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If you’re a romance enthusiast, it’s never been a better time to expand and diversify your TBR pile. When I first started reading romance as a young adult, books by BIPOC authors, or even books with diverse characters were rare. I could never find a love story with a protagonist that I could relate to culturally. These days, however, the landscape is shifting and making room to represent and amplify voices of all kinds. Now, there are so many noteworthy books with diverse points of view, most of which are written from #OwnVoices authors, that I’m thrilled I can hardly keep up. In fact, there are so many good ones out there, I enlisted our editors to share their must-reads — everything from the latest releases from popular veterans like Jasmine Guillory and Helen Hoang to debut novels from newcomers like Julie Tieu.
Whether you’re here to check off the 2022 POPSUGAR Reading Challenge prompt or just looking to bring diverse POVs to your love stories, these romance novels by BIPOC authors are brimming with heat, humor, and heart.