Whether or not you’re flying the pink, purple, and blue, here are a bunch of great ways to enjoy September 23rd to its fullest!
What it’s about: The intellectual, uncompromising, and extremely hot bisexual PhD student Danika Brown doesn’t do relationships, but finds she’ll fake one when she and sexy security guard Zafir are caught in a misleadingly romantic moment that goes viral. But there’s nothing fake about the sizzling chemistry between them and soon things between them become a little too terrifyingly real for them both. This is one of the best romance novels you’ll read all year, and a perfect pick if you prefer your bi romance without anyone taking issue with multi-gender attraction.
For more adult m/f romance with one bi partner, check out Hold Me by Courtney Milan, A Prince on Paper by Alyssa Cole, and A Gentleman in the Street by Alisha Rai.
What it’s about: This critically acclaimed heartbreaker is set in a world where everyone receives notice of their death date on the day of, and the tools exist to make it the best End Day possible. For both Rufus and Mateo, that means using the Last Friend app to find someone with whom to enjoy their final moments. But the day goes well beyond what either of them could have imagined, and even more profound than the tragedies of their impending deaths is the fact that it took them until their final day to do so.
For more great YA starring bisexual boys, check out Deposing Nathan by Zack Smedley, Running With Lions by Julian Winters, and The Disasters by M.K. England.
What it’s about: Natalie is determined to get her life in order, starting with understanding why she can have plenty of great sex but not seem to be able to handle a relationship. To that end, she takes a vow of celibacy and examines her past through the lenses of her entanglements with both men and women, working through both her own body image (which is of particular note these days as she lands a gig as a plus-size model) and the most important friendship in her life. It’s a true adult coming-of-age novel and a favorite indie gem, particularly recommended to those looking for “new adult” that isn’t in the romance genre.
What it’s about: This landmark YA debut stars Ben de Backer, a bisexual nonbinary teen whose coming out lands them in parentally enforced exile. Forced to live with their estranged sister, Ben has to begin an entirely new life at a new school, unsure just how deeply themself they can safely be. But a great new group of friends helps them find a way to truly enjoy high school in their own skin, and even find new love.
What it’s about: When Xeni finds herself up against a deadline to get married in order to collect on her aunt’s estate, she learns the perfect groom is already ready and waiting: Mason, the hot Scotsman bagpiper from her aunt’s memorial. They’re both in need of a partner, they’re both bi, and they’re both hot, so what could possibly go wrong? (Lots of things, it turns out, but that doesn’t mean they’re not meant to be!)
For another contemporary m/f romance where both partners are bisexual, check out One Night With a Rock Star by Amber Lin and Shari Slade!
What it’s about: Grace’s mom has never been the patron saint of good decisions, but moving in with her daughter’s ex-boyfriend’s father is a new low, even for Maggie. Thankfully Grace finds respite in Eva, the new girl in town who’s grieving the loss of her mother. As the two get closer, Grace finally sees a world in which she can just be happy and in love. But then Maggie threatens to take that, too, by making herself Eva’s new mother figure, and Grace knows something’s gotta give, even if none of them are ready to weather another loss.
For more contemporary f/f YA romance with a bi lead, try Hot Dog Girl by Jennifer Dugan, Her Royal Highness by Rachel Hawkins, and Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli, and and don’t miss Blake’s other fantastic bi YA, Girl Made of Stars.
What it’s about: This age-gap m/m romance sees Summer returning to his old boarding school, this time on the other side of the desk, along with the professor who made his adolescent life hell. But there is more to Fox Iseya than Summer saw there as a teen, and soon he’s getting instruction in a lot more than psychology education, and the feelings that rise between them are anything but elementary.
What it’s about: Maren and Kaia are blissfully coupled girlfriends, until Kaia is kidnapped by a group of the emperor’s prophets, setting Maren on a wild journey to rescue her. To do so, Maren will need a dragon, which she handily embraces by getting a position as an apprentice to the emperor’s dragon trainer. But there’s so much more going on beneath the surface than Maren knew, and life among the dragons may hold even more for her than she ever imagined.
For more killer bi YA fantasy, try Girl, Serpent, Thorn by Melissa Bashardoust, The Seafarer’s Kiss by Julia Ember, Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Córdova, The Impostor Queen by Sarah Fine, and both Of Fire and Stars and Inkmistress by Audrey Coulthurst.
What it’s about: If detective novels are your jam and would be elevated by a hard-boiled bisexual detective, it’s time to clear some major space on your bookshelf for Roxane Weary. This debut is the first book in a series that’s now four books deep about a PI who is still grieving the death of her father and finds herself bumping up against his memory at far too many turns. As with all the most fun literary PIs, her social life is messy, her habits lean alcoholic, and the danger is real. You won’t want to miss a minute.
What it’s about: What could be more bisexual than theatre? Not much, judging by this debut thriller in which more characters are bisexual than not. It stars Kira, an actress who’s finally got a shot at the stage, if she can hold her own against director wildly intense director Malcolm and theatre cofounder Joanna. A frisson of danger flows through the entire tale, but who’s the most dangerous of them all?
For another of Fargo’s bisexual thrillers, stay tuned for They Never Learn, out Oct. 13, 2020.
What it’s about: This obscenely charming romance between the First Son of the US and the Prince of Wales was one of the hottest titles on 2019, not least because of its eminently relatable depiction of the former’s delayed realization of his bisexuality. Once Alex does realize he is attracted to dudes as well as ladies, a whole lot clicks into place about both a past friendship and his funny feelings regarding his feud with the prince. Plus one for self-realization; negative a thousand for staying out of the spotlight and picking an uncomplicated partner…
What it’s about: Traveling through the multiverse has a catch: you can’t go to any worlds where your counterpart is still alive. That suits Cara just fine, since her counterparts seem to die on a daily basis. When she’s singled out as especially suited for multiverse travel and given a major life upgrade, it seems so promising as a brand-new beginning. Then one of the few remaining counterparts mysteriously dies, and Cara realizes she’s only just scratched the surface of the multiverse and her place in it.
For more bi adult SFF, try Borderline by Mishell Baker, The Vanished Queen by Lisbeth Campbell, and The First Sister by Linden A. Lewis.
What it’s about: This standout debut stars Simone Garcia-Hampton, an HIV-positive girl starting at a new school where nobody knows her status. There, she thrives as a student director, making new friends and finding a great boyfriend. But she can’t shake the fear of her business getting out…and then it does, at least to one blackmailer. Now Simone has to question what really matters to her, and also what it means to be HIV-positive and also questioning her sexuality within her community.
For more books about teens questioning their bisexuality, check out We Are Totally Normal by Rahul Kanakia and Let’s Call it a Doomsday by Katie Henry.
What it’s about: When the press captures an innocent moment between showrunner and assistant on the red carpet, Emma and Jo find themselves drowning in both the public eye and private yearning. While the pair insists there’s nothing going on between them, a huge upcoming project keeps them chained together at all times, and it’s wearing them both down. Eventually, the slowest of slow burns will have to give way, but will it be to sparks or a total meltdown?
For more contemporary f/f romance with bisexual protagonists, try Hairpin Curves by Elia Winters and Knit One, Girl Two by Shira Glassman!
What it’s about: This is the year for K-pop YA novels, but only one of them stars a bi girl falling for a bi boy, and it’s a serious charmer. When Skye wins a shot to compete for a spot in a K-pop group against all (especially fatphobic) odds, it’s the dream of a lifetime. It does, however, come with a lot of hurdles, including Henry, a boy Skye finds herself drawn to no matter how much she wants to resist the competition.
For another contemporary YA where both halves of the pairing are bisexual, try Verona Comics by Jennifer Dugan!
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