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
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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
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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…
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
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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
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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
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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.
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Date Read: February 26, 2021
Published: September 23, 2019
for jane and nigel, timing is everything.
This was a quick read, but it was so refreshing. Books with a bunch of drama are fun as hell to read. However, I liked this because of the lack of drama. The couple was just able to be themselves and fall in love freely. It was beautiful. And their chemistry was hot.
For many years I tried to get into audiobooks, but I could never get far into one. The voices just never seemed to connect with the words for me. They lacked the passion and emotion that was intended for the portrayal of the scenes they were reading. But then again, those books were for the masses. They weren’t for us. And it took me hearing one of my favorite books being narrated by someone that sounded like me to completely tune in. Someone who brought life to the characters the same way I do in my head to open me up to the world of audiobooks. I didn’t know that there were so many of our books out there for my listening pleasure. But I do now. Shout-out to Wesleigh Siobhan and her narration on Wins & Losses by Alexandra Warren for inspiring this list and my new obsession.
Naughty: Recently separated from her on again, off again boyfriend, Darryl, Nedra Brooks finds herself in the arms of her handsome neighbor Justin Steele. Years of sexual tension finally come to a head when she seeks, and finds, temporary satisfaction in Justin’s arms.
After the climax settles, deeper feelings are unearthed, and they stumble into more than either of them had bargained for. Will the two of them be able to leave it in the bedroom and move on? Or will this sexy Christmas gift exchange turn into something more?
Nasty: Two innocent bystanders are introduced by their siblings with nothing in common but a sexual attraction that they couldn’t act upon without breaking all the rules. But rules are made to be broken, right?
That’s just what happens when Seth and Phalin finally come face to face for the second time, and sparks fly that won’t be so easily extinguished. One thing leads to another and before either of them knows it, things get nasty in the best kind of way. The trouble starts when the heat leaves the bedroom and attempts to travel some place else. Some place deeper. Some place closer to love.
For Jane and Nigel, timing is everything.
It started with a trip to a rooftop bar. Actually, it all started with a command from my boss. I was sent out of town for business, a trip deemed necessary by my boss but bequeathed unto me because Robyn couldn’t miss her goddaughter’s debut as Elsa the Snow Queen in a local middle-school production of Frozen. So, I was the one sent out East to meet with leadership at our parent company.
My, my, my! The Bennett Brothers have come a long way. They’ve faced some turbulent times that left them with an unknown feeling about their reality and new normal. The Brothers have fought, broken barriers that seemed impossible to overcome, and most importantly…they welcomed love in the most unconditional way possible!
What more can they overcome? Wanna find out? Dive into True Love to see these brothers come together one more time in the name of brotherhood and family. You may be surprised to find out that they aren’t much different from the rest of the world when it comes to coping with the new norm and facing a pandemic crisis.
The Love Below: A Prototype Series Glimpse (Zay + Jersey): When life circumstances arise that make them examine their individual truths and desires, Prototype singer Isaiah Broussard and bassist Jersey Kincaid will have to decide if their love is truly big enough to overcome anything.
The Love Below: A Prototype Series Glimpse (Travis + Kennedy): When outside forces threaten the sanctity of their bond, Prototype guitarist Travis Broussard and lead singer Kennedy James have to decide how far they’re willing to go to protect their love.
The Love Below: A Prototype Series Glimpse (Devin + Willow): One thing has always been for certain – Prototype founder/drummer Devin Walker and Willow Harden can’t be without each other. When a situation arises that puts that to the test, they’re both forced to make some hard decisions about their marriage and themselves.
The Love Below: A Prototype Series Glimpse (Bam + Cassie): Prototype keyboardist Bam Mosley and Cassandra James have put the drama that defined their early relationship behind them. But what happens when decisions are made that threaten to disrupt the calm they’ve worked so hard to create?
Nasir Valentine has one thing on his mind: winning a championship title in his first year as head coach of the boys basketball team.
But when his team captain’s father is murdered just before the start of the season, he quickly learns coaching high school basketball in the inner city is a lot more than just drawing numbers and arrows on a dry erase board.
Struck by the tragedy of her father’s murder, Carmen Wellington is faced with the tough decision of keeping her life away from home or coming back to her hometown to support her little brother through his senior year of high school. It’s a decision that will change her life in more ways than one, especially with her brother’s handsome basketball coach in the picture.
Carmen is supposed to be focused on what’s best for her and her family. Nasir is supposed to be focused on what’s best for him and his team. But with those two worlds colliding and an undeniable attraction developing because of it, the two can only hope for more wins than losses….
For Kora and Tariq, those lines have been blurred for a long time. Every time clarity seems to be within reach, something shifts, and in a single moment, focus is lost. Once again, they’re in limbo. Between them, there is only one secret, with the power to permanently alter their relationship. For good or bad, neither of them knows-nor are they willing to take that risk.
Through the pain of past tragedies and the pressure of current dramas, they always find solace in each other’s arms. Inescapably connected by the interminable bond of friendship, Tariq and Kora navigate family, life, and love, searching for separate answers to a problem that has only has one, unavoidable solution.