Romance Novels by Black Authors You Need to Read

February is not only the month for love and romance, but it is also Black History Month. Here are some great book recommendations to celebrate romance and highlight Black authors.

“The Unbroken” by C.L. Clark

“The Unbroken” by C.L. Clark is a political fantasy that follows Luca and Touraine, two women who meet under unexpected circumstances. Luca is a princess aiming to steal the throne from her incapable uncle, while Touraine is a soldier questioning everything she thought she knew. Clark takes inspiration from the history of North Africa to create a rich world that is teeming with magic and political intrigue. While this book is about rebellions and a little bit of romance, it primarily focuses on the effects of colonialism, making it perfect for adventure-loving readers who prefer their stories with a side of romance.

“For All Time” by Shanna Miles

A romance between star-crossed lovers fated to repeat their story across hundreds of lifetimes. The book spans the 14th century, 1920s, and even the 2200s. While romance is the core of the story, Miles tackles themes across the different time periods which truly strengthen the story. A wild mix between historical-fiction, romance and science-fiction. “For All Time” is a melting pot of genres that will leave readers wishing for a happily ever after. Join these soulmates as they search for a way to break the endless cycle of tragedy and reach their happily ever after.

“Make a Scene” by Mimi Grace

“Make a Scene” by Mimi Grace is a fun and endearing book perfect for any romance fan. Retta Majors’s ex is getting married, and she now needs a fake boyfriend for the wedding. One weekend of pretend dating should be easy, right? But what happens when the fake flirting starts to become more real than they anticipated? If you are looking for a fun, refreshing story that reads like a cheesy Hallmark movie, give this one a read!

“The Girl with Stars in Her Eyes” by Xio Axelrod

“The Girl with Stars in Her Eye” is a rock ‘n’ roll fairytale that tells the story of music and love. The book follows Toni Bennette, a successful musician, who is trying to pursue a bigger career and fame. But running into a boy from her past reopens old wounds and awakens feelings neither wanted to acknowledge. This heartfelt tearjerker is the perfect read for any and all romance fans

“Ace of Spades” by Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé

Does dark academia with a side of mystery and romance sound exciting? Try reading Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé’s debut novel “Ace of Spades”! Follow the main characters, Chiamaka and Devon, as they try to hunt down an anonymous texter named “Aces” before their dark secrets are brought to light. “Ace of Spades” explores what it is like to be both queer and black in a world that villianizes both. This stunning debut novel is a must read for anyone who enjoys wickedly fun thrillers and smart social commentary.