Holiday romance

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 ...

C
Claiming His Christmas Consequence

I've said it before and I'll say it again, the Harlequin Presents line has long been something of a guilty pleasure for me. Yes, the heroes often go beyond alpha into overbearing jerk territory, and the melodrama is often off the charts. However, there's an escapist quality to reading about life amo ...

C+
Christmas Baby for the Princess

I have a soft spot for Harlequins about royals, and Barbara Wallace is a solid writer, so I gave Christmas Baby for the Princess a try. It’s a mild, sweet, and predictable Christmas story with two flat leads. If you want something harmless to pass a Christmas themed couple of hours, it’s fine, b ...

B-
Christmas in Paris

Ahh... it's Christmas romance time again.  I have a real soft spot for holiday romances, and Christmas in Paris is a modern-day fairytale. Its best moments are achingly romantic and I would have loved sinking into this book if only the story were constructed a little more solidly. American Isabe ...

B+
The Holly and the Ivy

It’s no secret that I love a good Christmas romance. With this month’s TBR theme being holiday romance, I just had to go looking for something Christmasy, and preferably historical. I found a treat in Elisabeth Fairchild’s 1999 trad Regency, The Holly and the Ivy. It’s not high drama, but ra ...

A
A Nice Girl Like You

A Nice Girl Like You is a rich, densely-written story about two likeable characters. It's what I always hope for when I pick up a series book but all too rarely find. Samantha (Sam) Jagger, a freelance journalist in Toronto, meets acclaimed war photographer Ben Harris after responding to a newspape ...

B
A Christmas Gone Perfectly Wrong

It’s always fun when a series goes back in time and shares the story of someone with whom you’ve already read a good bit about. The eldest Blackshear brother, Andrew, has appeared in all three of the books in Ms. Grant’s series as a caring, staid, married father. His marriage to Lucy was menti ...

B-
Her Holiday Man

This is the time of year that I start binge reading Christmas romances. Something about them just screams "Comfort read!" to me. I'm usually not one for children in romances, but I tend to be a bit more tolerant with my holiday stories. Perhaps that's why I downloaded Her Holiday Man. Shannon Stacey ...