Hello friends and fellow book lovers! For my Friday post this week, I knew I wanted to do something with Black authors. While I’m sure others have done something similar, I wanted to put a twist on it. The first half of this post is going to be romances by Black authors I’ve read and would recommend. The second half is going to be romances by Black authors I have on my TBR.
I’m going to try to focus on books featuring either a romance between two Black characters or at least, one half of the pairing is Black. I’m also going to try to stay away from the romances I’ve recommended before. However, I might end up having some repeats for those who might not have heard of those authors so let’s get into it.
1. Get A Life, Chloe Brown
No surprise my list is starting off with Get A Life, Chloe Brown. I have an entire post coming out about this book soon so be on the lookout. As for the book, it follows our MC Chloe who has a near-death experience and uses it to help her “get a life.” Along the way, she meets her handsome superenteindent and sparks fly but this story is mostly about Chloe and how she learns to get out of her comfort zone and “get a life.”
It’s no secret that I love Talia Hibbert so I knew I had to put this book on here. I’d also recommend all of her other series, but this one was the book that made me fall in love with her and her writing. I just think she’s an incredible romance writer plus she writes such incredible character. Talia is also Black and British so if you’re looking for something set in a different country than your own, this could be that. Either way, I love her books and if you haven’t read them before, what are you doing???
The next book making my list is Fumbled by Alexa Martin. This is another book I talk about constantly but I absolutely adore it. It’s a second-chance romance between a single mom and the football player she fell in love with in high school. It’s so cute and so swoony plus it has such a topical twist. What I mean by that is the book focuses on the rise in concussions in the NFL and how the league basically leaves them out to dry.
Even if you’re not an NFL fan, I still think this book/series would still be something worth checking out. The books do feature some football scenes but the characters and their relationships take center stage. While I recommend her entire Playbook series, this one is easily my favorite. As for the rep, I know the MC Poppy is Black and I think TK is as well but I could be wrong plus Alexa Martin is Black.
3. Along For The Ride
I’m pretty sure the last time I talked about this book was when I read it. In coming up with this list, I knew I had to feature it. This book is a hate-to-love road-trip romance between a girl and her brother-in-law’s friend. While it could be a little bit dramatic at times, I really grew to love Jolene and Jason’s relationship. It might not be one of my new absolute favorite but it’s worth checking out.
I think I docked a star since we didn’t get as many road-trip scenes as I wanted. Either way, this book is SUPER underrated and only has 151 ratings on Goodreads. I also think that it’s Mimi Grace’s debut as well. Overall, it was cute and fun so I’d give it a shot if you enjoy hate-to-love romances. As for the rep, I think both Jolene and Jason are Black plus Mimi Grace is also a Black author.
4. From Scratch
The next book is actually the first queer romance on my list. This is an m/f/m romance between a baker, the police chief and the fire chief. The story all starts with Mary who is Black and Plus-Sized moving to Sea Port to open up a bakery. It follows a polyamory relationship between her, Miguel and Billy. While it’s super short, it’s incredibly sexy and features an incredibly healthy relationship. Even though I only rated it a 3, I do plan on continuing the series.
I also have a lot more Katrina Jackson books on my TBR so if you’re looking for sexy Black romances, then you need to check out Katrina Jackson. I know that Mary is Black and I’m pretty both men are POCs but I can’t remember. I’m pretty sure there also might be some gay or bi rep as well. Either way, this book is a fun smutty time so check it out.
5. Meet Cute Club
The last book I’m recommending is another queer release and that’s Meet Cute Club by Jack Harbon. This book follows a guy who started a romance bookclub and the romance he has with the new guy working at his favorite bookstore. I can’t remember how either of them identify in terms of sexuality but I know that Rex is Black but I’m not sure if Jordan is a POC or not.
If you’re a big romance reader, I think you’ll love this book. It talks a lot about what it means to love romance, the shame romance readers sometimes deal with but at its core, it’s an adorable romance. I guess I’d call this one soft enemies-to-lovers as they do have a bit of spat at the beginning of the book but don’t ever really “hate” each other. This is another short but sweet and smutty read. I’m also pretty sure Jack Harbon is Black and has a pretty solid back list full of sexy queer romances if you’re looking for more.
6. Training My Heart To Love You
The first book on my TBR is actually one I put on my Amazon Wishlist so I wouldn’t forget about it. I know it’s on Kindle Unlimited and I think it follows a plus-sized Black woman who has a romance with a country boy. From reading the synopsis, that’s what I’m picking up. Either way, this book sounds like it’s going to be a lot of fun and I absolutely adore the cover.
7. The Changeup
The next book on my TBR is The Changeup by Nicole Falls. As soon as I saw this cover, I knew I had to read it. I’m pretty sure this book follows a romance between a female MLB player and a male sports journalist. Either way, this book sounds like it’s right up my alley. It also gives me major Pitch vibes so if you enjoyed that show, then this could be a suitable replacement. I think I might read this one during my birthday month as it sounds like it’s going to be good.
8. Blind Date with a Book Boyfriend
This next book is another way I added to my Amazon wishlist for later. I actually don’t know much about this book but the cover pulled me in. Thankfully some of Lucy Eden’s books are on Kindle Unlimited so I can check more of her back list out. I’m assuming from the cover that this book features an interracial romance between a Black woman and white man. Either way, the title makes it so enticing plus the cover along with Lucy Eden being Black. This one just sounds like a win.
9. Coffee In The Noon
I actually stumbled upon this book randomly and decided to add it to my Amazon Wishlist for later. Until now, I’d never even heard of this author or her books so I’m excited to give this one a read. I’m not actually sure about the rep of the characters but I’m assume they’re both Black. I could be wrong but this book doesn’t even have a synopsis. It just has a couple sentences on Goodreads plus it’s less than 50 pages so no doubt it’ll be quick and hopefully fun. I know that Harleigh Rae is Black and this book only has like 10 or so ratings on Goodreads so it needs more love.
10. Destiny’s Embrace
I’d be remiss to not include Beverly Jenkins on this list. I’ve never read anything by Beverly Jenkins and that really needs to change. I’ve read a decent amount of historical romances but have yet to pick up her stuff. I’ve heard a lot of good things from Booktubers so I’m curious to see which ones my library has available. I know that Beverly Jenkins is Black and that I’m pretty sure all of her books features Black heroines so I’m excited to finally read this one especially.
11. The Air He Breathes
The last book is The Air He Breathes by Brittainy C. Cherry. I’ve heard a lot of people talk about this author but have yet to read her books. I’m pretty sure all of her books are pretty hard-hitting and emotional so they’ll likely be tough reads. Then again, that’s probably why they’re so beloved. Nevertheless, I’m excited to finally say I’ve read a Brittainy C. Cherry book. I’m not sure about the rep of this one but it sounds like it’s going to be an intense read.
Anyways, those are my 5 romances recs by Black authors along with 6 I currently have on my TBR. Hopefully you were able to find some new books to add to your TBR or found your next read. I know this post isn’t exactly what I normally do but I want to get more into doing recommendation posts so let me know if you guys like this or you prefer tags or something else 🙂
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