It’s lockdown, and you’ve read all the African fiction classics you can handle. You’ve had enough of characters searching their souls for answers to the hard, unfathomable questions of life.
The fun-loving reader in you wants something else, something about people falling in love and exploring the pure pleasures of a steamy romance.
If you’re in that boat, Love Africa Press is your go-to place. Love Africa Press is an indie publisher of African romance fiction. Launched in 2018, the press has a strong list of titles set in different parts of the continent and exploring both historical and contemporary periods.
Here are a few 2020 titles to pique your interest.
TITLE: Her Golden Eyes
AUTHOR: Holly March
GENRE: Historical Romance
Medieval Morocco, 1195 CE, 591 AH…
Sabbah’s neatly ordered life is about to be overturned. He is an important man in an important city who has been successful at everything so far, but can he succeed with love?
He should be worrying about a conspiracy to undermine Marrakech itself, but his beautiful new housekeeper is disturbing his house, his head, and his heart.
Tison is in a new city, and she is determined to control her own destiny. That destiny was not supposed to involve falling for her new master, or getting involved with a shadowy underground cell bent on anarchy.
The first medieval romance in the Heart of Gold series, Her Golden Eyes will captivate and intrigue.
AUTHOR: Lauri Kubuitsile
GENRE: Legal Suspense, Psychological Suspense
A neglected wife in a foreign country. An ambitious man who will do anything for greatness. An embittered husband battling to save more than his marriage.
Feeling isolated, Elizabeth is struggling to find her place in a different country. Her once happy marriage is fading. Her husband, Ditiro, is busy with his successful law practice. Even being a mother does not alleviate her loneliness.
After one challenging morning, Elizabeth picks up a hitchhiker, and completely out of character, she has a brief sexual encounter with the much younger man, Tumelo—a rash decision that will change her life completely.
TITLE: Fine Wine
AUTHOR: Emem Bassey
GENRE: Contemporary Romance, Erotic
Sifon is a confident woman who knows exactly what she wants, especially, in a man. In her thirties, she co-owns a haulage company and is in the process of expansion when Manny, the 51 year old, sexy hotelier and pseudo parent to her business partner, literally, walks into her life. It is love at first sight for her although it might take some work to convince the abrasive Manny that he is the man of her dreams.
TITLE: Be My Valentine: Volume Two
GENRE: Contemporary Romance, Anthology
The four novellas in this collection is a celebration of love the African way: lots of love, lust, and everything in-between.
The Curse of Valentine by Glory Abah
She Will Be Loved by Zee Monodee
When Love Happens by Rosemary Okafor
Until Morning by Mukami Ngari
TITLE: Bound To Liberty
AUTHOR: Kiru Taye writing as Kai Tyler
GENRE: Contemporary Romance, LGBTQ
As if life isn’t tough enough for James Coker, rejected and nearly killed by family, he is also a closeted gay man in a country where being gay is outlawed. So when the first man he has ever loved gets engaged to a woman, James’s solution to heartbreak is to indulge in a holiday fling.
In contrast, Ethan Eze has had life relatively easy. Born in the ‘Land of the Free’ and nurtured within a family where he can be whoever he wants to be, he’s a military veteran who is not afraid of going for what he wants. When he meets James, Ethan wants him.
Desire burns between them and soon blurs into devotion. But James is not ready to lose his heart again. Will Ethan fight for his love?
Bound to Liberty is a story about breaking free from mental chains and living a life of boundless love.
TITLE: Love and Hiplife
AUTHOR: Nana Prah
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
Lamisi Imoro will do anything to complete her PhD before the extension is up. It doesn’t matter who dies, leaves her high and dry, or hates her guts, she’s on fire. But, her supervisor wants to prove just how much he’d love to see her fail by throwing obstacles to thwart her from reaching her goal. Desperate for help and nowhere else to turn, she’s forced to ask for the assistance of the hiplife artist who once saved her from a nasty fall. She finds that their scorching attraction is a problem and is determined to temper her rising emotions because nothing will stop her from getting what she set out to accomplish.
Blaise Ayoma is on the verge of taking African Francophone countries by storm with his new style of music. Learning how to sing in French without butchering the beautiful language is harder than he thought. Multi-linguist, Lamisi is the key to his success. When his presence in her life puts her in danger, will he end the budding relationship in order to keep her safe?
Title: Not Just Another Interlude
Author: Lara T. Kareem
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance
Release date: May 25, 2020
Sewa’s decision to steer her love life in the direction she wants instantly backfires, prompting her to halt her quest for love and focus on other more important things like getting a job. Fate has its own plan and puts her in the path of the man of her dreams, Jide.
Jide isn’t afraid to go after what he wants. Crossing Sewa’s path more than once, he doesn’t leave it up to chance because there is something special about her.
When their budding relationship suffers a huge blow, Jide will have to prove that love is worth fighting for, to Sewa.
PRE-ORDER | Out May 25, 2020.