Dreamy & Steamy Romances Featuring Black Leading Characters

It’s officially February, the biggest month for loooove. If you need us, we’ll be prepping for Cupid’s visit on the 14th by listening to these swoony stories starring Black protagonists, and taste-testing any heart-shaped candy samplers that come our way.

Dating is the last thing on Olivia Monroe’s mind when she moves to LA to start her own law firm. But when she meets a gorgeous man at a hotel bar and they spend the entire night flirting, she discovers too late that he is none other than hotshot junior senator Max Powell. Soon this chance meeting with a handsome stranger turns into a whirlwind affair that gets everyone talking. Find Party of Two and all of romcom extraordinaire Jasmine Guillory’s audiobooks, read by Janina Edwards here.

When she was 12, Azere promised her dying father she would marry a Nigerian man. But when another Nigerian match-made-by-mom goes wrong, Azere ends up at a bar, enjoying the company of Rafael Castellano, a man who is tall, handsome, and…white. In Ties That Tether, a one-night stand unexpectedly evolves, and Azere is caught between her feelings for Rafael and the compulsive need to keep her promise.

“Warmth, anger, laughter, joy, and, without question, love lift Igharo’s words right off the page and into listeners’ hearts.”–AudioFile Magazine

Read by the iconic author, Terry McMillan. Loretha Curry’s life is full. On the eve of her sixty-eighth birthday, she remains determined to prove the outdated view of aging wrong: It’s Not All Downhill From Here. But when an unexpected loss turns her world upside down, Loretha will have to summon all her strength to keep on thriving.

When her department lands on the university’s chopping block, Professor Naya Turner’s friends convince her to shed her cardigan for an evening on the town, complete with a daring to-do list. She meets a charming stranger who presents the perfect opportunity to check off items: Let a guy buy her a drink. Check. Try something new. Check. A no-strings-attached hookup. Check…almost.

Elliot Reed is living her best life as Strategic Communications Manager for the Denver Mustangs…until star quarterback Quinton Howard Jr. takes a knee during the national anthem. In Snapped, a rocky initial meeting leads to more tension between Quinton and Elliot. But as her new job forces them to spend time together, Elliot realizes they may have more in common than she could’ve imagined.

“Narrator Soneela Nankani runs the field in this timely sports romance.”–AudioFile Magazine

Jack Nolan is an unlucky in love journalist who strikes a deal with his boss to write a huge piece: How to Lose a Girl. Easier said than done when the girl he meets is Hannah Mayfield, a carrier focused event planner. As for Hannah, Jack is the perfect man to date for a couple weeks to prove that she’s not scared of feelings. Before Jack and Hannah know it, their fake relationship starts to feel all too real.

“Narrator January LaVoy has listeners feeling all the humor and angst in this steamy rom-com.”–AudioFile Magazine

Author: Kwana Jackson
Read By: Keylor Leigh

When his Mama Joy passes away, notorious heartbreaker Jesse Strong is tasked with figuring out what to do with her knitting store…with the help of cute shop employee Kerry. Kerry doesn’t believe their relationship can last longer than she can knit one, purl two. But Jesse is determined to prove to her that he can be the real man for her. And Real Men Knit.

“Jackson crafts a cute friends-to-lovers romance with a diverse cast of characters that emphasizes the importance of community and found family.”—Booklist

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