Diversity Spotlight Thursday is a weekly meme that was created by Aimal @ Bookshelves and Paperbacks. Each week, you share three diverse books: one that you have read and enjoyed, a released diverse book that you have not read, and one that has not yet been released. Check out the announcement post here for more information.
Preface: Over on Twitter, I saw some discussion about Courtney Milan being underrated and under read despite being an amazing author. She’s wrote one of my favorite Romances ever, Hold Me, and I don’t get why people don’t read her books when she’s writes in two of the most popular genres. I decided to make a series of Diversity Spotlight Thursdays devoted to WOC in Romance (check out the website of the same name which has compiled hundreds of books written by WOC in Roamce) to share noteworthy Romances written by Women of Color. I hope this series adds more books to your TBR!
A Diverse Book I Have Read
Title: Feels Like Summer (Summer Storm #2)
Author: Six de los Reyes
Publication Date: April 12th 2017
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance
Why I Love it: Peak New Adult Romance. I adored the heroine and she works at a Science Museum which was super cool. Also, brief fake dating.
Five-minute girlfriend. That’s what Jett signs up for when she meets Adrian and his band Arabella at beach music festival Summer Storm. One kiss and the attraction is too electric to ignore, but Jett has no room for love and Adrian is Mr. Relationship who’s getting over his recent breakup. The solution? Keep it simple. Keep it casual. For three months (that’s the rule about breakups, right?), Jett helps Adrian move on and Adrian shows up on Jett’s bed whenever she wants.
Then the three months are up and neither of them are in a hurry to be the first to leave. Does Jett walk away from a potential disaster or does she finally let someone into her closely-guarded heart?
A Released Diverse Book that I Haven’t Read Yet
Title: Better Off Red (Vampire Sorority Sister #1)
Author: Rebekah Weatherspoon
Publication Date: November 15th 2011
Genre: New Adult, Paranormal Romance
Why I Want to Read it: WLW VAMPIRES IN COLLEGE!! I never knew I wanted a vampire cult masquerading as a sorority until now.
Every sorority has its secrets…
And college freshman Ginger Carmichael couldn’t care less. She has more important things on her mind, like maintaining her perfect GPA. No matter how much she can’t stand the idea of the cliques and the matching colors, there’s something about the girls of Alpha Beta Omega—their beauty, confidence, and unapologetic sexuality—that draws Ginger in. But once initiation begins, Ginger finds that her pledge is more than a bond of sisterhood, it’s a lifelong pact to serve six bloodthirsty demons with a lot more than nutritional needs.
Despite her fears, Ginger falls hard for the immortal queen of this nest, and as the semester draws to a close, she sees that protecting her family from the secret of her forbidden love is much harder than studying for finals
A Diverse Book that Has Yet to Be Released
Title: Hate to Want You (Forbidden Hearts #1)
Author: Alisha Rai
Release Date: July 25th 2017
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Why I Want to Read it: I love Alisha Rai so naturally I’m excited for this one. It has all my favorite tropes including childhood lovers and there’s some second chance romance elements. I’m dying to read Hate to Want You.
That was the deal. Every year, Livvy Kane and Nicholas Chandler would share one perfect night of illicit pleasure. The forbidden hours let them forget the tragedy that haunted their pasts-and the last names that made them enemies.
Now Nicholas has an empire to run. He doesn’t have time for distractions and Livvy’s sudden reappearance in town is a major distraction. She’s the one woman he shouldn’t want…so why can’t he forget how right she feels in his bed?
Livvy didn’t come home for Nicholas, but fate seems determined to remind her of his presence–and their past. Although the passion between them might have once run hot and deep, not even love can overcome the scandal that divided their families.
Have you read any of the books I’ve talked about, or plan to read them in the future? Tell me your thoughts.