My Favorite Romance Books by Black Authors

Hi everyone! Happy Valentine’s Day! I thought today was a good day to recommend some romance books and since February is Black History Month, I came up with a list of my favorite romance books written by Black authors.

You can read all of the series mentioned in this post out of order if you don’t mind spoiling the previous books or you can skip one of the books without problem if you are more interested in other books in the series

Without further ado, here they are:

*Click the book series titles to go to the Goodreads page*

Reluctant Royals Series by Alyssa Cole

If you like romance books about royalty, there’s no better choice than the Reluctant Royals series by Alyssa Cole, which includes three books about members of the royalty falling in love and two novellas about people that are connected to royalty in one way or another also falling in love. This series includes Black rep, disability rep, Asian rep, ADHD rep, Latinx rep and one of the main subject that is discussed throughout the series is immigration. If you are looking for an incredibly diverse and inclusive series with complex and lovable characters and swoon-worthy romances, this series is for you!

Fit Series by Rebekah Weatherspoon

If you are looking for short, sweet and steamy romance novellas, I have two perfect recommendations! Fit and Wrapped by Rebekah Weatherspoon have swoony heroes, mentions of delicious food since the heroines have jobs that in one way or another are related to the food industry and some really sexy scenes between the main characters.

Get a Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert

If you like heroes that are adorable softies, this book is for you! Get a Life, Chloe Brown is a fantatic book that manages to be cute, funny and steamy and at the same time it also includes important discussions about chronic pain, abusive relationships and mental illness. This book has a strong, smart and hilarious main character and a hero that’s kind and talented and their banter is fantastic!

The Wedding Date Series by Jasmine Guillory

If you like weddings, this series is perfect for you! An entire romance series in which all three companion novels in one way or another revolve around weddings. Books two and three are specially good, but the entire series is funny, sexy and entertaining. The first two books in the series have interacial couples and race is a subject that’s discuss thoughtfully throughout the series.

Honorable Mentions

This are honorable mentions because I already included these authors in my post about Romance Books by Latinx Authors, but I thought it was a good idea to include them here as well in case anyone missed that post. These books have Afro-Latinx main characters and they are written by Afro-Latinx authors.

Dreamers series by Adriana Herrera: This series is about a group of four friends that are Afro-Latinx and each book is the story of one of them falling in love. Fantastic friendships, sweet romances, mentions of amazing Latinx food and music, conversations about important subjects like domestic violence and police brutality are some of the reason why I would recommend it! The fourth book is coming out March 30th but I read an arc and I can tell you it’s amazing.

Love on Cue Series + The Worst Best Man by Mia Sosa: The Love on Cue series is a series of companion novels that includes great dialogues, lovable characters, complicated family dinamics and the second book discusses diversity in the movie industry. The Worst Best Man just came out in Febuary 2020, it has a really sweet hero, lots of chemistry between the main characters and it includes an amazing #ownvoices depiction of Brazilian culture including mouthwatering description of food.

Have you read any of these books? Did you enjoy them? Do you have recommendations for romance books by Black authors?

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A Late June 2019 Wrap Up (#Smutathon, #Buzzwordathon, #Romanceathon & #Summerathon)

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Hi everyone! This is really late because July was such a hard month for me and I had to take an unexpected break so I didn’t post anything. I will talk a bit more about it in my July wrap up, but for now I’ll say that june was an amazing month, I defended my thesis which was approved and I officially finished my Master’s degree. It was also a month of pool parties with friends and lots of rest.

I had a chance to read a lot, so I ended up participating in 4 readathons: Smutathon (🔥), Buzzword Readathon (🐝), romanceathon (💓) and summerathon (🌴). If I read a book for one of these readathons, I’ll put a emoji next to it.

Diverse Romance 

🔥 Marriage of Unconvenience by Chelsea M. Cameron (3,5 stars): This is a really cute story, but the writting isn’t the best and the book needs better editing. (Review)

🔥 Once Ghosted, Twice Shy by Alyssa Cole (3,6 stars): my main issue with this book is the instalove, which made me not be invested in the relationship. (Review)

Kulti by Mariana Zapata (4 stars): I’m a big fan of Mariana Zapata, this is my third book by her and I love it as much as the others. This is a slow (so, so slow) burn romance with complex and captivating characters. Also, the main character is Latinx 🎉 🎉🎉

💓🌴 Unmarriageable by Soniah Kamal (4 stars): This is an incredible Pride and Prejudice retelling set in Pakistan, that keeps the themes and the general plot of the original, but it includes so many amazing new commentary about colonialism, colorism, sexism and classism in Pakistan.

Romance

🔥 Hard Sell by Lauren Layne (3,8 stars): This book has one of my favorite couples in a romance book, the chemestry between them was explosive. (Review)

🔥 Huge Deal by Lauren Layne (3,8 stars): I loved the female love character in this book and there’s a great slow burn romance that I enjoyed quite a bit. (Review)

🔥 Love Story by Lauren Layne (3,6 stars): I enjoyed this second chance romance, but it gets repetitive at points and the miscommunication is a bit frustrating. (Review)

🔥 An Ex For Christmas by Lauren Layne (3,6 stars): This is one of my least favorite Lauren Layne book. This is a slow burn friends to lovers romance, but the main characters are so  different that sometimes their relationship doesn’t make much sense, not even their friendship. (Review)

🔥 Sustained by Emma Chase (3,7 stars): I LOVED the family aspect of this book, it was so sweet and the romance was really good as well.

The Simple Wild by K.A. Tucker  (4,2 stars): This book is amazing, it’s set in Alaska, which becomes another character of the story, the romance is so sweet, and the development of the father/daugther relationship is amazing. This is definitely a bittersweet book that made me sob.

💓🐝 I Flipping Love You by Helena Hunting (3,6 stars): I enjoyed the romantic relationship in this book, but the writing isn’t the best and the ending is kind of rushed.

💓 Fix Her Up by Tessa Bailey  (3,7 stars): This is SO STEAMY, my first Tessa Bailey book and I’m a fan. I definitely need to read more of her books.

The Roomate Agreement by Emma Hart (3,5 stars): I really enjoyed this friends to lovers story, which isn’t a surprise since it’s one of my favorite tropes. This is funny, steamy and entertatining.

Desperately Seeking Roomate by Micalea Smeltzer (3,2 stars): This is not terrible but the writing wasn’t for me and the chemestry between the characters wasn’t completely there.

Others 

🐝 Fake It Till You Break It by Jenn P. Nguyen (3,8 stars): This is a cute enemies to friends to lovers story and exactly what I needed at the time I read it!

🐝 I See You by Clare Mackintosh (4 stars): I really liked this book, but there were some things at the end that were rushed, one of the detectives makes some guesses that come out of nowhere and that took away a little bit of the enjoyment for me.

🌴 Mr Mercedes by Stephen King (4 stars): I love crime novels and this one is great, I love the cast of charactes and the plot was so good as well. Definitely recommend this one!

🌴 Finders Keepers by Stephen King (3 stars) I was so frustrated while reading this sequel, the main characters of the series didn’t show up until like 60% of the book and I was so bored before that. I’m reading book 3 now and when I’m done I’ll do a series review.

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Romance Report: let’s talk about two f/f romances (Once Ghosted, Twice Shy & Marriage of Unconvenience)

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Hi everyone! This is the first installment of Romance Report, a new feature that I created because I’m usually looking for very especific elements in romance books depending on my mood (like a especific trope or a certain level of angst or a certain level of steam, etc) and I think a lot of people feel the same way, so in the romance report that’s the kind of information I’ll include as a way to make it easier for people to decide if a romance book is the one they are looking for or not.

Without further ado, here’s my first romance report:

Marriage of Unconvenience by Chelsea M. Cameron 

Marriage of Unconvenience

  • Series: it’s a standalone
  • Synopsis: Two childhood best friends get married to inherit some money and solve their financial issues, but they end up realizing they have feelings for each other (Goodreads)
  • Pages: 197
  • Representation: lesbian and queer main characters and a trans side character.
  • Point of View (POV): single female pov
  • Relationship: female/female
  • Tropes: friends to lovers, fake marriage
  • Romance: this book has so many sweet moments including a wedding dress shopping scene that warmed my heart, these two women love each other so much and it’s easy to tell throughout the book.
  • Steam level: low, it’s more cute than steamy. But there are explicit sex scenes.
  • Angst level: low, there aren’t any huge obstacles or any dramatic moments.
  • Comments : The writing isn’t the best, but the real problem is the editing. There are inconsistencies that go from the protagonists having different middle names throughout the book to one character being described as the best secret keeper and a few pages later as not being the best at keeping secrets.
  • Rating: 3,5 stars

Once Ghosted, Twice Shy by Alyssa Cole 

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  • Series: book #2.5 in the Reluctant Royals series. It can be read as a standalone.
  • Synopsis: Two women reunite months after a short fling that left them brokenhearted and fall in love all over again (Goodreads)
  • Pages: 106
  • Representation: african lesbian main character and haitian-american bisexual main character.
  • Trigger warnings: deportation and forced separation of families.
  • Point of View (POV):  dual pov, one narrates the present and another the past
  • Relationship: female/female
  • Tropes: second chance romance
  • Romance: This books relies too much in the characters’ past feelings that were instalove-y to begin with (3 dates and they are in love!), which made me not be invested in the relationship. Also, the main conflict in the past and present timelines is that the characters don’t talk to each other, which gets a bit frustrating.
  • Steam level: low, there’s one explicit scene and the other scenes are fade to black.
  • Angst level: medium, there’s angst because of the way things ended between the main characters the first time they were together and also because of the reason behind their separation.
  • Comments: the writing wasn’t really for me and, because of that, it took me a long time to get into the story and connect with the characters. Also, issue of possible deportation was solved so easily that it because obvious that it was a plot device more than anything else.
  • Rating: 3,6 stars

Have you read these books? Are you excited to read them? What romance books with f/f relationships would you recommend?

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