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  • Writer's pictureTlalane Manciya

SUITORS & SWEETHEARTS (6 Contemporary Romance Stories Celebrating African Joy)

I came across this anthology through a Facebook author friend who was one of the writers featured in the book. I must admit the first thing caught my eye was the cover, the model was really attractive and that didn't help my situation with my weakness for handsome men in romance books. Because for me, there are three things that will always make me buy a book, always. First, it's the cover, if the cover is really attractive and got my attention, I will see myself turning back the book to read what is about because I'm trying to picture the character on the cover and put them in the story, then if I found out the story is something I would read, I would consider the author, if it's someone I'm familiar with and if I've read their books before....If I like the cover, like the story line and like the author, then I'm sold.


Same with this anthology, I was attracted by the cover, the I read that all the stories are stories that celebrate African Romance, and I can't figure out anything more interesting than African Romance in my eyes.


This anthology has six wonderful stories, all of them set in Africa, from Nigeria to Mauritius, with a mixture of tropes from, second chance romance, forbidden love, one-night stand, rockstar romance, and billionaires. So, there is mostly something for everyone who loves romance reads, but no matter the trope, all these stories are so captivating in their own way. They are all kind of stories that leave you wanting more and more, I was turning the pages because they don't slow down until the end.


This anthology introduced me to new romance authors that have now made their way into the list of my favorite authors. One of the stories is book one of a series, and I will be reading the whole series as I was hooked on the first book.


If you're looking for good African Romance stories with Alpha Men that enlightens us on culture, love, and tradition, then this is the anthology to put on your reading list, and no matter how long you get through all the stories, it's worth the purchase and the read.





BOUND TO FATE by Kiru Taye

All Ike wants to do is to keep out of trouble and get through the one-year internship required for his degree program. But trouble finds him, in the form of the intelligent and brave Lara who turns his world upside down. Falling in love is forbidden. So why does it feel so right? Love like theirs cannot be denied. But catastrophe lies in wait and one-night changes their lives forever.


VEGAS NIGHTS by Unoma Nwankwor

A woman scared of being hurt again is bent on playing it safe. A man determined to stay focused and never experience poverty again. One night on the wild side that changes everything.

LOVE AND HIPLIFE by Nana Prah

Blaise 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?

MOST ELIGIBLE BACHELOR by Empi Baryeh

When Lord—his given name, not a title—sets his sights on Chantelle, he has more than work on his mind. Yet, even the infamous playboy couldn’t have predicted the magnetic attraction from the moment they met, nor the evening ending with more than just an interview. But now he has to convince Chantelle that their one-night stand wasn’t a mistake... and that not all bachelors are heartbreakers.

THE ONE THAT GOT AWAY by Zee Monodee

Eldest sister of the Hemant sibling trio, Lara, returns to Mauritius as a divorcee and she comes across Eric, the man she loved as a teenager and gave up because their interracial relationship would not stand a chance on this island. But here comes a second chance: Eric wants her back in his life, and he will stop at nothing to win her back. Will Lara be her own worst enemy and thus end up unhappy ever after?

BITTERSWEET BEGINNING by Nkem Akin

"Efe Sagay grew up and went to school in Nigeria. While attending school she met the love of her life, her soul mate, the person she wanted to spend the rest of her life with...Kevwe Mukoro. And the feelings were duplicated by Kevwe. As soon as Efe graduated, they would be married. This was the dream and this was the plan. But real life doesn't always see things the way we do. The perfect future can always be destroyed by unforeseen circumstances." ~ Martha A. Cheves, Author.

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