If you know me, you know I love a good romance novel as much as I love a thriller and since it’s Black History Month and, Valentines Day is around the corner, I want to highlight love stories written for and by Black women.
Azure is a Nigerian native, Canada residing young woman struggling to find the perfect Nigerian groom when she meets Rafeal. If you can’t tell by his name, he is not Nigerian. The two have a one night stand that evolves into something more, but the promise she made to her deceased father, and her demanding mother looms over her head. Culture, race, love, and family are running themes in this story that make it a page turner.
The Perfect Find lives in my head rent free and honestly, might be my favorite on this list.
40 year old Jenna Jones kind of has to grovel for a job with her nemesis after losing her it girl place in the fashion industry. She falls under the spell of an attractive younger man who’s supposed to be working for her. He ends up working in other ways, even though he’s hands off for more reasons than the seemingly obvious.
While reading this book, Gabrielle Union was the gorgeous face I put to the Jenna Jones, so you can imagine how hyped I was that she will be portraying her in the film adaptation of this novel! I can’t help to feel like I spoke that into existence.
This is not the first book in The Wedding Date Series by Jasmine Guillory but it’s the first one I read. Thankfully, each story is a new couple and new take, so you don’t really need to know what happened previously to get into them (although it does help).
The book starts with Nikole, a freelance writer receiving a proposal from her God awful boyfriend at a baseball game of all places. Of course she declines (and good for her, how dare he put her in that position) and a stranger by the name of Carlos goes from being a spectator to her hero in the moment. Their relationship evolves into some thing “casual” but we all know how the friends with benefit thing goes.
I reviewed this book in a previous post, so I don’t have much more to contribute here. I’ll just say I appreciate a story about a smart, dedicated woman battling her own demons while pursuing a relationship. Obviously doing those two things simultaneously is no easy task but I loved following how she navigates this journey, flaws and all.
Intercepted is the first of the Playbook Series. Our inaugural heroine Marlee, is reeling from a bad break up from her long-time pro-football boyfriend when she meets Gavin Pope a promising quarterback. The only problem? She vowed to never date a football player again after dealing with her ex Chris.
Intercepted is a fun, sexy story mixed with some mean girl antics to make it extra interesting.
Which of these have you read? Or, which one needs to be bumped up your TBR list?