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Best Lesbian Romance

And the Rainbow Award goes to:



1) Ronica Black – Wholehearted ()

An excellently written book with no lapses or faults from the beginning until the end, I loved it all the way. Since this was the first book I read for the Rainbow Award this year I expected an inferior one but it’s with great satisfaction to come upon an expertly worthy one. Great writing and my hats off to Ronica Black, good job! –Mick

Paperback: 288 pages
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books (February 14, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1602825947
ISBN-13: 978-1602825949
Amazon: Wholehearted

Healing, respect, and empathy are what the H&S Ranch promises when helping troubled juveniles. Madison Clark hasn’t had much trouble in allowing teens to help care for her recovering horses. But then in walks Jake, a know-it-all thirteen-year-old with a smart mouth and a strong penchant for trouble. What’s worse is what’s behind him—his uptight, opinionated lawyer aunt, Grace Hollings. Madison does her best to ignore her, but focusing solely on Jake isn’t always possible. Grace Hollings is convinced nothing can help her nephew, especially Madison Clark and her feel-good horse ranch. Unfortunately, Jake’s presence there is court ordered so Grace does her best to keep an eye on him, and on Madison, who is way more than she originally gave her credit for. Her calm strength and good looks are powerful and just the tip of the iceberg, leaving Grace green with jealousy. Not just because Jake is thriving and has taken to Madison over her, but because Grace is beginning to be taken by the ranch owner as well… Wholeheartedly so.

2) Gun Brooke - Speed Demons ()

Probably one of the best novels I've read all year. –Lori

Paperback: 264 pages
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books (August 14, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1602826781
ISBN-13: 978-1602826786
Amazon: Speed Demons

A year ago, NASCAR star Evangeline Marshall barely escaped death in a tragic crash. Evie is plagued by nightmares and fears racing again, but she doesn’t want to give up her dream. Blythe Pierce, renowned photographer, struggles with her own demons, having worked in one warzone after another. Blythe witnessed Evie Marshall’s crash through her camera and is impressed by Evie’s courage. She persuades Evie to allow her to document her recovery and return to racing. Blythe finds Evie irresistibly attractive and fears she can’t hide it. Evie in turn is mesmerized by the loving but enigmatic Blythe. But as Blythe’s past catches up with her and Evie’s fears grow as her first race nears, can they find the strength to triumph over their pasts and find love together?

3) Rachel Spangler – LoveLife

A barista falls in love from afar, then she finds out her love is a life coach. Thinking the beautiful life coach could never fall in love with her yet still wanting to get to know her, the barista hires the life coach. When fireworks fly what is the life coach to do with her ethical commitment to her client? –Debra

Paperback: 254 pages
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books (April 17, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1602826552
ISBN-13: 978-1602826557
Amazon: LoveLife

Life coach Elaine Raitt is educated, elegant, and dedicated to her profession. Blue-collar boi Joey Lang is too insecure to even approach her—that is until her well-meaning but meddling best friend Lisa decides to break the ice and makes Joey a life-coaching appointment with Elaine. A session meant to bring clarity only leaves them both feeling more confused about their purpose in life and love. Will Joey be able to find the strength to chase the woman of her dreams, and even if she does, will Elaine be willing to risk the life she loves for the woman who could be the love of her life?

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4) Chris Paynter - Survived by Her Longtime Companion ()

This was a love story within a love story. It was the love story of two women and how that story helped reconnect two other women that had not fought hard enough for their love. It was very well done and very lovingly done. –Mariana

Paperback: 240 pages
Publisher: Blue Feather Books LTD. (January 1, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1935627880
ISBN-13: 978-1935627883
Amazon: Survived by her Longtime Companion

5) Bobbi Marolt - Coming Attractions

A long time newspaper columnist with quite a following subtly comes out in her column. How is it going to affect her life and career? –Debra

Paperback: 272 pages
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books (August 14, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 160282732X
ISBN-13: 978-1602827325
Amazon: Coming Attractions: Author's Edition

6) Julie Cannon - Rescue Me

I liked it because I was surprised. The story is simple and before the reading I haven't so much expectation but I was wrong. All the characters are so well developed that I was able to immerse myself on it. The romantic relationship is built step by step, and also if the two main characters have an evident chemistry and are visible attracted from ways back. I liked that there was no rush to make the two protagonist fall in each other arms. A really good read, is not a real original story but I have enjoyed every single page of it. –Fernanda

Paperback: 288 pages
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books (December 20, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1602825823
ISBN-13: 978-1602825826
Amazon: Rescue Me

7) Karis Walsh - Worth the Risk

This story have almost everything that I like to read in a romance. The start is really good because there are two main characters that are interesting, and make you want to read more to know them better and discover all their secrets. I like most of all the depth of the two characters and the way they chose what it really matter at the end. --Fernanda

Paperback: 264 pages
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books (January 17, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1602825874
ISBN-13: 978-1602825871
Amazon: Worth the Risk

8) Yvonne Heidt - Sometime Yesterday

A violently haunted house. Historical, severe domestic abuse toward two women, the wife and the sister, leads the women to finding solace in one another. Using the suspicion of the affair for more and more violence, when he actually discovers them does the violence become so great that it physically transcends time? –Debra

Paperback: 264 pages
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books (August 14, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1602826803
ISBN-13: 978-1602826809
Amazon: Sometime Yesterday

D. Jackson Leigh - Touch Me Gently

This author continues to produce! Loved the relationship between the main characters and Knox's vulnerability. –Tammy

Paperback: 264 pages
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books (May 8, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1602826676
ISBN-13: 978-1602826670
Amazon: Touch Me Gently

10) Laurie Salzler - A Kiss Before Dawn

Laurie Salzler brought to life not only her characters, but also the world around them as well as their lives and experiences. I became totally immersed in the story and found myself reading every chance I got, and often stole time from other activities. I will definitely be on the lookout for more of Ms Salzler's books! –Kathy

Paperback: 258 pages
Publisher: Blue Feather Books LTD. (February 12, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1935627899
ISBN-13: 978-1935627890
Amazon: A Kiss Before Dawn

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