I learned an interesting thing after the release of my latest contemporary lesbian romance All at Sea.
For the most part, All at Sea is set on a yacht in the ocean off the coast of Australia. Accidental stowaway Stevie wakes up to find herself miles from shore, stranded with only Kaz the captain and Sinbad the cat for company. Talk about opposites attract! Stevie not only has to navigate a path around prickly Kaz, but she also has to adapt to the unfamiliar environment of life on the ocean.
I went looking for other WLW & lesbian romance novels set on yachts–and I learned there weren’t many. Loveboatlesfic. Maybe it’s a new genre? Lesbian books set on any sort of boat are few and far between. My fellow Ylva Publishing author, Jae, asked her reader group for suggestions. And I did some digging.
If you’re like me and would love to read more stories about women loving women loving life on the water, then here’s a list of suggestions. There are yachts, cruise ships, luxury liners, pirate ships, fishing boats, and small boats. Even kayaks.
I hope you’ll check them out. If you know of any WLW & lesbian books (whether romance or not) that should be included, then drop me a line and I’ll add them.
WLW & lesbian books that sail into the sunset. Yachts and wind power!
All at Sea by Cheyenne Blue – An accidental stowaway and an ecowarrior make for unlikely companions on a yacht in the Southern Ocean.
Veritas by MJ Duncan – A cruise in the Virgin Islands on a private yacht is a dream come true for executive chef Lauren. Unti she falls for the enigmatic captain.
Running with the Wind by Nell Stark – Love, like the wind, charts its own course. A sailing instructor, used to loving and leaving them, falls for her student and teammate in a high-stakes sailing regatta.
Tack and Jibe by Lilah Suzanne – Willa runs a hugely popular sailing Instagram, but she can’t sail. When she’s entered in a televised race, she tracks down the former winner and begs for help.
Heart’s Passage by Cate Swannell – Set in the splendor of Australia’s tropics, Heart’s Passage traces Jo and Cadie’s rocky path to an uncertain future.
I Love My Life by AJ Adaire – Betrayed by her former partner, a sailing class and vacation in Maine offers Chris Baxter the potential for new friends–and more.
Dreams of Bali by C.J. Harte – High-powered attorney reluctantly agrees to spend the weekend on her sister’s best friend’s yacht. Memories of their past encounters leave both women unprepared for the sparks that arise when they spend time together.
Felucca Dreams by Natalie Debrabandere – Professor Alex Casey is flat broke, and in trouble with her colleagues for speaking her mind a little too freely. Dragging a bunch of tourists around Egypt, and towing the line is not her style,
Green-Eyed Monster by Gill McKnight – There is a lot more to kidnapping than financial analyst Mickey Rapowski ever imagined. Mickey kidnaps Ginette Felstrom. A straightforward and effective plan—except Ginette is the worst captive ever and no one wants to pay her ransom.
Kayaks – powered by female muscle. For the outdoors women
Some Kind of River by Andi Marquette – Friends to lovers romance between river guides. A summer on the river isn’t always a smooth ride.
White Water Rendevous by Kim Baldwin – Danger, destiny, and romance on the river. A wilderness kayak adventure brings together two very different women.
Pirates! Who doesn’t love WLW & lesbian pirates!
The Pirate’s Booty by Alex Westmore – When Quinn Gallagher’s childhood friend is abducted she comes to the rescue, by dressing as a man and joining a notorious pirate captain.
Shell Game by Benny Lawrence – When an opportunity comes along for village girl Lynn to be kidnapped and enslaved by Darren, a ruthless pirate queen, she takes full advantage of it.
The Sublime and Spirited Voyage of Original Sin by Colette Moody – When pirates steal ashore to abduct a doctor to tend to their wounded, they end up settling for Celia Pierce, the town seamstress.
Escape to Pirate Island by Niamh Murphy – Pirates of the Caribbean, Treasure Island, and Mutiny on the Bounty rolled into one thrilling adventure with a pair of feisty, independent female characters at the helm!
Compass Rose by Anna Burke – In the year 2513, the only thing higher than the seas is what’s at stake for those who sail them.
Branded Ann by Merry Shannon – No pirate on the high seas is more bloodthirsty than the notorious Branded Ann, a woman a face marred by a mysterious cross-shaped scar.
The Sea Hawk by Brenda Adcock – A marine archaeologist, and her team of divers have spent eighteen months excavating the remains of a ship found a few miles off the coast of Georgia.
Luxury lesbians – cruise ships, sundecks, and champagne
Not Since You by Fiona Riley – Boarding her honeymoon cruise alone and decidedly unmarried wasn’t Charlotte’s intention. Neither was running into her high school love on board.
Meant to Be by Graysen Morgen – Brandt is about to walk down the aisle with her girlfriend, when an unexpected chain of events turns her world upside down.
Smooth Sailing by Susan X Meagher – Laurie Nielsen is so overworked and overstressed that she’s forced to take a vacation—on one of her company’s kid-centric cruise ships.
Lost at Sea by A.E. Radley – A stowaway. A perceptive captain. Both drawn together. An identity thief with a heart of gold meets the rule-abiding woman who could throw her in jail.
In Deep Waters by Radclyffe & Karin Kallmaker – From honeymooning couples to strangers with mutual desires, there are no secrets about what goes on between embarkation, midnight buffets and ports-of-call. Short stories.
The Cruise by Lise Gold – When Cara is unable to find another job in journalism, she takes on a seasonal position on a cruise ship with Billie, her best friend’s girlfriend.
Sea Legs by KG MacGregor – The Emerald Duchess sets sail for the serene Caribbean, but the passengers are headed for the chaos of romance.
Shipped by Amanda Kayhart – Leah finally saves enough for her dream cruise in the Bahamas. Except all her organizing doesn’t prepare Leah for Mallory Miller, her bitter ex-girlfriend who threatens to capsize her entire Caribbean vacation.
Dead in the Water by Kate Sweeney – A nice romantic weekend cruise on Lake Superior should do the trick for a marriage proposal. Until a murder gets in the way.
Pretend Girlfriend by Lily Craig – The only thing worse than being cheated on? Seeing your ex and the girl she cheated with get married. And as part of a two-week long Mediterranean cruise. The answer? Fake relationship.
Ride the Wave by Natasha West – Natalie Silver is painfully single. But that doesn’t mean she’s up for being sent on a lesbian singles cruise by her pushy sister. Damn non-refundable tickets.
Pleasure Cruise by Yolanda Wallace – When Spencer Collins is given a chance to spend a week surrounded by sun, sand, and hundreds of women on a lesbian cruise, she has the opportunity to venture outside her comfort zone.
Right Time for Love by Elizabeth Andre – When 65-year old Hannah goes on a Caribbean cruise all she wants to do is win the euchre tournament. But it’s never too late for love.
Sapphic Holiday Cruise by Erzabet Bishop – Short stories of romance and sexy times on the high seas. Meet an alluring pirate vixen, a boudoir photographer, and more.
Waltzing on the Danube by Miranda MacLeod – They’re the only two single ladies on the Lesbian Love Boat. Can opposites attract? A European river cruise romance.
Lesbians in the workplace – fishing boats
Capsized by Julie Cannon – Commercial fisherman Roberta (Bert) Coughlin rescues Alissa Cooper from her burning yacht and has no choice but to take the pampered rich girl along.
South of Heaven by Ali Spooner – Kendra Drake has taken over as Captain of her father’s shrimp boat. As a favor to her father, Kendra has agreed to give fellow shrimper Lindsey Bowen a chance to work on the boat.
Love’s Bounty by Yolanda Wallace – Jake Myers is a lobster boat captain with a scarred psyche. Can an inexperienced greenhorn help her find the healing she so desperately needs?
More generally on the water, but hey, you need a boat to get there…
Natural Instincts by Graysen Morgen – Marine biologists in the Florida Keys are forced to work together.
Ladyfish by Andrea Bramhall – Scuba diving instructor Olivia Zuckerman loves guiding tourists under the water almost as much as she loves guiding women to her bed.