Christmas romance

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Winter Dreams

Back in 2020, I chose Marie Sexton’s Winter Oranges as my read for that year’s December prompt in the TBR Challenge, and really enjoyed it. It’s an unusual and charming story, a gorgeous slow-burn romance with a magical twist, and I was delighted to see that the author was writing a sequel. Of ...

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His Last Christmas in London

Romance novellas are very often hit-and-miss for me. Truth be told, the majority of them ‘miss’, usually because the characters and relationship are underdeveloped, so I generally approach with caution. But every so often, a novella or ‘shorter novel’ comes along that defies my expectations ...

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Under the Mistletoe

Marguerite Kaye and Bronwyn Scott are two of the most elegant writers on Harlequin Historical’s roster, so it’s not surprising that their holiday twofer, Under the Mistletoe, is both pretty and just the thing to get you in the mood for holiday celebrations. The Lady’s Yuletide Wish by Mar ...

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Five Night Stand

It’s that time of year when our TBR piles see an influx of Christmas-themed romances, and while I’m usually not ready to start getting festive until well into December, I do usually pick up a few of them for review each year, and I’m kicking off 2022’s batch with a short but sexy/sweet story ...

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The Captain's Christmas Homecoming

Lauri Robinson has been reviewed several times at AAR and received wildly divergent grades. The Captain’s Christmas Homecoming falls somewhere in the middle of our rankings. Emma Leigh (Emily) Ellis has placed herself in a precarious position. After inadvertently introducing her engaged cousin ...

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You're a Mean One, Matthew Prince

Timothy Janovsky’s You’re a Mean One, Matthew Prince is one of those fish-out-of-water stories wherein a spoiled brat is sent away to some backwater they wouldn’t normally set one toe of their Louboutins in and finds meaning, purpose, and often, love as well. It’s a story we’re all read hu ...

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Snowed In for Christmas

Snowed In for Christmas will be counted among my favorite holiday Hallmark-style comfort reads this year. It's a sweet story about a family coming together and mending fences, with a great ensemble cast and varied plotlines. The story centers around the Miller family - a picture-perfect (literall ...

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In the Event of Love

Nope, apparently it’s not too early for the first wave of Christmas-related romance novels to hit the market.  In The Event of Love is sweet and just a touch quirky, making it a fun and fast-paced intro to the season.  Morgan Ross is an event planner extraordinaire.  She’s busy and success ...

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Not So Silent Night

Looking for a cute, frothy and fun Christmassy love story with a grumpy/sunshine pairing, lots of humour, a gazillion pink and purple reindeer and an Avengers/Star Wars Nativity set?  You are?  Good!  Look no further than H.L Day’s Not So Silent Night, a delightfully witty and charming  romanc ...

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Amor Actually

Note:  The sensuality rating of these stories ranges from Kisses to Burning If you liked the movie Love Actually but wished more of the characters had gotten happy endings, Amor Actually, which re-imagines every plot thread from the movie, might be the anthology for you. Like the original, the c ...