Black Love Matters

PHS Managing Editor Ali Williams recommends black romance authors for you to populate your TBR with!

I'm not going to try and tell you about the impact of trashfire that has been surrounding the announcement of the RITA shortlist, and the inclusion of only three authors of colour. There are many black authors who are already articulating this far better than I ever could. Check out tweets from:

So right now, at PHS, we want to highlight that our black author siblings who are writing romance are doing an incredible job. They write books that are funny and heart-wrenching and unbelievably well written. They make us laugh and cry and they should for damn sure be taking up space on your TBR.

Brace yourselvesand your bank accountsfor an entire article of romance author recommendations that are going to get you one-clicking and celebrating black romance novels. I've ordered them alphabetically, and below the author's name I've colour-coded the romance subgenres that they write, so you can find the your favourite types of romances quicker:

- Contemporary

- Erotic

- Historical

- All Things Magical (Paranormal / Fantasy / Science Fiction / Speculative / Time Slip)

- Romantic Suspense


Contemporary and Erotic Romances

Aja writes sensual, sexy and intense romances, full of passion and unique characters. There's something really soulful about her writing, which truly gets you in the feels.

Shout out to her female boxer heroine, Frankie, from the outstanding sports romance Love Taps. A redemptive love arc with a heroine who's inherited a gym from her father? Stunning.

Rochelle Alers

Contemporary Romances

I've been reading Rochelle Alers for yearsthere's something about the depth of her character development that really moves me.

I'm currently slightly obsessed with her Wickham Falls series, the latest of which is The Sheriff of Wickham Falls. A sexy ex-marine falling in love with his new doctor neighbour? Yes please! Look out for the next book later this month.

Kianna Alexander

Contemporary Historical and Paranormal Romances

Warmth is at the heart of Kianna Alexander's romances, and she has mastered the craft of no less than three subgenres.

Her current Southern Gentlemen series is full of the kind of romance heroes that one dreams about, and none more so than Bryan in her fake engagement romance, Couldn't Ask for More.

A.C. Arthur

Contemporary and Paranormal Romances

A.C. Arthur's taglinenot your ordinary romancedoesn't do justice the worlds that she creates! Her writing manages to capture whatever setting she's working in, and elevate it.

Her Shadow Shifters series is an epic world of sexy sexy shifters. The latest, A Lion's Heart is outstanding.

Nia Arthurs

Contemporary and Paranormal Romances

Nia Arthurs has been a fairly new discovery for me, but I've been working my way through her backlist of contemporary and paranormal romances, and she has a mermaid romance in Swept Away. (Mermaids are my kryptonite).

The Switch, a romance that follows two best friends and a fake relationship as they accidentally fall for each other, is a must read.

Xio Axelrod

Contemporary and Erotic Romances

I love Xio Axelrod's contemporaries; especially when they feature the messed up love lives of the rich and famous! She also writes steamy erotic romances as Xio Nin.

I particularly love Camden, which is focused on a redemptive arc for both our hero and heroine. There's nothing so satisfying as a redemption romance.

Empi Baryeh

Contemporary Romances

Empi Baryeh's writing has been a revelation this year - and I've been inhaling her backlist, as well as waiting with baited breath for the second in her From Ghana with Love series, out this May.

I also love her Forest Girl, which puts a modern twist on the arranged marriage, with a feisty heroine who I adore!

Therese Beharrie

Contemporary Romances

The queen of the emotional sucker punch, Therese Beharrie has been breaking my heart and then mending it again, over and over this year.

All her books are wonderful, but Surprise Baby, Second Chance is in my top ten category romances of all time. Her hero has a panic attachon pageand it doesn't make him any less of a hero. I love her for that.

Melissa Blue

Contemporary and Erotic Romances

Writing sexy contemporary romances as Melissa Blue, and the most insanely hot erotic romances as Dakota Gray, she's the best when it comes to heat.

I'm personally a huge fan of her #dirtysexygeeks series, because who hasn't fallen for a nerdilicious hero? Three Little Words deals with a surprise pregnancy with humour and heat. Love. It.

Phyllis Bourne

Contemporary Romances

Phyllis Bourne's books are full of joy and laughter. What more could you want from a romance?!

I am so head over heels with the covers of her reissued Temptation series. Plus, romance? Good. Chocolate? Very good. Taste for Temptation's romance hero being in an International Chocolate Pastry Competition? So freaking good.

Koko Brown

Contemporary, Historical and Time-Slip Romances

Sexual heat and emotional connections are at the heart of Koko Brown's romances.

I am in love with her time travelling comic book store manager heroine, and the hot viking that she falls for in The Viking Wants Forever. Plus there are interfering godswhich is always an auto-buy for me.

J.L. Campbell

Contemporary Romances

Emotional intensity is at the heart of J.L. Campbell's romances, in a way that really moves me as a romance reader.

My favourite is the first in her In Medias Res series, The Thick of Things. It's a wonderful novel about grief, and love, and the support that can come with a new relationship and romance. Utterly stunning.

Ann Christopher

Contemporary Romances and Romantic Suspense

Ann Christopher writes emotional contemporary romances, and some super intense romantic suspense novels, with sexy as hell heroes who give you all of the feels.

I'm a big fan of the Warner Family, and particularly Redemption's Touch, which follows Dawson, his search for justice and his passion for Arianna...

Alyssa Cole

Contemporary, Historical and Speculative Romances

Alyssa Cole's name has been on everybody's lips this year, with her Reluctant Royals and Loyal League series coming to a close this spring.

Once Ghosted, Twice Shy is one of my favourite books of the year so far. It's a second chance f/f romance set over the course of a day, with the occasional flashback to when they first met, and it is funny and heartwarming and hot. Put at the top of your TBR.

Sharon C Cooper

Contemporary Romances and Romantic Suspense

Need sexy suspense or a hero with a heart? Then Sharon C. Cooper's romances are most definitely for you.

Her Jenkins & Sons Construction series is a firm favourite of mine, and the latest book in the series, A Lesson in Love, stole my heart completely. Watching Jerry, a hero with no intention of settling down, fall for a single mother Rayne was perfection.

Zuri Day

Contemporary Romances

Time to turn up the heat with Zuri Day's sexy romances! I love her Blue-Collar Lover series, the long awaited third book releasing this summer.

But it's her new series with Desire that has me all hot under the collar at the moment. Sin City Vows follows Lauren as she pretends that she's married to Christian in order to escape her abusive ex. Emotional with the perfect HEA.

Sasha Devlin

Erotic and Paranormal Romances, and Romantic Suspense

You can't get much steamier than Sasha Devlin's novel, with heroes and heroines whose conflict usually results in them getting it on their counterpart.

I'm particularly fond of Heart Taker, which is a dark romantic suspense with paranormal elements. Take one detective hero and one heroine who's been having visions of murders, and mix vigorously for a satisfying Happy Ever After.

Delaney Diamond

Contemporary Romances

Delaney Diamond's sensual romances are full of characters who'll give you all of the feels.

The first in her Royal Brides series, Princess of Zamibia, centres a romance that's full of heartbreak, anguish and a couple trying to reconnect to build their family together.

Kathy Douglass

Contemporary Romances

Kathy Douglass writes the most delightful small town romance novels, with true emotional heart.

I've been in love with her Sweet Briar Sweetheart series since the first book, and have a huge soft spot for The Waitress's Secret, whit its hunky chef hero and heroine on the run.

Lucy Eden

Contemporary Romances

If you're looking for a cinnamon roll hero disguised as an alpha, then look no further than Lucy Eden.

My favourite is probably Adam from Everything's Better with Kimberley. He's funny, smart, hot as all hell, but also steps in to help when Kimberley has a panic attack on a plane.

Shelly Ellis

Contemporary Romances

Sexy contemporary romances with a twist are Shelly Ellis' speciality; from scandal to the music industry, each series has a unique selling point.

I'm particularly fond of her MacLaine Girls series, and On Pointe, which follows ballet teacher Bina as she falls in love with an old student, is a great start to the series!

Seressia Glass

Contemporary and Paranormal Romances and Urban Fantasy

Seressia Glass is a the queen of world building. Both her Shadowchasers and Sons of Anubis series are wonderful illustrations of how to develop a fully fledged magical system.

Shadow Blade is the first of her superb urban fantasy novels, and has an immortal Nubian warrior as her demon and shadow dispatching heroine's love interest.

Rina Gray

Contemporary Romances

If you're looking for a romantic comedy series for fall for, Rina Gray's Crush on You is outstanding.

My favourite is Crazy for You, which has a shy heroine and a bad boy baseball hero. Throw in a fake relationship (always good) and a hero looking to redeem himself, and you're in for a fantastic ride!

Sherelle Green

Contemporary Romances

Sherelle Green's contemporary romances are fun, flirty and give you the best Happy Ever Afters. She's also contributed to fantastic multi-author series High Class Society, and Once Upon a Bridesmaid.

Her newest release, Single AF, has a sassy heroine in Meeka, who's extroverted and full of life. But when she's paired with her arch nemesis Tone on an assignment, sparks fly!

Jasmine Guillory

Contemporary Romances

Jasmine Guillory and her wonderfully charming romantic comedies has been all over Romancelandia for the last year.

My favourite is The Proposal, which has a horrendous public proposal gone wrong as its meet cute for write Nikole and doctor Carlos. It's funny and sexy and has all of the feels.

Tasha L. Harrison

Contemporary and Erotic Romances

Tasha L. Harrison's romances are sexy as hell, and don't shy away from challenging story lines.

Her The Truth of Things is no different, with a photographer heroine who falls for a cop who makes her rethink everything she's ever thought about cops. It's sensitive and funny and Ava is the smart heroine that we all need in our romances.

Carolyn Hector

Contemporary Romances

"Finding the romance in every situation" is Carolyn Hector's tagline, and boy do her romance novels live up to it!

I'm a big fan of Her Mistletoe Bachelor, which has a science teacher for a heroine, who bursts in and disrupts our bachelor hero's lonely Christmas plans. It's sexy, charming and utterly delightful.

Adriana Herrera

Contemporary Romances

Adriana Herrera has burst onto the contemporary romance scene in the last month, with her sexy Afro-Carribean heroes.

The first book in her Dreamers series, American Dreamer, has a librarian hero falling for a hero with a food truck. It's fun and sexy, and has references to the most delicious-sounding food. A complete win for a debut author!

Talia Hibbert

Contemporary and Paranormal Romances

Having published eleven novels since November 2017, with at least two more scheduled for release this year, Black British author Talia Hibbert has burst onto the romance scene with gusto.

I'd recommend starting with her outstanding Ravenswood series; the first book, A Girl Like Her, features an ownvoices autistic heroine who I love.

Piper Huguley

Historical Romances

Looking for closed door historical romances with heart, set in the States? Look no further than Piper Huguley.

I'm particularly fond of her mail order bride romance, The Swan. When Noelle's abandoned at the altar, abolitionist and storekeeper Liam steps in to try and help her. It's very sweet and quite charming.

Brenda Jackson

Contemporary Romances

Brenda Jackson is a legend amongst romance authors, with over one hundred contemporary romances to her name.

I've recently been reading her newest small town series, Catalina Cove. The first book, Love in Catalina Cove, sees Vashti return home after a decade as she inherits a B&B. Watching her fall in love and recover from the hurt of her past, was extremely moving. Beautifully written.

K.M. Jackson

Contemporary Romances

I love K.M. Jackson's books. They have smart and sexy heroines who are ready to take on the world as well as their heroes.

As Good as the First Time, the first in her new Sugar Lake series, follows Olivia as she returns to Sugar Lake to help out at her family bakery. Her first love, Clayton, is one of the town's firefighters and a single dad, and watching their second chance romance blossom is delightful.

Katrina Jackson

Contemporary Romances and Romantic Suspense

Katrina Jackson's contemporary and romantic suspense romances are full of heart and heat.

Her Sea Port series centres a town on the edge of collapse, that is looking for new residents to help boost its economy. In the first book, From Scratch, our heroine Mary is an academic turned baker (talk about the dream), who ends up falling for a cop and a fire chief. Lovely poly romance.

Meka James

Contemporary and Erotic Romances

Looking for something super sexy? Then Meka James will definitely fit the bill.

I love her Carina Press novella, Being Neighborly, which follows two neighbours as they get to know each otherin every way possible... Incredibly hot and with an emotionally satisfying HEA.

Beverly Jenkins

Contemporary and Historical Romances

Ms Bev, Slayer of Words, is best known for her incomparable historical romances, including the classic Indigo.

I've been lucky enough to get an advance copy of her May release, Rebel, which I'll be reviewing for the PHS in due course, but suffice to say that the New Orleans setting, coupled with a determined, rebellious heroine in Valinda and an architect hero in Captain Drake LeVeq, makes for unforgettable reading.

Christina C. Jones

Contemporary and Erotic Romances

Christina C Jones' writing manages to capture the flare and individuality of her characters in a way that makes them come alive on the page!

Love Notes is no different, and watching Jules and Troy fall for each other was a delight. I loved how both characters' understanding of love and the depth of feeling that comes with the emotion, developed. One for the keeper shelf.

Jacki Kelly

Contemporary Romance and Romantic Suspense

Heart-pounding suspense and emotionally driven Happy Ever Afters characterise Jacki Kelly's romances best.

I've recently read Pictures from Paradise and was swept up in its narrative of a woman determined to escape a stalker, the man assigned to protect her, and how the two of them fall in love. Absolutely gripping.

Kharma Kelley

Erotic and Paranormal Romances and Urban Fantasy

I'm in love with Kharma Kelley's sexy paranormal romances and romantic urban fantasy novels that centre on passion and conspiracies.

Kiss of the Fallen takes a vampire and demon vampire-killer, sends them off on the run together, and struggling to control their attraction to the other. Super hot, gripping and so damn bad ass.

Sandra Kitt

Contemporary Romances

Sandra Kitt's classic romances centre friendship, family and community at their heart, with characters whose emotional journeys resonate with the reader.

The Color of Love is a classic romance about an artist and a cop. The two characters couldn't be more different, and the obstacles that they face together make their HEA that much more satisfying.


Contemporary and Historical Romances, and Romantic Suspense

LaQuette's romances are sexy as hell, and provocative in the best way. She's also just announced a new 1920's Harlem Renaissance trilogy, which I am obsessing over.

There's nothing quite like her romantic suspense novels, and I love how the hero and heroine in Bedding the Enemy are battling for the soul of their community.

Sheryl Lister

Contemporary Romances

Sensual and emotional is probably the best way to describe Sheryl Lister's romances.

His Los Angeles Surprise is no different. When Alexis is determined to show Derek what he's missed at a fundraiser, their reignited chemistry results in a surprise pregnancy which turns both of their lives upside down. One of the most emotionally satisfying HEAs that I've read in a long while.

Tracey Livesay

Contemporary Romances

Tracey Livesay's contemporary romances are full of emotional depth and characters that you can't help but fall in love with.

I absolutely fell head over heels for her take on the amnesia trope, Love Will Always Remember. When Leighton wakes from a coma, her fiancé's brother steps in to his brother's shoes as a favour. But when Leighton discovers the truth, will she be able to trust him again?

Siera London

Contemporary, Erotic and Paranormal Romances

Flawed, sassy heroines are the hallmark of Siera London's writing, and they're empowered women that I can't help but fall in love with.

Her new paranormal romance, Cindra, takes a Nepherian heroine, who's hot to the touch, and pairs her with an ice warrior. Can they fall in love without putting their respective people at war?

M. Malone

Contemporary and Paranormal Romances

One of the three authors of colour shortlisted for the 2019 RITAs, M. Malone is known for her fun and sexy romances with alpha heroes.

Bad Blood, her nominated novel, is a take on the brother's best friend trope. When Georgie is abandoned at the altar and runs off, Jamie finds her hiding and decides to help her get away from prying eyes for a timebut he doesn't count on his attraction to her getting in the way!

Nana Malone

Contemporary Romances

Nana Malone was one of the first authors that I ever bought on kindle. Her wit and heart had me hooked from the start.

In Game, Set, Match, we have two great characters in Izzy and Jason, whose lives have crossed for the first time in fifteen years. What I really love about this book, is how real their lives seemJason's knee injury is damaging his tennis career, and Izzy is fighting to adopt the son she brought up.

Alexa Martin

Contemporary Romances

Alexa Martin's delicious sporty romances are inspired by her own life as the wife of a former NFL player, and her debut was one of my favourite books of last year.

In Intercepted we have a fantastic heroine in Marlee, who doesn't want anything to do with NFL players after a very bad breakup...but will new quarterback Gavin change her mind?

Deborah Fletcher Mello

Contemporary Romances and Romantic Suspense

Deborah Fletcher Mello's romances provide heart-pounding action and gloriously satisfying romantic endings.

The second book in her To Serve and Seduce series, Tempted by the Badge, features a private investigator, a school teacher who's been framed for a crime that she didn't commit, and some sizzling chemistry...

T.J. Michaels

Erotic, Fantasy, Paranormal and Science Fiction Romances

World building is at the centre of T.J. Michaels' writing, especially in her speculative romances.

I particularly love her take on the paranormal "mate" trope in Carinian's Seeker with an assassin vampire and his beautiful genius mate. Set against a background of vampire politics, will their love survive?

Harper Miller

Erotic Romances

Harper Miller's romances are all about the intricacies of romantic and sexual entanglements, with a deep focus on character development.

Her BDSM romance, The Sweetest Taboo, follows Micah as she finds a Dom whose style suites her, and her and Rick's journey and blossoming relationship is beautifully captured.

Kayla Perrin

Contemporary Romances and Romantic Suspense

For contemporary romances with real heart and soul, look no further than Kayla Perrin.

When a night of passion reunites Melissa with the soccer player who broke her heart years earlier in Undeniable Attraction, will Aaron be able to persuade her that he's serious about wanting her back? A must read for that gorgeous ending!

Zaida Polanco

Contemporary Romances

For gorgeously sexy romances, with Latinx and Afro-Latinx heroines, check out Zaida Polanco.

Swing Batter Swing deftly negotiates the power imbalance between Jay and his new assistant Marty, without ever placing the heroine in an uncomfortable position. Utterly charming.

Jamie Pope

Contemporary Romances

Jamie Pope writes deliciously warming romances, as well as writing romantic comedy as Sugar Jamison.

Her latest book, One Warm Winter, follows adopted Wynter as she searches to find out more about her origins, even if she has been put under the watchful care of bodyguard Cullen whilst her father's scandal dies down...

Nana Prah

Contemporary Romances

Love always conquers all in Nana Prah's heartwarming contemporary romances.

I'm currently obsessed with the Royal House of Saene series, which Prah's His Defiant Princess kicks off. When Princess Amira's online relationship with Jake Pettersen threatens the stability of her country, will their love prevail?

Chanta Rand

Contemporary, Erotic and Historical Romances

Chanta Rand is one of those who masters every genre and subgenre that she sits down to write, as illustrated by her impressive backlist.

I have a real soft spot for her historicals, including the wonderful Rise of a Queen, which is set in 1061 AD in Ghana. When Nabeela's husband dies on their wedding night, she must find a man to replace him immediately, for the good of the kingdom...

B.B. Reid

Contemporary and Erotic Romances

B.B. Reid writes intense, deliciously angsty, dark romances, with characters who just can't help themselves.

The Peer and the Puppet is one such romance, with an enemies to lovers romances that's full of intense emotions and a heroine whose attitude and sass makes me so damn happy!

Suzette Riddick

Contemporary Romances

Looking for passionate contemporary romances, with relatable characters? Then Suzette Riddick's writing is for you!

Caliente Nights, from her The Night series, follows nursery school teacher Jeannette as she crashes into Alonzo's expensive car, and into his heart. Hot and heartwarming, you can't help but root for this couple's HEA.

Vanessa Riley

Historical Romances

Vanessa Riley's historical and regency romances feature multi-cultural communities and people of colour in books of warmth and depth.

The first in her Advertisements for Love series, The Bittersweet Bride, is a charming story of a widow who needs a husband to protect her and her son—although the last person she trusts is returning ex-soldier Ewan...

Farrah Rochon

Contemporary Romances

Farrah Rochon's romances are known for their wit, warmth and perfect Happy Ever Afters. She's one of my auto-buy authors.

Cherish Me, the seventh book in her ever-popular The Holmes Brothers series, is the ultimate second chance romance. Willow and Harrison's marriage is in danger, so how will a belated honeymoon to Rome help them reconnect?

Kennedy Ryan

Contemporary Romances

One of the three authors of colour shortlisted for the 2019 RITAs, Kennedy Ryan is known for her emotionally intense romances with strong heroines.

Long Shot, her nominated novel, is a sports romance set in the NBA with a heroine in Iris who fights to survive. It made me cry. Multiple times. And I cannot give a book a higher compliment than that. CW for domestic and sexual abuse.

Reese Ryan

Contemporary Romances

The rise of Reese Ryan amongst the ranks of the Desire authors has been fast and more than deserved.

Her latest romance, Engaging the Enemy, follows a fake engagement as Parker becomes reacquainted with his childhood nemesis in an attempt to become the next CEO of King's Distillery. Full of passion and romance to sweep you off your feet!

Patricia Sargeant

Contemporary Romances

One of the loveliest people in Romancelandia, Patricia Sargeant's romances are full of heart. She also writes as Regina Hart and Olivia Matthews.

Her latest novella, A Groom to the Altar, follows a workaholic film producer and a free-spirited marketing consultant in a charming opposites attract romance. Utterly enchanting.

Candace Shaw

Contemporary Romances

Candace Shaw's fun and flirty romances are sexy stories wrapped up in a perfectly tied HEA bow.

Take a wedding planner with no intention of ever settling down herself, and throw her in the path of a sexy doctor and everything can change! When I Fell for You is the latest in her Precious Moments series.

Jasmine Silvera

Romantic Urban Fantasy

Jasmine Silvera has my favourite ever tagline: "stories about things that go bump in the night...including headboards".

It's just as well that her writing more than stands up to such a tagline! Dancer's Flame, the second in her Grace Bloods series, follows Azrael and Isela as they navigate their relationship amidst the new world order and the arrival of an impossible creature in Prague.

Naima Simone

Contemporary Romances

Naima Simone's tagline, "where heart, humour and heat collide" perfectly sums up her fun and flirty contemporary romances.

Scoring with the Wrong Twin has a shy romance heroine (which automatically makes it a winner in my book!) who falls for Zephirin, although he thinks that she's her sister... Sexy hijinks ensue, and a gorgeous HEA.

Kiru Taye

Contemporary Romances

Kiru Taye writes sexy romances about Africans falling in love, which need to be added to your TBR shelf ASAP!

Riding Rebel is the third book in the Essien series, and follows the rebel brother Tony, as he determines to prove himself to his family. But when he meets undercover reporter Rita, will his trust in her be for nothing?

Holley Trent

Contemporary, Paranormal and Science Fiction Romances

Looking for a romance that's breathtakingly sexy? Look no further than Holley Trent, or H.E. Trent when she's writing her science fiction romances.

I was absolutely blown away by Writing Her In earlier this year. The poly romance follows husband and wife Adrien and Dara Valliere who fall head over heels for writer Stacia Leonard. One of the most emotionally connected romances I've ever read. One for the keeper shelf.

Eve Vaughn

Contemporary and Paranormal Romances

Realistic heroines, alpha heroes, wild settings and fantasies come true make up Eve Vaughn's delightful romances.

I'm particularly fond of Candy Girl, which focuses on Julie Bennett when she decides to take action in her life and stop letting people walk all over her. Julie's character development is charming, as is the romance between her and her boss Gabriel.

JN Welsh

Contemporary Romances

JN Welsh's romances are big breath of fresh air with their sexy contemporary settings.

Her In Tune, a romance about a DJ and his manager, is a delightful romance that centres the tension between Luke and Leona as they struggle with their attraction with each other. Great fun and super sexy.

AlTonya Washington

Contemporary and Erotic Romances

AlTonya Washington writes intensely passionate contemporary romances, as well as writing erotic romance as T. Onyx.

In the Midst of Passion has an unlikely hero in ex-contract killer turned publisher Alex, but when garage owner Topaz becomes entangled in a dispute of land, he finds that he has to step up to protect the woman he loves.

Rebekah Weatherspoon

Contemporary, Erotic and Paranormal Romances

Sexy happy endings characterise Rebekah Weatherspoon's romances, with an emotionally satisfying HEA guaranteed in each book.

I have a real soft spot for her Vampire Sorority Sisters series, and particularly Blacker Than Blue. The two heroines have struggled to cope with Cleo's new life as a vampire, and that heartbreak and resentment has kept them apart until Cleo realises that she may lose Benny to a demon...

Jamie Wesley

Contemporary Romances

Jamie Wesley's romances are all imbued with that signature humour and heart, as well as sexy heroes!

Real estate agent Gabby has no interest in playboys in Make the Play, but when she meets Carter will she end up finding more than a house for him? I loved how the dynamics between the two of them as they worked out what they want from life and from each other.

Stella Williams

Paranormal Romances

Shifters, vampires and aurasoh my! Exciting paranormal romances from Stella Williams.

Her latest release, Ferocious, pairs our tenacious PI heroine with a straight-laced police office hero, as they search for a missing teen, try to save the world, and invariably end up in bed together.

Synithia Williams

Contemporary Romances

Hot contemporary romances set in the southern US states are the socialism of Synithia Williams.

My favourite is Guarding His Heart, where a naked photoshoot results in the basketball star Kevin falling head over heels for photographer Jasmin. Plus, look at that cover! It's absolutely stunning!

Elle Wright

Contemporary Romances

Elle Wright's novels are full of drama and romance, with sexy scenes that will have you blushing!

The third book in the Edge of Scandal series, Her Kind of Man, focuses on Allina as the runaway bride leaves her threatening fiance behind her and runs to her friend Kent in Michigan. Kent will do anything to protect Allina, but will they finally cross the line of friendship?

Kenya Wright

Contemporary and Paranormal Romances

Kenya Wright's romances are all about passion and drama and the power of emotions.

Her Santeria Habitat paranormal romance series is a masterclass in fantastical world building. Fire Baptized, the first book, focuses on Lanore, MeShack and Zulu as they navigate an increasingly dangerous society from its fringes.

Fiona Zedde

Contemporary, Erotic and Speculative Romances

Queer romance author Fiona Zedde writes erotic and speculative romances about passionate women falling in love, as well as writing contemporary romances as Lindsay Evans.

Her lyrical writing style is complimented by the magical world in Rise of the Rain Queen, as Nyandoro discovers everything that she could ever have wanted.

This is just a start - we want to hear about all of your favourite black romance authors! Share your recs with us in the comments and on social media.

PHS Managing Editor Ali Williams is a romance academic, editor and writer, and the co-host of Into the Stacks: The Bookcast, a podcast about speculative fiction. For more information about Ali and her projects, check out her website and follow her on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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