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February 2: Share some of your favorite books written by POC authors.
Today we are celebrating Black History Month by recognizing some of our favorite books written by Authors of Color, and for me specifically, Black authors. Here are some of my favorites from the past couple years (links in title lead to reviews, links at end are affiliate purchase links):
Wild Rain by Beverly Jenkins, Women Who Dare #2 (February 9, 2021): I just finished this one and really enjoyed it! An Old West romance at its core, the story features a strong, unconventional woman and the man who supports her. There is ugly racism and misogyny, including references to non-consensual sex and physical abuse, all part of what life was like for a Black woman during the times. However, Spring survives her past and makes her own way, writing her own rules. PRE-ORDER
How to Catch a Queen by Alyssa Cole, Runaway Royals #1 (Spin-off of Reluctant Royals) (December 1, 2020): I really liked the original series and simply adored this first spin-off title. How to Catch a Queen is more than just a simple romance; the author addresses issues such as gender inequality and anxiety disorder in the narrative. The entire tale is woven together with a beautiful “marriage of convenience” trope romance. PURCHASE
If the Boot Fits by Rebekah Weatherspoon, Cowboys of California #2 (October 27, 2020): If the Boot Fits is a delightful retelling of the Cinderella story with Amanda playing the overworked, under appreciated main character and Sam her Prince Charming. One of the best things about their romance is the level of trust between Sam and Amanda. This allows them to confide in one another and develop a deep bond rather quickly. The book is a wonderful, slow burn romance between two amazing characters. PURCHASE
The Boyfriend Project by Farrah Rochon, The Boyfriend Project #1 (June 9, 2020): I’ve adored Ms. Rochon’s books for years and her new series is fabulous. The series, which is set up at the start of the book, follows three women who become friends after they discover they’ve all been dating the same guy, something that is captured by social media. I loved the mix of slow burn romance with a dash of a mystery. The Boyfriend Project is a well written, character-driven story. PURCHASE
Get a Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert, The Brown Sisters #1 (November 5, 2019): One of the best books I read last year, the book is an amazing romance; slow and thoughtful, but bursting with emotions. At the center of the book are the individual stories of both Chloe and Red growing into the persons each wants to be. It was the first book in years to touch me so deeply, creating the need for ugly crying and lifting me in sublime joy. It’s a book that touched my heart and soul and will leave its mark for years to come. PURCHASE
Rafe by Rebekah Weatherspoon, Loose Ends #1 (September 26, 2018): Although a bit older, I read this one just over a year ago and absolutely LOVED it. Rafe is one of those amazing feel-good stories that is low on conflict and high on romance. Main character Rafe is a total cinnamon roll wrapped up in a hard, tattooed body. He is patient and kind, but utterly sexy. And while there is a lot of sweet in the book, there is a lot of down and dirty, too. PURCHASE