Does Love Always Win is a sapphic coming of age young adult novel that explores coming out and understanding one’s sexual orientation.

Sam “Shorty” Daniels has a plan for her senior year, but her romantic life being a hot mess was not part of the agenda. Shorty quickly discovers she’s not attracted to her newest boyfriend and fellow marching band member Zack, despite her many hours of daydreaming of what it would be like to date him. Their previous flirting had been so intense that those feelings have to come back again, right?

When Shorty’s asked to show the snarky new girl around high school, Shorty’s instantly intrigued by Kristy’s wit, and they bond over their love of writing. They quickly become inseparable, and Shorty has a breakthrough moment realizing why none of her other relationships worked out.

Just as Shorty is about to break up with Zack, her bitter ex-boyfriend Bryan threatens to out her to the entire school and Shorty’s conservative parents. Will Shorty be able to overcome Bryan’s ridiculous blackmail scheme and get her dream girl?

Praise for Does Love Always Win?

The story twists and turns in a way that kept me hooked and intrigued, and I genuinely cared about our protagonist and the other characters. A very impressive debut and I can’t wait to read more of Billas’ future work! – Amazon review

“Diane Billas infuses a lot of humor and heart in this absorbing love story bound to resonate with young adult readers. Does Love Always Win? is the perfect blend of romance and coming-of-age rolled into one. With lively and vibrant characters, the narrative pulls you in and captivates you.” – Reader’s Favorite

I wish I had this book when I was younger. It made me feel seen. This book is full of drama and transported me back to high school. – Amazon review

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Diane Billas lives in Philadelphia with her husband and son. When she’s not writing she can be found reading multiple books at once, performing the French horn and piano, or dreaming of the next country she’s going to visit. Diane can be found at, on Twitter, TikTok, and Facebook @dianebillas, and on Instagram @dianebillaswrites.

Diane Billas is the author of the YA contemporary romance LGBTQ+ novel DOES LOVE ALWAYS WIN? releasing June 2023 and the YA superhero LGBTQ+ novel SUPERFICIAL releasing September 2024.

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Recipient of the Reader’s Favorite 5 star book award.

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Discounted and returnable

ISBN: 978-1956183702

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