We’re shouting it from the rooftops: we love romance audiobooks. We love every fake-dating-to-real-dating trope, every cheesy (and begrudgingly butterfly inducing) pickup line, and every long-awaited declaration of love.
The only thing that could make romance audiobooks better? Make ’em queer. Add in a butch lesbian environmental engineer? An openly gay member of a world-famous boy band? A surly photographer with a chip on her shoulder? Whew.
Swoon your way through adorable, saucy stories of queer love, and find your next literary crush in this list of heartthrobs:
In Queerly Beloved, Amy, a semi-closeted queer baker in Oklahoma, has just been fired from a Christian bakery and decides to turn a one-off gig subbing in for a bridesmaid into a full-time business. Her chosen family is thrilled that Amy is becoming her authentic self. But when her desire to please kicks into overdrive, Amy must decide what it looks like to be true to herselfâ€”and if she has the courage to try.
Gabriel, Reese, Sal, and Heath are best friends, bonded in their rural town by their queerness and their big dreams. But they have plans for the summer, each about to embark on a new adventure. In Golden Boys, they learn what this season of world-expanding travel and life-changing experiences mean for each of themâ€”and for their friendship.
Hunter never expected to be a boy band star, but here he is: the only gay member of Kiss & Tell, who just had a very painful breakup, and is now expected to play the perfect queer role model for teens. Hunter isn’t really sure what being the perfect queer kid means. But when The Label finds out about Hunter and a new romance, it spells troubleâ€”for their relationship, for the perfect gay boy Hunter plays, and for Hunter himself.
Nate Hargraves is getting ready to fly to South Africa for his cousinâ€™s lavish destination weddingâ€¦ he also just found out that his ex-boyfriend will be there. Enter Jai Patel, Nateâ€™s best friend (and secret crush): he volunteers to be Nateâ€™s travel buddy around South Africa, a buffer against his ex, and his plus-one at the wedding. In Nate Plus One, maybe this summer will be epic after all.
Chloe and Fallon used to be best friends, but last summer they hooked up, and now they arenâ€™t speakingâ€¦which makes being co-workers on a gourmet ice cream truck owned by their moms an interesting summer experience. When their parents get called away on business, itâ€™s up to the girls to work a series of food truck festivals across the country. In Melt With You, tensions heat up as they face a few unexpected detoursâ€”and more than a little roadside attraction.
Isaac Martin has enacted a plan for the perfect summer with his best friend Diego: snatch up a pair of badges for Legends Con and Teen Pride. But when an unexpected run-in with Daviâ€”Isaacâ€™s old crushâ€”distracts him the day tickets go on sale, suddenly heâ€™s two badges short. When Diego finds out what really happened with Davi, Isaac assumes heâ€™s upset about missing the convention, but could Diego have other reasons for being mad at Isaac?
Adam is quickly falling in love with Callum. Ben has just left home after his mother discovered his stash of gay magazines. Then Callum disappears, and Ben finds out his new world is more closed-minded than he thought. When Adam finally tracks Callum down, he learns the guy he loves is ill. But near the hospital where Callum is being treated, Ben and Adam meet, forever changing each otherâ€™s lives. When You Call My Name is a love letter to New York and the liberating power of queer friendship.
Delilah Green swore she would never go back to Bright Falls. Her life is in New York, with her photography career finally gaining steam and her bed never empty. When Delilahâ€™s stepsister, Astrid, pressures her into photographing her wedding, Delilah finds herself back in the town that she used to call home. Then she sees Claire Sutherland, and decides that maybe thereâ€™s some fun to be had in Bright Falls, after all.
Itâ€™s been months since Kian Andrews has heard from his ex-boyfriend, Hudson Rivers, but an urgent text has them meeting at a cafĂ©. Hudson wants Kian to pretend to be his boyfriend while his parents are in town, and Kian reluctantly agrees. Suddenly Kian is Hudsonâ€™s plus one to Georgiaâ€™s wedding of the season, but their fake relationship is starting to feel like it might be more, and itâ€™s time for both men to fact-check their feelings.