Romance Books featuring Black Protagonists

Black & Romantic - Romance Books featuring Black Protagonists

We never get tired of reading romance books here at Team Frenzy! Rich with emotion and passion, these swoony romance books featuring Black protagonists will sweep you off your feet not just during Black History Month, but all year round. From sweet contemporary romances, to faeries and spicy romances, scroll through and find your next romance book featuring Black protagonists!

 

Honey & Spice by Bolu Babalola

Honey & Spice by Bolu Babalola

One of Reese’s Book Club picks, Bolu Babalola’s debut novel, Honey & Spice, is incredibly funny and full of heart! Following a Black British woman, Kiki has made it her mission to ensure that the women of the Afro-Caribbean society at her university don’t fall for players and situationships. So, when she finds herself entangled in a fake relationship with “The Wasteman of Whitewell”, Malakai, Kiki finds both her reputation and her heart at stake.

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Honey Girl by Morgan Rogers

Honey Girl by Morgan Rogers

Have you ever woken up in Vegas and to find you’ve married someone you barely know? With an astronomy PhD under her belt, Grace isn’t the type to get married on a girls’ trip to a woman whose name she doesn’t know. But, that’s exactly what happened. Unable to bear the weight of her parents’ expectations and subsequent burn out, Grace flees Portland. In New York, she finds herself falling for her beautiful and creative wife Yuki. But when reality comes crashing in, Grace must face all that she’s been running from.

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The Brown Sisters series by Talia Hibbert

The Brown Sisters series by Talia Hibbert

📚: Get a Life, Chloe Brown | Take a Hint, Dani Brown | Act Your Age, Eve Brown

We can’t have a list of romance books featuring Black protagonists without the Brown sisters series from Talia Hibbert! Chloe‘s tired of being boring, so she enlists her mysterious and sexy neighbour to help her check items off her “Get a Life” list. When a video of Dani and her grumpy coworker Zafir goes viral, they agree to fake date. But Zafir’s a hopeless romantic and he’s determined to show relationship-averse Dani everything she’s missing. In order to prove she’s not just the hot mess of her family, Eve takes a job as a chef at Jacob Wayne’s quaint B&B. But her sunny, chaotic energy turns his carefully controlled life upside down and has him falling hard—literally. 

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Lore of the Wilds by Analeigh Sbrana

Lore of the Wilds by Analeigh Sbrana

If you’re looking for more romances with faeries, read Analeigh Sbrana’s debut novel, Lore of the Wilds! In a land ruled by ruthless Fae, Lore is willing to risk it all for a taste of power. This includes making a desperate deal with a Fae lord to catalogue an enchanted library that hasn’t been touched in a thousand years. But the outside world is hostile so Lore must rely on two very different, very dangerous, and very hot Fae males to survive.

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Zora Books Her Happily Ever After by Taj McCoy

Zora Books Her Happily Ever After by Taj McCoy

As bookish people, we love romance books that feature book lovers! Zora is an independent bookstore owner determined to turn her store into a pillar of the community with no time for romance. But, when the mystery author she’s crushed on for years asks her out after his event at her store, she’s elated. It’s almost enough to forget about Lawrence’s grumpy best friend, Reid. As Zora spends more time with both Lawrence and Reid, she’s struggling to choose between them. And she can’t shake the feeling they’re hiding something. It’s a mystery she’s determined to solve before she finds her Happily Ever After.

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American Royalty by Tracey Livesay

American Royalty by Tracey Livesay

If you’re a fan of The Royal We, you have to add Tracey Livesay’s American Royalty to your TBR! It’s giving Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan Markle in the best way!

Danielle “Duchess” Nelson was about to be the richest woman in hip hop before her image was tarnished by a viral video. So of course she jumps at the opportunity to perform at the tribute concert for the Queen’s late husband. A professor and reclusive royal, Prince Jameson thought a performer named “Duchess” would be perfect for a royal tribute concert. Only, he didn’t expect a sexy rapper who is most definitely not what the Queen wanted. Despite their explosive attraction, will the Prince and the Duchess’ romance be a fairy tale for the ages, or a disaster of palatial proportions?

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Reggie and Delilah's Year of Falling by Elise Bryant

Reggie and Delilah’s Year of Falling by Elise Bryant

This YA rom-com from Elise Bryant is perfect for fans of slowburn romance and nerds! In this dual POV story spanning the course of a year, Delilah is the shy lead singer of a punk band and Reggie is a Dungeons and Dragons dungeon master and self professed Blerd (Black nerd). They have nothing in common. Except the universe seems to think they belong together as they keep meeting on different holidays. As they start to fall for each other, what happens once they realize they’ve fallen for a version of each other that doesn’t exist?

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One True Loves by Elise Bryant

One True Loves by Elise Bryant

For those looking for a summery romance or an avid followers of the nine month cruise on TikTok, this irresistible YA rom-com is full of self discovery and Black love set on a dreamy European cruise. Lenore doesn’t know what she wants to study at NYU in the fall. Her parents always remind her that Black kids don’t have the luxury of figuring it out as they go. But, that’s a lot of pressure for a girl who isn’t sure what her dreams are. On a post-grad Mediterranean cruise, she meets Alex Lee, a boy with a 10 year plan. But as the two get to know each other as they travel across Europe, he may be able to help her find something else she’s been looking for, even if she doesn’t want to admit it to herself: love.

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Blackout and Whiteout by Dhonielle Clayton, Tiffany D. Jackson, Nic Stone, Angie Thomas, Ashley Woodfolk, and Nicola Yoon

Blackout and Whiteout

by Dhonielle Clayton, Tiffany D. Jackson, Nic Stone, Angie Thomas, Ashley Woodfolk, and Nicola Yoon

These two books are perfect for readers looking for romance books featuring Black protagonists! Six powerhouse Black YA authors teamed up to write these two books full of intersecting stories. In Blackout, the stories take place over the course of an evening when a summer heatwave blankets New York City and plunges the city into darkness. But as the city is thrown into confusion, there’s romance flickering in the dark. Meanwhile in Whiteout, a heavy snowstorm hits Atlanta, blanketing the city in snow before Christmas. As the city grinds to a halt, twelve teens band together to help a friend pull off the most epic apology of her life. But will they be able to make it happen, in spite of the storm? 

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Charming as a Verb by Ben Philippe

Charming as a Verb by Ben Philippe

Henri “Halti” Haltiwanger can charm just about anybody. He’s popular, a star debater, and a trusted dog walker for his wealthy NYC neighbours. But behind his easy smile is a burning ambition to attend his dream college, Columbia. There’s only one person who can withstand his charms: his “intense” classmate and neighbour Corinne. When she blackmails him into helping her change her image at school, Henri agrees, seeing an opportunity for himself. But soon, what started as a mutual hustle, turns into something more.

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A Lowcountry Bride and A Sweet Lowcountry Proposal by Preslaysa Wiliams

A Lowcountry Bride and A Sweet Lowcountry Proposal

by Preslaysa Williams

These two books from Preslaysa Williams‘ Lowcountry Bride series are perfect for readers looking for single parent romance books. In A Lowcountry Bride, single father Derek is trying to save his mother’s bridal shop from the brink of bankruptcy. He’s also trying to reconnect with his estranged 12-year-old daughter who’s recently lost her mother. The last thing he needs is to start a romantic relationship with the beautiful Maya, a bridal designer from New York looking for an opportunity to show off her unique style. In A Sweet Lowcountry Proposal,  Jaslene’s sister dying has changed her entire life forever. She’s poured all her energy into taking care of her orphaned niece and said goodbye to her rosy future with Marcus. But when the two are brought together to save a museum, their buried feelings slowly reignite.

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