I've read over 200 books last year. Some were brand new books, some were books I read in the past, and the others were books in 2022 I read more than once. It was hard to narrow down my list, but thanks to Goodreads, I was able to at least catalog my favorites for the year there, then pick and choose which ones really stood out for me.
Are you in need of some romance novels? Then I'm your girl! From Interracial to Paranormal and whatever in between, here are my top three favorite novels I read last year.
The Honorable Mentions
Before I get to my top three, here are some very lovely books I read in 2022 that I wanted to shoutout. I picked seven that were on my Goodreads Favorites. Not all came out last year, but they were just all fabulous nonetheless. Some authors you'll see repeat so you know they're good! This list is not in any particular order.
Vanessa Jared's Got a Man
Song of the Dawn
Angela J. Ford
The Dark Knight
K. Alex Walker
That Time I Got Drunk & Saved A Demon
Prince of the Brotherhood
K. Alex Walker
3. The Wolf by K. Alex Walker (Published 2015)
No words can tell you all how much I love this book. I read it twice in 2022 in preparation for the author continuing the series it is apart of, Angels & Assassins. The series is one of my all time favorites. One other book in the 'Honorable Mention' section come from the series as well - The Dark Knight.
This is the first book in the series, introducing us to Gage & Tayler. Gage, struggling with the death of his parents and two younger brothers, and Tayler, who's dealing with the appearance of a serial killer, both meet on a night where they truly needed each other.
If you think Fate isn't real? Think again.
This book, like the ones that come after it are huge on fate, family, brotherhood, sisterhood, and fighting for the people you love. With this book, Gage & Tayler loved each other hard and passionately. She gave him a reason to continue living, and he protected her with his life because he knew he couldn't lose her.
The book and this series are absolute page turners. I had no regret rereading the whole series in prep for the books to come this year.
2. Where Love is Found by Tiya Rayne (Published 2019)
I read this three times last year and each time, I felt like it was a whole new book. Not only is it about a multi-millionaire, successful Black woman who re-invented herself, but it shows how much our past defines our present - the good, the bad, and the ugly.
Charlice & Jackson are a couple that happened to meet through a small accident on the road, and their relationship blossomed from there. But because of Charlice's painful history with the men in her life, she never wants anything serious, keeping a rotation of men in her phone for when she needs them. But she saw something in Jackson, and he gave her reasons to give them a shot in more ways than one. He eventually becomes her kryptonite.
Between family drama on both sides, opening up about their past to each other, and creating an epic love story, while trying to solve the mystery on who's harassing Charlice in the process, the book covers so much that you can't help but read what happens next.
1. The Songbook of Benny Lament by Amy Harmon (Published 2021)
When I tell you all.. this book was absolutely beautiful to read. My favorite and the most iconic quote coming out of this book.
"If you want people to change, you have to show them what it looks like."
And with the book being based in the 1960s, where a white Italian man with unfortunate loose ties to the mob who loves to create and write music and a Biracial woman who has a powerful voice but her background hinders her success? That was change a lot were not prepared for, nor expecting.
Loving v. Virginia was mentioned in the book, and that didn't pass until 1967, so I can't imagine what couples before then dealt with because their skin-tones were different. This book definitely gives a taste of that.
The book goes between 1960 & 1969. Benny tells his story on WMCA Radio in 1969, and alternate chapters walk us through 1960 with how he meets Esther and works with her through music, and eventually, love.
They were such an epic duo together. Their relationship showed that even where interracial couples were still forbidden in law, you can overcome it through the power of love and music. Those two things are what brings people together.
If you enjoy historical/cultural plots such as this, intermingled with romance, this book is just what the doctor ordered.
I'm excited for the 2023 set of books. One of my favorite authors, if my list doesn't tell you who that is already, K. Alex Walker, has four books coming this year. They relate to her Angels & Assassins Series & International Mafia Series. I have a couple of stand-alone novels I'm looking out for as well, including Click to Subscribe by G.L.Tomas, Garrett by Riley Edwards, and Submit to Love by Courtney Dean. There's much to look forward to and I can't wait to read my heart out for the new year.
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