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On June 12, 1967, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down laws that banned interracial marriage. As a Vietnamese American married to a Black man, I thank Richard and Mildred Loving for paving the way for my marriage. Want to learn more about their story, watch the film Loving with the talented Ruth Negga and Joel Edgerton.
I can’t help but gravitate to romances where the couple are of different ethnicities or race. When I began dating my husband, it was rare to find an interracial couple in a fiction book where the main storyline was not revolved around their race.
The rate of interracial marriage in the U.S. is growing, according to census data. So why shouldn’t there be more couples like my husband and I in romance books?
Because representation matters, I tweeted some of my fave interracial romance books on this year’s anniversary of the landmark case. Here are some I love and some recommended by my Twitter peeps. Pick a few to read and tell all your friends about them!
Smoking Hot Interracial Romances You Should to Read
Radio Silence by Alyssa Cole hits all sorts of catnip: on the verge of the apocalypse + muscular Korean man + black heroine + friends to lovers storyline
How about a May-December romance with curvy black woman + well endowed silver fox? Try So Sweet by Rebekah Weatherspoon.
I know you love Courtney Milan’s historical fiction–but I love how the Chinese-American heroine in the contemporary Trade Me puts the rich white boy in his place in their college class. Don’t worry, they fall in love.
The covers of Forbidden Hearts series by Alisha Rai have smoking hot interracial couples, and the stories are even hotter! Start with Hate to Want You. Check out the Pleasure Pairing for it while you’re at it.
I couldn’t help but love snarky Nava (Jewish) fight off demons while lusting after former rock star Rohan (South Asian) in The Unlikeable Demon Hunter by Deborah Wilde. Read it and then try the Pleasure Pairing.
Want more? I made a Goodreads list of interracial romances that my Twitter friends recommended.