Men of Color in Romance Fiction
By Silvana Reyes
From recent years, the quantity of romance fiction books that have racial diversity is definitely getting bigger. I’m not only talking about the secondary characters, because sadly we have seen many books that have had an all-white cast set in cities like New York or Los Angeles. But I’m also talking about the leads; the main characters whose story is being told.
Today’s post is about men of color in romance fiction. As I’ve been saying, representation is important. For lots of reasons. One of them is to showcase the world as it is. People are not the same, we know that. We want to see ourselves being the hero of the story. And this also applies to romance fiction. Falling in love, growing up, getting that dream job, fighting beings who aren’t human, you want the spotlight on you.
It fills me with joy to have read the following books I will be listing below. They all have that special something you love to find in books. They all have happily ever afters that make your heart grow twice its size. And they all have men of color as their protagonist.
Savannah’s Secrets by Reese Ryan
If you love enemies to lovers romances? Savannah’s Secrets is right for you. With a heroine that wants to take half of the company of the hero’s family, she goes undercover as an events planner into his bourbon empire. She has believed her grandfather’s tales about this awful family, but when she meets the hero and his siblings, she realizes that maybe it’s not all true.
It’s funny and it’s sweet. It has an amazing romance. And I know you all love the forced proximity trope in your books, so happy to tell you, this one has some scenes.
Seducing Chaos by Luna Quinn
If you love apocalyptic hate to love? Seducing Chaos will make you crave a second book. Luna Quinn managed to enchant me with the world they created. A heroine who is a Grim Reaper and goes for the souls of the dead. A hero who is a Hellhound, who shifts into a huge creature. Who also happens to be the Prince of Hell. They will have to team up to find who is killing so many supernatural beings. Throw family and friends and blood and you will have Seducing Chaos.
Hard to put my feelings into words, but Seducing Chaos changed my life. It’s that supernatural beings team up together to defeat evil and fall in love in between kind of romance you search. It’s ten times better
Tempest by Beverly Jenkins
If you love marriage of convenience? Tempest is your new favorite book. Ms. Beverly Jenkins is a queen of historical romance. Her newest book has everything. From mail-order bride shooting her new husband to a single dad who wants a mother for his daughter. It’s not every day when you encounter a book that stays with you months after reading. Tempest is that book for me, and I hope it’s that book for you too.
Rogue Wolf by Elliot Cooper
If you love space pirates? Rogue Wolf will give you the ride of your life. Not only does it have pirates in space, it also has wolf shifters in space! It’s about a captain with his crew, traveling through the stars. There is also an exiled shifter disguised as a human who befriends the captain and tries hard not to fall in love with him.
It’s very sweet and it has lots of action if you are into that too. The romance itself made me so happy. And if you haven’t picked up an Elliot Cooper book, this one is a perfect first book to try.
Hottie Scotty & Mr. Porter by R. Cooper
If you love cute crushes and low-angst romances? I will add Hottie Scotty & Mr. Porter to your list. When the new guy has secretly been pining after the librarian who loves flowers, things get misunderstood. But they will try their hardest. Don’t forget to include the matchmaking cat who appears from time to time.
I adored this book. Low on angst romance? I live for that.
Falling for His Convenient Queen by Therese Beharrie
If you love royal contemporary? Falling for His Convenient Queen is the perfect mix of royalty and marriage of convenience. A princess, a king, a kingdom and the love that grows between them is what you will find inside these pages.
With the Royal Wedding coming soon, it’s a must to read royalty romance. Therese Beharrie has a backlist of royal romances that will leave you wanting your own monarch to fall in love with.
In the upcoming months and throughout this whole year, more and more books will be published that have people of color in the front. Pick them up. Support them. Talk about them with your friends. It makes a difference.
What are your favorite books that have men of color as main characters?
(photo ©Curtis Taylor Jr. @mr.badbeard)
About the Author
From Silvana Reyes: Hi, I'm Sil! 21. México. she/her pronouns. I am the owner of the book blog, The Book Voyagers, where I blog and review books. Mainly, I focus on recommending and reviewing diverse books written by marginalized authors. You might also know me for doing book aesthetics and just shouting in capital letters about new books releasing. I'm a big fan of Adult Romance, but I also love Young Adult especially contemporary fiction and fantasy.
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