7 Romance Authors to Read for Black History Month
by Karen Green
February is Black History Month, so take the opportunity to discover—or rediscover—a celebrated voice in your favorite genre. These seasoned authors offer dramatic storylines featuring complex black characters and all the heartfelt emotion and heart-racing passion that romance readers expect in a great love story.
But don’t let the prioritization of diverse voices end when the month does: put these seven authors on your must-read list today and enjoy great romance reads all year long.
Therese Beharrie writes the books she wants to see in the world, with a focus on diversity and representation. She writes from Cape Town, South Africa and her latest exciting book with Harlequin is out this month.
Second Chance with Her Billionaire (Billionaires for Heiresses)
Summer Bishop knew her parents’ anniversary party in stunning South Africa would be hard. Spending the week with her gorgeous ex-husband, Wyatt Montgomery, reminds Summer of their painful divorce but also—inconveniently—why she fell in love with him! Summer never told Wyatt why she left, and he’s determined to uncover her secrets. Will Summer reveal her heart for a second chance with her husband?
Bestselling author Zuri Day splits her time between California and the Caribbean, always writing her next novel and connecting with readers. She is a lifelong Harlequin fan who loves a knight in shining armor. Check out her latest book now!
Sin City Vows (Sin City Secrets)
Lauren Hart is escaping trouble, not starting more. But her new boss’s son, Christian Breedlove, is too tempting to resist. Christian wants no strings attached, so Lauren tries to ignore the simmering passion between them. But when the fiancé Lauren fled appears in Sin City, the runaway bride claims she’s married to Christian! Now their relationship is a tangled web…and only “I do” can fix it!
One of the most popular and prolific writers of African-American romance and women’s fiction, award-winning author Rochelle Alers has written dozens of thoughtful and heartfelt stories for Harlequin readers. Read her newest book today.
Twins for the Soldier (American Heroes)
Army ranger Lee Remington didn’t think he’d ever go back to Wickham Falls, home of some of his worst memories. Now, returning home to help his sister, he’s shocked by a powerful attraction to military widow Angela Mitchell—and floored by this mother of toddler twins, who accepts his proposal. But as he preps for his ready-made family, there’s one thing Lee forgot to tell her.
Brenda Jackson is a New York Times bestselling author of more than one hundred romance titles. Brenda lives in Jacksonville, Florida, and divides her time between family, writing and traveling. Rediscover a reader favorite today!
Sensual Confessions (Madaris Family Saga)
Originally published in 2010
Blade Madaris thinks the gorgeous attorney he meets at his cousin’s wedding would make a fine notch on his bedpost. And when circumstances bring them together for six months, Blade formulates a plan to sweep Samari Di Meglio off her feet and into his arms. Sam isn’t interested in giving the more to the confirmed bachelor but Blade can’t walk away from the most passionate woman he’s ever met. To break through her resistance, he’ll have to bare his soul and confess everything that’s in his heart.
A former lawyer, Kathy Douglass traded writing legal briefs for romance novels after the birth of her second child. Determined to write the kinds of books she loved to read, Kathy is now the author of reader-favorite small town contemporary romance stories. Pick up her new book now!
Winning Charlotte Back (Sweet Briar Sweethearts)
This could not be happening. Charlotte Shields had left both that heartbreaking day and this heartbreaking man behind. Even worse, their mutual attraction is back to betray her. Especially as Dr. Rick Tyler works hard to make amends. He’s got to make this move to Sweet Briar work to give his son a second chance. Will he get a second chance with Charlotte in the bargain?
Alyssa Cole is an award-winning author of historical, contemporary and SFF romance who splits her time between New York City and the Caribbean. Her six books for Avon include the popular Reluctant Royals series. Check out her latest release today!
Once Ghosted, Twice Shy (Reluctant Royals)
While her boss the prince was busy wooing his betrothed, Likotsi had her own love affair, but the romance had ended in heartbreak, and now, back in NYC again, she’s determined to rediscover her joy—so of course she runs into Fabiola, the woman who broke her heart. While spending the day together, Fab slowly reveals why she let Likotsi go, leaving both of them wondering if they can turn this second chance into a happily ever after.
Reese Ryan has long been a champion for complexity and drama in fiction and romance, advocating for emotional characters and storylines while ensuring representation and diversity. You can read her newest Harlequin release now!
Engaging the Enemy (The Bourbon Brothers)
Parker Abbott will do whatever it takes to be the next CEO of King’s Finest Distillery, even play fake fiancé to his childhood nemesis, Kayleigh Jemison. Yet as he and the fiery redhead get reacquainted, sparks fly and real passion emerges. But when her ex wants a second chance, who will Kayleigh choose?
Yahrah St. John is the award-winning author of thirty contemporary romance books featuring seductive storylines and strong, positive representation of black protagonists. Yahrah writes from her home in Orlando, Florida. Check out her new release this month.
At the CEO’s Pleasure (The Stewart Heirs)
He’d broken his “no office affair” policy once and lost his best assistant. Now rich businessman Ayden Stewart needs Maya Richardson back, at any price. Taking the job, Maya tells herself the years apart have cooled their chemistry. So why are they breaking rule number one again and again? Ayden makes her want what she can never have—real love. Will it be different this time?
What will you be reading to celebrate Black History Month? Let us know, and be sure to come back every Monday this month for a new Black History Month post.