By Trope/Archetype

Find LGBTQIAP+ Romances by trope, archetype, and/or theme here! All Romances are adult and contemporary unless otherwise listed.
B/P notes MC and/or LI identifies as bisexual or pansexual
A/D/Aro = MC and/or LI identifies on the asexual spectrum, as demisexual, or as aromantic
T/NB/GQ = MC and/or LI identifies as transgender, non-binary, and/or genderqueer
*Beginning of a romantic ARC in a series but not resolved in this book alone
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Please note that as is common with Romance, many of these books are in a series with recurring characters. All should be readable as standalones, however, unless noted otherwise.

Additionally, please be advised that this is more of a database than a rec list; I have not read most of these titles, and strongly advocate reading reviews for potential triggers etc.

Academics

F/F

M/M

M/F

  • Hold Me by Courtney Milan – Bm/Tf

Age Gap

F/F

M/M

Amnesia

F/F

M/M

Athletes (see “Sports Romance”)

Baby Mama Drama

M/M/F

Best Friend’s Sibling/Sibling’s Best Friend

M/M

F/F

M/F

  • Hang the Moon by Alexandria Bellefleur

Billionaire

M/M

M/F

Bodyguard

F/F

M/M

M/F

  • Reverb by Anna Zabo – Tm/Pf

Book World

These books star authors, librarians, book bloggers, and/or booksellers

F/F

M/M

  • Book Boyfriend by Kris Ripper

Butch-Butch

  • Rooting for You by Roz Alexander
  • The Weight of the Stars by K. Ancrum (Spec YA)
  • Wherever is Your Heart by Anita Kelly

Butch-Femme

Celebrity/Non-Celeb (see also: Hollywood, Reality TV)

F/F

M/M

Class Warfare

F/F

M/M

Coffeeshop AU

F/F

  • *A Coffeeshop in an Alternate Universe by C.B. Lee

M/M

College

F/F

M/M

M/F

M/NB

  • *And They Lived by Steven Salvatore (YA)

Coming Out

F/F

M/M

Consanguinity

Despite the word, these books strictly feature characters who do not share blood, and did not grow up together as family.

F/F

Criminals/Con Artists

F/F

Dancers

F/F

Detectives

  • Criminal Intentions by Cole McCade (serial) (Amz)

Enemies to Lovers (see also: Rivals to Lovers)

F/F

M/M

M/F

Faith and Religion

F/F

M/M

M/F

Fake Dating

F/F

M/M

M/F

  • Take a Hint, Dani Brown by Talia Hibbert (Bf)
  • The Romantic Agenda by Claire Kann (Af)
  • *Check Your Work by Skye Kilaen (Bf/Bm)(Amz)

F/NB

  • Just Might Work by Katia Rose (Amz)

Fandom

F/F

  • Ship It by Britta Lundin
  • The Princess and the Fangirl by Ashley Poston

M/M

F/NB

  • The Pros of Cons by Alison Cherry, Lindsay Ribar, and Michelle Schusterman
  • The One True Me and You by Remi K. England

Fated Mates

F/F

  • Her Wolf in the Wild by Rien Gray

Firefighters

F/F

M/M

Foodie/Chefs

F/F

M/M

F/NB

M/F

Forbidden Love

F/F

M/M

Forced Proximity

F/F

M/M

Friends to Lovers

F/F

M/M

M/F

F/NB

F/F/M

Friends to Enemies to Lovers

F/F

  • Just One Week by Chelsea M. Cameron
  • Melt With You by Jennifer Dugan (YA)
  • Flip the Script by Lyla Lee (YA)
  • This Used to Be Easier by Katia Rose

Geeks, Nerds, and/or Gamers

F/F

M/M

F/NB

  • The One True Me and You by Remi K. England

Holiday

F/F

M/M

M/F

  • The Mistletoe Motive by Chloe Liese – DF
  • Bottle Rocket by Erin McLellan – BM

F/NB

NB/NB

M/F/M

Hollywood (see also: Celeb/Non-Celeb, Reality TV)

F/F

M/M

Home Renovation

F/F

M/M

Hurt/Comfort

F/F

M/M

M/F

Ice Queens

In/Out

F/F

M/M

  • Jeremiah by Jayce Ellis
  • And They Lived by Steven Salvatore (YA)

Internet Connections

F/F

M/M

M/F

Kink

F/F

M/M

M/F

NB/NB

Late Bloomers

These are books with MCs and/or LIs who are “late” to queerness and/or queer romance 

F/F

  • Under the Lights by Dahlia Adler (YA)
  • Cool for the Summer by Dahlia Adler (YA)
  • In at the Deep End by Kate Davies
  • Wrong Number, Right Woman by Jae
  • If the Shoe Fits by E.J. Noyes
  • Late to the Party by Kelly Quindlen (YA)

Law Enforcement

F/F

M/M

Long Distance Relationship

M/M

  • Fifteen Hundred Miles from the Sun by Jonny Garza Villa (YA)

Love Triangle

These are books with love triangles that specifically do not end up in polyamory. They are not organized by pairing so as to avoid spoilers where multiple genders are in the mix.

YA

  • Cool for the Summer by Dahlia Adler
  • Lunaside by JL Douglas
  • Love Somebody by Rachel Roasek
  • Odd One Out by Nic Stone

Adult

Marriage of Convenience

F/F

M/M

M/F

  • Xeni by Rebekah Weatherspoon

Matchmaker

F/F

Medical

F/F

M/M

Military

F/F

M/M

Mistaken Identity

F/F

M/M

Murder Mystery

F/F

M/M

M/NB

Mutual Pining

F/F

M/M

My One Exception*

*This is the “____ For You” trope, restricted to books that acknowledge non-monosexuality, whether or not the character ultimately IDs as such.

F/F

M/M

M/F

Nerd/Jock

M/M

  • Ancient History by A.J. Truman

Office Romance (See: Workplace Romance)

On the Rocks (Note: these are generally companion novels)

F/F

M/M

One-Night Stand/Fling

F/F

M/M

Only One Bed

F/F

M/M

  • Learned Reactions by Jayce Ellis

Opposites Attract

F/F

M/M

M/F

Parent’s Best Friend

M/M

Pirates

F/F

M/M

  • Peter Darling by Austin Chant (T)(Fantasy)
  • In Deeper Waters by F.T. Lukens (YA Fantasy)

Player/Virgin (or Experienced/Not-so-Experienced)

F/F

PNR (Paranormal Romance)

F/F

M/M

M/F

F/F/M

F/NB

Politics/Government

F/F

M/M

M/M/F

(Post-)Apocalyptic and/or Dystopian

M/M

  • All That’s Left in the World by Erik J. Brown (YA)
  • Signal Boost by Alyssa Cole

Reality TV

F/F

M/M

M/F

F/NB

Retellings and Reimaginings

F/F

M/M

M/F

  • Beast by Brie Spangler (T) (YA, Beauty and the Beast)
  • Drag Me Up by R.M. Virtues (Hades and Persephone) (Amz)
  • Keep Me Close by R.M. Virtues – Dm/TPf (Hephaestus and Aphrodite) (Amz)
  • The Right Thing to Do at the Time by Dov Zeller – T (Pride & Prejudice)

F/NB

  • Beauty’s Beast by S.T. Lynn – T (Beauty and the Beast)

Return to hometown

F/F

M/M

Revenge Plot

F/F

Rivals to Lovers

F/F

M/M

  • Icebreaker by A.L. Graziadei

M/NB

Road Trip

F/F

M/M

M/F

M/F/F

  • Shake Things Up by Skye Kilaen (Amz)

Rock Star/Pop Star/Musician

F/F

M/M

M/F

F/NB

M/NB

Romantic Suspense

F/NB

  • Fatal Fidelity by Rien Gray (Amz)

Roommates-to-Lovers

F/F

M/M

Royalty

F/F

M/M

Rural/Cowboys

F/F

M/F

M/M/M

Second-Chance Romance

F/F

M/M

Secret Identity

M/M

Secret Romance

M/M

  • *If This Gets Out by Cale Dietrich and Sophie Gonzales

M/F

  • I’ll Be the One by Lyla Lee

Sex Work

F/F

M/M

F/NB

  • Cam Girl by Elliot Wake w/a Leah Raeder

Sibling’s Significant Other

F/F

M/M

Single Parents/Guardians

F/F

M/M

Slow Burn

F/F

M/M

Small-Town

F/F

M/M

M/F

  • Ramona Blue by Julie Murphy – QF (YA)
  • Small Town Hearts by Lillie Vale – BF (YA)
  • Xeni by Rebekah Weatherspoon

M/NB

M/M/F

Sports Romance

F/F

M/M

Sunshine/Grump

F/F

  • Blood Thinners by Heather Novak (PNR)

M/M

M/F

  • The Perfect Crimes of Marian Hayes by Cat Sebastian

T4T

F/F

  • The Spy and Her Serpent by Maria Ying (Amz)

M/F

  • Caroline’s Heart by Austin Chant (Paranormal)

M/NB

  • The Feeling of Falling in Love by Mason Deaver (YA)
  • Long Macchiatos and Monsters by Alison Evans
  • Venom & Vow by Anna-Marie McLemore and Elliott McLemore (YA)

Tattoo Artists

F/F

M/M

M/F

Teacher-Student etc.

F/F

M/M

F/F/M

Time Travel

F/F

  • One Last Stop by Casey McQuiston

M/M

  • Yesterday is History by Kosoko Jackson (YA)

Wedding/Matrimony

F/F

Western (Historical)

F/F

Workplace Romance

F/F

M/M

Queering up your shelf, one rec at a time!

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