Monday, October 28, 2013

'Tis the Season for Some Holiday Reading

What's that I hear? Me digging out my Christmas decorations while Coldplay's Christmas Lights plays on repeat? OK maybe not quite just yet (but that song IS on my iTunes). This post is to get myself and my followers ready for some upcoming holiday reading!  Last year I discovered a few contemporary reads that took place over Christmastime and realized I LOVE THEM SO MUCH.  So this year I made a point to look before the holidays & purchase a few to read so that I can share my thoughts with you all closer to the season.  Sound good?  So here are a few that I am looking at...

Heating Up the Holidays (3-Story Bundle) by Lisa Renee Jones, Serena Bell, & Mary Ann Rivers
As leftover turkey and stuffing give way to stockings and little black dresses, this tantalizingly sexy eBook bundle offers up holiday-themed novellas from a trio of beloved romance authors. Lisa Renee Jones gives a dedicated reporter and a powerful businessman a chance to count their Thanksgiving blessings in Play with Me; Mary Ann Rivers presents Snowfall, the story of a woman who confronts a life-changing event—hopefully with a special man by her side—just in time for Christmas; and in Serena Bell’s After Midnight, an explosive New Year’s kiss leaves two strangers wondering whether they’ll ever see each other again.

PLAY WITH ME by Lisa Renee Jones

Kali Miller has spent three years reporting fluff stories, waiting for the article that will launch her career to new heights. When she suddenly finds herself forced to take a job as an executive secretary at a Vegas casino, Kali meets the subject of what will surely be a shocking exposé: her boss, Damion Ward, the arrogant and undeniably sexy CEO. But after Damion invites her to help him plan a Thanksgiving charity event, Kali begins to see another side of the man. And when she surrenders to the exhilarating tension simmering between them, Kali hopes her story will have a happy ending.

SNOWFALL by Mary Ann Rivers

Jenny Wright can’t get enough of her erotic conversations with someone she knows only as “C.” Flirting online helps Jenny temporarily escape confronting the changes to her life as she slowly loses her vision. Jenny’s occupational therapist, Evan Carlisle-Ford, is helping her prepare for the challenges ahead, but the forthright, trustworthy man can no longer ignore his growing attraction to his fiercely intelligent client. Now Jenny must choose between the safe, anonymous “C”—or the flesh-and-blood Evan, whose heated kisses can melt snow faster than it can fall.


The clock is ticking down to midnight on New Year’s Eve, and all Nora Hart and Miles Shephard can think about is kissing each other—even though they met just minutes before. Then, as fast as Miles enters Nora’s life, he’s gone . . . and she never even gets the name of the man she thinks might just be “the one.” One year later, Nora and Miles are reunited. The chemistry between them is just as strong as they remember. But Miles broke her heart once before—and this time around, Nora’s not sure whether she can give love a second chance. [goodreads]

Holiday Kisses: A Holiday Romance Collection by Shannon Stacey, Jaci Burton, HelenKay Dimon, Alison Kent, & Angela James
It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like...Love!

A man gives the gift of trust and receives a second chance at love in return. A woman helps to heal the wounded heart of a soldier. A couple finds that true love knows no distance. And a young widow learns that there can be two great loves in a lifetime. Love, romance and passion come together in this collection of four seasonal shorts.

Anthology includes:

This Time Next Year by Alison Kent

A Rare Gift by Jaci Burton

It's Not Christmas Without You by HelenKay Dimon

Mistletoe and Margaritas by Shannon Stacey [goodreads]

A Fool's Gold Christmas by Susan Mallery
New York Times bestselling author Susan Mallery brings you a heartwarming tale for the holidays!

The unrelenting cheer in Fool's Gold, California, is bringing out the humbug in dancer Evie Stryker. She learned early on that Christmas miracles don't happen, at least not for her. And this year seems like no exception. An injury has forced her to return to the family fold, no matter that they're estranged. She won't add to the awkward scenario by being seduced by the bad-boy charms of her brother's best friend, the last man she should ever want to date. Even when she's recruited to stage Fool's Gold's winter festival, she vows to do as promised, then move forward with her life anywhere but here.

Jaded lawyer Dante Jefferson is getting used to the backwater town he now reluctantly calls home, but the pounding of little dancers' feet above his temporary office is more than any man should have to take! When he confronts their gorgeous teacher, he's unprepared for the attraction that sears him down to the soul. Evie is his best friend's sister-off-limits unless he's willing to risk his heart. Dante has always believed that love is the most dangerous force in the universe, but that was before he had to reckon with the magic of a certain small town, where miracles do seem to happen.... [goodreads]

Holiday Sparks by Shannon Stacey
House-sitting for her parents seemed like a good idea, until the microwave blew up and the lights went out.

Now Chloe Burke thinks upgrading the electrical system of her childhood home while they are away would make the perfect Christmas gift. Fortunately, there's an electrician in town who can get the job done by the holidays.

Scott Quinn has wanted to get his hands on the Burkes' wiring for almost as long as he's wanted to get his hands on their daughter. Chloe didn't notice Scott back in high school, but she's noticing him now, and soon they're indulging in a little festive fun: no strings, no expectations. After all, Chloe plans to get out of this goldfish bowl of a town and back to her real life in Boston by New Year's.

But Chloe and Scott discover they enjoy each other's company just as much out of bed. Could their holiday fling turn out to be the real thing? [goodreads]

The Trouble with Christmas by Debbie Mason
It will take a Christmas miracle to melt her heart.
Resort developer Madison Lane is about to lose the one thing she loves most in the world - her job. Dubbed "The Grinch Who Killed Christmas," Madison spoiled a deal that would turn quaint Christmas, Colorado, into a tourist's winter wonderland. Now the citizens want her fired but the company gives her one last chance, sending Madison to the small town to restore the holiday cheer.

For Sheriff Gage McBride, no hotshot executive from New York City is going to destroy the dreams of the people he loves. But one look at this beautiful woman and it's his heart that may be broken. In just a few days, Madison causes more trouble than he's had to deal with all year. He can't decide if she's naughty or nice, but one thing is for certain- Christmas will never be the same again... [goodreads]

Coming Home for Christmas by Jenny Hale
Christmas is a time for family - isn't it?

Allie Richfield loves Christmas, so when she lands a job as House Manager for the amazing Ashford Estate—which includes organizing the Marley family festivities—she is in her element. With a budget bigger than her life savings and a team of staff, how hard can it be?

As one-by-one she meets the Marleys, she’s about to find out…

Allie’s new boss, Robert, might be gorgeous, but he’s also colder than the snow outside and refuses to come home for Christmas. Robert’s playboy brother, Kip, flirts with her relentlessly; and his sister, Sloane, arrives home with baggage—both the divorce-kind and the Louis Vuitton kind. Their ninety-two year old grandmother, Pippa, spends her day grumbling at everybody from her mobility scooter.

With Robert intending to sell Ashford, it’s the Marley’s last chance to create some happy memories in their family home—and Allie is determined to make it happen… even if it takes a little Christmas magic! With the festive spirit in full swing, she might even discover a little happiness of her own… [goodreads]

Sleigh Bells in the Snow by Sarah Morgan
USA TODAY bestselling author Sarah Morgan heats up the season with the O'Neil brothers in a brand-new holiday series! Once upon a time, Christmas was Kayla Green's favorite time of year. Now all the workaholic wants for Christmas is for it to be over—as fast as possible! So when duty calls her to snowy Vermont to close a deal with a new client, Kayla is grateful for an excuse to avoid the holidays for another year.

Jackson O'Neil left a thriving business behind to return home and salvage his family's resort—it's in his blood, and he can't let it fail. Now that he's got marketing whiz Kayla Green working with him to put Snow Crystal on the map, success is on the horizon. The fact they strike enough sparks off each other to power all the Christmas lights in Vermont is just an added bonus.

Kayla might be an expert at her job, but she's out of her depth with Jackson—he makes her crave the happy-ever-after she once dreamed of, and it's terrifying. As the snowflakes continue to swirl, will the woman who doesn't believe in the magic of Christmas finally fall under its spell? [goodreads]

Christmas Carol by Michele Gorman
One winter wedding, two happy couples, three ex-boyfriends. And a very uncomfortable weekend.

Carol hates Christmas. Being recently dumped, she’s not crazy about weddings either. So her sister Marley’s nuptials, over the Christmas weekend, are making her positively Scrooge-like. When she arrives at the stately home in rural Scotland to find her three ex-boyfriends in attendance, Carol has no choice but to face her ghosts to discover what really happened in those relationships, learning a lot about herself in the process. As the snow falls outside and the fire crackles in the hearth, might one of the wedding guests become the harbinger of Christmases to come?

This wickedly funny re-imagining of Dickens’ A Christmas Carol will warm the cockles of even the coldest heart. [goodreads]

Want to see other Holiday Recommended Reading? I've got a list going on Goodreads that you can check out here --> Holiday Reads


All of these are Adult titles, but I am open to some YA suggestions if you have them. Let me know in the comments if you do, or if you know of more Adult holiday themed stories I should read.  If any of these look good to you, and you want to read them as well, be sure to tell me in the comments!


  1. Ooo, I can't wait to hear what you think of these. There is this one romance bundle I always like to read around Christmas b Nora Roberts. It's called The MacGregor Brides, and there are three novellas about three MacGregor cousins (The MacGregor's was a popular series by Nora Roberts way back when). Anyway, each of the three novels takes place around Christmas (or maybe they all end around Christmas), and I just love them. I really like Julia's story the best. I was just telling Estelle about it.

    Anyway, have fun reading Christmas stories.

  2. Let me see.. in that list I've only read fool's gold Christmas and holiday kisses. Both were good. I enjoyed Jill Shalvis' Merry and Bright and Christmas on 4th street by Susan Mallery as well. Good holiday books

  3. It's so funny that you posted this today. Since I get up super early, one of the things I did this morning while the house was quiet was make a holiday reading list. There were a couple from your list that made it onto mine! So YAY for thinking alike! Whether or not I'll get to them is another question...

    This is actually the VERY FIRST YEAR that I've ever done any holiday reading! Can you believe it? I started my first Christmas book last night and I'm almost finished with it. It's really cute - Kissing Under the Mistletoe by Marine Adair. I always thought I'd be bored with Christmas-specific books but NO WAY. I love Christmas and I love reading so I should've known better than that!

  4. *runs to add every single book to my TBR list*

  5. I'm ready for some Holiday Romance. Looking at these and some swoonable historical romances to get my feel.

  6. Holiday reads are my favorites! Loved this post :D

  7. Did someone say Christmas!? *Races in* :D

    This is such a wonderful idea for a post, Ginger! I must admit I had been thinking of posting something similar on November 1st as a way of organizing my thoughts as I've lost count of the number of Christmas books I've purchased lately in an effort to prepare for the month-long series of Christmas-themed reviews I have ahead of me, although I'm reluctant to do so now as I would never want to step on any toes and/or mimic someone else's idea. In any event, I particularly like your idea of dedicating a shelf on Goodreads to the Christmas books you intend to read this season, and think I'll follow suit as otherwise this discouraging lack of organization might drive me a little mad before the holiday season is even set to begin!

    In terms of the novels I'm planning to read this Christmas, they include (but aren't limited to): Starry Night by Debbie Macomber, A Seaside Christmas by Sherryl Woods, White Christmas by Diana Palmer, A Proposal For Christmas by Linda Lael Miller & Lindsay McKenna, Christmas at 4th Street by Susan Mallery, An Outlaw's Christmas by Linda Lael Miller, Coming Home For Christmas by Jenny Hale, Merry and Bright by Jill Shalvis, The Christmas Countess by Adrienne Basso, Married By Christmas by Scarlett Bailey, A Wallflower Christmas by Lisa Kleypas, and Marian's Christmas Wish by Carla Kelly :)

  8. Clever idea! I am always a fan of creating book lists. :)


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