The best books for an urban spin on love, romance, & erotica

Why am I passionate about this?

Not only am I an avid reader of the urban love/romance/erotica genre, but I'm an award-winning, bestselling author in the genre, having written under multiple pen names. I've worked with enough traditional editors and freelance editors to know a well-crafted, entertaining, engaging read of this nature when I not only write one—ha!—but read one. As an author, I rarely offer book reviews—you'll only find one review from me on Amazon—but that's because I'm brutally honest and hard to win over, and I respect my relationship with my fellow literary artists too much to risk it on a not-so-favorable review. So, you know when I say it’s good, it’s good.


I wrote...

The Root of All Evil

By Joylynn M. Jossel,

Book cover of The Root of All Evil

What is my book about?

Thirty-four-year-old Klarke Taylor has two children, a pile of bills, and creditors who won't leave her alone. And she's had just about enough. So Klarke and her confidants, Breezy and Jeva, resort to devising a shady plan to snag her a man who will make all her monetary dreams come true.

Reo Laroque is a bestselling author and is right where he always dreamed of being in life. He has it all, including women who come out in droves for this high-ticketed bachelor. But all Reo wants is a virtuous woman to claim as his own. Now Klarke has him in her sights and he soon becomes entangled in a twisted pursuit of love, lust and the almighty dollar.

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The books I picked & why

Book cover of Addicted

Joylynn M. Jossel Why did I love this book?

Zane was one of the first to be so bold as to own the art of sex and mix it with the art of literature. Doing more than writing about sex just to be writing about sex, she provides you with a storyline so enthralling that even before all those 50 shades, Addicted was adapted to film and can be watched on national networks and streaming platforms worldwide, making it one of the first erotica novels of our time to have mainstream success.

By Zane,

Why should I read it?

2 authors picked Addicted as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

Addictedis the story of Zoe, an African American arts dealer. It traces her life from the time she first meets her husband, Jason, in the fifth grade, falls in love with him over a game of Twister in the eighth grade, loses her virginity to him in high school and eventually marries him. Everything seems perfect in Zoe's life to her friends and family as she secretly deals with serious problems in her marriage.

After failing to get Jason to open up to her sexually, Zoe becomes involved in not one, not two, but three extramarital affairs. By the time…


Book cover of A Hustler's Wife

Joylynn M. Jossel Why did I love this book?

The main character, Yarni, is living proof that all that glitters isn't gold, including love. But that sometimes all it takes is a little spit and shine to make it appear platinum. New York Times Bestselling Author, Nikki Turner, debuts into the literary industry with this title, one of her bestselling urban love stories to date.

By Nikki Turner,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked A Hustler's Wife as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

Yarni, a sweet and innocent girl from a well-to-do family, by chance meets Richmond's notorious drug kingpin, Des. The spark between them immediately blossoms into an astronomical love, which separates Yarni from her family and friends. But when Des is sentenced to life in prison, Yarni will learn that being a hustler's wife isn't all that easy with her sole provider behind bars.

A decade after its original release Nikki Turner’s debut novel, A Hustler’s Wife, is back and in digital form for the very first time. Nikki Turner takes readers along for the ride as Yarni struggles to survive.…


Book cover of From the Streets to the Sheets

Joylynn M. Jossel Why did I love this book?

Leave it to literary genius, Noire, to take the best of both literary worlds—street lit and erotica—and intertwine them into several tantalizing literary quickies. How can the result not be one of the best takes on urban love, especially when she curated some of the best in the business to contribute to the anthology?

By Noire,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked From the Streets to the Sheets as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

In this bold collection of hard-hitting urban erotic quickies, Noire, the undisputed Queen of Urban Erotica, brings you eleven authors who explore, without apology or restraint, street sagas of sexual pleasure.

Boasting an all-star lineup of some of today’s hottest authors–and sprinkled with heat from some fresh new talent too–this collection from Noire thoroughly lives up to her credo of giving her fans just what they like: street drama with a sheet-drenching erotic twist.

Here you’ll find sexy tales from fan favorites K’wan, Joy, Thomas Long, Jamise L. Dames, Andrea Blackstone, Gerald Malcom, Euftis Emory, Kweli Walker, and Erick Gray,…


Book cover of Heart Of The Hustle

Joylynn M. Jossel Why did I love this book?

Underrated this author may be, but not this book! I wish this genre could be taken as seriously as literary fiction often is, because author Azayler puts her heart and soul into everything she writes. She is truly the queen of urban romance and love, studying the craft to make sure that her characters penetrate the spirit of the reader. No one can make being in love be so dangerous, to the point where the characters are willing to die for it.

By A'zayler,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked Heart Of The Hustle as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

When a prodigal son returns to his family's criminal empire, he finds danger on the horizon—and a love worth fighting for—in this gritty urban romance.

Heir to the infamous DeLuca drug cartel fortune, Angel DeLuca walked away from it all to pursue a normal life. Then a wrenching betrayal shattered his belief in anything but saving his family's hard-won legacy. Now he's come back to lead the DeLuca empire—no matter the cost. But his most dangerous rival is the one woman whose fierce determination he can't resist . . .

Emilia East grew up in the game—virtually a daughter to…


Book cover of Spoiled Rotten

Joylynn M. Jossel Why did I love this book?

If Nikki Turner's Hustler's Wife had a little sister, it would be this book. Oh, to be young, dumb, and in love again... or never again. The author puts it in the reader's hand to determine if love truly conquers all, or if all conquers love. Guess it depends on how strong that love truly is.

By Brandi Johnson,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked Spoiled Rotten as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

When her brother is killed, Trouble, who has everything she could ever want because of her brother and his “complex occupation”, embarks on a mission of revenge that involves seducing the enemy and then killing him.


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Book cover of Liddy-Jean Marketing Queen and the Matchmaking Scheme

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What is my book about?

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What is this book about?

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