A list of the best contemporary romance books featuring Women of Color

Written by Silke, updated 08 Jun 2021

We have compiled a list of fantastic contemporary romance books that feature african-american heroines and women from around the world. Let us know in the comments if we are missing some great ones!

  • #1 Riding The Storm - Brenda Jackson

    Riding The Storm - Brenda Jackson

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    Women called him the perfect storm because he could sweet-talk any woman into his bed, and regularly did so. Firefighter Storm Westmoreland used lovemaking the way other men used a long, hot shower-to blow off steam. Until a torrid weekend with a too-hot-to-handle virgin left a certain legendary player craving something other than mere physical gratification.

    Caught in the eye of the storm, Jayla Cole was no match for the sexy fire chief or the emotional inferno he ignited inside her.. more

  • #2 Afterburn - Zane

    Afterburn - Zane

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    In the latest romantic romp from New York Times bestselling author Zane, two hapless lovers get lost in a dating game gone awry.

    When Washington, D.C., chiropractor Yardley Brown goes to his local bank, it isn't only to make deposits into his account. He has long since accrued some interest in Rayne Waters, a bank employee who's too beautiful to be true -- and too beautiful to be single. At least that's what Yardley believes, which is why he has never approached her.

    Little does he know that Rayne is anything but taken. Not for want of trying, of course.. more

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  • #3 The Cartel - Ashley Antoinette,JaQuavis Coleman

    The Cartel - Ashley Antoinette,JaQuavis Coleman

    suspense african-american contemporary

    The port of Miami brings in millions of dollars worth of cocaine every year, and The Cartel controls eighty percent of it. The Diamond family is a force to be reckoned with, but all hell breaks loose when they lose their leader. The most ruthless gangster Miami has ever seen, Carter Diamond leaves behind a wife, twin sons, a daughter, and a secret. The secret is his illegitimate son, Carter Jones. When Young Carter learns of his father's death, he comes to town and is introduced to the legacy of The Cartel.

    Miamor is a woman who uses her beauty to enhance her skill as a contract killer. She is the leader of The Murder Mamas.. more

  • #4 Only You - Francis Ray

    Only You - Francis Ray

    contemporary erotic romance african-american billionaire

    Sierra Grayson is next in line for love. If her four older brothers managed to get married off, surely Sierra can't be far behind. At least that's the outcome her matchmaking mother, Ruth, is hoping for - whether Sierra--smart, too sexy for her own good, and stubborn to a fault--wants it or not. But little does Ruth know what else fate has in store.

    After a chance meeting billionaire real estate mogul Blade Navarone 'wins' Sierra at an auction. Both are stunned by the intense sexual attraction and fight it for different reasons. A legend in the industry, Blade is known to be ruthless and relentless--a cruel twist of fate taught him to be no other way.. more

  • #5 Thugs and the Women Who Love Them - Wahida Clark

    Thugs and the Women Who Love Them - Wahida Clark

    contemporary african-american

    Essence bestselling author Wahida Clark is all too familiar with the terrifying truths of ghetto life. The first novel in her gritty, gripping series takes you on into a world where a wrong choice could be the last choice a person ever makes.
    In a 'hood boiling over with sex, brutality, and crime, three friends are at a turning point. They can surrender to the streets- and the murderous men who rule there- or walk a totally different path. But nothing is simple for women addicted to life on the edge. And everything has consequences.. more

  • #6 The Bollywood Bride - Sonali Dev

    The Bollywood Bride - Sonali Dev

    multicultural friends to lovers south asian/desi new adult contemporary

    Ria Parkar is Bollywood's favorite Ice Princess--beautiful, poised, and scandal-proof--until one impulsive act threatens to expose her destructive past. Traveling home to Chicago for her cousin's wedding offers a chance to diffuse the coming media storm and find solace in family, food, and outsized celebrations that are like one of her vibrant movies come to life. But it also means confronting Vikram Jathar.

    Ria and Vikram spent childhood summers together, a world away from Ria's exclusive boarding school in Mumbai. Their friendship grew seamlessly into love--until Ria made a shattering decision.. more

  • #7 The Trophy Wife - Ashley Antoinette,JaQuavis Coleman

    The Trophy Wife - Ashley Antoinette,JaQuavis Coleman


    Ashley & Jaquavis introduce the reader to London, a beautiful immigrant from Trinidad. She was given to her husband by her father in order to settle a debt. Standing by her husband's side, making him the envy of his associates is a day in the life, but behind closed doors their relationship becomes cold and the abuse she encounters has her looking for a way out.
    When she meets a young thug named Kalil he opens her up to a world she never knew. Afraid of the repercussions of her actions, she avoids Kalil at all costs, but his relentless pursuit made their love inevitable. This story keeps you guessing until the very final page and the outcome will leave you breathless.. more

  • #8 A Gangster's Girl - Chunichi Knott

    A Gangster's Girl - Chunichi Knott


    Leaving the safety of her parents home, a very good girl enters a world of bad boys and fast money and hooks up with a sexy but dangerous man who could be the biggest mistake of her life.. more

  • #9 Sexy/Dangerous - Beverly Jenkins

    Sexy/Dangerous - Beverly Jenkins

    suspense contemporary cowboys african-american strong heroine

    Wearing her shades, a black Stetson, and snakeskin cowboy boots, security agent Maxine "Max" Blake is the baddest thing walking. Ex-marine, ex-cop, and a whole lotta 'tude, Max doesn't have time for anything but her job. Her latest assignment: to protect Dr. Adam Gary. Her problem: he doesn't want her there.

    Adam wants to focus on his work, not to be distracted by this tall, sexy woman. A foiled kidnapping attempt may have forced him to take an undercover agent into his household, but no one said anything about the agent being a woman, or that she'd be beautiful, or that she came with two monster rottweilers.. more

  • #10 Destino - Sienna Mynx

    Destino - Sienna Mynx

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    Mira Ellison is poised to have it all. In 1989, she is the first prominent African American fashion designer redefining change for both beauty and style among the renowned in Italy. That happens until the evening she meets a tall, mysteriously charming Sicilian businessman who orchestrates a friendship that awakens a wicked sexual heat she has long forgotten. Who is he really? What harm could a little fling in one of the most beautiful countries in the world bring?


    Don Giovanni Battaglia is a man who knows how to get his way. He lives his life on the razor edge of control as he balances family and his dark legacy.. more

  • #11 Tethered - L.D. Davis

    Tethered - L.D. Davis

    contemporary second chances love triangle multicultural friends to lovers

    Donya Stewart’s chest filled with the soft beating wings of butterflies when she first met Emmet Grayne’s green eyes at the ripe age of five. Unable to identify the tugging pressure within her when in his presence, Donya moved through the first several years of her life addled by her feelings for the boy who was her best friend’s brother, and very much like her own sibling. But one cool autumn night in her mystifying teenage years, Emmet erases any ideas Donya has of him being anything like a sibling.. more

  • #12 Delaney's Desert Sheikh - Brenda Jackson

    Delaney's Desert Sheikh - Brenda Jackson

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    Delaney Westmoreland refused to let a mix-up in her vacation plans postpone the R and R she craved. But when she reluctantly agreed to share a secluded cabin with an arrogant sheikh bent on seduction, she found herself enrolled in a crash course in human sexuality. Unfortunately, commitment and love were misplaced pages in her darkly handsome mentor's manual.

    Jamal Ari Yassir had intended to school Delaney in sensuality for his pleasure, but his plan backfired. Instead of loving and leaving her, he became engulfed by an irresistible passion for his sexy-as-sin cabin mate.. more

  • #13 Nikolai - Roxie Rivera

    Nikolai - Roxie Rivera

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    After a brush with death as a juvenile delinquent, Vivian swore she'd never stray across that line again—but there's just one problem with her plan to stay on the right side of the law. She's completely, irrevocably and unabashedly in love with Nikolai, the Russian mob boss who saved her life.

    From the moment Vivian appeared in his life on that tragic April night, Nikolai felt himself inextricably bonded to her. She's the bright light in his dark world and the only thing that keeps him from sliding deeper into a life of crime and violence—a mobbed-up life he can't escape no matter how hard he tries.. more

  • #14 Go Fetch - Shelly Laurenston

    Go Fetch - Shelly Laurenston

    contemporary paranormal vikings fantasy suspense

    How much trouble can one small female be to a modern-day shapeshifting Viking? Well...it really depends on local gun laws.

    Conall V?ga-Feilan, direct descendent of Viking shifters, never thought he?d meet a female strong enough to be his mate. He especially didn?t think a short, viper-tongued human would ever fit the bill. But Miki Kendrick isn?t some average human. With an IQ off the charts and a special skill with weapons of all kinds, Miki brings the big blond pooch to his knees-and keeps him there.

    Miki?s way too smart to ever believe in love and she knows a guy like Conall could only want one thing from her.. more

  • #15 The Master - Kresley Cole

    The Master - Kresley Cole

    suspense contemporary erotic romance bdsm strong heroine

    Everyone fears the Master…

    Rich, irresistible politician/Mafiya boss Maksimilian Sevastyan prefers tall, obedient blondes to fulfill his…complicated desires. That is, until the icy Russian encounters a dis obedient brunette whose exquisite little body threatens his legendary restraint.

    Except her.

    Catarina Marín was a well-off young wife until her world fell apart. Now she’s hiding out, forced to start working as an escort in Miami. Her very first client is beyond gorgeous, but when he tells her what he plans to do to her, Cat almost walks out of the door.. more

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