One of the best African American romance books to read for 2022: When Love Calls Your Name by LBJ Harris

January 14 16:57 2022

Author and acclaimed actor, producer and playwright LBJ Harris recently announced the release of his soul piercing debut novel, When Love Calls Your Name. Harris delivers a stunning work that captures the rush of lust and the slow burn of true love in the hearts of the young.

When Love Calls Your Name follows the life of Desmond Dawson, a young African American student wrestling with his newfound attraction to men. At college, he gives himself permission to explore his own desires while grappling with the pressures of an intolerant society. Before long, Desmond is initiated into the high-class gay underworld, where he captures the attention of an influential—and potentially dangerous—closeted businessman.

Set against the backdrop of a small mid-1970s New Jersey town, When Love Calls Your Name explores themes of experimentation and promiscuity through Desmond’s eyes. Harris expertly contrasts the overarching expectations of society against Demond’s fight to find his true self.

When Love Calls Your Name will resonate with fans of E. Lynn Harris and adult readers. The author hopes that his work will encourage readers to recall their ‘first time’ and the emotional connections they formed throughout their lives. Desmond’s story is about more than hope or self-acceptance—it’s a challenge to the audience to step beyond the confines of parental values, mainstream approval, and hiding in plain sight.

When Love Calls Your Name is available for purchase through NineStar Press or select from your favorite retailer by clicking here.

LBJ Harris was one of seven children born to two civil rights leaders in New Jersey. At an early age, he fell in love with creative arts and later earned his degree from West Chester State College with a focus in speech, communications, and theater. In 1980, he founded Le Noir Cabaret Repertory Theater Company and released a series of original musicals. Harris would go on to become a single father, adopting the first of his four children in 1989.

Visit him online at or on Twitter @lbjharris.

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