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  • Cristina Merrill 7:49 pm on 2018/10/09 Permalink
    Tags: , , , holiday romance, , natalie cox, , , toni aleo   

    Romance Roundup: Spunky Widows, Layover Flings, and Manly Mannies 

    This week’s Romance Roundup includes a manny who falls for the mom of his latest charges, two strangers who start a fling during a long layover, and a rich guy who goes bride hunting in London and falls for a widow.

    Merry and Bright, by Debbie Macomber
    Merry Smith is delightfully busy this holiday season. She’s got family to look after, decorations to hang up, and many, many Christmas treats to bake. (Merry, we’ll help you!) She’s also doing the temp thing at a consulting firm, so this is a good time to disengage from her demanding boss whenever she has a chance. (We certainly feel for you, Merry!) She doesn’t really have time to date, so her mother and brother take it upon themselves to create an online dating profile for her. They leave out her photo, though, because they have some semblance of boundaries. Merry soon starts trading emojis with a kindhearted dude online, but when she realizes who it is, she’s not exactly thrilled. Will she give him a Christmas chance? (Available in paperback on October 9.)

    A Very Special Christmas, by Mary Balogh
    This is a collection of some of the author’s Christmas romances, and boy does it deliver! The main story in this collection is “A Christmas Bride.” Super duper wealthy guy Edgar Downes has GOT to find a bride, mainly because he promised his aging father that he would. He decides to hightail it to London, which is filled with eligible ladies on the husband hunt. He’s not interested in the childish debutantes, though. Instead, he meets and falls for a widow, the beautiful Helena, Lady Stapleton. (She was wearing a red dress when they first met, and let’s just say that no one in London can pull off that color quite like our gal!) Helena and Edgar are from two very different social classes, though. He’s rich and she’s, well, not rich. Oh, fie on those crusty upper crust people, you two, and follow your hearts into the sack and down the altar! (Available in paperback on October 9.)

    Covert Game, by Christine Feehan
    Gino Mazza and Zara Hightower are involved in some pretty intense dealings. Gino is a deadly member of the paranormal GhostWalkers group, and he suffers from a severe lack of cuddling. Zara recently wiped a crime lord’s computer of valuable information—because she’s amazing like that—but now she’s been taken hostage. Her situation isn’t pretty, so Gino’s going to have to do some fancy footwork in order to get her out. (He’s already quite fancy in the sack, so we’re confident he’s got plenty of other skills up his sleeve.) Zara and Gino, now’s the time to show the world what you’re made of, so suit up and get yourselves out of this very bad situation! And when it’s over, get yourselves off on a little getaway that involves a remote tropical bungalow, yoga, and a no-clothing policy. This is the fourteenth book in Feehan’s GhostWalkers series. (Available in paperback on October 9.)

    Mutts and Mistletoe, by Natalie Cox
    Our gal Charlie isn’t having the smoothest of Christmas seasons. Her apartment was just obliterated by a gas leak, her boyfriend ditched her for his personal trainer and her mom is gallivanting with Husband Number We’ve Lost Track At This Point. Needless to say, Charlie is physically and emotionally drained. (Charlie, we are SO bringing you a vat of delicious, hot soup!) She decides to spend the holidays at Cozy Canine Cottages, a doggy day care center that belongs to her cousin. She’s not a puppy person, but she’s got nowhere else to go. The dogs are driving Charlie a tad bonkers, but Charlie ends up getting some much-needed help from Cal, an exasperating but panty-melting sexy local vet. Will Charlie’s bad situation settle down? Will she learn to embrace the wonders of puppy love? And when the dogs have finally gone to sleep for the night, will Charlie and Cal engage in some good old-fashioned Christmas Eve-romping? (Available in paperback and NOOK on October 9.)

    Fight or Flight, by Samantha Young
    Ava Breevort is working really hard to keep it together. She just buried her best friend in Phoenix, and all she wanted for her flight back to Boston was a seat in first class. That last seat, though, ends up being taken by Caleb Scott, a Scotsman who is as arrogant as he is sexy. They end up having some very fun times during a layover, and they continue said fun times when Caleb ends up in Boston, where Ava lives. Oh, and it turns out, Caleb is not the jerky kind of guy Ava thought he was. Deep, deep down, far below that cranky, gruff, can’t-nobody-tie-me-down exterior, beats the heart of a kind and passionate man who needs and wants more hugs. Caleb ends up moving to Boston, so here’s hoping they manage to work out their differences and build something long-lasting! (Available in paperback and NOOK on October 9.)

    Misadventures with a Manny, by Toni Aleo
    Our heroine Vera Woods has three sons – and her husband just abandoned them all for the nanny. Making matters worse, her three boys are not the easiest little guys to take care of. They’ve gone through six replacement nannies, and things are just not looking up. Vera ends up finding the help she needs through Lincoln Scott, a manny with many years of experience. The family he worked for during the past six years has just moved to Germany, so he’s out of a job. He and Vera need each other, and they soon realize they also want each other. Quite badly. (To be clear: Lincoln is a manny. He does NOT have a Dad Bod.) Vera and Lincoln, you make sure to have lots of fun together as you get to know each other – ya now, after the kids are put to sleep! This is the latest book in the multi-authored Misadventures series. (Available in paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on October 9.)  

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  • Rachel Paxton 4:00 pm on 2017/12/21 Permalink
    Tags: , anita hughes, , , christmas in london, , holiday romance, lighting the flames, , , , , Sarah Wendell, the christmas room   

    6 Holiday Romances We Love 

    Winter is a time of magic. The air feels crisp and cool; smells of cinnamon fill the air; and houses are covered with twinkling lights. For many, it’s the happiest time of the year (there’s even a song to this affect), so it’s no wonder people want to take this time to kick back with a feel-good book and let the magic just wash over them. Luckily, there is no shortage of holiday romances to keep us occupied this season!

    Here are 6 holiday romances that fill us with cheer.

    Merry and Bright, by Debbie Macomber
    Merry is too busy for a social life—that includes dating. She’s got Christmas cookies to make and holiday cheer to spread. Plus, her boss Jayson Bright is not great. But, fearing Merry is missing out on life, her mother and brother sign her up for a dating website (sans permission) and the matches pour in. Unbeknownst to Merry, one of them is Jayson. This lovely romance is the reading equivalent of sitting next to a warm fireplace with a mug of hot cocoa.

    The Christmas Room, by Catherine Anderson
    The charming cover pulls you in, and luckily the story is just as sweet. When Maddie McLendon moves to Montana with her son and grandson, she thinks maybe the harsh Montana winter wasn’t the best time. Still waiting for the contractors to break ground, her and her family are left to live in trailers and tents. But that’s not the worst of it—the worst of it is her neighbor Sam. After Sam’s daughter takes an interest in Maddie’s son, Sam makes it his personal mission to run the family off by being worse than Scrooge. But is there a happy ending on the horizon?

    A Tiara Under the Tree (Once Upon a Tiara #4), by Carolyn Hector
    A fun story centered around a Christmas Eve pageant, A Tiara Under the Tree follows Waverly, a former pageant queen in hiding thanks to an embarrassing meme gone viral. But she’s not out of the pageant world yet—not if business mogul Dominic has anything to say about it. He wants to sponsor Waverly in the upcoming pageant, but their professional relationship soon sizzles. This book is part of Hector’s Once Upon a Tiara series, but it can stand alone if you’re just looking for one read to heat up your Christmas.

    Christmas in London, by Anita Hughes
    When show producers get a taste of Louisa’s cinnamon rolls late one night, they’re a huge hit, earning her a spot on the network’s annual Christmas Eve Dinner TV special. With just a week before Christmas, Louisa leaves NY for London, hoping to get exposure and meet her baking idol Digby Bunting in the process. Then there’s Kate, the show’s producer, who gets a second chance at love with an old flame. With decadent food descriptions, some of the most famous London sights, and two happy endings, it’s hard to find a book that more perfectly encapsulates what we love about Christmas.

    Lighting the Flames, by Sarah Wendell
    If you’re looking for more than just Christmas stories this holiday season, check out Lighting the Flames, which takes place at a Jewish summer (or in this case, Winter) camp. Gen and Jeremy have been going to Camp Meira since they were seven, first as campers, then as staff. But their friendship turned frosty when Jeremy left camp early with no explanation, and now they’re back for a special Winter Camp during Hanukkah. This is a sweet story, with plenty of love and light. If you’re interested in more Chanukah romances, check out Burning Bright: Four Chanukah Love Stories, (by Megan Hart, KK Hendin, Stacey Agdern, and Jennifer Gracen) which has short romances from four stunning romance authors.

    Pride and Prejudice and Mistletoe, by Melissa de la Cruz
    Nothing fills me with joy quite like a Jane Austen retelling, so imagine my excitement upon discovering this modern, gender-swapped, Christmas themed one. Darcy is our rich, powerful woman at odds with her family, who comes back to her hometown in Ohio for Christmas. But a chance encounter with Luke Bennet under the mistletoe has Darcy reeling, and now nothing will be the same. This charming re-telling will give you all those warm-fuzzy feelings for the long, cold nights.

    What holiday romances do you love?

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  • Tara Sonin 7:00 pm on 2016/12/16 Permalink
    Tags: holiday romance,   

    Curl Up With These 5 Holiday Romances 

    The holidays are a common appearance in romance novels; a time of good cheer, fine wine and food, and of course, sneaking kisses beneath the mistletoe. Here are five romances that invoke the holiday spirit:

    Mistletoe, Mischief, and the Marquis, by Amelia Grey
    The Marquis of Wythberry is not one to succumb to the Christmas spirit—or to temptation, but Lillian Prim may be the end of that, for she is threatening him with both. But he refuses to give in to her charms, for she is the sister of his best friend, and to fall for her would betray his moral code. Lillian sees the Marquis’ stoic demeanor for what it is; an opportunity for her to bring mischief and mayhem into their Christmastide celebrations…and maybe a stolen kiss or two.

    Her Naughty Holiday, by Tiffany Reisz
    Clover Green resents Thanskgiving: it’s just another opportunity for her annoying family to pester her with a blooper reel of all her previous mistakes. But this year, she has a plan—bring a fake boyfriend to the festivities so everyone will be focused on him and leave her alone. And she has just the guy in mind: Eric Fields, the contractor she’s been holding a candle for. But when Eric agrees, and passion ignites between them, Clover’s fake holiday could turn into something all too real, too fast.

    A Christmas Promise, by Mary Balogh
    This one is a classic Christmas romance worth a reread. Ellie made a promise to her dying coal-merchant father: to marry a well-positioned man who would keep her dowry safe. But Randolph Pierce, the Earl of Falloden, is not someone she can imagine loving; from a class she knows despises her, with a chip on his shoulder to boot. This is not a romance of love at first sight, but rather, love after marriage: how can Ellie and and the Earl move past their prejudices and find passion in one another’s arms?

    Twelve Days of Christmas, by Debbie Macomber
    An enemies-to-lovers romance with Christmas cheer! Julia Padden and her neighbor Cain Maddox do not get along—but she’s had it up to here with his standoffish behavior, and resolves to get him on her side once and for all, bah humbug be damned. Julia plans to bombard Cain with random acts of kindness, but when her blog detailing the ins and outs of her mission—and her growing feelings for Cain—goes viral, she has to decide whether or not to come clean, in the spirit of Christmas.

    Christmas Eve at Friday Harbor, by Lisa Kleypas
    Mark Nolan was not expecting to have to parent his niece after the unexpected tragic death of his sister, but when six year-old Holly falls into his lap, not having spoken a word since her mother’s death, those are the cards he’s been dealt. Maggie Collins lost her husband a year ago, and even though she runs a toy shop, she finds no joy in the things she used to…until she meets Holly and Mark, and knows her life is about to change. The story of two lost souls finding one another during the holidays will bring some light into these dark winter nights.

    What Christmas romances are you excited about?

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