Romances by Black Authors

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With wit and smarts, these romances explore love, identity and self-discovery.

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Charming as a Verb

Henri “Halti” Haltiwanger can charm just about anyone. But his easy smiles mask an ambition to attend his dream college, Columbia University. There is only one person who seems immune to Henri’s charms–his classmate and neighbor Corinne Troy. You can also check out this title as eBook on OverDrive/Libby or as eAudio on OverDrive/Libby.

If It Makes You Happy

When Winnie is crowned Summer Queen in the small town of Misty Haven, she has to balance her new responsibilities with her friendships, a new romance and her job at her granny’s diner. You can also check out this title as eBook on OverDrive/Libby.

A Love Hate Thing

When Tyson Trice finds himself tossed into the wealthy coastal community of Pacific Hills, he’s ready for the questions, the stares and the feeling of not belonging. Not that he cares. After recovering from being shot and surviving the rough streets of Lindenwood, he doesn’t care about anyone or anything, much less how the rest of his life will play out. Golden girl Nandy Smith has spent most of her life building the pristine image that it takes to fit in when it comes to her hometown Pacific Hills where image is everything. After learning that her parents are taking in a troubled teen boy, Nandy fears her summer plans, as well as her reputation, will go up in flames. You can also check out this title as eBook on OverDrive/Libby, as eAudio on OverDrive/Libby or as eAudio on Hoopla.

Never Look Back

A modern retelling of the myth, Orpheus and Eurydice, in which Eury leaves Puerto Rico for the Bronx, haunted by losing all to Hurricane Maria and by evil spirit Ato, and meets a bachata-singing charmer, Pheus. You can also check out this title as eBook on OverDrive/Libby or as eAudio on OverDrive/Libby.

Smash It!

Challenging herself to overcome long-held insecurities at the beginning of her junior year, Liv lands an unexpected role in her high school’s hip-hopera production of Othello that helps launch her journey of self-empowerment. You can also check out this title as eBook on OverDrive/Libby or as eAudio on Hoopla.