Romance Novels by Black Authors You Must Read – The University News
February is not only the month of love and romance, but it is also Black History Month. Here are some great book recommendations to celebrate romance and highlight black authors.
CL Clark’s “The Unbroken”
“The Unbroken” by CL 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 who questions everything she thought she knew. Clark draws on the history of North Africa to create a rich world full of magic and political intrigue. Although this book is about rebellions and a bit of romance, it mainly focuses on the effects of colonialism, making it perfect for adventurous readers who prefer their stories with a romantic edge.
“For All Times” by Shanna Miles
A romance between star-crossed lovers destined to repeat their story through hundreds of lives. The book spans the 14th century, the 1920s, and even the 2200s. While romance is at the heart of the story, Miles tackles themes across the different time periods that really reinforce 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 happily ever after. Join these kindred spirits as they search for a way to break the endless cycle of tragedy and achieve their bliss forever.
“Making a Scene” by Mimi Grace
“Make a Scene” by Mimi Grace is a fun and endearing book perfect for any romance fan. Retta Majors’ ex is getting married and now she needs a fake boyfriend for the wedding. A weekend date should be easy, right? But what happens when the fake flirtation starts to get more real than they anticipated? If you’re looking for a fun and refreshing story that reads like a corny Hallmark movie, read this one!
“The Girl with the Stars in Her Eyes” by Xio Axelrod
“The Girl with the Stars in Her Eyes” is a rock ‘n’ roll fairy tale that tells the story of music and love. The book follows Toni Bennette, a successful musician, who tries to pursue a bigger career and fame. But running into a boy from her past reopens old wounds and reawakens feelings no one wanted to acknowledge. This heartfelt tearjerker is the perfect read for any romance fan
“Ace of Spades” by Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé
Does dark academia with a mysterious and romantic side sound exciting? Try reading Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé’s first novel “Ace of Spades”! Follow the main characters, Chiamaka and Devon, as they attempt to track down an anonymous texter named “Aces” before their dark secrets are revealed. “Ace of Spades” explores what it’s like to be both queer and black in a world that makes them mean. This stunning debut novel is a must-read for anyone who loves fun thrillers and clever social commentary.