One of the best things about the end of the year is all the wonderful holiday books that are available. Honestly, I should have started collecting them in October. Then I could have picked up some other types besides Christmas. Just this time, I’m going to be ethnocentric.
A wonderful contemporary romance from Jenny Hale was released in October of 2018. See what I mean? The blurb sounds interesting so I would give It Started with Christmas a read. This book currently is at #171 in Contemporaries on Amazon. Cool!
Fern Michaels and three other writers have a Christmas anthology available, published October 30, 2018. A Season to Celebrate is called “heart-warming,” “swoon-worthy,” and is #3 in anthologies on Amazon.
My favorite Regency author is Mary Balogh and I used to wait impatiently for her Christmas short story in an anthology or Christmas novel. These days, the publisher pulls previously published works and puts them into a new cover. Still, all Balogh is worth reading and rereading. A Very Special Christmas was released in October of this year and currently at #66 in Historical on Amazon.
Bookriot lists Diamonds for the Holidays as one of 12 reads perfect for the winter break. Well, it’s not high on the Amazon list (#2836 on the African American Romance) but the blurb promises lots of conflict. He’s a self-made millionaire, she’s determined he won’t get her family company. The attraction sparks between them, making each of them struggle to stick to their points.
My personal pick out of the Bookriot list would be The Butterfly Bride by Vanessa Riley, a Regency romance with a natural child of a Duke, a widower with a child, and a ticking clock. Nice. One reviewer stated, “This is a beautifully written, touching and original” story, at #1401 in Regency. (Is it my imagination or does the model on the cover look like Prince William?)
For a little change, a “sci-fi” fantasy Holiday Romance with dragon shifters and matriarch versus patriarch, Christmas for the King is the 4th book in the Dragon Warlords series but can be read as a stand alone. At #55 in Science Fiction and Fantasy, it’s also a Discipline, Domination romance, hot and just what some of us like. And this one was published in December of 2018, a nice change.
If Western Historicals are your thing, you may fall in love with the Christmas Bride series by several authors. Each writer takes one of the brides and spins a great romance. The first one, Charity, is holding at #31 on the Frontier and Pioneer Amazon list. Sylvia McDaniel has a lot of back list to work through, in case you fall in love with this Montana saloon owner and the brothel escapee.
Now, if Time Travel is your favorite, here’s a wonderful story, although not a new release. The Christmas Eve Letter has a feel similar to Outlander, but with a romantic suspense element set in more recent times. Hanging at #23 in Time Travel, it’s also at #112 in Holidays.
I’m going to close with a book called “The perfect laugh-out-loud Christmas Romance.’ The Christmas Cafe at Seashell Cove by Karen Clarke promises to be a great read and get you into the holiday spirit. At #1367 on the Holidays list, this could be the distraction and soother you’ve been looking for.
Thanks for reading, I’ll be back on Sunday.