Modern Romance Recommendation

Wanting to dive into some female led romance???

Find some modern romance recommendations mostly by authors of color below!

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Jasmin Guillory – (Black American) The Wedding Date is her series and it is great, but my favorite book of her’s is Royal Holiday about an older couple finding love.

Talia Hibbert – (Black English) The Brown Sisters is her latest series, mainstream and popular. She has been writing for a while and you can find some of her older stuff, though it is a bit more graphic, which I don’t mind, but not everyone loves, so fair warning. (queer representation)

Helen Hoang – (Asian American) The Kiss Quotient series has main characters who are Asian American as well as neuro-diverse, as is the author. The first in this series is my favorite, but the others are fun reads as well.

Morgan Rogers – (Black Queer American) Honey Girl – stand alone as far as I know, but came out in 2021 and hit the top of a lots of romance charts for her inclusion of LGBTQ+ and commitment structures that are not heteronormative or strict dualities.

Alexa Martin – (Black American) Playbook Series – about football wives in Denver. I hate sports but these were fun and the womens’ dialogue is like sitting across the table from your best girl friends.

Ayisha Malik – (Muslim English) Sofia Kohn duology – Sofia Kohn is Not Obliged is the first. Malik describes it as the Muslim Bridget Jones and it worked for me.

Tahereh Mafi – (Muslim American) I ONLY recommend her two stand alone books, NOT her Shatter Me series. So, A Very Large Expanse of Sea and An Emotion of Great Delight. (these are YA and emotion centered) The Shatter Me series if VERY popular but the two books I made it through were way over the top for my taste.

Okay, I’ll stop there :). If you would prefer a few more stand alone novels, check out Denise Williams, Kennedy Ryan, Beverly Jenkins, Selena Montgomery (which is Stacey Abram’s pen name for her romance writing). I haven’t read all of these, but they are all on my list.

Happy Reading!
Hannah