Black Love Matters
Black Love is Beautiful: Audiobooks for Valentine’s Day

It’s that time of the year when love and romance are being sung from the hilltops–or through your dusty apartment window that you swore you’d clean when the new year started. Wherever you are, Valentine’s bliss is coming your way. As a Black woman, I want to see representation of people like me falling in love in audiobooks that I listen to, Love and Basketball style. Sure, I like to pretend that this time of year means nothing to me, but in reality, I gush over hallmark movies, heart-shaped chocolates, and the sweet smell of flowers wafting through the air.

Below is a collection of audiobooks that celebrate Black love during this very romantic time of the year:

Black Love Matters is an incisive, intersectional essay anthology that celebrates and examines romance and romantic media through the lens of Black readers, writers, and cultural commentators, edited by Book Riot columnist and librarian Jessica Pryde and narrated by a full cast.

Yinka is a thirty-something, Oxford-educated, British Nigerian woman with a well-paid job and a mother whose constant refrain is “Yinka, where is your huzband?” Yinka has always believed that true love will find her when the time is right. But when her cousin gets engaged, Yinka commences Operation Find-A-Date for Rachel’s Wedding. Aided by a spreadsheet and her best friend, Yinka is determined to succeed.

Author: Nicola Yoon
Read By: Bahni Turpin

Evie Thomas doesn’t believe in love anymore. Especially after the strangest thing occurs one otherwise ordinary afternoon: She witnesses a couple kiss and is overcome with a vision of how their romance began…and how it will end. Evie has the power to see other people’s romantic fates. But as she and X, a talented boy at the Le Brea Dance Studio, foxtrot toward each other, Evie is forced to question all she thought she knew about life and love. In Instructions for Dancing, Evie will learn if love is worth the risk.

“Evie learns truths about dancing, friendship, family, and love in this lovely and bittersweet coming-of-age novel.” –AudioFile

Told in two distinct and irresistible voices, The Stars and the Blackness Between Them is the story of two Black girls from very different backgrounds finding love and happiness in a world that seems determined to deny them both.

“In a lilting Trinidadian accent full of spirit and warmth, Turpin voices Audre, who is sent from her native country to live with her dad in the U.S. after her mother finds her with another girl. Petrus is equally good as Mabel…Petrus’s lyrical, quiet voice embodies Mabel’s thoughtfulness, spirituality, and love of music “ –AudioFile

When Hannah Bailey travels to Nigeria to attend the funeral of the father she never knew, she meets her over-the-top family, a new love interest, and discovers parts of herself she didn’t know were missing in The Sweetest Remedy, an engrossing audiobook from the acclaimed author of Ties That Tether.

Getting His Game Back is a charming debut romance about Khalil, a man struggling to be himself under the weight of his past and Vanessa, a woman who is freshly burned from a recent relationship is ready to reconsider everything to be with him, even if he’s not Black.

Find more audiobooks to love on our Amplify Black Voices page.