September 2021 Reads

Black Romance Reads

Other Romance Reads

Book Review: Just a Friend by AshleyNicole

Date Read: September 27, 2021
Published: July 2, 2021
Pages: N/A

Book Synopsis:

Oh baby, you…
Being the only girl in a group of guys is hard work. It’s the equivalent to having multiple fathers who think they can dictate every detail of your life.
Harlowe’s been dealing with it for years, but as of late, she’s been wanting to venture out and find love. As expected, the guys think this is a terrible idea. That’s all well and good, but Harlowe is going to do it anyway.
Before she can, one of her guys starts looking at her differently, and she can’t help but look back.
Will they transition into lovers, or will he remain just a friend?

My Review:

I’ve had this on TBR list for so long and I’m so upset it took me this long to get to it! I loved everything about this book and the characters. The dynamics of each relationship was more than enjoyable to read. I loved the way they loved each other, for the most part lol but I don’t do spoilers so you’ll have to read to see what I mean. I highlighted all up and through this read, because there were so many great moments of laughter and pure affection woven into each page. I will say, I’ve never been so affected by the word “yo” in my life 😂

Book Review: It’s Not Me, It’s You by Elle Wright

Date Read: September 18, 2021
Published: May 20, 2021
Pages: 222

Book Synopsis:

I fake laugh every time I think about how ironic it is to be a commitment-phobe relationship therapist who is also the daughter of two world-renowned marriage and family counselors. Seriously, it’s comical!

Want to know how I messed up my life? Getting arrested for stealing a priceless artifact for a tearful client.

Want to know what my biggest problem is? Spending my life teaching women how to break relationships when all I want to do is make a relationship—with him.

Want to know what that makes me? The Break-Up Expert who is questioning everything I thought I knew.

My Review:

I loved this read. It’s my first from the author and it definitely won’t be my last. This coupling was beautiful to witness, individually they were definitely interesting. But together, their energy was gahh 😍. The author had me laughing out loud while strumming my heart strings at the same time. Everything about this storyline was memorable and I can’t wait to read more from the secondary characters! I’m happy I randomly discovered this read and I’d recommend it in a heartbeat.

Book Review: Let Her Go by Jay Ashlei

Date Read: August 6, 2021
Published: June 12, 2021
Pages: 284

Book Synopsis:

Darnel Reid was a normal fifteen year old girl, enjoying high school, getting good grades, and preparing for her future. But then, something horrible happened that started a chain reaction of tragedy in her life. Now, at 30, she has learned to exist, finding deep connections with people and with life impossible, subconsciously anticipating the next horrible thing. When a strange man comes into her life making a ridiculous accusation against her, she’s convinced that this is the tragic event that will finally kill her.

Arnold “Wood” Woodington is a successful businessman, trying to distance himself completely from street life. Drug money was simply a means to an end, and now he wants to make his father proud and honor his deceased mother. His biggest hang up is his best friend who refuses to give up a life of crime and go legit, like Wood. While Wood is battling with an inevitable decision about his friendship, he learns of a situation that could cost him everything he’s built, as well as his freedom. He must revisit the life he wants to leave behind, and take care of the woman who might be behind it all.

My Review:

This first-time author snatched my entire soul. This was a romance novel, but it wasn’t the main point. This book was about healing and survival and the author had me hooked from the first page. This story was beautifully written. These characters gave me life even when they were draining me emotionally. And I absolutely LOVE bomb side characters. We get some great supporting cast with this one. The author left us hanging hanging at the end though 😒 lol I can’t wait to see what’s in store for us next.

1-Year Anniversary 🥳

This has been such a great year! I’ve loved having a platform to share my passion for books. The relationships I’ve built with fellow book bloggers, authors, and readers in general have been amazing. The best part, shining light on black romance in the literary world; I love us 🙌🏾. Cheers to my first year and all of the content I’ve created! Can’t wait to share more along this bookish journey 💙

5 Foodie Black Romance Reads

Food and falling in love. What a beautiful combination, especially for a girl like me who loves to eat and loves my romance books just as much. Check out some foodie black romances that have caught my eye thus far.

Loving MAN by Bailey West

Loving MAN by [Bailey West]

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The week of the culinary conference was Xander Northcott’s time to shine. Fresh out of a long-term relationship, he cemented his newly single status by accepting Piper Andrews’s invitation back to her room that first night. It was all fun and games until a few months later, when he received a phone call from the woman he barely knew.

She was pregnant—with his child.

Heralded as a culinary savant, Angel Saint Rose studied alongside the world’s best Chocolatiers. It wasn’t just a job for her. When honing her skills with chocolate confections, she was in her element—until she received a phone call that changed her life.

And killed her passion.

When Xander and Angel’s roads converge, can they call on each other to help find their way back?

Love You Forever (Serendipitous Love Book 5) by Christina C. Jones

Love You Forever (Serendipitous Love Book 5) by [Christina C Jones]

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Two years after leaving the neighborhood to pursue an opportunity she couldn’t pass up, Sydnee Scott is back. She’s smart, sassy, and maybe a little bit spoiled, but she’s ready to reclaim her place in her family, and in the family business…
Or not.
That spot is currently filled by Harlan Ramsey, head manager. He came to Stacks – the man, and the restaurant named after him – looking for connection, and he got it, in the form of a surrogate family. He’s frustratingly handsome, charming to the point of annoyance, and according to her father, Sydnee is supposed to think of him as her brother.
She’d rather not think of him at all.
They used to be friends, and were almost more before a betrayal shifted them apart. Sydnee has been comfortable in her anger for two long years, but when her father requests that they work together, they’re forced to confront how they really feel for each other. A decision has to be made: remain at odds, or give in to a love that has always been brewing, before it’s too late to matter?

sugar butter flour love : a novella by Nicole Falls

sugar butter flour love : a novella by [Nicole Falls]

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There are two things on Earth that Isobel Knight loves above all else—her Gamma Betty and their family bakery, Whisk. When an opportunity presents itself to place Whisk in the national spotlight as well as take home a nice chunk of cash, Isobel is in it to win it!

Travis Coleman is a former professional football player with way too much time on his hands now that he’s been made to retire after injury. Approached with the opportunity to pair up with a hometown baker and compete for the chance to win a hefty donation for his foundation, he’s almost all in. But there’s one little problem…

Travis and Isobel have had friction between them going back to their high school days, but can they set their animosity aside and keep their eyes on the prize? Or will pride keep them from walking away victorious?

Noble Surrender (The Nobles of Sweet Rapids Book 2) by Te Russ

Noble Surrender (The Nobles of Sweet Rapids Book 2) by [Té Russ]

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He’s one of the hottest celebrity chefs in Vegas. But when ‘bad boy’ Ian Noble returns home to Sweet Rapids, he meets his match in chemist Giselle Warren.

Giselle doesn’t date ‘bad boys’. Or co-workers. So of course when Ian shows up to help his family’s business, her rules seem to fly right out of the window.

The harder they try and fight their passion, the hotter the sparks become. And when they finally combust, neither of them is prepared for the path they end up on.

The Rebel Heir: A forbidden love, different worlds romance (Cress Brothers Book 2) by Niobia Bryant

The Rebel Heir: A forbidden love, different worlds romance (Cress Brothers Book 2) by [Niobia Bryant]

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The rebel of the wealthy Cress dynasty, chef Cole Cress, has only one rule: never fall in love. But the heat that keeps sizzling between Cole and his delectable fellow chef, Jillian Rossi, is irresistible—dangerously so. Because Jillian comes from a different world, and the Cress family will do whatever it takes to extinguish this blaze…even if Cole gets burned.

Book Review: The End Game: The Sun Book 2 by Rae Lyse

Date Read: July 16, 2021
Published: February 6, 2021
Pages: 398

Book Synopsis:

Josiah Joseph is trouble—at least that’s what everyone says about him. Jade Taylor can’t help but to agree with their sentiments.
He’s a hotheaded football player and one of her most lackluster students.
She’s a young mother and a laser-focused teacher’s assistant, counting the days until graduation.
After the two cross paths at a wild party, Jade makes a discovery about the volatile quarterback that sends her on a quest to understand who Josiah Joseph is and why he’s suddenly become enamored with her.

My Review:

I’m a sucker for a good sports romance book. When I downloaded this story I never imagined how much it would pull me in or the life lessons that awaited me on the pages. I was engrossed with this story from beginning to end, and I honestly, I was disappointed that there weren’t more pages for me to fall in love with once I got to the last one. I’ve never read anything else from this author but I’m looking forward to discovering more of their work. I can’t wait to read this over again.

Book Review: Not Good Enough For You by Renée A. Moses

Date Read: July4, 2021
Published: May 1, 2021
Pages: 265

Book Synopsis:

Lyric Phillips is ready for love. For the first time ever, she believes that something worth having may exist for her. She always did what made her feel good with no cares for anything else until it caught up and bit her. She ultimately changed her mindset, vowed celibacy, and tossed her bad habits. When the new Lyric falls in love again, her past trickles in with an agenda.Elijah Grant is a youth pastor for his father’s church. He loves working with the kids but being their pastor was not his calling. After mishaps from his past, he fell in line to get back into his father’s good graces. Now, he’s ready to step down and move on. Breaking the news to his family may mean more trouble than it’s worth.

My Review:

The first book in this series was the first book I read from the author and I knew then that she’d be added to my list of go to reads. I picked up book 2 without reading the synopsis, because I didn’t care what was coming next. I just knew I needed more from the characters. The same with book 3 and 4, although this time around I was hoping for more on Nina and Mekhi. That wasn’t what we got, but I fell in love with what we did get. Babyyy. This book was everything. I loved Lyric and Elijah. They may just be my favorite couple of this series. I didn’t anticipate the focus on Lyric, but I’m happy that ended up being the case. She was a beautifully flawed character and I’m glad she got her happy ending. Now Elijah. Elijah gave me fine ass Ezra vibes. For those who read Love Belvin, you got the reference. Had me sitting here like, that’s a pastor, you can’t lust after that man. Lol but whew. And the icing on the cake, the side characters. I LOVE me some side characters with big personalities and we definitely got plenty of those. I’m hoping we get one more book, just for a little more closure with Nina and her babies. I FELT for those kids throughout this book. Clearly I enjoyed this read. Renée, shout-out to you. You did your thing.