It can be hard trying to find novels featuring non-hetero-normative lead characters. Check out the list below and see what great reads await you!
I suggest sampling before reading/buying, content might not be suitable for all readers.
Keeping Pace: Paranormal Dating Agency
by: LJ Vickery
Pace Ruffalo, retired US Army Space Ranger, and full time long haul space trucker, is tired of playing the field. He’s anxious to find the right woman and settle down to start a family, but he’s tired of the waifish, doe-eyed debutantes his mother parades in front of him. He wants a woman with a sturdier build, maybe some muscle, who will satisfy his diverse libido. When Gerri Wilder of the Paranormal Dating Agency says she has someone who fits the bill, Pace jumps at the chance.
Lola Xeltrax doesn’t much like her planet’s requirements for becoming a wife and mother, so when Gerri Wilder makes her first appearance on Gemma-Hydrox, she’s thrilled the woman picks her as the match for a male from Earth. Now if she can just seduce him…maybe when she tells him her secrets he won’t run away. Then Lola will have the best of both worlds.
by: LJ Vickery
Emesh, the god of summer, couldn’t be more astounded. While his twelve Immortal friends frantically search for their remaining Chosen…female Chosen, he’s always assumed his chances of finding his eternal mate were crap. Despite being thousands of years old, he’s never experienced a gay relationship, doesn’t know where to look for one or how to initiate a hook-up. But now, standing no more than seven yards away, is proof positive he’ll soon receive an education in every nuance of male love he’s ever imagined…and it scares him shitless.
Douglas Wingfeather never allows visitors. Never. He’s the master of one-night stands, and likes it that way. So what the hell does he want with this guy, Emesh? The answer can only be…nothing. Strange attraction or not, his libido needs to shut itself down. His screwed up past doesn’t allow room for a normal relationship. End of story.
Princess of Draga: A Space Fantasy Romance
by: Emma Dean
In an alpha/beta/omega world among the stars, will one royal submissive choose love or loyalty?
Princess Adelina has spent her entire life among the wolves at court, learning when to cede and when to fight, surviving the politics and intrigue. But when war comes to her galaxy an exiled prince requests sanctuary during the storm, offering what’s left of his warriors.
Adelina is drawn to Prince Nash in a way she’s never experienced before, but he’s forbidden to her. She must decide if she will defy the Crown for a chance at love or suffer the consequences. Because war is coming and no one will remain unscathed – not even a princess.
*This is a slow burn, steamy polyamorous space fantasy romance. There is some female/female bisexual romance.
Edge of Nowhere
by: Felicia Davin
Kit Jackson has two talents in life. He can navigate the void known as the Nowhere to teleport himself across long distances and he can keep his mouth shut. These talents have earned him a reputation as a discreet, reliable Nowhere runner—he’ll smuggle anything for the right price—and that’s how Kit likes it. Morals don’t earn money, and neither do friends. When the private research firm Quint Services makes Kit an astounding offer for a mystery delivery, he says yes.
The parcel turns out to be an unconscious man, and even for Kit, that raises questions. When something monstrous attacks them in the Nowhere and throws them into an unknown wilderness, Kit and this stranger, a man named Emil, have to rely on each other. Kit just wants to make his delivery and get paid, but he finds himself increasingly entangled in Quint Services’ dangerous research—and his own attraction to Emil.
Emil Singh left his career in the Orbit Guard to work at Quint Services Facility 17, a base hidden in an asteroid, to prepare a team to cross the Nowhere into other worlds. It’s the chance of a lifetime and he can’t wait to explore the universe. But then Emil witnesses a terrible accident in a Facility 17 lab and gets sent to Earth for questioning. Something isn’t right, but before Emil can investigate, he and the Nowhere runner hired to transport him are knocked off course. Is the monster that attacks them a creation of Quint Services? What else is the corporation hiding? He has to get back to Facility 17 to protect his team and he needs Kit’s help. Can he trust the cynical young smuggler?
The Stark Divide
by: J. Scott Coatsworth
NOTE: Unknown if this is a Romance or has romantic elements, but does feature LGBTQ+ characters
Some stories are epic.
The Earth is in a state of collapse, with wars breaking out over resources and an environment pushed to the edge by human greed.
Three living generation ships have been built with a combination of genetic mastery, artificial intelligence, technology, and raw materials harvested from the asteroid belt. This is the story of one of them—43 Ariadne, or Forever, as her inhabitants call her—a living world that carries the remaining hopes of humanity, and the three generations of scientists, engineers, and explorers working to colonize her.
From her humble beginnings as a seedling saved from disaster to the start of her journey across the void of space toward a new home for the human race, The Stark Divide tells the tales of the world, the people who made her, and the few who will become something altogether beyond human.
Humankind has just taken its first step toward the stars.
by: Carol Van Natta
Trouble comes to paradise when a serial killer chooses a galaxy-famous college campus for his hunting ground. A galactic security specialist expects a quiet vacation visit to his daughter’s college campus. Instead he finds himself in battling for the safety of the students, with old friends and an ex-military squad-mate fighting at his side. Can they find a cunning serial killer before he finds his next target?
“A space opera packed with diverse characters, intricate world-building, and plenty of intrigue” ~ Anna Hackett, USA TODAY Bestselling Author of the Hell Squad series
When ex-military sniper and current personal security specialist Jerzi Adams visits his daughter Pico’s quiet college on the paradise-like planet of Nila Marbela, he doesn’t expect emergency evacuations and rogue robots. Nor does he expect to renew a friendship with former squad-mate.
Explosions, sabotage, and assaults used to be Andra De Luna’s daily routine, but she gave it up for a professorship at a prestigious university. Now she’s flung back into that world, with an entire floating campus of students to protect.
When the hunt for a cunning serial killer leads Jerzi’s old friends Luka and Mairwen (Overload Flux) to town, there’s trouble in paradise as the body count starts to rise. Either the world of academia has gone from merely cutthroat to downright deadly, or more sinister forces are in conflict, with the campus as a battleground. Without an improvised miracle or two, no one’s going to make it out alive.
by: Poppy Woods
Alandra Michaels is your everyday, run-of-the-mill, ordinary witch. She doesn’t have an affinity for an element, like her sister. She can’t speak to the dead, like her mother. Even her familiar–Beezelbub the moth–is a plain, non-threatening insect. Alandra is fine with that; she knows what she is and what she isn’t.
Or so she thought . . .
When a spell goes wrong and a gorgeous woman shows up in her living room claiming to be the Moon, everything changes for Alandra and her magical abilities will be put to the test.
Can she reverse the spell and send Luna back to her realm?
Celestials never go to Earth anymore. When witches figured out they could harness their energy for ultimate power, celestials closed the doors to their own realms.
When a beautiful young witch accidentally summons Luna to Earth, the clock begins ticking. Can she make it home before she’s sacrificed for her power?
Will she even want to?
by: Kora Knight
NOTE: I love love love this cover!
Nira. Astrum Industries’ newest charted planet. Freshly discovered. Wholly unexplored. But that won’t be the case for long. Led by Captain Alec Hamlin, a team of explorers make an emergency landing and are soon confronted by their first Niran native. A huge male Kríe packed with muscle and bearing small, black horns and fangs. Fortunately, he’s friendly. Or so he lets them believe.
With the help of his pack, the Kríe takes Alec’s team captive, intending to sell them for profit. But these Nirans aren’t just shrewd, they’re arrogant and domineering. And most of all, extremely sexual. Which explains why, on their journey to peddle their new wares, they feed Alec’s team a powerful aphrodisiac. Nothing like some decadent entertainment on the side. Soon the team finds themselves feverishly trying to resist the growing urge to get physical with their captors. But as passion prevails and unexpected bonds form, so much more is suddenly at stake. With no time left, will a shift in Kríe perspective be enough to change the fate of Alec’s team?
by: Kora Knight
Emergency landing. Uncharted planet. Erotic captivity of epic proportions. Right when Captain Alec Hamlin thinks it can’t get any crazier, his team is sold to their captors’ mighty sovereign. King Zercy of the Kríe. Ruler of the planet’s most formidable species. Man, is he imposing. So regal and larger than life. And way too savagely handsome for Alec’s liking. From the first moment he laid eyes on him, he knew the Kríe was trouble, knew he needed to steer clear of him at all costs. But when Zercy chooses Alec to be his personal pet, all plans to dodge the male fall by the wayside. Alec is forced to spend each evening in the alluring king’s company, each night bound to the seductive king’s bed. Wholly at his mercy. Utterly defenseless, in his own mind and most especially his restless body. His struggle is real. Because the more Alec gets to know Zercy, the more he realizes two things. The Kríe king is damaged—unstable, not right, making him unpredictable and highly dangerous. But he is also innately kind beneath the raging storm that torments him. Kind and genuine, with a sad but beautiful soul. Something Alec fights with all he is, not to acknowledge. He can’t fall for Zercy. Zercy is the enemy. The captor of both Alec and his team. Which means Alec needs to get them out of there, before it’s too late. Before emotions overthrow logic and take control of the wheel. If only his body didn’t crave Zercy so fiercely, and his heart didn’t want him just as badly.
With Search and Rescue due any day, and Alec’s team getting antsy, Alec is forced to make a decision. He can’t have it both ways. Is he the captain of his men, bound to obligation, or is he a man in love with a Kríe?
The 5th Gender: A Tinkered Stars Mystery
by: G. L. Carriger
A species that has no word for murder has a murderer aboard their spaceship!
New York Times bestselling romantic comedy author Gail Carriger (writing as G.L. Carriger) brings you a light-hearted science fiction mystery featuring an adorable lavender alien and his human crush.
Tristol lives in exile. But he’s built a life for himself aboard a massive space station. He’s even begun to understand the complex nuances of human courting rituals. Detective Hastion is finally flirting back!
Except that Tristol’s beloved adopted home is unexpectedly contacted by the galoi – a xenophobic species with five genders, purple skin, and serious attitude. They need the help of a detective because there’s a murderer aboard their spaceship. Murder is so rare, the galoi don’t even have a word for it. Tristol knows this because he is galoi.
Which means that he and Detective Hastion are on the case… together.
Blooming Desire: An Extraordinary Spring Romance Collection
by: Various Amazing Authors
Spring brings gentle rains, green leaves and April flowers. Above all seasons, it is the one that celebrates the renewal of life in its continual cycle.
They Come from Beyond Anthologies invite you to join the spring festivities this year. Watch love bloom in unexpected places with seven seasonal tales that celebrate life. Fall in love with aliens and monsters in this unique volume bringing you works from Octavia Kore, Charity Wells, Danni Morrison, Diana Rose Wilson, Lula Monk, Julie Vance and S.J. Sanders.
Zoe: BBW Space Fantasy
by: L Starfyre
Zoe’s moods have been in the dumps lately, probably longer than she cared to admit. Having lost the use of her legs when she was fourteen and facing the prospect of losing her job, she craved a change. Maybe even some hope.
When the Aliens came to Earth the year before, they built EFPCs, mate-matching centers. Places that might offer her what she wanted. So what was the problem? If they could give her the ability to walk again, she thought she could make an exchange; her way of life for her legs. She’d be required to mate an alien. Was she ready for not only the mating, but also her first steps in years? She didn’t know, but she was going to find out. And what if her exchange was for more than she bargained for? More was better right?
Human Omega: Discovered on the Slave Planet
by: Eileen Glass
How does a bad day get worse, you ask?
How about being squished between two huge, naked dudes with their meaty schlongs hanging out and everything?
It’s all a matter of opinion, but Carter’s day is going pretty badly. He’s an engineer captured by bug aliens, now depending on his large, muscled, naked cage mates for food and warmth. They seem sentient, so that’s good. But they’re also handsy. Which is… complicated.
The military isn’t looking for him. Slaves taken by the bug race never come back. Yet, Carter is very much alive, and if he wants to stay that way, he’ll need to trust Pykh and Siel, two affectionate aliens with claws, teeth, and size.
Shape Shifters: Vol 1
by: Elva Birch
From fated mates to fairy tales, from the cold depths of space to hot wildfires in Alaska, Elva Birch spins entrancing tales of love and transformation.
In ‘Better Half’, a woman grieving for her dog encounters a wolf…who happens to also be a man claiming he is her mate. But Meghan has been burned by love before, and her past is still hunting her. A hot, heart-wrenching happy-ever-after, not previously published. (10,000 words)
In ‘The Dazzling Finister’, an artificial intelligence learns to love, and when her finister is taken from her, sacrifices everything to find him again in a journey that spans galaxies and years and many shapes. A sweet science fiction retelling of a fairy tale, originally published in Once Upon a Time charity anthology. (6,000 words)
In ‘The Neighbors Might Talk’, Trudy and Rikard have their quiet retirement all planned out – a plan which doesn’t include the gorgeous naked dragon shifter who crash-lands in their garden. A spicy ménage romance with tea, originally published in Two Mates for the Dragon charity anthology. (10,000 words)
In ‘Breakup’, a trapper in Alaska knows that spring will draw away the otter shifter who has been living with him all winter in his isolated cabin. A short, bittersweet story with a hint of heat, not previously published. (1,700 words)
In ‘Fire Control’, a dragon princess who can’t shift finds her mate in a hot-tempered, foul-mouthed Alaska wildlands firefighter and makes a stunning first impression by dropping a helicopter bucket of swampwater on top of her. A steamy lesbian romance romp, originally published in Her Wild Soulmate charity anthology. (10,000 words)
In ‘Balance’, a young man struggling with his own identity journeys to a modern-day witch living in a lonely forest garden and is presented with an unexpected connection and a tantalizing choice. A gentle transgender romance with earth magic, originally published in Once Upon an Enchanted Forest anthology. (8,000 words)
In ‘Leashed’, a golden retriever shifter finds himself on the wrong end of the law and has a lot of explaining to do to the beautiful animal impound officer who is his destined mate! A short, hilarious story, originally published in Prompted. (1,000 words)
Sorcery of the Blood
by: Alice G. Holmes
Kingston St. Louis and Martin Von Brandt are vampire hunters of the highest caliber. That is until Kingston is made a vampire and they discover too late that the city is being taken over by vampires in a bloody coup.
Branded as outlaws, they’re forced into hiding with an unexpected ally. For their plan to stop the coup to work, Kingston will have to overcome his prejudices and train the very vampires he used to hunt, and Martin must learn magic.
All the while, they struggle with their feelings for each other. Love can be a weakness, and they can’t afford weakness when hiding from a powerful enemy.
Warlock in Training
by: TJ Nichols
Angus Donohue doesn’t want to be a warlock.
He believes draining demons for magic is evil, but it’s a dangerous opinion to have–his father is a powerful and well-connected warlock, and Angus is expected to follow the family tradition.
His only way out is to fail the demon summoning class. Failure means expulsion from the Warlock College. Despite Angus’s best efforts to fumble the summoning, it works. Although not the way anyone expects.
Angus’s demon, Saka, is a powerful mage with his own need for a warlock.
Saka wants to use Angus in a ritual to rebalance the magic that is being stripped from Demonside by warlocks. If Angus survives his demon’s desires and the perils of Demonside, he’ll have to face the Warlock College and their demands.
Angus must choose: obey the College and forget about Demonside or trust Saka and try to fix the damage before it’s too late. Whatever he does, he is in the middle of a war he isn’t qualified to fight.
Set In Stone
by: Lily Lamb
A miserable life spent as a captive at a freak circus overwhelms Kaya, until the fateful day when his plan to escape becomes reality. His journey takes him into the heart of shifter land, deep into the hillside, not far from the town. There is no guarantee that his decision was the right one.
Adam, an alpha shifter in his tribe, becomes aware that a stranger has ventured into his territory. Their paths collide, but stranger things have happened in that part of the world.
Their lives will never be the same again.
by: Lily Lamb
Angela’s parents died in horrific circumstances many years ago, about the time she had last seen her childhood home—a quaint, old cottage situated deep in the woods. It holds many secrets… Upon her arrival, she met a beautiful stranger and entered a world beyond imagination…a world of mystical creations she thought could only exist in fairy stories.