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Weekly musing: multicultural romance

12 April 2018

I was very excited to explore this subgenre this week: interracial/multicultural romance. Mainly this was because I found there wasn’t much of it readily available in stores. However there a publishers such as Arabesque, Kimani and Kensington that cater to just this line, which it fantastic.

Multicultural romance explores romances where the hero and/or heroine is non-Caucasian. There is obvious a huge variety, with popular cultures featured being African-American, Asian, Hispanic, Indian and Jewish, depending on the publishing line.

These stories will reflect the values and dreams of the culture and how these can affect their relationships. Racial prejudice and heritage are integral to the story. But these lines are more than that; they have suspense, mystery, action and everything that the ‘typical white’ lines have. If anything I believe they are a more enriching read.

You’ll find your usual tropes of second-chance at love, jilted brides, redemption, reformed players, friends to lovers and fake engagements in these romances. What are your favourites tropes to read in multicultural or interracial romances?

Authors to try are: Brenda Jackson, Rochelle Alers, Beverley Jenkins, Tellulah Darling, Sonali Dev and Ginger Jamison. Who are your favourite authors writing multicultural romances? What are your must-read multicultural or interracial romances?

Here are my recommendations …

African-American (women’s fiction):

  • Don’t Tell a Soul by Tiffany L Warren

African-American (contemporary):

  • Tonight and Forever by Brenda Jackson (Madrais Family & Friends)
  • The Sweetest Thing by Deborah Fletcher Mello (Just Desserts)
  • A Forever Kind of Love by Farrah Rochon (Bayou Dreams)
  • A Gangster and a Gentleman by Kiki Swinson & De’nesha Diamond
  • Seduced by the Playboy by Pamela Yaye (The Morretti Millionaires)
  • Summer Vows by Rochelle Alers (Hideaway Wedding)

African-American (erotic):

  • Whatever You Like by Maureen Smith (Brand Clan)

African-American (historical):

  • Destiny’s Surrender by Beverly Jenkins

Bollywood/India:

  • A Bollywood Affair by Sonali Dev (Bollywood)
  • Spice and Smoke by Suleikha Snyder (Bollywood Confidential)
  • Born Confused by Tanuja Hidier (Born Confused)

Interractial:

  • Jericho by Ginger Jamison
  • Liberty by Ginger Jamison
  • A Good Man by JJ Murray
  • Until I Saw Your Smile by JJ Murray

Jewish (new adult):

  • Just Visiting by Dahlia Adler
  • Premature Evacuation by Rachel Shane (Underground Sorority)
  • Get Real by Tellulah Darling (Get Real)

And here are my favourite covers:

Happy reading!

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3 Comments
  1. Yvonne Bartlett permalink
    15 April 2018 3:54 pm

    Nalini Singh and Shelly Laurenston have interracial couples and characters from many different cultures. So thought I would add these paranormal authors to your list.

  2. 15 April 2018 9:12 am

    This is a good so I hope you don’t mind a few questions as I am confused about this genre. What about European cultures? Are they excluded from tropes in this genre? Does it have to be a racial difference? Caucasian doesn’t just mean white. It encompasses a huge geographical area for example Jewish culture maybe be a specific area but only culturally not racially. Multicultural should include other cultures so why are books about Italian, Greek and the myriads of cultures we have just here in Australia not included? Is a separate sub-genre?

    Love your book choices. Great post.

    • 15 April 2018 12:01 pm

      Hi Amorina,

      Thank you for your questions. I hope I can answer them properly for you,

      Since this genre has such a broad scope I decided to just focus on a few of the lines otherwise the list would be too long. To narrow down the list, I also tried to focus on books where the publishers had a dedicated line and to me were out of my usual reading habits.
      I didn’t want readers to be overwhelmed with so much in one post if I was to cover every different culture available.

      If you have any book recommendations for other cultures I would love hear about them. My hope with these weekly musing posts are to start conversations about many different opinions and highlighting genres, topics and books that we might not have read otherwise.

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