11 Romance Reads by Black Authors to Add to Your TBR

Looking for your next romance fix? Check out this selection of romance faves written by Black authors plus future releases that I’ve already hit the pre-order button for.


Chloe Brown is a chronically ill computer geek who, after having a near death experience, decides to shake up her daily routine with seven tasks in order to “Get a Life.” To help on her mission to rebel she enlists her tattooed, motorcycle driving neighbor.


Carolina Santas took the heartbreak she endured after being left at the alter and turned it into a wedding planning business. When Lina gets the business opportunity of a lifetime, she won’t let anything get in her way including having to work with Max Hartley aka the best man from her failed walk down the aisle and the one who convinced her ex to run in the first place.


Set in 19th-century California, ranch owner Logan Yates confronts his feelings for his free-spirited housekeeper, Mariah Cooper. Logan and Mariah’s growing attraction gets more complicated once Mariah’s former lover arrives at the ranch.


Grad student Naledi Smith doesn’t believe in fairy tales and she especially doesn’t believe the emails claiming she’s betrothed to an African Prince. To please his country, Prince Thabiso tracks down Naledi to convince her to marry him, but once he realizes that she has no idea who he is let alone his royal roots, Thabiso can’t resist the chance to get to know Naledi without the burden of the crown.

Berkley Romance

After discovering her NFL-star boyfriend of the last ten years has been cheating on her, Marlee Harper vows off dating pro athletes…that is until Gavin Pope, the new quarterback—and a fling from Marlee’s past—comes into the picture.

Scholastic Inc

Liz Lightly is ready to get out of her small, midwestern town and head to college, but when the financial aid that she was counting on falls through, she decides to run for prom queen in order to win the school’s scholarship that is awarded to the prom king and queen. Between dealing with social media trolls, humiliating public events and not so nice competitors, the only thing that makes it all bearable is new girl, Mack, who also happens to be running for the crown.

Balzer + Bray

Release Date: January 5, 2021

Sixteen-year-old Tessa Johnson never sees herself reflected in the romance novels she loves so she takes matters into her own hands and writes her own swoon-worthy stories. When Tessa is accepted into a creative writing program she finds herself in the middle of writers block. In order to help the words flow, Tessa seeks inspiration in her own life with a list of romance novel-inspired tasks.


Releases: June 23

Danika Brown isn’t looking for love. But a fling with no strings? Dani can agree to that. Enter: Zafir Ansari, the security guard who rescues Dani from a workplace fire drill gone wrong. But once a video of the rescue goes viral, soon the Internet is shipping #DrRugBae, leading to the pair agreeing to a fake relationship. What could go wrong?

Berkley Romance

Releases: December 1

After news her failing department is on the university’s chopping block, Professor Naya Turner goes out for an evening to blow off some steam. While out she meets a charming stranger named Jake, who makes her laugh and challenges Naya to rebuild her confidence. Soon Naya can’t deny her growing feelings and things get even more complicated when she learns that pursuing a relationship with Jake might destroy her career.

Berkley Romance

Releases: September 29

At twelve years old, Azere promised her dying father that she would marry a Nigerian man and preserve her culture, even after immigrating to Canada. Years later, her mother is still holding Azere to this promise, but after several failed matches, Azere ends up at a bar where she meets Rafael Castellano, who is tall, handsome and…white. Soon Azere finds herself caught between her feelings for Rafael and her need to please her mother and her last promise to her dad.

Berkley Romance

Releases: October 20

Elliot Reed is loving her new gig as the Strategic Communications Manager for the Denver Mustangs until star quarterback Quinton Howard Jr. becomes the first player to take a knee during the national anthem. A rocky first meeting leads to tension between Quinton and Elliot, but with her job and his integrity on the line, the two are forced to spend time together and soon discover they may have more in common than either of them thought.

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