Today I am so pleased to welcome Adriana Herrera to Joyfully Jay. Adriana has come to talk to us about her latest release, American Love Story. Please join me in giving her a big welcome!
Thanks so much to Jay for inviting me to the blog to share some of my favorite interracial M/M romance! Good representation of people of color is sadly not as common as I wish it was in the M/M space. It’s one of the reasons why I wanted the Dreamers series to show as much of my culture as possible. I wanted to create a world centered on Afro-Latinx characters. I wanted a universe where we didn’t just exist, but where our experience was centered.
It gives a lot of joy when I read stories that have multicultural characters and where their lives are portrayed well. Where who they are and where they comes from comes across clearly. I just like to read stories where I feel like someone with MY story could fit in, because I’m already welcome there.
So today, I have some of the interracial romances that I love, and would recommend for M/M readers looking for more multicultural stories.
Under His Protection by LaQuette: This is a category romance that brings the heat. Elijah is an NYPD detective and Camden is the prosecutor who he has to protect (and the guy that ghosted him after an amazing night years ago). What I love about this story is that Elijah’s family is central part of the story. They’re a loving, boisterous, successful African American family and that shines through not just in the story, but in how Elijah loves and lives.
Out in the Field by Kate McMurray This story has been around for a while, but what made it remarkable for me is that it was the first time I read a Dominican hero in a story. A gay Dominican hero at that. Even though Iggy’s culture doesn’t play a major role in the story, I appreciated that the value of Dominican baseball players in the major leagues was acknowledged. It’s also a really great baseball romance.
A Gentleman Never Keeps Score by Cat Sebastian This book is one of favorites of last year. Hands down one of the best stories I’ve read with a trauma survivor. It’s also an interracial romance. One of the heroes is black and HIS community and family is what ultimately holds up both the characters as they try to forge a future. I loved how Sam brought Hartley into his life. Love this one.
Idlewild by Jude Sierra This one is a foodie romance too, so it gets extra bonus points! This is a starting over story for Asher who is trying to save the gastro pub he opened with his late husband in Detroit. He hires all new staff in one last effort to make a go of things, in comes Tyler who changes everything. Food, culture and the city the story’s set are all prominent characters in this quiet, but lovely romance.
Heated Rivalry by Rachel Reid This one is more multi-cultural than interracial. One of the heroes, Shane, is half Japanese. Even though that side of his background doesn’t play a huge role in the story, his mother is a big presence in his life. The other hero Ilya is Russian which does play a bigger role in the story. There is also a Haitian player which blew my mind, given that it’s hockey!! Overall I loved this romance and was very happy to see a hockey romance that had people from diverse backgrounds.
No one should have to choose between love and justice.
Haitian-born professor and activist Patrice Denis is not here for anything that will veer him off the path he’s worked so hard for. One particularly dangerous distraction: Easton Archer, the assistant district attorney who last summer gave Patrice some of the most intense nights of his life, and still makes him all but forget they’re from two completely different worlds.
All-around golden boy Easton forged his own path to success, choosing public service over the comforts of his family’s wealth. With local law enforcement unfairly targeting young men of color, and his career—and conscience—on the line, now is hardly the time to be thirsting after Patrice again. Even if their nights together have turned into so much more.
For the first time, Patrice is tempted to open up and embrace the happiness he’s always denied himself. But as tensions between the community and the sheriff’s office grow by the day, Easton’s personal and professional lives collide. And when the issue at hand hits closer to home than either could imagine, they’ll have to work to forge a path forward…together.
Adriana Herrera was born and raised in the Caribbean, but for the last fifteen years has let her job (and her spouse) take her all over the world. She loves writing stories about people who look and sound like her people, getting unapologetic happy endings. When’s she not dreaming up love stories, planning logistically complex vacations with her family or hunting for discount Broadway tickets, she’s a social worker in New York City, working with survivors of domestic and sexual violence. https://adrianaherreraromance.com/