Below is a list of the African-American books on sale during the month of  JANUARY 2023. Click on the title for our review of the book. Click on BUY to purchase.
January 2023
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MR RIGHT NEXT DOOR - Niama Simone
Rose Bend (Book #5)
HQN Books

BUY (10 January)
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CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE
As the ex-mayor’s daughter, Jenna Landon has spent her life aiming for perfection-and missing. The pressure and disappointment turned her into a bit of a mean girl, but now she’s tired of protecting her soft heart, of hiding her losses-she’s ready to leave Rose Bend and start over. But before she can leave, she has to endure the town’s carnival fundraiser, her father’s reelection campaign…and the pain-in-the-tail giant who just moved in next door.
DARK WATER DISAPPEARANCE - K. D. Richards
West Investigations (Book #5)
Harlequin Intrigue
BUY (27 December)
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ROMANTIC SUSPENSE
There was no quiet homecoming for Nikki King. Not with a body discovered on her lakefront property and Terrence Sutton’s unexpected arrival. The police detective is convinced his sister’s disappearance and the threats Nikki has been receiving are connected. Nikki would rather avoid the man who once let a family feud tear them apart, but can she afford to refuse his protection? Not with danger lurking in the dark water just beyond her doorstep.
AGAINST THE CURRENT - Olivia Matthews
A Spice Isle Bakery (Book #1)
St. Martin's Paperbacks
BUY
(24 January)
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COZY MYSTERY
Little Caribbean, Brooklyn, New York: Lyndsay Murray is opening Spice Isle Bakery with her family, and it’s everything she’s ever wanted. The West Indian bakery is her way to give back to the community she loves, stay connected to her Grenadian roots, and work side-by-side with her family. The only thing getting a rise out of Lyndsay is Claudio Fabrizi, a disgruntled fellow bakery owner who does not want any competition.
HER BEST FRIEND'S BROTHER - Yahrah St. John
Six Gems (Book #1)
Harlequin Desire
BUY
(27 December)
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CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE
When travel blogger Wynter Barrington’s disapproving family cuts her off, she finds comfort in a passionate chance encounter with Riley Davis, her best friend's brother. He’s hot as hell…and totally off-limits. When they meet again months later, they begin a sizzling affair. Wynter knows Riley doesn’t do love and marriage, but her youthful crush is feeling more and more like a real relationship. Can she survive falling in love with the one man she was never supposed to touch?
HIS PARTNERSHIP PROPOSAL - Jacquelin Thomas
Polk Island (Book # 4)
Harlequin Heartwarming
BUY
(27 December)
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CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE (Inspirational)
Success is everything to chef Terian LaCroix-his demanding father will accept no less. And his drive to be the best meant betraying Aubrie DuGrandpre. Aubrie is stunned when unexpected circumstances push them together to open a restaurant on Polk Island…and Terian is all in. His plans are sound, but he’s just as hard to resist as he was in culinary school. Could forgiving him put love on the menu?
THE ROYAL REBEL - Angela Seals
Modern Day Socialite (Book #2)
Independently Published
BUY
Reviewer:
Brenda Larnell | Rating: A
CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE
When I meet him, I’m intrigued. But it’s not until months later that he finally opens his mouth to speak to me and pisses me off within minutes. When he needs to be taught a lesson in respect, I have to remind myself not to fall for him. He has secrets that he keeps close to his chest, while I have a stalker out there who won’t leave me alone. This arrogant jerk is the last man in the world I should want. Unless, he’s the only man who will take the time to break the hard shell I’ve kept around my heart for far too long.
THE CLARKS OF NORTHSHIRE BEND - Stephanie Nicole Norris
The Clarks of Northshire Bend (Prequel)
Love is a Drug Ink
BUY
Reviewer:
Brenda Larnell | Rating: A
CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE
You met them in the Valentine and Rose series. In this prelude, I will formally introduce you to Malik Anthony Clark, Tristian Neil Clark, and Langston Jamal Clark.
AUDRA - Delaney Diamond
Black Lust: Naughty Season
Garden Avenue Press
BUY
(27 January)
Reviewer:
Cheryl McNeil | Rating:
CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE
Audra Connor-Foster is used to presenting a picture of domestic bliss to the outside world. The truth is, her husband hasn’t touched her in months, and after a bitter argument one night, she finally asks for a divorce. Damon is not surprised when Audra asks, but the words sting. What he won’t allow her to do is keep him away from his kids. A battle of wills ensues, forcing the couple to face the truth about the demise of their marriage. In the midst of all the pain, anger, and bitterness, maybe they can rekindle the fire in their relationship.
HIS MAIN ATTRACTION - Stephanie Nicole Norris
The Clarks of Northshire Bend (Book #1)
Love is a Drug Ink
BUY
Reviewer:
Brenda Larnell | Rating: A
CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE
As an emerging star with her girl group Genesis Rising, lead singer Tina Braddon’s career elevates at every turn. She has the best of friends and her close family she cherishes more than anything. Beautiful, healthy, and a lover at heart, Tina absorbs all the goodness life has to offer---including her healthy competitiveness to win. But the man of her dreams is the one person who remains out of her reach. He is here today and gone tomorrow, and Tina can’t help but wonder if it is for the best.
MAKE THEM CONFESS - Sherelle Green
Black Lust: Naughty Season
Coffee'd Pin Creative
BUY
Reviewer:
Cheryl McNeil | Rating: A
CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE
When I decide to hit the road and meet my friends for my impromptu divorce party, I’m prepared for an epic girls' week. The last thing I expect is to get stranded alone in a deserted small town during the biggest snowstorm of the year. That is when I find them. Elias, Stryker, Wade, Diesel, and Knox.