Holiday romance

C
Snowbound in Her Boss's Bed

Marcella Bell’s Snowbound in her Boss’s Bed makes the same mistake I’ve seen in a few books lately - focusing on the wrong part of the story. Miriam Howard, event planner, is the daughter of a Black pastor and hasn’t fit in with her family since she converted to Judaism. Temporarily hired ...

B-
Return to Christmas

Anne Stuart's Return to Christmas is startlingly sentimental for the author while still--for better and worst--having the hallmarks of her work. I enjoyed it but didn't love it. It's December in 2020 (this is a Covid free tale) and Madison Simcoe is furious. Yet another asshat at work has groped ...

B+
Shine a Light

I know Rebecca Crowley from her soccer romances (such as Crossing Hearts, which I previously reviewed at AAR) but currently she’s been writing a contemporary romance series called Orchard Hill, with characters who practice their Jewish faith. I picked up Shine a Light, a Hanukkah-themed romance re ...

B-
Christmas on Firefly Hill

Garrett Leigh’s Christmas on Firefly Hill is a fairly short, emotionally charged and low-angst read that, while not heavy on the turkey or the tinsel, still has enough festive cheer to warm the cockles. It’s a bit of a trope-fest, really: there’s an age-gap, a divorced dad struggling to parent ...

A-
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 ...

A
The Do Over

I've been excited for The Do-Over, Painter’s new YA novel ever since I read and loved Better Than the Movies (2021) and I’m happy to share The Do-Over was just as good, if not better.  It reminded me of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off mixed with a little Groundhog Day and I was quickly swep ...

A-
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 ...

B
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 ...

B
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 ...

A-
A Very Merry Bromance

Lyssa Kay Adams’ Bromance Book Club series takes on a holiday-tastic tale with its fifth volume. This book definitely bounces back from the series’ mid-stream doldrums, becoming the best I’ve read in the series since book two, Undercover Bromance. Even better: this is Colton’s book. The p ...