In my opinion, YES.
A few months ago I seen a Nicholas Sparks meme floating around on Facebook. The meme had his book covers lined up, and each one showed white couples almost kissing. That got me thinking about the romance novels I’ve read and how often they featured a main character (specifically the hero of the story) that was non-caucasian.
Now don’t get me wrong, I’m fine with a white hero. Heck, I’m white and I’m married to a white guy. But you know what? I’m attracted to men of other races as well, and I think other romance readers are too. Our country and our world is made up of many different cultures and ethnicities. I wish the books we read reflected that more.
Most of the authors I read are female caucasian, so that makes me wonder if they are only writing what they know. Maybe they are not familiar or do not know how to address different races in their work. Do book sales factor into the decision of the race of the characters? Will a book featuring a non-white hero not sale as well? I don’t know the answers to these questions, but I’d love to hear your thoughts.
Finally, I went through my Kindle and found some books I enjoyed that feature heroes of different ethnicities. Do you have any you can recommend?
- Lady Luck by Kristen Ashley
- The Devil’s Metal by Karina Halle
- Falling Away by Penelope Douglas
- Alarm by Shay Savage
- The Law of Moses by Amy Harmon
- Wild and Free by Kristen Ashley
- On Every Street by Karina Halle
- Dirty Angels by Karina Halle
- The Shadow by JR Ward
- Perfect Chemistry series by Simone Elkeles
- 5th Street series by Elizabeth Reyes
- The Brie Collection by Red Phoenix