Christmas romance

B
Mr. Winterbourne's Christmas

Note: There are spoilers for Introducing Mr. Winterbourne in this review. In Introducing Mr. Winterbourne we met Lysander Winterbourne, third son of the Earl of Winterbourne, and Adam Freeman, a wealthy mill owner whose younger brother married Lysander’s sister, Althea.  The pair fell for each ...

A-
Write Before Christmas

I haven't read anything by Julie Hammerle before but that will definitely change as I really enjoyed the setup and romance in this fun Christmas-themed story! Write Before Christmas is the type of story that would feature in a Hallmark Holiday special and would definitely be one I'd watch. When f ...

C+
His Holiday Crush

His Holiday Crush is a cute and very readable Christmassy romance about a workaholic lawyer who reluctantly returns to the hometown he’d intended never to go back to one Christmas, and finds love where he least expected it.  It’s well written and the characters are likeable; it was a pleasant e ...

B+
The Christmas He Loved Her

A Retro Review originally published on October 11, 2013 My tolerance for treacle tends to be low, so it probably surprises no one when I say that small-town contemporaries tend to be a mixed bag for me. Happily for me, The Christmas He Loved Her ended up being both a wonderful read and something b ...

B+
The Queen's Christmas Summons

Some of my favorite Christmas romances have a blend of darkness and light running through them. In The Queen’s Christmas Summons, Amanda McCabe does this very well. This book is filled with adventure and intrigue and yet, among all the plot action, we can still see her characters’ emotions shin ...

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My Christmas Charade

My Christmas Charade, an-enemies-to-lovers trope story, is the final installment in Melanie Ting's Holiday Hat Trick series and it's my favourite of the bunch! Em works as an economic forecaster and she wants her love life to be as smooth and well-planned as her day job. She's recently met Thomas, w ...

B+
Merry Measure

Lily Morton is one of my go-to authors whenever I’m looking for a sexy, funny, low-angst read, and in Merry Measure – a standalone Christmas romance – she delivers all those things and more.  It’s a charming friends-to-lovers story that’s full of warmth, humour and Christmas spirit (the b ...

B+
Her Pretend Christmas Date

Nobody does holiday romance like Jackie Lau, and her fake dating, grumpy-loves-the-sunshine-one romance Her Pretend Christmas Date brings her talents for humor, warmth and wit to the fore. Flighty waitress Julie Tam’s roommate Bridget is a born matchmaker, which is how she ends up on a date wit ...

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Angels in the City

Garrett Leigh’s Christmas-themed Angels in the City really hit the spot.  It uses some of my favourite tropes, it’s got just the right amount of angst, just the right amount of humour and festive cheer, and an emotional, sensual, opposites-attract romance between two endearing and attractive le ...

B-
A Holiday by Gaslight

Mimi Matthews’ A Holiday by Gaslight has a familiar premise: a wealthy tradesman hopes to marry an aristocrat’s daughter. I always look forward to romances where the heroes aren’t aristocrats. Even better, this one begins with the heroine telling him she doesn’t want to marry him, so I settl ...