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2017 Rainbow Awards Best Lesbian Book

And the Rainbow Award goes to...

Winners:



1) Jove Belle Bittterroot Queen
Lesbian - Contemporary General Fiction
Paperback
Publisher: Dirt Road Books (June 30, 2017)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 194725300X
ISBN-13: 978-1947253001
Amazon: Jove Belle Bittterroot Queen

1) I love to read. I read a lot of books, and sometimes a story like this one comes along which reminds me why. It doesn’t miss a beat. The characters, the plot, the editing, all made this a pleasure to read.
2) A good story, well-told with engaging characters. The writer knows her craft and adds the creative colorations to make this a wonderful read.
3) Absolutely loved this contemporary romance. Love Bitterroot. What a unique set of characters. Didn’t want to put this one down. Loved Olly’s vulnerability. This story was more “ real life” then he traditional ones.
4) I absolutely loved the characters and the writing here. The story pulled me in immediately.
5) A delightful piece of fiction, Jove Belle weaves a story filled with angst, humor, personal growth, coming of age, and family bonding. Highly recommended and one you're sure to re-read.

2) A Quiet Death Cari Hunter
Lesbian - Mystery / Thriller
Series: Dark Peak (Book 3)
Paperback: 264 pages
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books (January 17, 2017)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1626398151
ISBN-13: 978-1626398153
Amazon: A Quiet Death Cari Hunter

1) Really, this book is top notch -- great writing, characterization, and a realistic and endearing F/F relationship that is authentic and resonates emotionally and physically. The description of the rain, the cold, and the often bleak landscape is compelling and allowed me to be inside the world. A complete pleasure to read!
2) I found this story to be a real interesting. And enjoyed the book. It took me a little to get into it, but it was worth the read.
3) This was a riveting, heart pounding, extremely well-written suspense novel. Hunter is excellent at the slow development of the two main characters’ relationship over the course of the series. She was at the top of her game in this one.

3) The Standing Stones: The Chronicles of Caymin (The Dragonmage Saga #3) Caren J. Werlinger
Lesbian - Fantasy
Series: The Dragonmage Saga
Paperback: 348 pages
Publisher: Corgyn Publishing (June 1, 2017)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0998217905
ISBN-13: 978-0998217901
Amazon: The Standing Stones: The Chronicles of Caymin (The Dragonmage Saga #3) Caren J. Werlinger

1) I was captivated from the moment the brother carked it in the opening scenes. And didn’t stop reading until the book was finished. Though for the life of me I wish they could use normal everyday names, but then it probably wouldn’t be the same story.
2) Caren Werlinger continues her magical storytelling in this third book of the Dragonmage Saga. Werlinger is a master of mood, a hugely skillful director of pace and dialog and a rare artisan of the dual talents of characterization and world building. The Best of the Best.

Runner Ups:



4) Heart Trouble by Jae
5) Seoul Circuit by Tamara Boyens
6-tie) Breaking Anchor by Geonn Cannon
6-tie) Falling Hard by Jae
6-tie) House of Fate by Barbara Ann Wright
6-tie) Silver Moon (A wolves of Wolf’s Point Novel) by Catherine Lundoff
7) Miles Apart by A.L. Brooks
8) Born Out of Wedlock by Lyn Gardner
9) Rainbow Gap by Lee Lynch
10-tie) A Quantum Uncertainty (Nexus Trilogy #2) by C.A. Farlow
10-tie) The Rules of Love by Cara Malone
10-tie) Trafalgar and Boone in the Drowned Necropolis by Geonn Cannon
11-tie) Coils by Barbara Ann Wright
11-tie) Dog Church by Gail Gilmore
12) The Portal: The Chronicles of Caymin (The Dragonmage Saga #2) by Caren J. Werlinger
13-tie) Dispatches From Lesbian America by Giovanna Capone, Xequina Berber, Cheela Romain Smith
13-tie) Where The Light Glows by Dena Blake
14) Mistress of Mogador by T.T. Thomas
15) More Than a Song by Chris Paynter
16-tie) Ask, Tell by E.J. Noyes
16-tie) Falling Into Flowers by Lynne Barnes

Finalists:




17) Sidebar by Carsen Taite
18-tie) Beast at the Door by Althea Blue
18-tie) Best Maid Plans by Jody Klaire
18-tie) Death and Love at the Old Summer Camp by Dolores Maggiore
18-tie) Taste by Kris Bryant
19-tie) Haunting Muses by Doreen Perrine
19-tie) Little Lies by Lila Bruce