Multicultural and military romances to round out your May TBR list


It’s the merry month of May and celebrations abound. Fun nights out in Texas provide the backdrop for diverse lovers to meet, give in to their mutual attraction, and start their sometimes-chaotic journey toward a happy future. 


Multicultural Romance 

Isha Patel is the black sheep of the family. She doesn’t have a “prestigious” degree or a “real” career, and her parents never fail to remind her. But that’s okay because she commiserates with her cousin, best friend, and fellow outcast, Rohan. 


When Isha has a breakthrough getting her script in front of producers, it doesn’t go according to plan. Instead of letting her dreams fall through the cracks, Rohan convinces her to snag a pitch session with an Austinite high-profile celeb: the one and only Matthew McConaughey, who also happened to be her professor at the University of Texas years ago—he has to remember her, right? 


Chasing Matthew McConaughey isn’t easy. Isha needs a drink or two to muster up courage, and she gets a little help from the cutest bartender she’s ever encountered. But when the search for the esteemed actor turns into a night of hijinks and unexpected—albeit fun—chaos, everything falls apart. Isha’s dreams seem farther than ever, but she soon realizes who she really needs to face and that her future may just be alright, alright, alright. 


Isha, Unscripted is available from popular book sellers. 


Sajni Patel was born in vibrant India and raised in the heart of Texas, surrounded by a lot of delicious food and plenty of diversity. She draws on her personal experiences, cultural expectations, and southern flair to create worlds that center around strong Indian women. Once in MMA, she’s now all about puppies and rainbows and tortured love stories. She currently lives in Austin where she not-so-secretly watches Mathew McConaughey from afar during UT football games. Queso is her weakness and thanks to her family’s cooking, Indian/Tex-Mex cuisine is a real thing. She’s a die-hard Marvel Comics fan, a lover of chocolates from around the world, and is always wrapped up in a story. 


Military Romance 

One wild night... 


Corina Beltran, overworked, underpaid (and zero social life because of it), was only looking for a good time out with best friends on the last night in her hometown. If the fun extends to that guy at the bar too, well, then why not? She has nothing to lose. 


Zak Dudek, about to retire from the reserves and move back home to Colorado, only wanted the distraction a beer could give. Nothing else. Until Corina catches his eye and disrupts the night’s plans. 


Awkwardness and attraction spark when they meet.  


But feelings shift, tensions rise, and all bets are off as the night comes to a close. Corina finds out Zak took a bet to be with her and storms out. 


Fast forward months later, Zak has coincidentally (and temporarily) moved next door to Corina. After much resistance, Cori finally allows Zak to clear the misunderstanding about the bet. They come together but time runs out again. They are both moving to opposite ends of the country; Corina just leaves sooner, having convinced herself what they had wasn't going anywhere. 


Until Zak follows Corina and finds out she's accidentally pregnant. He only has to convince her he wants to be with her, not just for the baby. And Cori needs to convince Zak that she's willing to trust him enough to love him and be together. 


This Road to You is free to borrow with Kindle Unlimited subscription. 


A semifinalist for America’s Next Great Author – El Paso/Calgary border gal, Yvette de Oro lives in Dallas, Texas with her husband and 13-year-old black lab named BB. Reading romance, daydreaming story ideas, life changes from a PR degree and being in print/digital ad sales and marketing for 15 years, end-of-life doula training, the bestest husband, and a callout from a favorite author (Penny Reid) solidified the writing adventure. 

Maida Malby is dedicating this month to reading and promoting books (especially Romance) by Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander authors. Find her reviews and recommendations on her blog Carpe Diem Chronicles at and social media pages.