We have curated a group of books authored by Black women and published by the Harlequin family of imprints. Harlequin has a solid reputation as the publisher of romance books has evolved over the years to include titles authored by a diverse group of writers in diverse genres. The titles included in our gift guide range in subject and audience: From teen to romance to suspense to rom com. These are perfect gifts to give to book lovers in every form, including audiobooks.
One of the Good Ones by Maika Moulite & Maritza Moulite (Teen)
When teen social activist and history buff Kezi Smith is killed under mysterious circumstances after attending a social justice rally, her devastated sister Happi and their family are left reeling in the aftermath. As Kezi becomes another immortalized victim in the fight against police brutality, Happi begins to question the idealized way her sister is remembered. Perfect. Angelic.
One of the good ones.
Honey Girl by Morgan Rogers
With her newly completed PhD in astronomy in hand, twenty-eight-year-old Grace Porter goes on a girls’ trip to Vegas to celebrate. She’s a straight A, work-through-the-summer certified high achiever. She is not the kind of person who goes to Vegas and gets drunkenly married to a woman whose name she doesn’t know…until she does exactly that.
The Jigsaw Man by Nadine Matheson
On the day she returns to active duty with the Serial Crimes Unit, Detective Inspector Anjelica Henley is called to a crime scene. Dismembered body parts from two victims have been found by the river.
The modus operandi bears a striking resemblance to Peter Olivier, the notorious Jigsaw Killer, who has spent the past two years behind bars. When he learns that someone is co-opting his grisly signature—the arrangement of victims’ limbs in puzzle-piece shapes—he decides to take matters into his own hands.
Saving Ruby King by Catherine Adel West
When Ruby King’s mother is found murdered in their home on Chicago’s South Side, the police dismiss it as another act of violence in a black neighborhood. But for Ruby, it’s a devastating loss that leaves her on her own with her violent father. Her best friend, Layla, is the only one who understands how this puts Ruby in jeopardy.
Savvy Sheldon Feels Good as Hell by Taj McCoy
Savvy Sheldon spends a lot of time tiptoeing around the cracks in her life: her high-stress and low-thanks job, her clueless boyfriend and the falling-apart kitchen she inherited from her beloved grandma—who taught her how to cook and how to love people by feeding them. But when Savvy’s world starts to crash down around her, she knows it’s time for some renovations.
Good luck trying to decide which book to purchase as a gift. And we will not be upset, if you choose to purchase them all for yourself. Happy reading.3