Best Multicultural Romances Books
When the main characters come from vastly different worlds, the stories sizzle that much more.
These books tell stories about love that cross cultures. Romances that spring from people from different backgrounds and places and yet still find each other.
1. Act Your Age, Eve Brown: A Novel (The Brown Sisters, 3)
Author: by Talia Hibbert
Published at: Avon (March 9, 2021)
AN INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERIn Talia Hibbert's newest rom-com, the flightiest Brown sister crashes into the life of an uptight B&B owner and has him falling hardliterally. Featured on Parade, PopSugar, Marie Claire, Oprah Mag, Bustle, Shondaland, CNN.
Com, Kirkus Magazine, Bookpage, USA Today, Bookish, Bookriot, and more! Eve Brown is a certified hot mess. No matter how hard she strives to do right, her life always goes horribly wrong. So she's given up trying. But when her personal brand of chaos ruins an expensive wedding (someone had to liberate those poor doves), her parents draw the line.
It's time for Eve to grow up and prove herselfeven though she's not entirely sure howJacob Wayne is in control.Always. The bed and breakfast owner's on a mission to dominate the hospitality industry and he expects nothing less than perfection.
So when a purple-haired tornado of a woman turns up out of the blue to interview for his open chef position, he tells her the brutal truth: not a chance in hell. Then she hits him with her carsupposedly by accident.Yeah, right.
2. Get a Life, Chloe Brown: A Novel (The Brown Sisters, 1)
Author: by Talia Hibbert
Published at: Avon (November 5, 2019)
Absolutely charming... A flawless balance of humor, heat, sweetness, and depth, and I loved every page. Helen Hoang, USA Today bestselling author of The Bride Test A witty, hilarious romantic comedy about a woman who's tired of being boring and recruits her mysterious, sexy neighbor to help her experience new thingsperfect for fans of Sally Thorne, Jasmine Guillory, and Helen Hoang!
Chloe Brown is a chronically ill computer geek with a goal, a plan, and a list. After almostbut not quitedying, she's come up with seven directives to help her Get a Life, and she's already completed the first: finally moving out of her glamorous family's mansion.The next items?
Enjoy a drunken night out.Ride a motorcycle.Go camping. Have meaningless but thoroughly enjoyable sex. Travel the world with nothing but hand luggage.And...Do something bad. But it's not easy being bad, even when you've written step-by-step guidelines on how to do it correctly.
What Chloe needs is a teacher, and she knows just the man for the job. Redford Red' Morgan is a handyman with tattoos, a motorcycle, and more sex appeal than ten-thousand Hollywood heartthrobs. He's also an artist who paints at night and hides his work in the light of day, which Chloe knows because she spies on him occasionally.
3. Take a Hint, Dani Brown: A Novel (The Brown Sisters, 2)
Author: by Talia Hibbert
Published at: Avon (June 23, 2020)
Named one of the Best Romances of 2020 by Apple, Kirkus, PW, Washington Post, NPR, BookPage, OprahMag, EW, Insider, Buzzfeed, Bustle, and Amazon! USA Today bestselling author Talia Hibbert returns with another charming romantic comedy about a young woman who agrees to fake date her friend after a video of him rescuing her from their office building goes viral...
Danika Brown knows what she wants: professional success, academic renown, and an occasional roll in the hay to relieve all that career-driven tension.But romance? Been there, done that, burned the T-shirt. Romantic partners, whatever their gender, are a distraction at best and a drain at worst.
So Dani asks the universe for the perfect friend-with-benefitssomeone who knows the score and knows their way around the bedroom. When big, brooding security guard Zafir Ansari rescues Dani from a workplace fire drill gone wrong, it's an obvious sign: PhD student Dani and former rugby player Zaf are destined to sleep together.
4. The Ex Talk
Author: by Rachel Lynn Solomon
Published at: Berkley (January 26, 2021)
An Instant Indie BestsellerPublic radio co-hosts navigate mixed signals in Rachel Lynn Solomon's sparkling romantic comedy debut. Shay Goldstein has been a producer at her Seattle public radio station for nearly a decade, and she can't imagine working anywhere else.
But lately it's been a constant clash between her and her newest colleague, Dominic Yun, who's fresh off a journalism master's program and convinced he knows everything about public radio. When the struggling station needs a new concept, Shay proposes a show that her boss green-lights with excitement.
On The Ex Talk, two exes will deliver relationship advice live, on air. Their boss decides Shay and Dominic are the perfect co-hosts, given how much they already despise each other. Neither loves the idea of lying to listeners, but it's this or unemployment.
Their audience gets invested fast, and it's not long before The Ex Talk becomes a must-listen in Seattle and climbs podcast charts. As the show gets bigger, so does their deception, especially when Shay and Dominic start to fall for each other.
5. Moments Like This (From Kona With Love)
Author: by Anna Gomez
Published at: Rosewind Books (March 9, 2021)
"...[An] atmospheric romance ... Gomez and Polaha's descriptions of Hawaii are postcard worthy. The breezy pace and gorgeous setting will stoke readers' wanderlust." ~Publishers WeeklyBook One in the From Kona with Love series depicting multicultural romance, love, loss, and redemption woven into a family saga set in the beautiful islands of Hawaii.
Though connected, each installment can be read as a standalone. After Andrea Andie Matthews chooses her career over a marriage proposal and then loses a promotion she worked so hard for, she jumps at the chance to take a break and help run a friend's coffee shop.
Alone in Hawaii, Andie befriends the staff and quickly grows to care for them, making her determined to revive the company. As luck would have it, she meets the mysterious Warren Yates on Christmas Eve. They share a cup of coffee, some conversation, and even a moment, which leads to many more in the coming weeks.
When Andie learns who Warren really isand what he actually wantsshe is torn between her feelings and his deception. But will Warren be able to win her heart back?
6. The Wedding Date
Author: by Jasmine Guillory
Published at: Berkley (January 30, 2018)
A groomsman and his last-minute guest are about to discover if a fake date can go the distance in this fun and flirty multicultural romance debut by New York Times bestselling author Jasmine Guilloryauthor of the Resse Witherspoon x Hello Sunshine Book Club Pick The Proposal.
THE USA TODAY BESTSELLER#5 LibraryReads PickA swoony rom-com brimming with humor and charm. Entertainment Weekly (The Must List)What a charming, warm, sexy gem of a novel.... One of the best books I've read in a while. Roxane Gay, New York Times bestselling author of HungerAgreeing to go to a wedding with a guy she gets stuck with in an elevator is something Alexa Monroe wouldn't normally do.
But there's something about Drew Nichols that's too hard to resist. On the eve of his ex's wedding festivities, Drew is minus a plus one. Until a power outage strands him with the perfect candidate for a fake girlfriend.... After Alexa and Drew have more fun than they ever thought possible, Drew has to fly back to Los Angeles and his job as a pediatric surgeon, and Alexa heads home to Berkeley, where she's the mayor's chief of staff.
7. The Proposal
Author: by Jasmine Guillory
Published at: Berkley (October 30, 2018)
THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERA Reese Witherspoon x Hello Sunshine Book Club PickThere is so much to relate to and throughout the novel, there is a sharp feminist edge. Loved this one, and you will too. New York Times bestselling author Roxane GayThe New York Times bestselling author of The Wedding Date serves up a novel about what happens when a public proposal doesn't turn into a happy ending, thanks to a woman who knows exactly how to make one on her own...
When someone asks you to spend your life with him, it shouldn't come as a surpriseor happen in front of 45,000 people. When freelance writer Nikole Paterson goes to a Dodgers game with her actor boyfriend, his man bun, and his bros, the last thing she expects is a scoreboard proposal.
Saying no isn't the hard partthey've only been dating for five months, and he can't even spell her name correctly. The hard part is having to face a stadium full of disappointed fans... At the game with his sister, Carlos Ibarra comes to Nik's rescue and rushes her away from a camera crew.
8. The Kiss Quotient
Author: by Helen Hoang
Published at: Berkley (June 5, 2018)
From the author of The Bride Test comes a romance novel hailed as one of The Washington Post's 50 Notable Works of Fiction in 2018 and one of Amazon's Top 100 Books of 2018! This is such a fun read and it's also quite original and sexy and sensitive.
Roxane Gay, New York Times bestselling author Hoang's writing bursts from the page. BuzzfeedA heartwarming and refreshing debut novel that proves one thing: there's not enough data in the world to predict what will make your heart tick. Stella Lane thinks math is the only thing that unites the universe.
She comes up with algorithms to predict customer purchasesa job that has given her more money than she knows what to do with, and way less experience in the dating department than the average thirty-year-old. It doesn't help that Stella has Asperger's and French kissing reminds her of a shark getting its teeth cleaned by pilot fish.
Her conclusion: she needs lots of practicewith a professional. Which is why she hires escort Michael Phan. The Vietnamese and Swedish stunner can't afford to turn down Stella's offer, and agrees to help her check off all the boxes on her lesson planfrom foreplay to more-than-missionary position...
9. When We Left Cuba
Author: by Chanel Cleeton
Published at: Berkley (April 9, 2019)
Instant New York Times bestseller! In 1960s Florida, a young Cuban exile will risk her lifeand heartto take back her country in this exhilarating New York Times bestselling historical novel from the author of Next Year in Havana, a Reese Witherspoon Book Club pick.Beautiful.Daring.Deadly.
The Cuban Revolution took everything from sugar heiress Beatriz Perezher family, her people, her country. Recruited by the CIA to infiltrate Fidel Castro's inner circle and pulled into the dangerous world of espionage, Beatriz is consumed by her quest for revenge and her desire to reclaim the life she lost.
As the Cold War swells like a hurricane over the shores of the Florida Strait, Beatriz is caught between the clash of Cuban American politics and the perils of a forbidden affair with a powerful man driven by ambitions of his own.
When the ever-changing tides of history threaten everything she has fought for, she must make a choice between her past and futurebut the wrong move could cost Beatriz everythingnot just the island she loves, but also the man who has stolen her heart...
10. Like Water for Chocolate: A Novel in Monthly Installments with Recipes, Romances, and Home Remedies
Author: by Laura Esquivel
Published at: Anchor; Reprint edition (October 1, 1995)
The bestselling phenomenon and inspiration for the award-winning film. Earthy, magical, and utterly charming, this tale of family life in turn-of-the-century Mexico blends poignant romance and bittersweet wit. This classic love story takes place on the De la Garza ranch, as the tyrannical owner, Mama Elena, chops onions at the kitchen table in her final days of pregnancy.
While still in her mother's womb, her daughter to be weeps so violently she causes an early labor, and little Tita slips out amid the spices and fixings for noodle soup. This early encounter with food soon becomes a way of life, and Tita grows up to be a master chef, using cooking to express herself and sharing recipes with readers along the way.
11. How to Fail at Flirting
Author: by Denise Williams
Published at: Berkley (December 1, 2020)
"A warm romance that bursts with realism and celebrates the symbiotic power of love and healing. Entertainment Weekly#1 LibraryReads PickIndie Next PickOne daring to-do list and a crash course in flirtation turn a Type A overachiever's world upside down. When her flailing department lands on the university's chopping block, Professor Naya Turner's friends convince her to shed her frumpy cardigan for an evening on the town.
For one night her focus will stray from her demanding job and she'll tackle a new kind of to-do list. When she meets a charming stranger in town on business, he presents the perfect opportunity to check off the items on her list.
Let the guy buy her a drink.Check.Try something new.Check. A no-strings-attached hookup.Checkalmost. Jake makes her laugh and challenges Naya to rebuild her confidence, which was left toppled by her abusive ex-boyfriend. Soon she's flirting with the chance at a more serious romantic relationshipexcept nothing can be that easy.
12. Party of Two
Author: by Jasmine Guillory
Published at: Berkley (June 23, 2020)
A chance meeting with a handsome stranger turns into a whirlwind affair that gets everyone talking in this New York Times bestseller. Dating is the last thing on Olivia Monroe's mind when she moves to LA to start her own law firm.
But when she meets a gorgeous man at a hotel bar and they spend the entire night flirting, she discovers too late that he is none other than hotshot junior senator Max Powell. Olivia has zero interest in dating a politician, but when a cake arrives at her office with the cutest message, she can't resistit is chocolate cake, after all.
Olivia is surprised to find that Max is sweet, funny, and noblenot just some privileged white politician, as she assumed him to be. Because of Max's high-profile job, they start seeing each other secretly, which leads to clandestine dates and silly disguises.
But when they finally go public, the intense media scrutiny means people are now digging up her rocky past and criticizing her job, even her suitability as a trophy girlfriend. Olivia knows what she has with Max is something special, but is it strong enough to survive the heat of the spotlight?
13. Josh and Hazel's Guide to Not Dating
Author: by Christina Lauren
Published at: Gallery Books (September 4, 2018)
Most men can't handle Hazel. But her best friend Josh isn't most men. Don't miss New York Times bestselling author Christina Lauren's new novel about two people who are definitely not datingno matter how often they end up in bed together.
Hazel Camille Bradford knows she's a lot to takeand frankly, most men aren't up to the challenge. If her army of pets and thrill for the absurd don't send them running, her lack of filter means she'll say exactly the wrong thing in a delicate moment.Their loss.
She's a good soul in search of honest fun. Josh Im has known Hazel since college, where her zany playfulness proved completely incompatible with his mellow restraint. From the first night they metwhen she gracelessly threw up on his shoesto when she sent him an unintelligible email while in a post-surgical haze, Josh has always thought of Hazel more as a spectacle than a peer.
But now, ten years later, after a cheating girlfriend has turned his life upside down, going out with Hazel is a breath of fresh air. Not that Josh and Hazel date. At least, not each other. Because setting each other up on progressively terrible double blind dates means there's nothing between them...Right?
14. Accidentally Engaged
Author: by Farah Heron
Published at: Forever (March 2, 2021)
A "delectable" romantic comedy about a woman who fakes an engagement to the boy next door to enter a couples cooking contest (Farrah Rochon, USA Today bestselling author). When it comes to bread, Reena Manji knows exactly what she's doing.
She treats her sourdough starters like (somewhat unruly) children. But when it comes to Reena's actual familyand their constant meddling in her lifewell, that recipe always ends in disaster. Now Reena's parents have found her yet another potential Good Muslim Husband.
This one has the body of Captain America, a delicious British accent, and lives right across the hall. He's the perfect, mouthwatering temptation ... And completely ruined by the unwelcome side dish of parental interference. Reena refuses to marry anyone who works for her father.
She won't be attracted to Nadim's sweet charm or gorgeous lopsided smile. That is, until the baking opportunity of a lifetime presents itself: a couples' cooking competition with the prize of her dreams. Reena will do anything to wineven asking Nadim to pretend they're engaged.