Spotlight on Black Romances

13 Feb

I haven’t read a black romance novel in years. Why? Cause when I read my first one in the 90s I became so hung up on the way dialect was used that I couldn’t finish the book. I remember thinking “black people don’t sound like that.” At least the black people in my family didn’t. The one exception to my self imposed ban on black romance novels has always been L.A. Banks (okay, she wrote urban fantasy).

Today, I’m ignoring my earlier thoughts and spotlighting several black romances in honor of black history month. I haven’t read the books, but they are all available for purchase. Click on the image of the book and you’ll be taken to the product at B&N.

Sealed with a Kiss by Gwynne Forster

For artist and free spirit Naomi Logan, sexy radio call-in host Rufus Meade is the wrong man at the wrong time. His conservative views drive her crazy—especially his theories about working women. But after telling him what she thinks—on the air—the last thing she expects is to see him standing on her doorstep…handsome, outspoken and sexier than any man has a right to be.

It seems that opposites not only attract, they ignite! His kisses leave her breathless. And she’s awakened feelings in him that he’s never felt before. But a failed marriage and the responsibility of raising two young sons alone make Rufus wary of getting too close. Then Naomi uncovers a shocking secret from her own past…a secret that could drive Rufus even further away.

Will their romance lead to heartbreak or happiness for two very different people who are exactly the same…in their desire for love?

If I Could by Donna Hill

For someone who’s always played by the rules, Regina Everette has broken some doozies lately. First, she divorces a perfectly good provider—and the father of her two children—simply because their marriage wasn’t working. Now she’s quit her job simply because she wasn’t fulfilled. Her kids are shell-shocked. Her girlfriends are scandalized. Her mother is appalled. Nobody knows what on earth she’s doing. . .including Regina herself.

Unemployed and unattached, exhilarated and scared to death, Regina fumbles her way into an existence that has no boundaries. As her choices create a ripple effect through the lives of her family and friends, she falls headlong into a new career and a new relationship, certain of just one thing: from here on in, she’ll live—and love—on her terms.

Nighthawk by Beverly Jenkins

Outlaw.Preacher. Night Hawk. He’s had many names, but he can’t escape the past.

Since Ian Vance’s beloved wife was murdered years ago, the hardened bounty hunter knows he’ll never feel love or tenderness again, so he’s made it his mission to ensure others get their justice. But when he’s charged with delivering a sharp-eyed beauty to the law, Ian can’t help but feel he may still have something left to lose.

Orphaned at twelve, Maggie Freeman has always found her way out of trouble. But now there’s a vigilante mob at her back who would like nothing more than to see her hang for a crime she didn’t commit. Maggie may have to accept help for the first time in her life . . . even if it’s from the one man standing between her and freedom.

As the past closes in, the sassy prisoner and toughened lawman may just find a passion between them that could bring blinding happiness . . . if they’ll let it.

With Just One Kiss by Francis Ray

Cicely St. John is not impressed by her friend C.J. Callahan’s so-called passion in life: running a New York City bar that he inherited from his uncle. So why can’t Cicely stop thinking about the dance they shared at their mutual friends’ wedding—or the mutual attraction she felt in C.J.’s arms?

As far as C.J. is concerned, Cicely is a snob whose “passion” in life—writing for fashion magazines—is as pretentious as she is. So why can’t he keep his eyes off her? C.J. has a business to run. And Cicely has a job opportunity in Paris. Neither of them even has time to think about romance right now. But maybe, just once, the two could test their friendship…with just one kiss.

Need You Now by Yahrah St. John

When Kayla Adams wants something, she goes after it. But the take-no-prisoners mogul may have met her match in gorgeous alpha male Ethan Graham. The ruthless billionaire takeover king—and Kayla’s secret girlhood crush—is hotter than an Atlanta August night. He’s also made it clear he’s going to acquire Kayla’s beleaguered family enterprise…and will do whatever it takes to get it!

Ethan plans to own a lot more than Kayla’s high-profile company. The glamorous president of Adams Cosmetics drives him wild with desire, but acts indifferent to the playboy’s sensual charms. Until they share their first kiss. Then Ethan comes up with an offer the alluring Southern beauty can’t refuse. Marry him and they’ll merge their divided interests in a passionate takeover that will make them partners in everything…maybe even love.

5 Responses to “Spotlight on Black Romances”

  1. Chinyere February 13, 2012 at 3:17 pm #

    I have tried to like Gwynne Forster, but her writing was too choppy!

  2. scooper February 13, 2012 at 5:39 pm #

    I’ve never read her. Her name popped up a lot while I was searching for romance stories with black characters.

  3. Cara Lee February 13, 2012 at 8:58 pm #

    I’ve read everything by Beverly Jenkins and she’s great. I agree that alot of Black Romances are less than inspiring, but i’ve never been disappointed by Ms. Jenkins’ historical romances.

  4. scooper February 13, 2012 at 9:03 pm #

    Awesome. Thanks for the recommendation Cara Lee!

  5. Maria February 13, 2012 at 11:25 pm #

    I agree with Cara Lee, a “Jenkins” is well worth your time. I do not usually read black historicals set in the US or westerns because they tend to get lost in slavery themes, racism, the Civil War… However Ms. Jenkins does not let the setting overpower her charaters and their storyline. For example, I was rooting for Maggie Freeman before I finished reading chapter 1 of “Nighthawk”. Give it a try.

    I have not read “With Just One Kiss” by Francis Ray but I will. You know how you have something good to eat on your plate one minute and the next minute the plate is empty. Your tummy tells you that you enjoyed it but how in the world did the experience go by so fast! That is how Ms. Ray writes. ‘Nuff said.

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