7 Native American Romance Novels That Are Too Beautiful for Words
Amazing Native American romances you need to read asap!
Native American Romance Novels
There are many beautiful love stories out there just waiting for someone to read them. Romantic love, familial love, the love between friends. All of it is incredible and makes for wonderful storytelling. While the focus of this article - Native American romance novels - is on romantic relationships, they also feature other love stories that are just as heartwarming to read about.
While searching for books to add to the list, we wanted to include own voices novels because vast majority of romances featuring Native American characters are written by white characters. It's important for people in minority groups to get to tell their own stories.
We hope that, if you aren't Native American, this list will inspire you to pick up a book you may never have heard of. A lot of times, books by and about minority groups don't get the same press as people in privileged groups. If you're a Native American and a romance fan, we hope you'll find a few books to add to your reading list!
1. Trail of Lightning by Rebecca Roanhorse
Most of the world was lost during beneath the rising waters of the climate apocalypse, but the the former Navajo reservation, now called Dinétah, has been reborn with the gods, heroes, and monsters of legend. A supernaturally gifted monster hunter, Maggie Hoskie is a small town's last hope of finding a missing girl. During her search, Maggie discovers a monster worse than any she's ever encountered and is forced to recruit the services of unconventional medicine man Kai Arviso. To uncover the truth, Maggie will have to confront a past she'd rather forget.
2. Love Beyond Body, Space, and Time: An Indigenous LGBT Sci-Fi Anthology edited by Hope Nicholson
A science fiction and urban fantasy anthology featuring stories about indigenous LGBT and two-spirit characters written by indigenous LGBT and two-spirit authors. While all the stories are different, many include elements of love and self-love from a wide variety of authors.
3. Heartbeat Braves by Pamela Sanderson
Rayanne Larson works at the Crooked Rock Urban Indian Center, doing anything in her power to help native people living in the city. She's confident in the progress the Center is making. Or at least she was until her special project gets turned over to the leader's nephew. Henry Grant has always lived in the city and isn't really interested in the job his uncle basically forces him into until he meets Rayanne. She's gorgeous and smart and her determination to better people's lives is admirable. A crisis at the center forces them together, at which point they become unable to ignore what's growing between them.
4. Hearts Unbroken by Cynthia Leitich Smith
Louise Wolfe feels no guilt dumping her first boyfriend over email after he both disrespects and mocks Native Americans right in front of her. As a senior in high school, she'd rather spend the year with people that respect her and working on the school paper. She gets paired up with photojournalist Joey Kairouz to cover a story on the musical director's inclusive casting of The Wizard of Oz, something that has been getting a lot of backlash in the mostly white, mostly middle-class town. Prejudice and tension grows, along with a romance between Lou and Joey. Is it better to protect her heart or to give love a chance?
5. Owls Don't Have to Mean Death by Chip Livingston
When he was just a child, Peter Strongbow was taught that seeing an owl was a sign of bad things to come. Not long ago, Peter hit one with his car during a romantic drive with his boyfriend. Peter learns his boyfriend Cache, the love of his life, is HIV-positive. He turns to his Creek community and family to learn the best way he can understand and support his boyfriend, and to understand the true meaning of love.
6. Shadows Cast by Stars by Catherine Knutsson
After the Plague comes two hundred years from now, blood is suddenly worth far more than money, particularly the blood belonging to Native populations because it contains antibodies immune to the Plague. Cassandra Mercredi may be lucky enough to have immunity, but that doesn't mean she's safe while the government is rounding up Native people in order to harvest their blood. Cassandra and her family are forced to flee and end up on the Island, a mysterious territory protected both by the Band of guerilla warriors and an energy barrier. The healer of the spirit world's village takes Cassandra under her wing and the leader of the tribe's son falls for her, but Cassandra may have an even bigger calling. The spirit world is angry and wants Cassandra to become both its voice and instrument.
7. Maud's Line by Margaret Verble
It's 1928 in Eastern Oklahoma and Maud Nail lives on a Cherokee allotted parcel with rogue father and sensitive brother. She spends her time working hard and relishing in the simple pleasures she's allowed. Violence and tragedy is all around her, something she's forced to accept because life isn't likely to get much better. However, a good-looking newcomer rolls in and Maud can't help but notice. She is faced with a number of high-staked decisions that with decide not only her future, but also the future of those she loves.
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