13 Lovely Cross-Cultural Romance Books You Should Add To Your TBR

The bestest thing about romance is that it almost always sneaks up on a person and that unexpected element to it is what gives it its flavor.

In the books on this list, our leads come from cultures that are as diverse as can be, but, somehow, they make it work.

If you’ve been wanting to get sucked into a lovely, dramatic, interracial romance novel, you’re going to love all the books in this list. 

There’s everything from old rivals who become lovers to an affianced queer man who finds himself in love with another man — They’re all so amazing. 

1. Destination Wedding by Diksha Basu

Destination Wedding

Tina Das escapes to her cousin’s Delhi wedding to reassess life, but family drama, old flames, and career dilemmas disrupt her plans.

Soon enough, she’s pushed to make some hard, long-avoided decisions while the wedding is underway in the posh country club.

2. Dating Plan by Sara Desai

The dating plan

Software engineer Daisy Patel enlists her childhood crush, Liam Murphy, to pose as her fiancé to appease her matchmaking family.

But, they start actually falling for each other and the unexpected chemistry sweeps them off their feet.

If I know anything about South Asian families, it’s that they’re chaotic and fun in the best way possible, and you’re going to get a healthy dose of swoons and laughs in this interracial romance book. 

3. Toddler by Vanessa Riley

An earl the girl and a toddler

Jemina St. Maur, suffering from amnesia and imprisoned in Bedlam, is trying to discover her identity with the help of barrister Daniel Thackery. 

While they try to piece together the fragments of her past, they’re drawn together, but facing ruthless adversaries may jeopardize their only chance at happiness.

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4. Heart and Seoul by Jen Frederick

Heart and seoul

Korean adoptee Hara Wilson’s identity crisis leads her to Seoul, where she unexpectedly finds love and a new family.

For Hara, risking everything for a chance at romance (even though it’s forbidden) will challenge her sense of belonging but she wants to make it work. 

5. We Can’t Keep Meeting Like This by Rachel Lynn Solomon

We cant keep meeting like this

Wedding planners Quinn Berkowitz and Tarek Mansour are rivals who have never been able to stand each other. 

But circumstances soon force them together and while rescuing cakes and having heartfelt conversations, they resolve the many misunderstandings that drove them apart. 

6. Ties That Tether by Jane Igharo

Ties That Tether

Azere promised her late father that she would only marry a Nigerian man, and while she doesn’t have an issue with this for the longest time, her unexpected love with Rafael challenges everything she knew to be true. 

Ties That Tether made it to my list of the best African romance books, and I love that we see Azere try to develop her sense of cultural belonging and personal happiness.

7. Island Affair by Priscilla Oliveras

Island Affair by Priscilla Oliveras

Social media influencer Sara Vance recruits firefighter Luis Navarro to pose as her fiancé during a family vacation.

And while a real relationship wasn’t in the plan, they start sharing secrets and slow kisses and their fake relationship blossoms into something real. 

8. Blitzed by Alexa Martin

Blitzed by Alexa Martin

Football player Maxwell Lewis wants to get redemption with bar owner Brynn Larson after a misunderstanding.

Now, Max must learn to bring his best self forward when he realizes that neither his fame nor gifts have any sway over Brynn.

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9. Love, Chai and Other Four-Letter Words by Annika Sharma

Love Chai and Other Four Letter Words by Annika Sh

In this lovely cross-cultural romance, Kiran and Nash confront their personal fears and family expectations while nursing their budding feelings for each other. 

10. Ana Maria and the Fox by Diana Dela Rosa

Anna Maria and the Fox by Diana Dela

Ana María Luna Valdés finds freedom and love with Gideon Fox in London, but this relationship defies her familial expectations.

What I absolutely loved about this book is that it blends politics and romance and the character development is one of the best I’ve ever read. 

11. The Other Man by Farhad J. Dadyburjor

The other man

Ved Mehra is a queer man who’s still in the closet and his life is relatively peaceful until his parents set the ball rolling for his arranged marriage. 

In time, he finds himself shuffling between his two equally amazing partners – his arranged bride and his boyfriend – and the back and forth eventually takes a toll on his mental health. 

If cheating is a hard trigger for you, you’re going to want to steer away from this book because while Prem’s actions are totally understandable, cheating is very much inexcusable and it was a little hard to get through. 

Also See: 22 Lovely Queer Adult Romance Books That Show The Beauty of LGBTQ+ Relationships

12. American Royalty by Tracey Livesay

American royalty

Rapper Duchess and reclusive royal Prince Jameson jump from one misunderstanding to the other and soon a Disney-like romance blooms between them.

I’m a relentless slut for cute book covers, so reading this beautiful BWWM cross-cultural romance book was a no-brainer — I loved every bit of it. 

13. After Hours on Milagro Street by Angelina M. Lopez

After Hours on Milagro street

Alex Torres and Jeremiah Post are two very strong personalities with different goals as it concerns the renovation and/or demolition of a bar, so they clash at every turn. 

What they don’t know is that each is hiding a world of hurt of their own and once they get closer, they each let down their spikes and walk towards healing. 


And, that’s a wrap – Will you read any of these cross-cultural romance books? Let me know in the comments section.  

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Preye http://therookiejurist.com

Hi! I'm Preye ("pre" as in "prepare" and "ye" as in "Kanye"), and I am a lifelong book lover who enjoys talking about books and sharing bits and pieces of all the fascinating things I come across. I love books so much that I decided to become a developmental editor, and right now, I work with authors to help them tell their stories better. On this blog, I share everything from book recommendations to book reviews and writing tips, so feel free to stop by anytime you like!

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