it’s such a good and sweet read 🙂 .


2. Grass: What is a book that you find that others like way more than you do?

Given the goodreads rating that Nirvana has, I would say that a lot of people liked it WAY better than me, considering that I rated the book 1 star… which I have to be honest and say that I don’t really understand how that’s possible… to each its own, right?


3. Rain: What’s a great book that lifts your spirits when you’re down?

The obvious answer here has to be Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda, right? I read this book twice already, and I love love love it! It makes me happy. So much so that I even borrowed my physical copy to my bff. I hope she takes good care of my precious!


4. Dew: What’s a book that made you feel alive?

Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy’s Us surely made me feel alive. Maybe because my heart was actually hurting while reading this book. Maybe!

This book has it all: great dialogue, great characters, great story, great romance, huge heartbreak… perfect.


5. Storms: What’s a book that you found unpredictable?

Hmmmm, I would say that Anything You Want by Geoff Herbach was pretty unpredictable. There were definitly some things that I didn’t see coming at all. Also, the book was nothing like I expected, but it’s oh so good!


6. Rainbow: What was a book that you struggled with, only to be happy that you read it in the end?

Well, I struggled with Lady Midnight, but not because the book isn’t brilliant or because I didn’t want to read it, just the opposite. But it is a huge book, and my hands and arms would hurt when I had been reading for awhile. The book is heavy like hell!


7. Chilly Weather: What’s a book that you couldn’t finish or didn’t enjoy?

Perfect time to mention my last 1 star reading, and that was Lessons of the Heart, which is a YA/NA teacher/student romance. It was so so bad, and it had nothing to do with the forbidden part of it. You can check out my review of it HERE.


8. Warm Weather: What’s a book that you loved and wanted more of?

I wanted more of Adorkable for sure. Such a cute and good read. I wanted to see what happened after that last scene and what was in store for Sally and Becks, because they were so adorable together :D.

  


9. Green: What’s a book that you haven’t read yet, but really want to?

Actually, I’m saying one that I’m gonna start today, and that is The Rose and the Dagger, by Renee Ahdieh. I’ve had the book for a few weeks now, but I can only manage one physical book at a time, and I needed to finish Me Before You before starting this one.


10. Pink: What’s a book in which you felt a strong connection to the characters?

I felt a really strong connection to Isla and Josh, in Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins. Maybe that’s why this was my favorite book of the companion series. There’s just something so great about Isla and Josh.


11. Purple: What’s a book that when you read it, you feel safe?

Not sure I fully understand this question, but hey, I’ll give it a try?! I think Attachments by Rainbow Rowell was a book that made me feel safe, maybe because I loved the story and it’s my favorite contemporary of Rowell’s. Have you read it? You should!


12. Orange: What book do you feel is intelligently written?

I didn’t want to repeat authors, but I kind of have to. Carry On by Rainbow Rowell is, in my opinion, one of the most intelligent written books I’ve ever read. I loved how the base of the book was known, but she twisted everything. I fins the magic system especially compelling.


13. Yellow: What book puts a smile on your face?

Ok, try to look at that cover and not smile… did you manage it? Big Rock by Lauren Blakely definitly put a huge smile on my face. It’s an amazing romance and I highly recommend it to everyone who likes NA romances.

  


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Book Traveling Thursdays: My Favorite LGBTQ Couple (It’s totally Jamie & Wes!!!)

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Hello, welcome back to another Book Traveling 168709Thursdays, which a weekly meme created by Cátia @The Girl Who Read Too Much and Danielle @Danielle’s Book Blog. The goal is to share the covers of a book related to that week’s theme, which you can see at the Goodreads group, indicating the original cover, the one of your country, your favorite and least favorite.

This week’s theme is “Choose a book that features your favorite LGBTQ couple“. A couple of months ago I would have some trouble deciding… now? Not so much! Jamie Canning and Ryan Wesley stole my heart in Him and Us, and have since become the kings of my LGBT ships. They also have a very high ranking in the whole general shipping thing. I’m doing something a bit different today, because both book have too few covers to fill all of the spots, so I’ll show you guys both books, in what’s available, ok?


Original and Favorite COvers:

                                    

I really like the original covers of these 2 books, though I think I like the Him cover just a bit better… maybe it’s because I wanted to see Wes’ tattoos on Us

Other Covers:

                                

The only other edition available (soon) is the german one. And I have to be honest, I kind of like the covers, though they don’t scream Wes and Jamie to me, nor to they remind me of Hockey… at all!

Us (Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy)

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Can your favorite hockey players finish their first season together undefeated? 

Five months in, NHL forward Ryan Wesley is having a record-breaking rookie season. He’s living his dream of playing pro hockey and coming home every night to the man he loves — Jamie Canning, his longtime best friend turned boyfriend. There’s just one problem: the most important relationship of his life is one he needs to keep hidden, or else face a media storm that will eclipse his success on the ice.

Jamie loves Wes. He really, truly does. But hiding sucks. It’s not the life Jamie envisioned for himself, and the strain of keeping their secret is taking its toll. It doesn’t help that his new job isn’t going as smoothly as he’d hoped, but he knows he can power through it as long as he has Wes. At least apartment 10B is their retreat, where they can always be themselves.  

Or can they?

When Wes’s nosiest teammate moves in upstairs, the threads of their carefully woven lie begin to unravel. With the outside world determined to take its best shot at them, can Wes and Jamie develop major-league relationship skills on the fly?

Warning: contains sexual situations, a vibrating chair, long-distance sexytimes and proof that hockey players look hot in any shade of green.


This book! THIS BOOK!!! I loved the first book, Him, but this one? OMG! Us will forever be in my list of favorite books because it just messed with my emotions so damn much.

Once again the writing was perfect, Elle Kennedy and Sarina Bowen are a hell of an amazing team. And Jamie and Wes are as perfect as ever! And I loved to see their relationship develop and all the issues that came from it.

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I was so afraid throughout all the book, because it showed that no matter how much you love someone, life can still mess things up, and sometimes love is not enough. 😦 My heart was breaking for Jamie and Wes during this book, so much, I wanted to cry 😦 (I might have cried a few times for real).

I loved the role of the family and friends in this story, and I absolutely adored Blake and I’m so so excited that he will have his own book, because he was a TRUE friend to Wes and Jamie, even if they took a little while to see how awesome he truly was.

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Overall I loved this book beyond words. I loved Wes and Jamie falling in love in Him, but watching their relationship in this book was amazing and perfect and painful. I would read anything about these two, I just love them that much.

Him (Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy)

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They don’t play for the same team. Or do they? 

Jamie Canning has never been able to figure out how he lost his closest friend. Four years ago, his tattooed, wise-cracking, rule-breaking roommate cut him off without an explanation. So what if things got a little weird on the last night of hockey camp the summer they were eighteen? It was just a little drunken foolishness. Nobody died. 

Ryan Wesley’s biggest regret is coaxing his very straight friend into a bet that pushed the boundaries of their relationship. Now, with their college teams set to face off at the national championship, he’ll finally get a chance to apologize. But all it takes is one look at his longtime crush, and the ache is stronger than ever. 

Jamie has waited a long time for answers, but walks away with only more questions—can one night of sex ruin a friendship? If not, how about six more weeks of it? When Wesley turns up to coach alongside Jamie for one more hot summer at camp, Jamie has a few things to discover about his old friend…and a big one to learn about himself. 

Warning: contains sexual situations, skinnydipping, shenanigans in an SUV and proof that coming out to your family on social media is a dicey proposition.


Guys, this series, wow, just wow, I’m in love with it! Here’s the story though, last month I read a LGBT book that I didn’t love at all, South of Sunshine, and I wanted and needed a LGBT romance that would knock my socks off. So, after having seen a few awesome reviews of Him, I took a trip to Amazon Kindle store and bought Him and Us. I started this book that same night and I couldn’t put it down.

The writing is perfect! I’m a huge fan of male POVs, and I’m a huge fan of Hockey books, and this book has it all. I was worried for a moment that Jamie and Wes’ voices wouldn’t be distinctive enough to tell the two guys apart, but I shouldn’t have worried, because the boys are so awesomely different.

I love Jamie and Wes so much. SO MUCH!!! I love how different they are and how they totally complete each other. SO GOOD!

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The romance was so swoon worthy. I love BFFs to lovers romances, because they’re awesome, and this one didn’t disappoint at all. And even though Wes always had feelings for Jamie, and Jamie didn’t (or he just didn’t name them), I never once doubted how much Jamie cared for his best friend. Also, I loved how Jamie came to terms with his sexuality, he’s awesome.

I can’t say I loved this enough. If you like New Adult romances, and you’re cool with M/M explicit scenes, I BEG YOU TO READ THIS! You won’t be sorry. I will read anything that Elle Kennedy and Sarina Bowen write, that’s for sure.