2023 Queer Romcoms Sure to Make You Swoon
I love few things more than a heartwarming queer romcom. Warm? Check. Fuzzy? Check. All the queer feelings? Check, check, check, a million times check. And 2023 is proving to be another good year for the genre, with sequels and debuts and YA and adult breakouts from beloved authors. I can’t speak for how the rest of 2023 will go, but when it comes to queer romcoms, the year is looking pretty bright.
From fake dates and fake fiancés to grumpy-sunshine pairings and friends to lovers, these 2023 queer romcoms have all the ooey gooey queer goodness you’re looking for. And as someone who’s started the year off with a massive reading slump, a whole lot of stress (and worry about the state of things in my local community and the world), and way too many migraine days, let me just say ooey gooey queer romance books are definitely something I could use more of in my life.
It’s the literary equivalent of Mary Poppins singing “a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down.” A spoonful of queer romcoms help reality seem a little less bad. And, you know what, I’ll take that for the win it is. So do something good for yourself and take a break from stressing to read one of these swoon worthy 2023 queer romcoms.
Friday I’m in Love by Camryn Garrett
The cover alone is enough to make me fall in love with this new book from Camryn Garrett, author of Full Disclosure and Off the Record, but the idea of a coming out party a la a Sweet Sixteen or Quinceañera? I’m obsessed. And between trying to plan the coming out party of her dreams, flirting with cute new girl Siobhan, and trying to take a break from stressing about money and snide remarks from her white classmates, will Mahalia be able to juggle it all?
Highly Suspicious and Unfairly Cute by Talia Hibbert
This YA debut from the author of Take a Hint, Dani Brown and The Princess Trap has been high on my list of anticipated 2023 releases ever since I heard about it last year. Ex-best friends Brad — who is bisexual — and Celine are thrown back together when they both sign up for the same survivalist course and are forced to work together to win the prize. But can this football player with OCD and this conspiracy-obsessed social media star work through their issues and win the competition all while surviving out in the woods? Well, maybe if they work together.
Something Wild and Wonderful by Anita Kelly (March 7)
From the author of Love & Other Disasters comes another swoony romcom featuring two strangers falling in love as they trek along the Pacific Crest Trail. With 2,500-mile trail to go, it seems unlikely that Ben and Alexei paths will cross more than once — but then they do, over and over again. Maybe the biggest adventure of their lives could include a little romance. But will plans make in the wild survive the chaos of the real world?
The Fiancée Farce by Alexandria Bellefleur (April 18, 2023)
Fake dating? How about fake engagement? When a quiet bookseller invents a fake girlfriend inspired by a romance cover model, she’s just trying to get her family off her back. But when her path crosses that of real-life heiress and model, Gemma van Dalen, who happens to need a marriage certificate in order to inherit her family’s publishing company, Gemma decides to take things one step further by announcing their engagement. Can Tansy and Gemma fool everyone into thinking this romance is real? Or are they only fooling themselves in pretending this marriage is all for show?
Fake Dates and Mooncakes by Sher Lee (May 16)
You had me at fake dating and sealed the deal with a cooking competition, a corgi, and comparisons to Heartstopper and Crazy Rich Asians. Dylan is just hoping to make his late mother proud and bring some much-needed publicity to his aunt’s Chinese restaurant in Brooklyn by entering a mooncake competition for teens. Then Theo enters the picture, distracting Dylan from his goals. But when Theo asks Dylan to pretend to be his boyfriend at a family wedding in the Hamptons, Dylan finds himself falling for real. Getting side-tracked with rich people problems might get in the way of winning the mooncake competition and saving his aunt’s restaurant, though. Will Dylan be able to have his mooncake and eat it too, or will trying to have it all just result in epic failure all around?
Love at First Set by Jennifer Dugan (May 30)
The author of Some Girls Do and sets her sights on adult romance with this 2023 queer romcom about a woman who drunkenly gives a pep talk to a stranger in the bathroom, only to later realize it was the bride-to-be she just convinced to leaver her fiancé on the eve of their wedding. Now, in order to ensure her bosses at the gym never realize it was Lizzie who convinced their daughter not to go through with her wedding, she’s stuck “entertaining” Cara. There’s no need for her to know it’s a setup. And there’s no chance Cara will really fall for someone like Lizzie — right?
Can’t Let Her Go by Kianna Alexander (June 20)
Being part of the same friend group makes romance complicated, but not impossible, in this swoony friends-to-lovers romance. Peaches and Jamie have a lot in common, from their love of keeping Austin weird to the friends they share, but they also share something more: some serious chemistry. With Jamie’s college dreams possibly taking her away from Austin and Peaches strung thin between expanding her own business and taking care of her family, is now really the right time for them to test out their feelings? Then again, if not now, when?
Iris Kelly Doesn’t Date by Ashley Herring Blake (November 7)
With as much as I’ve loved the first two books in this series from Ashley Herring Blake, I absolutely can’t wait for Iris Kelly Doesn’t Date to come out. We’ve gotten to know Iris a bit in Delilah Green Doesn’t Care and Astrid Parker Doesn’t Fail, but now she finally gets her chance to take center stage. And to make matters even better? Iris finds herself in the middle of a fake dating scheme with a one night stand! *grabby hands*
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