Last year Meoskop wrote a post that really resonated with me called Reading While White. She challenged white readers to examine the choices we make and be more proactive about seeking out diversity.
I’ve always tried to include diverse characters in my writing, but I wasn’t making it a big enough priority in my reading. Most of the multicultural romance I’d read was by white authors, and it was hit or miss as far as stereotypes. I took a hard look at my Goodreads shelf and saw very few authors of color.
I knew I could do better. I decided to read more diverse books, and not just those written by white people! My effort to broaden my horizons in 2014 turned out better than I expected. I found some really excellent stuff. About half of the books I read in 2014 featured GLBT characters and/or people of color.
Here are my top ten diverse reads this year.
*book 2 includes some scenes I would call dubious consent.
This book features a Hispanic heroine, a white cowboy hero, and excellent cultural/setting details. At one point the hero calls the heroine’s father a racial slur. It’s a terrible moment that’s not glossed over or easily forgiven. I loved the way the author portrayed racism as not just something bad people do, but an infection within us all.
Don’t be fooled by the cover, both the hero and heroine are African-American. Adorable setup, good writing, accurate sports details, great banter.
I really enjoyed this survival story romance featuring a black heroine and a Native American tracker hero.
Nicely done novella with a disabled vet hero. Both hero and heroine are POC.
Blob hunter heroine in space! Loved this one.
This book features two African-American heroines, an underground boxer and an undercover cop, on the mean streets of Baltimore. Gritty and compelling.
The heroine in this novel is a raging bitch who transforms into a gentle sweetheart. I really liked the hero. After his lover dies in a plane crash, he learns how to survive in the jungle.
Again, I’m recommending this for the hero. Both the hero and heroine are bisexual.
Thanks for reading my list! Do you have any recs for diverse romance novels?