2022 has been a great year for romance books. More and more, we are seeing stories that most of us have been dreaming about.
Whether it’s because of the character, the tropes, or the story in general, romance books are finally getting the respect the genre deserves. Maybe it’s partly because of #BookTok or people realizing how big the romance community really is.
However, one area where romance books are still lacking is black love stories. Either way, it’s the perfect time to recommend some black love stories. Whether they’re self-published, independent, or traditional, it’s time for readers to show respect not only for these books but for these authors as well.
While this will only be a list of 10 books, there are thousands if not millions of black love romance books you need to get your hands on.
These first five black love romance books were traditionally published.
Let’s start with some traditionally published black love romance books. They are books published by large publishers or “traditional” publications. The first has to be one that I have not stopped talking about and that is Fake it until you bake it by jamie wesley. This is a fake dating romance between two co-workers who end up reaping different benefits until real feelings start to get involved.
Another one I have discussed before is Summoning love by Synithia Williams. This is a small town romance that follows a woman who recently lost her job and the local hottie who comes on a ghost hunting adventure at her grandma’s house. As long as she wants to dislike her, sparks fly and it all goes from there.
Continuing with the Harlequin theme, the wife you need by Brenda Jackson is a spin-off of a LONG series of hers, but follows Garth, who needs to get married, and Reagan, his pilot and family friend. After Garth stands up, she invites Reagan to stay with him, causing her to prove that she is the wife she needs, as evidenced by the title.
The following is a post by Montlake which is actually part of the Amazon publishing group, so I would consider it a “traditional” publisher. Anyway, digging up love by Chandra Blumberg is the definitive romantic comedy. This is a romance between Alisha, who runs her grandfather’s restaurant, and Quentin, a paleontologist who meets her after dinosaur bones are discovered in her grandparents’ garden.
Despite being a low-key romance, these two have great chemistry and the author makes sure they develop. While it may seem a bit busy at times, this book is a lot of fun and is perfect if you’re looking for sweet romance.
Last but not least, it is the second book in a series, but can be read on its own. The dating playbook by Farrah Rochon features a romance between a personal trainer, Taylor, and Jamar, the football player she’s trying to help get back into the NFL. These two agree to a fake date to help each other out and of course real feelings develop. This book is pretty blunt at times, but if you can handle it, this book is a delight.
These next five romance books are self-published black love stories.
I would be remiss not to include Christina C Jones on this list as she is my favorite romance author. Her books are absolutely delicious. However, the best place to start is your The Wright brothers series or the love sisters series as they are all black love stories and cover a wide range of tropes. Honestly, they’re short and sweet, so you get a chance to see if their writing style is for you.
Continuing with the short topic, love for books de Té Russ is a romance between a literary agent and a bookstore owner. While fairly short, this book focuses on MMC’s father who has cancer if you can’t handle that. However, if you can, this book is exciting and fun while still focusing on books and the publishing industry.
If you’re looking for a longer book, Shae Sanders’ Ask duet is exactly what you need. This is a black love story between a woman and the boy band she ends up staying next door with. It ends up being a relationship between her and all of them, also known as a reverse harem. Honestly this book is messy and sexy and everything you need in your life.
Friends to lovers can be a difficult trope to write, but go to the bottom by Rilzy Adams will make you love it. This book follows two best friends, a romance novel writer who can’t write and her best friend, whom she asks for help. The two quickly realize that their connection runs much deeper than they imagined, and the story builds on that. This one is super hot and steamy if you’re in the mood for that.
Last but not least, Heat by D. Rose is the ultimate comforting read. This is a short novel that follows two co-workers who hook up once and can’t get enough of each other, but she’s reluctant to start a new relationship, so essentially they’re the ones who work out their issues and bond. . This is also a great place to start if she has never read D. Rose before, as she has quite an extensive background checklist.
While finding traditionally published black romances can be difficult, the independent world is a whole different ballgame. Frankly, if black romances aren’t recommended to you, you may need to select who you follow. Either way, hopefully, you were able to find a new book or author to check out on this list.
What black romance books are in your TBR? Be sure to share all your recommendations in the comments.