I was struck by a sentence written by romance novelist Adriana Herrera in the Washington Post this week. Herrera, in an article entitled The 10 Best Romance Novels of 2022, wrote:
For me, this year has been a reminder that the personal is always political, and I’ve found myself reaching for romances with protagonists who are not only looking for that glorious HEA but also healing, showing up for their communities, being courageous enough to fight for justice and striving to live authentically.
The books Herrera picked, I assume, reflect that. On her list are:
You Made a Fool of Death With Your Beauty by Akwaeke Emezi (rated 4.2 at Amazon and 3.72 at Goodreads)
Before I Let Go by Kennedy Ryan (rated 5.0 at Amazon and 4.70 at Goodreads)
The Very Secret Society of Irregular Witches by Sangu Mandanna (rated 4.5 at Amazon and 4.27 at Goodreads)