Holiday romance

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His Convenient New York Bride

Sometimes I’m shallow when I pick out my books. I’ll admit that I ordered His Convenient New York Bride based 100% on the cover.  When I got to this month’s prompt and saw that it was “dressed for success,” current me was thanking January 2020 me for getting a book that would actually fit ...

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Right Kind of Wrong

If you're like me, a lighthearted contemporary romance is always appreciated, and the third story in Sara Rider's Books and Brews series, Right Kind of Wrong, delivers a comfort read with likable characters and plenty of laughs to make for an enjoyable reading experience. It's especially so if you l ...

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Matzah Ball Surprise

Oh, my heart. I loved this book. I see the Christian side of my family reflected very often in romance, and in fiction in general. However, very rarely do I see stories where I recognize the Jewish side of the family. Matzah Ball Surprise is just such a book. It’s sweet, hilarious, uplifting, and ...

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A Big Surprise for Valentine's Day

Jackie Lau's lighthearted romantic comedy series Holidays with the Wongs concludes with A Big Surprise for Valentine's Day. I've enjoyed all the titles in the series as each of the Wong siblings has found a partner and now it's youngest sibling Amber's turn. Amber lives in Stratford where she wor ...

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My Viral Valentine

Most sports related romances tend to feature players on top tier professional teams, playing for the NFL (football), or NHL (hockey) or FIFA (soccer) for example.  Melanie Ting took a step back from that with her Vancouver Vice series, about hockey players in the junior leagues trying to make it to ...

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Holiday by Candlelight

Holiday romances tend to be a strictly Christmas affair, so when I saw Holiday by Candlelight, I was intrigued. There aren’t many Hanukkah romances out there, but I’ve read a couple good ones. One side of my family is Jewish so I tend to keep an eye out for books that represent that side of my w ...

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Mr. Right Now

Mr. Right Now is a sweet, sexy novella featuring neighbours – a former marine and actor-turned-event planner - that takes place between Thanksgiving and Christmas.  I’m not the biggest fan of novellas as I often find them rushed and lacking in characterisation and relationship development, but ...

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A Match Made for Thanksgiving

Jackie Lau continues to surprise and delight me with her variety of romance novels and novellas, and when I heard she was writing a holiday novella series featuring the Wong family, (aptly named Holidays with the Wongs) I immediately added them to my to-read list. First up is A Match Made for Thanks ...

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Dance All Night

I'm a sucker for hero in pursuit stories and Alexis Daria has pushed all the right buttons for me in her new novella, Dance All Night. It's part of the Dance Off series but takes place away from the show, with a holiday theme and two people who love dance who find themselves falling in love with eac ...

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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 ...