Often uplifting, fun and romantic – books that feature musicians are always a firm favourite of mine.
As someone who loves listening to music and playing instruments, it’s great to read a book that I can relate to from the perspective of the musical characters!
Therefore I’ve put together a list of ten books that feature lesbian or WLW relationships AND feature a protagonist that plays music.
Of course, to match the theme of this book list – all of these great WLW stories, are also available to listen to in audiobook form!
1. Dal Segno by Jax Meyer
Dal Segno is a WLW romance story of Marine Cam and jazz pianist Laura. Featuring lesbian and bisexual representation, this book shows the power of revisiting the past to create a completely different result.
This story covers everything from age gap romance, autism, teacher’s and a bit of jazz music! Something surely for everyone.
Jax is author of A Marine’s Heart Series, which this story is part of. Find out more about the series here.
Dal Segno is available to read on Kindle Unlimited.
2. Perfect Rhythm by Jae
Perfect Rhythm is a slow-burn romance by award-winning WLW author Jae who has a collection of 22 lesbian romance stories to her name.
Set in small town Missouri, this story focuses on a romantic plot between an asexual woman and a burned-out pop star. Readers say this is a great story to give rep and educate people on asexuality, helping them feel not as alone. We love a gripping romance plot that also helps readers feel more like themselves!
Purchase Perfect Rhythm on Amazon.
3. Undone by Bryce Oakley
What happens when you fall for the woman you shouldn’t want and can’t have? This standalone romance by author Bryce Oakley is part of her ‘Kaleidoscope’ series.
Billie Rush is in rock band, The Shrikes, and Vero De Luca is the daughter of a famous musician and also a solo singer herself! Will these two musicians match, when they work together on their latest single? Will they go from hardly standing each other, to falling in love?
Find out in Undone, available on Amazon right now.
Bryce Oakley also writes MANY other romance stories, all under the umbrella of ‘queering your romance’!
4. Fearless by Shira Glassman
Lana Novak is a violinist, but hasn’t played in in over twenty years, but when she meets an outgoing butch orchestra director, will she play again?
Readers say that Fearless is relatable, has lot’s of fun and interesting characters with different personality traits and is a happy tale all about the themes of music! This is a short and sweet story also, meaning you can pick it up and enjoy in one sitting!
Shia Glassman is Jewish author and violinist residing in Florida. Her stories involve queerness, fantasy and contemporary romance.
Not to mention, how adorable is this cover art is by illustrator Jane Dominguez!
Find out more about Fearless, on Amazon.
5. Tipping The Velvet by Sarah Waters
Let’s mix it up from the contemporary romance stories we’ve mentioned so far, and share a historic lesbian fiction novel.
This story features a steamy lesbian love affair set during the Victorian times between 1888 and 1895.
This story set in dreamy London’s Leicester Square, following the fantasy love affair of oyster girl, Nan, and music hall star Kitty!
Described as ‘Erotic and absorbing… Written with startling power‘ by New York Times Book Review, this is an award-winning novel to definitely add to your TBR shelf if you want a sexy musical read full of glitz and glam.
6. Irregular Heartbeat by Chris Zett
When professional drummer Diana leaves her rock-star life behind to continue her residency in emergency medicine.
She’s determined not to let anything stop her; not even falling in love with her aloof mentor, Dr. Emily Barnes.
These two career driven characters must choose between love or their career, in this lesbian romance.
Chris Zett is a romance author, and she uses writing as an escape from her hospital job.
Her stories are sure to have realistic plot’s and medical storyline; Ii you are looking for a medical romance with some added musical themes, this story is for you!
Purchase Irregular Heartbeat on Amazon.
7. Jolt by Kris Bryant
Following the story of writer, Bethany Lange and folk singer sensation Ali Hart, this lesbian romance, follows their story at Camp Jacomo, a camp designed specifically for children of lesbian and gay families where Bethany volunteers every summer.
Will a friendship at camp turn into something more?
Find out in this WLW romance novel!
Kris Bryant is a WLW author from Kansas and Jolt is her first novel, that even became a Lambda Literary Award Finalist!
Purchase Jolt on Amazon now.
8. Ruinsong by Julia Ember
With the tagline, Her voice was her prison…Now it’s her weapon, Ruinsong is a dark LGBT romance that also has a magical dystopian plot.
In a world where magic is sung, a powerful mage named Cadence must choose between the two.
For years, she has been forced to torture her country’s disgraced nobility at her ruthless queen’s bidding.
Julia Ember is a Seattle based Author who writes fantasy YA stories.
Purchase on Amazon.
9. The Music and the Mirror by Lola Keeley
Lola Keeley writes this lesbian romance fiction novel about new dancer and her ice queen ballet mentor Victoria.
Readers say this book has dynamic characters and that they adore the slow-burn romance it features!
With themes of age-gap romance, workplace romance and ballet dancing – this novel is perfect for anyone looking for some representation and a beautiful plot.
Find The Music and the Mirror on Amazon.
10. Rise to the Sun by Leah Johnson
Olivia is an expert at falling in love . . . and at being dumped.
But after the fallout from her last breakup has left her an outcast at school and at home, she’s determined to turn over a new leaf.
A crush-free weekend at Farmland Music and Arts Festival with her best friend is just what she needs to get her mind off the senior year that awaits her.
You may know Leah Johnson’s as being the bestselling author of YA novel, You Should See Me in A Crown, which Time named of the best 100 Best Young Adult Books of All Time.
This one is definitely a must-read for all you YA fiction fans!
Available on Amazon.
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