Updated: Aug 21, 2020
2020 has been one of the most disastrous years to date that I can remember, but it has produced some very good reads. My TBR (to be read) list is forever growing and never-ending, but I have been able to pick up a few of this year's new releases. Although I am constantly reading, I have not been able to read ALL of 2020's releases thus far. But here is a list of the ones I was able to read that I think you should pick up and read as well. I've grouped together the related books, if you read one you have to read them all (lol). Not really, but I just figured you would want to.
1. Strumming His Pain and With His Song by B. Love
These books aren't part of a series, but they are subsequent novels. Strumming My Pain is Izeah and Elise's story and With His Song is Hezekiah and Eva's story. The male leads are brothers and the female leads are sisters. Both stories were beautifully penned. If B. Love can't do anything else, she can surely pen a beautiful love story.
2. Confessions of an Urban Author Series by Blake Karrington
As readers, we don't know a lot of what goes on behind the scenes with these authors. Well, Blake Karrington decided to fix that. These books are novellas but are filled to the brim with tea. If you are nosey like me, you will definitely want to pick them up.
3. Black Lotus 2 by K'wan
This book isn't set to hit shelves until November 2020, but when it does I need you to grab it expeditiously. To be honest, I really missed K'wan's pen and thoroughly enjoyed this book. It's a murder mystery, but it's just as good as his urban fiction reads.
4. Loving the Realest of Them All Series by Antoinette Sherell
This was one messy ass read and that's what made me love it! I love me some entanglements and this series definitely had them. There will be another installment to this series slated to be released later this month, so if you prefer to read completed series you can hold off for a few more days, but definitely read this.
5. All I Ask of You by Chelsea Maria
This book is book three in the Kalmain brother's series, but can definitely be read as a stand alone. Amell is dark and mysterious in the the two previous books in the series, which got my interest piqued. When I finally read his story I was enamored. While reading this book it was like a movie was playing in my head. Chelsea did the damn thing with this book!
6. Front St. Porter, On Us and On Us 2 by Nina
Nina came out swinging with this series! There isn't a reader on social media that isn't talking about these books. They are raw, gritty, funny and the best thing I never knew I needed. These brothers are definitely my favorite.
7. fast by Millie Belizaire
Never in a million years would I think something so tragic could be so enjoyable. This book is filled with all kinds of triggers and complexities, but I could not put it down. Shaun Taylor made the read that much more easier, he will forever be a book bae of mine.
8. Resistance by Nia Forrester
With the current state of the world it felt good to read a book that was talking about current events. These characters found love through COVID-19, through the protests and the riots and that made me extremely happy.
9. A Little Bit of Karma by Reshonda Tate Billingsley
I love when authors can be versatile with their pen. RTB took a break from her normal story lines and penned a suspense novel, and let me tell y'all, I loved it. This book isn't slated to come out until late September, but once it's available I suggest reading it.
10. Love Seldom. Trust Never by Ty Marshall
When I need a break from romance books I like to go in the trenches and thug it out. This book helped me with that. East was one of the realest characters I've read about in 2020 and I just wanted our readers to be able to experience that kind of realness. If you're looking for a slightly flawed stand up character to read about, this book is perfect for you.
11. The Prototype Glimpses by Jacinta Howard
I can not stress this enough, I LOVE THESE CHARACTERS. All of them, the males and the females. I love their energy. I love the way they love each other. I love how they all are beautifully flawed. These books are shorts that follow up the original Prototype Series. If you love urban romance you definitely have to read these books.
12. Seasons of Fidelity: End Game by Takerra Allen
Takerra just simply does not get enough credit for her pen game. This book evoked so many emotions while reading it. I can literally talk about this book all day like the characters really exist. This book was a perfect ending to this awesome series.
13. Them Boys Series by Alexandria House
So clearly I have a thing for brothers, but these brothers aren't any ordinary brothers. These brothers are broken vessels that have learned to love through their past trauma. And y'all know Miss House is nasty and can write some bomb ass sex scenes. So unleash your inner freak and read about these brothers. You will not be disappointed.