Holiday romance

B-
Twelve Kisses to Midnight

Both Karen Hawkins and Christmas novellas are on my auto-read list. Not auto-buy, because these days I like to be 100% certain I’ll reread a book before I buy it, but if I see anything by Karen Hawkins (or any Christmas novella) on a shelf at the library or available for review, I’ll grab it wit ...

B
Silver Belles: An Over-40 Holiday Anthology

Romance is glutted with the innocent ingénues, so in Silver Belles, it was refreshing to read about people with more years under their belts. Many of the protagonists in these stories have children but are now empty nesters, and so are at the perfect moment in their lives for a happy-for-now joyful ...

C+
The Oddest Little Gingerbread Shop

In an effort to get into the holiday spirit I went in search of some holiday romances, and came across The Oddest Little Gingerbread Shop. After all, as a fan of all things ginger, a story about a gingerbread shop has to be wonderful, right? This short romance delivered in terms of holiday story, al ...

B
A Match Made in Mistletoe

Fans of Anna Campbell’s have been treated to a regular diet of new stories from her over the last year or so in the form of a series of novellas (Dashing Widows) and a couple of standalones.  Her writing is extremely assured, warm and intelligent; and she has the knack of creating the most delici ...

B
Glass Tidings

I have to say that I am not a great fan of Holiday romances, as they are usually full of ridiculous coincidences and enough sweetness to induce a diabetic coma. But in this lovely, well written Christmas romance, Amy Jo Cousins keeps the story and the characters the right side of realism and cynicis ...

B-
Snowbound at Christmas

Snowbound at Christmas is a three-story anthology of sweet contemporary romances, all tied into the idea of a white Christmas and former sweethearts. Each novella is part of an existing series from each author, but they are all pretty easy to read as standalones, so no homework is necessary. I love ...

B
Holiday With a Twist

Fans of Shannon Stacey will probably find plenty to like in Holiday With a Twist. The story features likable, down-to-earth characters who actually have lives and families and, well, don't live in a Romlandia vacuum. As with just about everything I've read by this author, I enjoyed the story even if ...

B+
A Family for Christmas

A Family for Christmas is delightful.  Much like other books I’ve read by Jay Northcote, the story features interesting characters dealing with relationship problems we can all relate to.  There are no gazillionaires, athletes or celebrities here - just ordinary people trying to find love.  In ...

B
Welcome Home for Christmas

Just as I like to indulge in a few sugary Christmas cookies during the holidays, I also like to read a few comforting Christmas romances. While there’s nothing particularly earthshattering about Welcome Home for Christmas, it served up just the comfort I craved within a sweet holiday story. All ...

B-
The Christmas Tree

Holiday romances are starting to fill my Kindle and I’m noticing that more and more frequently, they are written using accelerated timelines between meet-cute and conclusion. The Christmas Tree is no exception, as our hero and heroine do the enemies-to-lovers-to-engagement journey in the span of a ...