June 13, 2024

INTELLECTUAL INK

A MAGAZINE FOR AVID READERS AND PROLIFIC WRITERS

Sun, Sand, and Swoon: Top 5 Beach Reads with Black Love by Black Authors

4 min read
Top 5 Beach Reads with Black Love by Black Authors As the sun shines brighter and the days grow longer, nothing beats lounging on a sandy beach with a captivating romance novel. Dive into “The Roommate Risk” by Talia Hibbert for a friends-to-lovers adventure, or enjoy the suspenseful romance of “Ties That Bind” by Brenda Jackson. Experience the emotional depth of “When Good Loves Go Bad” by Kalyssa Powell, rediscover love with “Before and After You” by Hope Ellis, and savor the heartwarming charm of “Fumbled” by Alexa Martin. These novels offer the perfect blend of passion, humor, and heartfelt moments for your summer beach bag.

Beach season is here! Can you already picture yourself basking in the warm sun, the gentle ocean breeze whispering secrets, and a captivating novel keeping you company? But what if that book wasn’t just captivating, but also brimming with romance featuring beautiful Black characters?

We hear you! Dive into these top 5 picks for beach reads by Black authors, where love stories unfold against the backdrop of sparkling waves and sun-kissed skin. Grab your beach bag, pack your sunscreen, and get ready to fall in love with these unforgettable tales:

1. “The Roommate Risk” by Talia Hibbert

Talia Hibbert, a powerhouse in contemporary romance, delivers another hit with “The Roommate Risk.” Known for her ability to blend humor, heart, and heat, Hibbert creates a story that’s both relatable and deeply romantic.

Jasmine Allen and Rahul Kaur were best friends in university, but a drunken kiss drove them apart.

Plot Summary:

Jasmine Allen and Rahul Kaur were best friends in university, but a drunken kiss drove them apart. Years later, they’re thrown back together when Jasmine needs a place to stay, and Rahul offers her a room in his apartment. Old feelings resurface, and living in close quarters makes it impossible to ignore the chemistry between them.

Why It’s Perfect for the Beach:

“The Roommate Risk” combines the best of friends-to-lovers and forced proximity tropes. Hibbert’s witty dialogue and lovable characters make this book a delightful read under the sun. The emotional depth and steamy romance will keep you hooked from the first page to the last.

2. Ties That Bind” by Brenda Jackson

Brenda Jackson, a trailblazer in the romance genre, delivers a gripping tale of love, loyalty, and family ties in “Ties That Bind.” Jackson’s storytelling prowess shines through in this heartfelt novel.

Attorney Julianne Grayson and contractor Donovan Steele couldn’t be more different.

Plot Summary:

Attorney Julianne Grayson and contractor Donovan Steele couldn’t be more different. Julianne is dedicated to her work and wary of relationships, while Donovan is a free spirit who believes in love at first sight. When Julianne’s family is threatened, Donovan steps in to help, and their lives become intertwined in ways neither of them expected.

Why It’s Perfect for the Beach:

Jackson masterfully blends suspense and romance, making “Ties That Bind” a thrilling beach read. The intense chemistry between Julianne and Donovan, coupled with a compelling plot, ensures you won’t be able to put this book down.

3. “Falling in Love Again” by Kalyssa Powell

Kalyssa Powell’s “Falling in Love Again” is a fresh and engaging addition to the world of romance. Powell’s dynamic characters and unexpected twists make this novel a standout.

On the surface, Saundra Smith seems to have her life in order. As a dedicated kindergarten teacher and loving friend, she's content – enough.

Plot Summary: On the surface, Saundra Smith seems to have her life in order. As a dedicated kindergarten teacher and loving friend, she’s content – enough. But beneath that happy facade, Saundra is also hesitant to love again after a breakup shattered her heart into a million pieces. Corporate executive Chris Parrish is anxious for a fresh start in a new town, far from his ex-wife and the problems that came with her. A chance encounter with Saundra holds the promise of a better, brighter future, but that newfound happiness is short-lived when a phone call from his ex-mother-in-law turns his world upside down. As Chris’ past begins to collide with his present, his new relationship with Saundra bears the brunt. Can they hold on and learn to trust and love in spite of all they’ve endured?

Why It’s Perfect for the Beach: This second-chance romance is perfect for readers who love emotional depth and realistic characters. Powell’s writing is both poignant and entertaining, making “Falling in Love Again” an ideal companion for a day at the beach.

4. Before and After You” by Hope Ellis

Hope Ellis’s “Before and After You” is a touching and beautifully crafted love story that explores the intricacies of relationships and personal growth.

Rowan Brenner and Benny Delgado were inseparable in high school, but life took them in different directions. After a decade apart, they reunite in their hometown, each carrying scars from their past

Plot Summary:

Rowan Brenner and Benny Delgado were inseparable in high school, but life took them in different directions. After a decade apart, they reunite in their hometown, each carrying scars from their past. As they reconnect, they must confront old wounds and rediscover the love they once shared.

Why It’s Perfect for the Beach

Ellis’s nuanced storytelling and rich character development make “Before and After You” a deeply satisfying read. The themes of forgiveness and rediscovery resonate, making this book a perfect escape while you relax by the shore.

5. Fumbled” by Alexa Martin

Alexa Martin’s “Fumbled” is a lively and heartwarming romance set in the high-stakes world of professional football. Martin’s insider perspective (as a former NFL wife) adds authenticity and charm to this delightful novel.

Poppy Patterson is a single mom doing her best to raise her son. When she unexpectedly runs into TK Moore, her high school sweetheart and the father of her child, her world is turned upside down.

Plot Summary:

TK, now a professional football player, wants to be part of their lives, but Poppy must decide if she can trust him again.

Why It’s Perfect for the Beach:

“Fumbled” is a fun, feel-good romance that combines sports, family, and second chances. Martin’s engaging writing style and relatable characters make this book a joy to read while basking in the sun.

grab your sunscreen, find a cozy spot on the sand, and let these enchanting love stories transport you to a world of romance and adventure. Happy reading!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *