Must Read Romances by Black Authors

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Romances by Black authors have been featured in past Bawdy Bookworms Boxes, and the most resounding response has been “More, please.”

Since our boxes are only delivered quarterly, we wanted to give you more suggestions while you wait for your next box. We asked our Bawdy Bookworms Insiders to recommend their favorite romance written by Black authors.

We’ve compiled their recs here. It’s not an exhaustive list. Please add your own recommendations in the comments. (The following links are affiliate links)

Must Read Romances by Black Authors

Most of these authors have an extensive backlist of books. You’ll have plenty to keep you busy. In no particular order, here we go:

Get A Life Chloe Brown

Any and all of Talia Hibbert’s books. If you enjoy rom coms with adorable cat cameos, start with Get a Life, Chloe Brown. If you prefer to listen, the audiobook is absolutely charming. Talia Hibbert also writes paranormal romance.

Office Hours by Katrina Jackson

Office Hours by Katrina Jackson was deemed fabulous by an Insider. Once you read it, her backlist will keep you busy.

A Reunion of Rivals by Reese Ryan

Reese Ryan’s books has some of the sexiest covers I’ve ever seen. Her newest is Reunion of Rivals. Make sure you pre-order it now. If you love secret baby trope, check out The Billionaire’s Legacy, which we did a Pleasure Pairing for.

Only For a Night by Naima Simone

There are lots of Naima Simone fans in our group. Thanks to them, I know have  Only for the Night  on my TBR.

Protecting the Heiress by Nana Malone

Nana Malone has a series of contemporary royal romances that look delightful including Protecting the Heiress  I’m pretty sure you can guess the tropes from the title.

Rebel by Beverly Jenkins

Everyone needs to read Beverly Jenkins. She writes historical romances with fierce black heroines. Her latest is Rebel from the Women Who Dare series. 

Hearts on Hold by Charish Reid

When I saw that Charish Reid has Hearts on Holda romance with a librarian, I was sold! 

Awakened by Moni Boyce

Paranormal romance readers need to read Moni Boyce’s The Oracle Chronicles. Awakened has vampires and forbidden love–catnip activated.

In Tune by JN Welsh

We’re big fans of J.N. Welsh since we featured Gigolo All the Way in a Quickie Box. She also has a rock star series, starting with In Tune.

Marrying His Runaway Heiress by Therese Beharrie

Therese Beharrie’s newest is Marrying His Runaway Heiress. The heiress is also a journalist and she runs off to Italy. How fun does that sound?!

Real Men Knit by Kwana Jackson

Real Men Knit by Kwana Jackson was recommended by several group members. Guys who play with balls (of yarn) are sexy AF.

Bedding the Enemy by LaQuette

Bedding the Enemy by LaQuette is a seriously sexy read. Like you might need new panties after. We’re huge LaQuette fans here so check the shop for boxes with her books. After you read those, you’ll want to binge on the rest of her backlist.

Claimed by Steele by Brenda Jackson

Brenda Jackson is no stranger to sexy black heroes and heroines. Her latest is Claimed by Steele, but you’ll want to dive into all her books.

The A.I. Who Loved Me by Alyssa Cole

Let it Shine and The A.I. Who Loved Me by Alyssa Cole. Really, anything by her is fantastic.

Grumpy Jake by Melissa Blue

Grumpy Jake by Melissa Blue is perfect for those who love enemies to lovers. You’ll want to add all the Melissa Blue and Dakota Gray (her pen name) to your TBR.

Queen Move by Kennedy Ryan

Queen Move by Ryan Kennedy also received accolades. It’s on my TBR. If you haven’t read The King Maker, you’re missing out. She ripped my heart apart and put it back together in her All the King’s Men Duet. (Read the Pleasure Pairing for The King Maker here)

Writing Her In by Holly Trent

Writing Her In by Holly Trent was such an emotional read. Holly Trent had me in my feelings and reaching for my vibrator. She has an extensive backlist with romances in several subgenres.

The Boyfriend Project by Farrah Rochon

The Boyfriend Project by Farrah Rochon is “cute and funny” according to an Insider. This New Orleans native has written sports romances, too.

Xeni by Rebekah Weatherspoon

Rebekah Weatherspoon has a range of books for whatever your catnip is: marriage of convenience in Xeni, hot male nanny, sexy cowboys, sugar daddy, and more.

Fate's Match by Elysabeth Grace

Daughters of Saria series by Elysabeth Grace has insanely creative mythology and perfect for anyone who likes historical fantasy.

There are many, many more romances written by Black authors.

Whose books should we add to our TBR? Tell us in the comments.

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