Look no further, friend, as I have just what you need! These (questionable) romances get all shades of dark, steamy, witty, mature and 99% error-free. They do contain LGBTQ characters, though, in major supporting roles (not the main couples). See if you might enjoy any of these:
in which her heart is thawing
ingrid’s best friend happens to be a bartender she occasionally sleeps with - which says a lot about how and where she likes to spend her time - who once described her as having “a conscience but not a heart.”
that’s something she has to come to terms with, after she learns about the damage she’s inflicted on a former lover who’d been nothing but good to her. because now she’s got new prey in her clutches and she promised to let it go before she breaks it.
tough part is, the wishful-thinking fool would rather be eaten alive…and she has to figure out how to let him down slowly enough for the fall not to kill him.
new adult - not rated mature
Whiskey Latte (completed)
in which she unearths her demons
alcohol and caffeine is what it takes to live the big city life…and ingrid needs it now more than ever.
an important promotion takes her from the relative safety of the home she had built in berlin, back to london where her past lies in wait. she spirals out of control when it all becomes too much, but she powers through, broken, her pieces barely held in place by the same old destructive habits.
one thing keeps her going, though: her long-lost friends, who welcome her back in their midst - and ingrid nearly throws her career under the bus to rescue one of them from a fate that, once upon a time, could have been her own…
(direct sequel to “Whiskey Latte” but it stands well enough on its own)
adult - rated mature
Vodka Espresso (completed novel)
in which her american dream dies
Once upon a time, Ingrid had made an attempt at settling down in New York, after years of being on the run from herself. Except her American Dream turned into her worst nightmare and she hit the road again.
Now, brave and bold, with a successful career at her back and a good man by her side, Ingrid dares to return to the shipwreck she abandoned. Vengeful ghosts await her and it’s her friends who keep her sane - new ones that she takes under her wing and old ones who come to her rescue in the nick of time.
And something…else. Something dangerously close to love. Something Ingrid can’t trust herself with as the concrete jungle threatens to swallow her up. Does she even deserve to survive the demons she’s come to chase?
(direct sequel to Whiskey Latte and Vodka Espresso but also works standalone; completed offline, weekend updates)
adult - rated mature
Tequila Americano (ongoing novel)
Warning: this story deals with suicidal thoughts & themes, including a suicide attempt
Jude and Ingrid come from very different places, down very different roads - though sooner or later, all roads lead to Rome, don’t they? In this case, Rome is both of them broken in Berlin, struggling to make sense of their scattered pieces.
They save each other, but on people like them, salvation is wasted, really. And so are they. Wasted, that is.
Wasted (completed short story)
“experiment”: a course of action tentatively adopted without being sure of the outcome.
an experiment is what ingrid embarked on in london when she spilled her vanilla cappuccino all over craig’s crisp white shirt. he’s good, easy fun - makes her laugh and buys her dinner. but what happens when nice-guy craig asks more of bad-girl ingrid than the semblance of carefree commitment she manages to muster in his presence?
will she run for the hills and leave him heartbroken in her wake…or will she continue the experiment until a less hazardous outcome naturally occurs?
experiment (completed novella)