We only review romance novels. We do not guarantee a favorable review, and we reserve the right to refuse to post reviews for any book we feel, in our sole discretion, is not a good fit for this website and our readership. If a reviewer is unable to finish a book, a review will not be posted and you will be notified.
We accept books from self-published/indie authors and have been approved by the following publishers to request for review their novels that contain a hero or heroine who is a person of color: Arrow Publishing, Breathless Press, Crimson Romance, Entangled Publishing, Evernight Publishing, Kensington, Loose Id, Mocha Memoirs Press, Phaze Books, and Samhain Publishing.
Define romance novel
To define what is a romance novel, we use the definition provided by the Romance Writers of America (RWA) and revised it to suit our purpose. Two basic elements comprise every romance novel: a central love story and an emotionally-satisfying and optimistic ending.
A Central Love Story: The main plot centers around individuals falling in love and struggling to make the relationship work. A writer can include as many subplots as he/she wants as long as the love story is the main focus of the novel.
An Emotionally-Satisfying and Optimistic Ending: In a romance, the lovers who risk and struggle for each other and their relationship are rewarded with emotional justice and unconditional love. Each story must have a happily ever after or a happy for now ending. (If your book is part of a series that can not stand alone, let us know on the Review Request Form.)
Define “romance novels in color”
Any book advertised on this site or accepted for review must contain a hero or heroine who is a person of color. The book may contain interracial love interests or love interests from the same ethnic group. For the purposes of this site, persons of color include people of African descent (such as African-Americans or Caribbean peoples), Native Americans, Asians, Arabs, and cultural Latinos (such as people from Central and South America).
If you’re unsure if your romance novel meets our requirements, send an inquiry using the Contact Us page.
Where do you post reviews?
They are posted on our blog, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Goodreads. They are also listed in the weekly newsletter that goes out to our readers. If you use an RNIC review or an excerpt from one of our reviews in your promotions, we ask that you provide a link back to our website. Even better, use our Reviewed By or Top Rated By badges and show off! (Right click on the image and choose Save Image As to save to your computer, or Copy Image URL to get the URL.)
Reviews are posted on the RNIC blog on Mondays and Wednesdays. They’re uploaded to other sites as soon as possible.
|Top Rated||A special designation for 5 star books we love so much we wish we could give them more than 5 stars.|
|5 stars||Loved it! Great storytelling. Couldn’t put it down and think everyone should read it.|
|4 stars||Very good! Would recommend it.|
|3 stars||Liked it.|
|2 stars||The bad outweighed the good.|
|1 stars||Did not like it and suggest you avoid it.|
If your novel meets the above criteria, use the Review Request Form to send us details about it. Note: We are currently closed to new review requests
The books we receive come from authors and publishers. On occasion we purchase books ourselves. We do not accept compensation in exchange for reviews.