I do love a good Christmas romance! Here are a few titles that will help make the holiday even more bright and cheery!
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Author: Brenda Novak
Christmas is a time for remembering . Too bad all memories aren’t pleasant. Everyone in Whiskey Creek remembers Sophia DeBussi as the town’s Mean Girl. Especially Ted Dixon, whose love she once scorned. But Sophia has paid the price for her youthful transgressions. The man she did marry was rich and powerful but abusive. So when he goes missing, she secretly hopes he’ll never come back—until she learns that he died running from an FBI probe of his investment firm. Not only has he left Sophia penniless, he’s left her to face all the townspeople he cheated . Sophia is reduced to looking for any kind of work to pay the bills and support her daughter. With no other options, she becomes housekeeper for none other than Ted, now a successful suspense writer. He can’t bring himself to turn his back on her, not at Christmas, but he refuses to get emotionally involved. He learned his lesson the last time. – Goodreads
This was my first Whiskey Creek novel, but it won’t be the last. This book tells the story of a dramatic fall from Grace for Sophia, who has a long list of enemies from her past, but who also has a lot of hidden pain. As she tries to rebuild her life, she is forced to really rely on herself in ways that she never has before. The way that Ted’s character interacts with her was a good study on how t build a romance. His feelings for her slowly turn around as she changes. Through his eyes, we see a new Sophia and it made this sweet romance one that was a fun and romantic read for the holidays.
Author: Sarah Morgan
Once upon a time, Christmas was Kayla Green’s favorite time of year. Now all the workaholic wants for Christmas is for it to be over—as fast as possible! So when duty calls her to snowy Vermont to close a deal with a new client, Kayla is grateful for an excuse to avoid the holidays for another year. Jackson O’Neil left a thriving business behind to return home and salvage his family’s resort—it’s in his blood, and he can’t let it fail. Now that he’s got marketing whiz Kayla Green working with him to put Snow Crystal on the map, success is on the horizon. The fact they strike enough sparks off each other to power all the Christmas lights in Vermont is just an added bonus. Kayla might be an expert at her job, but she’s out of her depth with Jackson—he makes her crave the happy-ever-after she once dreamed of, and it’s terrifying. As the snowflakes continue to swirl, will the woman who doesn’t believe in the magic of Christmas finally fall under its spell? – Goodreads
This is the start of a series that takes place in a small resort town in Vermont. We start with Jackson, the eldest of the O’Neils, who is trying to save the resort and ends up falling for the ultra uptight PR pro. I really enjoyed the quirky family that was contrasted against Kayla’s very bleak view of the holidays. Her ‘nothing but business’ was really a mask for a lot of deep hurt and I liked the way her character developed during her time at Snow Crystal. The romance was sweet and steamy and the side stories, which I assume were set-ups for the subsequent books, made me want to keep reading. I think that I will really enjoy reading about the O’Neil family!
Author: Nina Rowan
Publisher: Forever Yours/Hachette
When Penelope Darlington is persuaded to elope with a most unsuitable suitor, she wastes no time. With visions of passion and adventure dancing in her head, she steals away in the middle of the night, just before her father’s Christmas feast. Fearing for his daughter’s reputation, Henry Darlington begs Darius Hall, the Earl of Rushton’s daring yet discreet son, to bring Penelope home. When Darius finally catches up to Penelope, he is shocked. She’s not the silly little girl he expected, but a beautiful woman with a sharp mind and an allure that cannot be ignored. Now forced to kidnap Penelope in order to bring her home, Darius and his new charge spend the next several days—and nights—in very close quarters. Penelope wanted passion and adventure, but she never could have imagined the pleasures Darius can provide… – Goodreads
Twas The Night Before Mischief was a novella with an endearingly regency era nerd and a high spirited heroine that was short, but really fun to read. There’s something about the nerdy guy with hidden passion that gets me every time, but I’m not sure that’s I’ve ever come across this trope in historical romance. It was a fun, sweet, romantic and sexy read. If you’re looking for something that’s short, but still has a lot of story packed into it, you should enjoy this title.
I received these galleys in exchange for my honest review.