Black Romance Reads

I Thought I Knew by Chassilyn Hamilton

The tragedy of losing his father at an impressionable age led to mistakes that caused Kai Mathis to become indebted to a powerful and dangerous man. As he got older, his punishment turned into a reward and being at the top of a deadly criminal empire was enough for Kai… until Harper.

Kai is ready to move toward forever with the love of his life, Harper Jean, but feels that he can’t do so with the secret of his double life looming over him. He is ready to leave his life of crime behind him, but Kai’s decision to sever ties from the organization backfires and puts Harper’s life in danger.

Harper Jean has never known how great love can be until she met Kai Mathis. After many failed relationships, she is with a man that she can love and trust freely. She has a secret of her own but is unable to reveal it due to a quick grim turn of events that has her and Kai on the run for their lives.

While fighting to stay alive, their relationship is tested, and their secrets are revealed making them question if their love can prevail or if they truly knew each other at all.

I Wanna Be Down by AshleyNicole

Best friends? With a celebrity? Impossible.
That’s how Sesali feels after a chance encounter with super producer Dash Dean. His offer of friendship has to be a smoke screen for an ulterior motive. Besides, she already has best friends, and one of them has staked a claim on Dash.
Does it count if she never had a chance?
Dash has eyes for Sesali, and Sesali only. She’s the first person who’s made him question his solitary lifestyle in a long while.
Can he convince her to let him be down?

Will You Be Mine? by Rilzy Adams

JT Johnson has been in love with his best friend for as long as he can remember. Hallie, however, seems clueless or deliberately obtuse. When she asks him to pretend to be her boyfriend for her ex-best friend’s wedding, JT hesitantly agrees. Will their escape to the Caribbean be heaven or hell in paradise?

For My Wolves by Nikki Clarke

Samiah is used to living on the inside looking out. Along with her sister, she endured years of torment at the hands of her now dead brother, and now that they’ve finally found a place to call home, thanks to her sister mating with a wolf clan chief, she hopes to finally belong.

Except, she doesn’t. Not really.

While her heritage may hold some hints of the shifters she’s come to know and love, the missing pieces leave her feeling as on the outside as before. But hopefully there’s a solution to her incomplete genome, a secret she’s been working on that can finally give her a true connection to her wolf, in its real form. Is it against clan law? Probably. Does she care? No. She’s tired of not being who she truly is.

Now all she has to do is realize her plan while under the watchful eyes of not one but two wolves, both of whom have decided she belongs to them and they’re willing to share, and the gaze of another who would take everything from her.

Nothing but the Wolf in Me by Nikki Clarke

Valeena is on the run. Except she’s not running anymore. She’s managed to do the impossible, escape from her sociopath brother and hide away on the outskirts of a nice, sleepy mountain town.

It’s just her, her kinda-neighbor, Bob (not his real name because she doesn’t do names), and the small arsenal she keeps stashed in her cabin, just in case. That is until one snowy night an injured dog (wolf?) finds its way to her front porch offering companionship, an uncanny knack for being able to unlock and relock doors, and a habit of disappearing.

Even more unexpected is the intense, insanely hot dude who shows up claiming ownership of her new puppy only to sweep her into the kind of passion she thought had no place in her life. He also brings his own secrets, a hint to her lineage, and a demand that she trust him to keep her safe.


MM Romance Reads

The Gift of Believing by Abrianna Denae

A standalone book in The Heart of the Holidays, a gay YA series celebrating love.

Presley James has spent his entire life being told that he’s too much. Neither his parents, teachers, or even peers know how to handle the sometimes loud, occasionally impulsive, and always scatter-brained young man. Then he meets Garrett Harper.

Garrett is used to being left behind due to his poor health. So when Presley and his quirks crash into his life, his quiet existence is turned upside down. After a lifetime of being let down by everyone except his father, Garrett is reluctant to trust that Presley is really understanding of all his limitations.

When the boys start to spend more of the most wonderful time of the year together, their budding feelings begin to grow. Thanks to the magic of the Christmas season, these two broken boys may not only learn what it means to trust in somebody else, but most importantly, to believe in yourself.

Want Me by Neve Wilder

Two roommates. One calculus exam. A whole lot of extracurricular activity.

Living with four other guys, it’s bound to happen.
Every guy’s been caught taking care of business at least once, right?
It shouldn’t be a big deal.

But I don’t know Eric as well as my other roommates, and things are a little awkward now.
He’s a loner. A mystery. Quietly confident. Smart.
Sexy as hell.

I’ve been happily subsisting on the typical frat guy diet of booze and sorority girls.
But the way Eric looked at me that night?
There was something there.
Something that’s got me curious.
Something that’s stirring up feelings I thought I’d left behind for good.

Something that’s making me think I’m not as straight as I thought I was.

I can’t get him off of my mind.
I don’t think I want to.

So when he offers to help me study for a midterm, I take him up on it.

It’s innocent.
Probably. Maybe.

There’s no way I could’ve known what it’d start…

Try Me by Neve Wilder

Two rivals. One law internship. A whole lot of objectionable activity.

It wasn’t always this way between us.
We were best friends growing up.
Competitive? Yeah.
Ruthless? Definitely.
Neither of us liked to lose.

But the intense chemistry?
That’s new.
The hatred in his eyes?
That’s new, too.

I should let it go.
There’s too much bad blood between our families. Between us.
But I can’t.
I don’t think he can, either.

Now we’re gunning for the same internship.
If he thinks I’ll back down, he’s dead wrong.

Once upon a time, I lost everything.
I won’t let it happen again.

Go ahead. Try me.

Iced Out by C.E. Ricci

My path to success never included an enemy as a teammate, especially one as infuriating as Quinton de Haas.

Clawing under my skin is his favorite pastime, only feeding the animosity between us as the years pass.

We’re as completely opposite as two people can be; the golden boy and the black sheep.

Constantly at odds or at each other’s throats.

The only thing we can agree on is hockey is our true love, and we’ll do whatever it takes to come out on top.

I never imagined that drive would lead me to do the unthinkable: falling into bed with my not-so-straight rival.

But athletes are a superstitious bunch, and when our hook-ups lead to victories, we tell ourselves we can’t stop.

Besides, it’s all for the sake of the team, right?

The List by B.L. Maxwell

Tommy Carter was just minding his own business, taking out the trash from his job at a local bar and grill, when he noticed the man hiding behind the dumpster. He couldn’t get a good look at the guy, and the less he can find out about him, the more curious he becomes. He’d lived through difficult circumstances in his past, and decides if he can help, he will. Tommy doesn’t have a lot, but he has a heart of gold that won’t let him walk away from someone he knows needs a hand up.Zane Martin was left wandering the streets of Sacramento in a haze after tragedy struck. He’s afraid to trust anyone and suffering from a lack of food and adequate clothing to keep him alive and well against the weather about to hit the area. He’s not sure he can trust Tommy, but he wants to. There has to be one good person out there, and maybe he’s just found him. A story of helping when you can, and accepting help when it’s offered.

Into Deep Waters by Kaje Harper

For Jacob and Daniel, two young gay men aboard a Navy ship in WWII, the risks were high. Not just the risks of injury and death from Japanese planes and submarines, but the risk of discovery, of discharge, imprisonment or worse. Only a special kind of love was worth taking that chance. But from the moment Daniel met Jacob’s eyes across a battle-scarred deck, he knew he had to try.

Being together required figuring out what it meant to be gay and in love with another man, in an era when they could be jailed or committed for admitting the desires of their hearts. On a ship at war, their relationship was measured in stolen moments and rare days of precious leave, with no guarantees there would be a tomorrow. And if they survived the war, they would need even more luck to keep their love alive through all the years to come.

This story was written for a photo and story request letter as part of the Goodreads M/M Romance Love is Always Write event. Any author royalties will be donated to Lambda Legal, for their continued legal support of the rights of LGBT individuals.

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