By Collection Management Librarian Dontaná McPherson-Joseph
Romance is in the air! It’s almost Valentine’s Day and what better way to celebrate than with romance novels?! Romance novel covers come in all designs, some are more charming and others more risqué, but isn’t that half the fun of reading them? Celebrate Black love with these romance novels written by Black authors.
Romance novels by Black authors
Rebel by Beverly Jenkins
Romance cover trope: This historical romance by the beloved Ms. Bev features a bare-chested man and a woman in a gorgeous gown that drapes off her shoulder. Classic.
Description: After the Civil War, Captain Drake LeVeq, an architect from an old New Orleans family, is drawn into an irresistible intrigue when he encounters a rebellious young woman who is on a mission to help the newly emancipated community survive and flourish.
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Once Ghosted, Twice Shy by Alyssa Cole
Romance cover trope: This lesbian romance sees two women gazing into each other’s eyes, possibly after sharing a cute joke.
Description: While her boss the prince was busy wooing his betrothed, Likotsi had her own love affair after swiping right on a dating app that ended in heartbreak. Now months later, back in New York City again, she runs into the woman who broke her heart on a stalled subway train, but maybe this chance meeting will lead to a happily ever after.
A Cowboy to Remember by Rebekah Weatherspoon
Romance cover trope: This handsome man is serving strength, confidence, and six-pack abs on a dude ranch!
Description: When an accident leaves her with no memory, chef Evie Buchanan gets her own happily-ever-after when former rodeo champion Zach Pleasant walks into her hospital and awakens feelings long dormant.
Scandalous Secrets by Synithia Williams
Romance cover trope: Another couple gazes lovingly into each others’ eyes, and in complementary colors!
Description: To save his reputation and win the Senate seat, Byron Robidoux, who had agreed to be named on the birth certificate of Zoe Hammond’s daughter to protect her from an abusive partner, must prove that he isn’t a deadbeat dad.
Strategic Seduction by Cheris F Hodges
Romance cover trope: His chest is bare, and there’s a steamy look!
Description: Teaming up with wealthy, risk-taking entrepreneur Richmond Crawford on a make-or-break project, PR rep Alicia Michaels is met with resistance at every turn until she can no longer deny the attraction between them, but a shocking revelation may put an end to their relationship before it can even get started.
Awaken the Dragon by A. C. Arthur
Romance cover trope: Yes, this prince’s chest is bare, but instead of being draped with his love interest, his city is superimposed over what must surely be impressive abs.
Description: Next in line for the Drakon throne, Theo Masters is the most powerful half-human, half-dragon in the world. Shola N’Gara exists to kill the dark spirit that is attempting to demolish her people. A rise in demon activity and the brutal murders Theo’s agents have been reporting start to add up. Now Shola must choose, and Theo must decide if standing by the woman he’s fallen in love with is worth facing his father in a battle to the death.
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Dontaná is a Collection Management Librarian who was born with an unending reading list. She is almost always reading two books simultaneously and is easily distracted by cool covers.