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The BIG List of Lesbian Fiction Review Sites and WLW Book Bloggers!

Hi! I’m Niamh Murphy and I’m an author of books with lesbian main characters. As both an author and an avid reader, I know it is not always easy to find new books or get my books into the hands of eager readers.

That’s where review sites come in! They are awesome places where amazing people take their time to not only read the books that are sent to them, but write up a review, publish it onto their website, and do their damnedest to get people to read it. All for free!

Are you an indie lesbian writer or wlw fiction author looking for blogs to review your book? Then check out this HUGE list of wlw and lesbian fiction book review sites! Tweet This

BUT

Review sites often don’t take LGBT fiction, and out of those that do there are many more sites focused on m/m romance (that’s gay romance for those not up with the jargon) rather than f/f or wlw books.

The list is HUGE! Why not DOWNLOAD the PDF instead?

What is the list?

Although there are some great lists out there with LGBTQIA+ book bloggers and reviewers, I wanted to create a list that was focused on review sites that embrace wlw fiction.

So, I decided to compile a list of every website I know of that reviews lesbian fiction. Many of the sites listed focus only on ‘Lesbian Romance’ but are likely to take all types of wlw romance and where I am unsure I have suggested that the owner of the site is queried. Other sites are willing to accept wlw of any genre or have very specific tastes and I have tried to list everything here.

I have NOT included tumblr-only blogs (I will create a tumblr only list later) nor have I included wlw booktubers (that is also a later list) – this list is purely those with a website or a blog.

How YOU can help build the list:

This is not a definitive list. But I want it to be.

That’s where I need your help: If you run, or know of a site that reviews wlw fiction (it can review other things too) that I haven’t included here LET ME KNOW.

I have created a super simple form you can fill out and submit in just a few seconds, so please don’t sit there fuming that I missed you. I’m super sorry that I did – but let me know you’re there and I will add you!

How to use the list:

This list is massive. AND GROWING!

There is no way you can take all this information away in one go. Bookmark this site so you can refer to it when you are looking for your next book, or have a book you want to be reviewed.

Even better, add a link to the list on your own website so other people can find it, and you will always have it handy!

For readers, I’ve added a button that takes you right to the reviews and for authors, I have a button that takes you right to the submission page: The submission is up to you. I have done my best to compile the information as accurately as I could – but things change and people change their minds and their rules; make sure you read the rules carefully before submitting your book!

I have also attempted to give you some guidelines as to the popularity of the sites – this is notoriously difficult and is more akin to sorcery than science. It may help you decide who to submit your books to, or which sites you may like to browse through when looking for new reads.

One more thing:

If you’re here because you are an LGBTQIA+ author looking to promote your book, then you need to check out my ‘For Authors‘ section.

Disclaimer: The ‘overall website score’ is meant only as a very rough guide to compare the popularity of various websites according to Google, and is liable to change over time. Each website is given a score between 1 and 100, the higher the score, the more authority Google has given it. However, a high score does not always signify a high volume of traffic and so organic traffic estimations have also been used. These scores are not personal opinion, but are based on results from Ubersuggest. This is just one of many tools used to rank websites and estimate organic traffic all of which have their faults and few of which provide an accurate overview of the true popularity of the site.

The List:

Alex Reads Books

WILL REVIEW: YA Contemporary, YA Fantasy, Historical Fiction, LGBTAQ*, Fiction Fantasy
WON’T REVIEW: Crime Fiction, Horror, Non-Fiction, Erotica

Overview:
Alex is a book lover who studied English Literature and adores reading. She maintains a blog dedicated to book reviews and has a neat filing system whereby she has organised her reviews alphabetically, by genre, and by author, and keeps to a clearly defined rating system.

Website Score: 0 out of 100
Although Alex updates her blog regularly the website has a low organic traffic score.

Black Lesbian Literary Collective

WILL REVIEW: Books by AND primarily about Black lesbians or QWOC
WON’T REVIEW: Anything else

Overview:
The BLLC is a site dedicated to supporting Black lesbian and QWOC writers. As such, they maintain a dedicated review section and are currently recruiting enthusiastic reviewers.
The site can be tricky to navigate and it isn’t easy to find a definitive list of all the sites previous reviews. However, they do maintain a regular online Book Club.

Website score: 13 out of 100
Although the market for black lesbian fiction and books by QWOC is very niche, the Black Lesbian Literary Collective does a good job of maintaining a steady stream of traffic to the site.

Books to Get Lost in

WILL REVIEW: LGBTQIA+/MOGAI books
WON’T REVIEW: Free verse novels, Religion, Sci-Fi, cheating

Overview:
A neat and clean review blog with a very clear rating system and good use of tagging to categorise books and allow the reader to browse the categories and pairings of their choice.

Website score: 4 out of 100
Although the score is very low, there is a strong social media presence but organic traffic results in only a handful of visitors a month.

The Book Deviant

WILL REVIEW: LGBT+, POC, disability, and/or neurodiversity representation. Fantasy (Epic/High/Low), Science-Fiction (Dystopia/Space Opera/etc.), Mystery, Horror/Thriller. WILL CONSIDER: Romance, Paranormal, Historical, & Contemporary
WON’T REVIEW: Anything Else

Overview:
Reviews can be browsed by genre, title, author, and rating. There is also a search function. Each review is clear, and in-depth and there is a clear rating system.

Website score: 4 out of 100
Although the score is very low, there is a strong social media presence and organic traffic hits around 80 visitors a month.

Bookshelf SOS

WILL REVIEW: Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Young Adult, LGBTQIA
WON’T REVIEW: Horror, Paranormal, Contemporary that isn’t LGBTQIA, Romance that isn’t LGBTQIA

Overview:
Although reviews can’s easily be browsed, there is also a search function, and reviews are tagged with genre etc. Each reviews is clear, and in-depth and there is a clear rating system.

Website score: 0 out of 100
Although the score is very low, there is a strong social media presence.

Bridget’s Lesbian Book Reviews

WILL REVIEW: WLW books that are either written by a woman who loves women or by someone who’s very respectful of the LGBTQ community AND which she had enjoyed.
WON’T REVIEW: Anything in which the romance element for the main character involves “a man, or a person who identifies as a man, or is menage with two women and a man–basically, ANY heterosexual elements are a no-no.” OR any book that she had not enjoyed reading (i.e. Bridget will not write negative reviews).

Overview:
Bridget is an author, and so although this means she has a great understanding of the writing process and an ability to write an insightful and thought-provoking review, it does mean her reviews are few and far between. She also has a policy of not giving bad reviews which means that you can take every review on her site as a heartfelt recommendation.

Website score: 3 out of 100
Bridget’s website is her author site as well as currently containing a good handful of reviews. Although the website had a ‘lull’ last year which seems to affect the score, she has recently been maintaining a steady stream of traffic.

Broome’s Books

WILL REVIEW: LGBTQ+ books of a wide variety
WON’T REVIEW: “You name it, I’ll probably read it.” – Although it is advisable to query books without LGBTQ+ themes

Overview:
Broome’s books is a blog dedicated solely to book reviews, it has a very simple layout with no search function or filing system. It is just a simple chronological blog of all the reviews completed by the site owner. However, there is a clear five-star ranking system.

Website score: 0 out of 100
Although the domain ranking doesn’t register, the site is updated regularly.

C-Spot Reviews

WILL REVIEW: Lesbian Fiction and ‘other genres’
WON’T REVIEW: Unclear, but the reviewer maintains that submission does not guarantee a review.

Overview:
C-Spot is an eclectic mix of mostly lesbian and wlw fiction, with a few curve balls thrown in for good measure. Although dedicated to reviews, the blog is a personal one and therefore the updates are erratic and the filing system is nonexistent. However, there is a clear 1-5 star ranking system and the submission process is simple.

Website score: 8 out of 100
As a personal website, it is no surprise that this site ranks very low with only a handful of visitors each month.

Casey the Canadian Lesbrarian

WILL REVIEW: Poetry, Fiction (novels and shorts), and non-fiction by a current or former Canadian citizen/resident and/or an Indigenous person from Turtle Island (North America) which are also written by LGBTQ2IA+ women or non-binary folks and/or feature LGBTQ2IA+ women or non-binary folks.
WON’T REVIEW: Anything else.

Overview:
Casey is an English graduate with ‘half a PhD’ who enjoys reading Queer feminist literature. She maintains a regular blog and her reviews are posted fairly frequently. The reviews are detailed and thoughtful and she has taken the time to catalogue her immense body of work for easy navigation as well as offering a search function so you can find her thoughts on exactly what you are interested in.

Website score: 17 out of 100
With her regular schedule of updates, Casey manages to maintain a good and steady stream of traffic to her site.

Celestial Books

WILL REVIEW: Their primary focus is F/F books in the sci-fi and fantasy genre, however, they are willing to consider almost anything.
WON’T REVIEW: There are unlikely to accept contemporary romance or erotica and warn that submission is no guarantee of a review.

Overview:
Celestial books is an author and publishing website, however, there is an extensive catalogue of reviews with a comprehensive category list and a search function to help you locate the type of reviews you are interested in.

Website score: 5 out of 100
Although the current traffic to the site appears to be very low, the domain ranking is better than zero which suggests that traffic in the past has been higher and therefore could increase again.

Curve Magazine

WILL REVIEW: Lesbian fiction, crime, history, pulp fiction, romance, family & parenting and erotica.
WON’T REVIEW: Unclear – however it is likely that they will not accept anything that does not fall under the umbrella term of wlw and submission is no guarantee of a review.

Overview:
Curve is a huge platform and the ezine covers everything from politics to pop culture, the review sections is only a small part of this and the reviews are posted infrequently but do receive a high volume of traffic and are written to a high editorial standard.

Website score: 75 out of 100
As both a print and digital magazine Curve is a well-known brand and as such receives regular traffic numbering in the thousands every month.

Evie Drae

WILL REVIEW: Primary focus is on LGBTQ+ fiction of at least novella length, but I do review cishet romance on occasion for “off theme” reviews.
WON’T REVIEW: No poetry, non-fiction, or anything below YA in audience age (i.e. MG, PB).

Overview:
Evie Drae is an author and reviewer as such the site had a dedicated section focused on reviews. The rating system is clear and only the reviews gaining 4 or 5 stars are posted to the site. Although there are no tags or categories to browse the reviews, there is a search function.

Website score: 5 out of 100
Although the site currently has a low score for organic traffic, there is a strong social media presence.

The Future Fire

WILL REVIEW: All subgenres of speculative fiction (and related criticism), regardless of author or medium, including self-published work. They are especially interested in seeing more books by and about women, people of colour, LGBTQIA, disabled people, people with nonwestern languages and religions, and other under-represented groups.
WON’T REVIEW: Unlikely to review anything else and are clear that submission is no guarantee of a review.

Overview:
This is a site dedicated to social, political, and speculative fiction. They have a clear breakdown of the genres as well as a search function so you can find the type of fiction you are searching for. They have a team of reviewers which, of course, can lead to inconsistency but it also leads to a great diversity of opinion and interest.

Website score: 62 out of 100
Although given a high score, largely due to the quality of back-links afforded to the site, monthly traffic is currently very low.

GLBT Reviews

WILL REVIEW: Physical copies of LGBT books both fiction and non-fiction
WON’T REVIEW: Anything else

Overview:
GLBT Reviews is the official source of media reviews for the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Round Table (GLBTRT) of the American Library Association (ALA). Reviews are written by GLBTRT members and cover GLBT-themed materials for children, young adults, and adults. We review a variety of genres and formats including books, films, comics, music, and websites. We are one of only a few organizations that review a large quantity of GLBT materials.

Website score: 89 out of 100
The site has a growing presence doubling from 2k monthly visitors to almost 5k over the last twelve months.

Howling Libraries

WILL REVIEW: Middle Grade: fantasy, horror, graphic novels, contemporary (rarely—must have diverse representation). YA/NA: fantasy, horror, sci-fi, thrillers, contemporary, romance, graphic novels. Adult: fantasy, horror, sci-fi, thrillers, graphic novels, contemporary, romance.
WON’T REVIEW: Christian Fiction, non-fiction

Overview:
The reviews are clearly listed A-Z by author, and each review is in-depth and follows a clear rating system. As well as offering a search function there are also some other browsing options via the tags within the reviews.

Website score: 8 out of 100
As well as having a strong social media presence, the site receives organic traffic of around 80 visitors a month.

Joyfully Jay

WILL REVIEW: Primarily m/m romance although other GLBT Romance and non-fiction will be considered
WON’T REVIEW: Books that are exclusively m/f romance

Overview:
As well as reviews there are regular giveaways on the site along with a podcast and regular Q&A’s. The reviews are neatly categorised and clearly rated however there is a heavy bias toward m/m romance.

Website score: 42 out of 100
A strong score and regular updates mean traffic has grown at a steady pace over the last twelve months and looks set to continue.

Kam’s Queerfic Pantry

WILL REVIEW: Women-lead stories, written by women or nonbinary authors.
WON’T REVIEW: Anything that falls outside of the ‘Queer Umbrella’.

Overview:
Although a French Canadian site, all reviews on this blog are written in English and there is no indication that books in the French language are accepted for review.
Navigating the site in two languages and with a significant amount of ad space taken up is not easy. The organisation of the review categories is unclear, there is no star rating, and although there is a search function, it is not easy to find.

Website score: 91 out of 100
A very high website score has been given, but despite this, there is almost zero organic traffic.

Kitty Kat’s Book Review Blog

WILL REVIEW: Romance, mystery, sci-fi, dystopian, fantasy, paranormal, erotica.
WON’T REVIEW: Abuse, rape, very depressing, negative story-lines, strong religious themes or horror.
NOTE: Although not explicitly stated in the review guidelines, KKBBB is an f/f review site and therefore may not accept books that fall outside of this.

Overview:
Kitty Kat’s Book Review Blog is a very simple WordPress site, which lists all the previous book reviews in descending chronological order and still contains template text in places. The reviews are all concise and positive (she won’t review books she doesn’t like), however, there is no search function and no organisation into genres or authors and as a result, it is very difficult to find reviews on a particular niche, topic, or by a particular writer.

Website score: 10 out of 100
The overall domain authority is low and over the last year, the site has seen a handful of visitors each month.

Lambda Literary

WILL REVIEW: Books 3-4 months prior to publication AND submitted by post.
WON’T REVIEW: Any books later than their publication dates (exceptions may be made for previous LAMBDA award winners and finalists)
NOTE: Although not explicitly stated in the guidelines, LAMBDA is an LGBTQIA organisation and is therefore unlikely to accept submitted books which fall outside of this label.

Overview:
LAMBDA Literary is an organisation which “nurtures and advocates for LGBTQ writers”. As well as reviews the site offers information on the LAMBDA awards, writers retreat, writing courses, a Literary Festival, as well as news, features, and interviews.
The reviews themselves are categorised clearly by genre and written to a high editorial standard.

Website score: 74 out of 100
LAMBDA is a well-known organisation and maintains a steady stream of monthly traffic in the thousands.

The Lesbian Book Blog

WILL REVIEW: “lesbian: general romance, romantic comedies, contemporary romance, erotic romance, general suspense, general mystery, action and adventure dramas/thrillers/romances, sports themed dramas/thrillers/romances, crime dramas/thrillers/mysteries/romances, legal dramas/thrillers/mysteries/romances, espionage thrillers/mysteries/romances, medical thrillers/mysteries/romances, military thrillers/mysteries/romances, historical thrillers/mysteries/romances, psychological thrillers/mysteries/romances”
WON’T REVIEW: “any sci-fi or fantasy”

Overview:
The Lesbian Book blog focuses only on wlw books. Being a new site, there are only a few reviews as of November 2019, however, the reviews are in-depth and thoughtful. There is also a search function available making it easy to search for the titles you are interested in as the back catalogue inevitably grows.

Website score: 0 out of 100
This site is completely new with reviews going back to October 2019. As such, organic traffic has yet to build and although there is a social media presence, building an audience takes time. This is a brilliant opportunity to support an emerging reviewer.

The Lesbian Bookworm

WILL REVIEW: “Any books or ebooks with lesbian or bisexual content to review, as long as the main character is a queer woman or the main subject matter is queer women”
WON’T REVIEW: Anything else. Also makes clear that submission does not guarantee a review.

Overview:
The Lesbian Bookworm is a site dedicated to wlw books and contains reviews as well as interviews with authors. The posts are well written and extensive, however, there is no way of easily browsing the content and although there is a search function there is no categorisation and no clear rating system.

Website score: 0 out of 100
With such a low score there is very little organic traffic and the site is consistently receiving only a handful of visitors each month.

Lesbian Reading Room

WILL REVIEW: Any books or ebook which is classed as Lesbian Fiction including sub-genres (query other wlw books)
WON’T REVIEW: Anything else.

Overview:
The Lesbian Reading Room, run by ‘Velvet Lounger’, is an extensive website with reviews dating back to 2013 and a strong social media presence. The reviews themselves are easily searchable and divided into several categories including genre, author, and award winners leading to very straightforward navigation of the extensive catalogue of reviews. There is no obvious rating system and at a glance, it appears the reviews are generally positive.

Website score: 24 out of 100
Overall the Lesbian Reading Room seems to maintain a steady and consistent stream of over a hundred visitors every month.

The Lesbian Review

WILL REVIEW: Lesbian fiction and occasionally non-fiction (query other wlw books)
WON’T REVIEW: Poetry and “non-lesbian books”. There is also high competition and a long list of submission guidelines which are best viewed and reviewed in detail to ensure your book has the best chance at being chosen for review.

Overview:
A site which used to focus solely on book reviews has now expanded to include movies and music. With a large and ever-changing team of reviewers, the back catalogue of reviews is vast – however, every possible attempt has been made to help the reader search through the site and find the content they are most interested in. There are dozens of means of categorisation, as well as a large number of recommendation lists, to help you find ‘books like…’ There are also podcasts discussing individual books or providing lists of similar stories.

Website score: 38 out of 100
A deceptively low Google authority ranking for a site which regularly sees over four thousand visitors a month easily putting it on a par with LAMBDA Literary.

Lesbrary

WILL REVIEW: “any books or ebooks with lesbian or bisexual women (or pansexual women, sapphic women, etc) content to review, as long as the main character is a queer woman or the main subject matter is queer women.”
WON’T REVIEW: Anything Else

Overview:
This site is one of my personal favourites. Started and maintained by Danika Ellis, The Lesbrary really does have the feel of a Lesbian Library. There are clear categories with readers able to browse books by rating, genre, and the representation they are looking for which demonstrates a real thoughtfulness on behalf of the reviewers.
The website is also a great archive of other queer blogs, review sites, and databases. It is a real goldmine for the queer fiction lover.

Website score: 41 out of 100
With a strong website score, and a high volume of traffic each month, The Lesbrary has proven it is a strong presence in the wlw fiction world.

Les Reveur

WILL REVIEW: Lesbian/Bi/Trans Romance or Erotic Fiction, as well as all other forms LGBTQIA Romantic and erotic fiction but only when one of the main protagonists is either a lesbian or a bisexual woman. 
WON’T REVIEW: Anything else

Overview:
Reviews are broken down into easily digestible chunks, with strengths, weaknesses, and tropes listed. There is a clear star rating as well as a heat rating for each of the books and the website boasts author profiles, top ten lists, and interviews. There are no browse-able categories but there is a search function.

Website score: 7 out of 100
Although the website score is low and organic traffic is limited, Les Reveur does have a strong presence across social media and publishes reviews on several platforms.

Let’s Fox About It

WILL REVIEW: All books by, for and about marginalized characters
WON’T REVIEW: Any books written by allocishet authors featuring allocishet characters

Overview:
‘Let’s Fox About It’ is an extensive website offering reviews in books as well as films and television. The Reviews are in-depth and cover a range of factors including the representation and the pairings. The rating system is clear, and there are easily browse-able categories as well as a search function.

Website score: 17 out of 100
The website does have a low score for organic traffic but they do have an active social media presence.

LezReviewBooks

WILL REVIEW: Fiction that features at least one lesbian main character (query other wlw books)
WON’T REVIEW: Anything Else

Overview:
LezReviewBooks offers in-depth reviews with a clear rating system. The reviews are clearly categorised so a reader may find books by rating, representation, themes, or genre and there is a search function available to hone in on the reviews you really want to see.

Website score: 3 out of 100
LezReviewBooks has a few hundred followers across social media and maintains steady organic traffic of a few handfuls of visitors a week.

Love Bytes: LGBTQ Book Reviews

WILL REVIEW: Anything that ‘piques the interest’ of their review team
WON’T REVIEW: Although not explicitly stated, it is clear that only LGBTQ books will be accepted

Overview:
Heavily weighted toward m/m romance, Love Bytes offers in-depth reviews and a clear rating system which they have used to categorise their reviews. You can also browse reviews by the reviewer but there is currently no option to browse genre, pairing, or author.

Website score: 48 out of 100
With a good website score, the site has maintained a steady flow of organic traffic over the last twelve months hitting a hundred monthly visits on a regular basis.

Lynn Lawler

WILL REVIEW: Likely to be fiction with a lesbian lead (possibly any wlw fiction)
WON’T REVIEW: Unclear – there is a contact form on the site to post a query.

Overview:
Lynn Lawler posts in-depth book reviews, interviews, and details on her own lesbian fiction releases. There is a search function available on the site, however, reviews have not been categorised.

Website score: 0 out of 100
Lynn Lawler has a good social media presence but organic traffic to the site is undetectable.

Nautical Star Books

WILL REVIEW: Although the review policy states that they accept “all romance books that fit in the category of GLBTQ” they also warn that they do not “traditionally read f/f based romances” but are happy to consider them.
WON’T REVIEW: Would not consider books outside the GLBTQ umbrella.

Overview:
The reviews offered by Nautical Star Books are in-depth and offer both a heat rating and a star rating, there is a search function but there are no review categories to browse. The site is also heavily biased toward m/m romance.

Website score: 7 out of 100
NSB has grown over the last twelve months going from fewer than five monthly visitors to estimated traffic of more than two dozen visitors per month.

The Novel Approach

WILL REVIEW: Books in the LGBTQ+ spectrum. All sub-genres welcome.
WON’T REVIEW: Anything else

Overview:
Although all LGBTQ+ books are accepted, there is a heavy emphasis on m/m romance. The reviews are in-depth and have a clear rating system which can be used to browse reviews. Although reviews can be browsed by rating, publisher, and reviewer, there is currently no clear option to browse via genre, author, or pairing.

Website score: 40 out of 100
The site has a strong score and maintains regular organic traffic of around a hundred hits a month.

Not Me Anymore

WILL REVIEW: Romance, mysteries, sci-fi, fantasy, adventure, YA, as long as there are wlw (and likes to discover new genres)
WON’T REVIEW: Horror (and is clear that submission does not guarantee review)

Overview:
Not Me Anymore has an extensive back catalogue of reviews and a very clear and straightforward rating system. Although the reviews are not sorted into categories, there is a search function.

Website score: – out of 100
The site has a low organic traffic score, but a very active social media presence.

Phoebe’s Rainbow World 

WILL REVIEW: Work by LGBTQIA artists
WON’T REVIEW: Anything else

Overview:
Phoebe posts reviews of music, shows, and books by LGBTQIA artists. The reviews are in-depth and have a clear rating system. There is also a search function and reviews have been clearly categorised allowing the reader to browse genres.

Website score: 1 out of 100
Phoebe maintains a regular social media presence. However organic traffic is low.

Queer Books Unbound 

WILL REVIEW: LGBTQIA+ books: Romance Fantasy / High Fantasy / Urban Fantasy Mystery Paranormal Erotica Historical Sci-fi
WON’T REVIEW: Books without an LGBTQIA+-theme.

Overview:
An in-depth site, with extensive category breakdowns including options to find reviews by the author, pairing, genre, and even by content warnings. The reviews themselves are detailed with a clear rating policy and the site also offers plenty of author interviews, guest posts, and cover reveals for the eager book lover.

Website score: – out of 100
Although the site has a low score for organic traffic, the site has an active social media and regularly posts reviews to followers.

Queerly Reads 

WILL REVIEW: LGBTQ+ Books
WON’T REVIEW: Anything else

Overview:
An attractive site that has broken reviews into orientation and offers a search function to find specific titles or authors. The reviews are in-depth and there is a clear rating system however they are posted very intermittently with the last being November 2018.

Website score: 2 out of 100
Despite a low score, the site currently boasts a few hundred organic visitors each month

Rainbow Moose’s Reviews

WILL REVIEW: LesFic books (query other wlw books)
WON’T REVIEW: It is not clear if all LGBTQIA+ books will be accepted, however, there is a contact form for queries.

Overview:
Reviews are categorised by author name, and there is a search function. There is no clear rating system however the reviews provided are in-depth.

Website score: 0 out of 100
Although there is some Twitter presence, organic traffic to the site is minimal.

Rainbow Book Reviews

WILL REVIEW: GLBTQ-themed books
WON’T REVIEW: Anything else

Overview:
Book reviews are in-depth and the policy is to publish only positive reviews (if a book is not liked, no review will be posited. There is a clear heat rating, and an indication of genre and pairing for each book reviewed as well as a great tool to refine your search to genre/pairing/author etc.

Website score: 39 out of 100
Alongside a strong score, the site has a fair amount of monthly organic hits.

Rainbow Gold Reviews

WILL REVIEW: ALL subgenres of LGBT Fiction and ALL heat levels. From Young Adult/ New Adult to Erotica to non-explicit books to books with taboo subjects.
WON’T REVIEW: No M/F, no Non-Fiction

Overview:
Alongside the reviews, there are guest posts and interviews with authors. There is a heavy emphasis on m/m books, there is also a policy to publish only those reviews in receipt of at least 3.5 stars. Reviews are categorised by book-length, and available format, however, there is no option to browse genre, rating, or pairing.

Website score: 28 out of 100
As well as a fair score, the organic traffic has grown to around 100 monthly hits.

The Romance Reviews

WILL REVIEW: Romance novels including GLBT romance
WON’T REVIEW: Non-romance

Overview:
The Romance Reviews is a vast site with hundreds of reviews, and a strong emphasis on m/f pairings. As well as an ezine, there are also author interviews and giveaways. However, browsing options are limited to descending order by date. However, a search function is available.

Website score: 71 out of 100
The site gains a strong overall score, however, organic traffic to the site is comparably limited reaching an average of three hundred and fifty visits a month.

The Romantic Reader Blog

WILL REVIEW: Full-length Lesbian Romance Books Only (query other wlw books)
WON’T REVIEW: Erotica, short stories, fantasy books which do not have romance as the primary focus

Overview:
Reviews are in-depth with a clear rating system. All books are categorised by a star rating from books rated 5* to those rated 1*. There is also a search function to identify particular titles or authors.

Website score: 7 out of 100
The site regularity maintains organic traffic of around 50 to a hundred visitors each month.

Sapphic Reviews

WILL REVIEW: Lesbian books (query other wlw books)
WON’T REVIEW: Very unlikely to review non-wlw

Overview:
The reviews are clear and straightforward however there is no rating system. There are no clear browsing options however there is a search function.

Website score: 0 out of 100
Although there is some social media presence the organic traffic to the site is undetectable.

Sapphic Solace

WILL REVIEW: Young Adult, Contemporary Romance (preferably f/f or m/m), books with a lesbian main character.
WON’T REVIEW: Anything else

Overview:
The reviews are brief but honest, with a clear rating system and an outline of representation. Although there are no options to browse reviews by author or genre etc, there is a search function.

Website score: 1 out of 100
Although there is some social media presence the organic traffic to the site is undetectable.

Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words

WILL REVIEW: LGBTQIA-centric books
WON’T REVIEW: Anything else

Overview:
As well as book blasts and cover reveals, the site hosts a vast number of reviews by a large team of reviewers. The size of the back catalogue can be overwhelming but there is an archive and reviews can be narrowed down by genre and rating.

Website score: 34 out of 100
There is some social media presence, regular updates, and a steady stream of organic traffic.

She Sighed!

WILL REVIEW: Lesbian Romance (query other wlw books)
WON’T REVIEW: Anything else

Overview:
An interesting site in which reviews have been categorised into ‘recommended’, ‘readable’, and ‘Don’t Bother’. The reviews themselves are lighthearted and very personal. As well as a search function there is also a tag cloud to find what you are most interested in.

Website score: 0 out of 100
Although there is some social media presence the score of the site is low, and organic traffic is undetectable.

Smart Bitches, Trashy Books

WILL REVIEW: Any romance including wlw
WON’T REVIEW: Non-romance – also clarifies that submission does not guarantee a review

Overview:
SBTB is primarily a romance review site although there are several other features including a podcast and a shop. Books featuring wlw storylines only make up a small percentage of reviews, but reviews are clearly categorised and easily searchable.

Website score: 66 out of 100
SBTB is a strong presence and has organic traffic 20k per-month

Sweet Fiction Silhouette 

WILL REVIEW: LGBTQ+ and YA novels (also “SFF, mystery, NA, literary fiction, memoirs”)
WON’T REVIEW: Query anything else

Overview:
As well as author interviews, release day promos, and giveaways the site offers short reviews with a rating system that goes up to two decimal places. Although there are no browsing options the site does have a search function.

Website score: 0 out of 100
Although there is some social media presence, organic traffic to the site was undetectable.

Sweet’n Our Ink

WILL REVIEW: Lesbian fiction
WON’T REVIEW: Query other wlw fiction.

Overview:
As well as author spotlights and a new release schedule, there are a handful of in-depth reviews on the site but navigation around the various features is not easy. Although there is no clear rating or browsing system there is a search function.

Website score: 5 out of 100
As a relatively new site, there is only trace organic traffic. However, there are active social media accounts.

TJ Richards

WILL REVIEW: Lesbian and wlw audiobooks
WON’T REVIEW: Query anything else

Overview:
Not a dedicated review site, but the reviews are in-depth and have a clear rating system. Although there is no categorisation of genre/author etc or search function, there are some browsing options available via tags.

Website score: 0 out of 100
There is some social media presence but organic traffic is low.

Tome Reader

WILL REVIEW: Lesbian Fiction
WON’T REVIEW: Query anything else

Overview:
A dedicated review site with detailed reviews that have spoiler warnings and a clear rating system. The site is too new to have a detailed categorisation system in place, but there is a search function.

Website score: 0 out of 100
This is a brand new site, with a good social media presence.

With Love for Books 

WILL REVIEW: Romance (all subgenres), women’s fiction, chick-lit, literature, fantasy, dystopia, magical realism, YA, NA, historical fiction, LGBTQIA, poetry, multicultural (any subgenre), thrillers, zombie stories, and middle grade
WON’T REVIEW: Query anything else

Overview:
As well as reviews, guest posts, and giveaways the site offers in-depth reviews of a variety of genres with a heavy emphasis on m/f romance. The reviews are categorised by reviewer, there are no clear ratings and there is no search function.

Website score: 33 out of 100
A fair website score is accompanied by a current organic traffic volume of around 150 visitors and month.


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About Niamh Murphy

Hi there! I’m Niamh Murphy and I’m a bestselling author of adventure books with lesbian main characters!

Niamh Murphy Author

I tell romantic and exciting stories of gripping adventure and epic fantasy. My favourite places to explore are historical settings, science fiction landscapes, and fantasy worlds. My stories involve exciting characters such as knights, pirates, vampires, and mermaids. But I also tell more down-to-earth stories involving teenage angst, coming out, and exploring lesbian relationships for the first time.

I most enjoy rewriting fairy tales for the modern reader or re-telling mythical stories of old with a sapphic twist. But whatever the genre I choose to write in, my stories always include romance, love, and a lesbian main character.

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