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Five heart-warming holiday romances you should read this week

by davincikittieDecember 20, 2017

It feels like Thanksgiving was just last week, and now Christmas is only a few days away! Where did the time go? If you’re wrung out from all the holiday festivities and need a little romance indulgence to renew your spirit, these five heart-warming stories will keep you cozy.

#1: Mistletoe Me, Baby by Katie Reus

This sweet, sexy friends-to-lovers holiday romance is lovely. Set in a Kinkaide-like town where Christmas lasts all year round, this story is all kinds of feel good, cozy romance. He’s sweet and supportive when she needs him to be her friend or her rock, growly and take charge when she needs it, and respectful and caring all the time—the ideal alpha hero.

I love the fake-fiancee trope. It works especially well with friends-to-lovers romances, and Miranda and Nolan generate some serious heat together. Their friendship is so easy-going, yet their relationship is all steam and urgency.

Sweet and sexy with a serious twist, Mistletoe Me, Baby is the perfect cozy holiday read. It’ll warm you up and squeeze your heart. This story is part of a series, but you can easily read it as a standalone. And you’ll probably want to read the romances of Nolan’s brothers and sister after meeting his awesome family.

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Mistletoe Me, Baby by Katie Reus
on November 7, 2017
Pages: 156
Source: Author
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She needs a fake fiancé…
With the holidays fast approaching, Miranda Flores makes up a fake fiancé so her well-meaning family will get off her back. She just never expected them to suddenly show up on her doorstep a couple weeks before Christmas, wanting to spend the holidays with her. So she turns to Nolan O’Connor, her sexy best friend, and asks him for the favor of a lifetime: she needs him to act the part of her fiancé until her parents leave town.
He wants forever…
Pretending to be engaged to the woman he’s already fallen for? No problem. Nolan agrees to Miranda’s fake engagement scheme because as far as he’s concerned, she’s the one. But he plays his role too well, because soon the entire town thinks they’re engaged and things get more complicated—especially since he can’t pretend with her anymore. Then tragedy strikes and Miranda tries to shut him out, but Nolan won’t let her. He’ll do whatever it takes to convince her that he wants to make her his forever.
Length: novella
O’Connor Family Series: 1. Merry Christmas, Baby 2. Tease Me, Baby 3. It’s Me Again, Baby 4. Mistletoe Me, Baby

#2: Can’t Miss Christmas by Miranda Liasson

Can’t Miss Christmas is exactly what a good second-chance romance should be. I immediately liked both Graham and Grace. She has heart and kindness, and he still has a soft spot for her after the implosion of their marriage and the loss of their prematurely born child. The characters have never fallen out of love with each other and were torn apart by circumstances beyond their control, events that still haunt them and that they might never recover from. This pulls in a beautiful feeling of warmth and need and heartbreak from their very first on-page meeting and carries the intensity of their relationship straight through till the story’s lovely ending.

I’m also very intrigued by the story universe in Can’t Miss Christmas. Do I spy a possible m/m rock star romance? That’s probably REALLY wishful thinking, but hey, a girl can dream!

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Can't Miss Christmas by Miranda Liasson
on November 7, 2017
Pages: 74
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(A standalone Mirror Lake Christmas novella)
Here comes a charming standalone Christmas novella by Amazon bestselling author Miranda Liasson. Fans of both Mirror Lake series will recognize familiar elements and people along the way.
It’s two days before Christmas and bestselling children’s author Grace Alberts needs to fulfill a promise—to make it to a book signing for the kids at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, the place that did so much for her during a very rough time. But the weather’s getting awful and all flights are cancelled out of Boston, where she’s wrapping up her book tour. Then in walks her annoying but extremely sexy ex-husband, who (as usual) thinks he’s got all the answers.
Graham Walker just stopped by to get a book signed for Grace’s biggest fan, his niece, and wish Grace a Merry Christmas—why not? But he soon finds himself troubleshooting her dilemma. He’s got a Range Rover that can plow through a hundred-year Nor’easter. He’s even headed home to Philly. Trouble is, Grace's and his past is a disaster, something he has no intention of reliving while driving through a winter storm, no matter how much he once loved her. And maybe still does.
Bad weather has a way of bringing out the best and the worst in people, and when a run in with some deer antlers leads them to a forced stop in Mirror Lake, Connecticut, anything can happen, naughty or nice. Maybe a bit of enforced alone time and some Christmas magic can be just what it takes for them to face their past—and each other—once and for all.

#3: Came Upon a Midnight Clear by Katie Porter

This story has such beautiful emotion—these guys’ love for each other shines off the pages even as they dance on each others’ every nerve. As far as second-chance romances go, this one kicks ass and takes names. It’s also on the rougher, angstier aside. Nate has serious domination tendencies, Kyle is a power bottom, and they both revel in pushing limits, both physically and emotionally. The Christmas setting in this story adds a cheerful layer of hope and celebration to the snapping tension between the two men, making for a gripping, emotional story.

Some of America wanted to believe homophobia was gone—then they’d elected a radioactive Cheeto with the morals of an alley cat.

Holy hotness, this story starts out with a scorching sex scene! And, while I generally steer away from political commentary on this blog, this book has one of the most amusing descriptions of Trump that I’ve read to date (and I’ve seen a lot of Trump slander lately!).

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Came Upon a Midnight Clear by Katie Porter
Published by Riptide Publishing on November 18, 2017
Pages: 291
Source: Publisher
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A 2017 Riptide Holiday Charity Novel
Up-and-coming film producer Kyle Wakefield lives in the closet rather than risk the wrath of his influential, conservative parents. The only time he took a chance on love was a tempestuous teenage affair with Nathan Carnes. But when Nathan proved himself hell-bent on self-destruction and wound up in prison, Kyle closed off his heart.
Almost a decade later, Kyle’s production partner hires Nathan’s stunt company, Second Chances, to work on a big-budget action film in London. Nate is floored by his explosive reunion with Kyle. But he sure as hell isn’t surprised that Kyle still treats their mutual needs—and Nate—like dirty little secrets.
As the London holiday season casts its dazzling spell, the two men find themselves falling in love again. Kyle is one breathless kiss away from declaring himself to Nate—and to the world—but they cannot ignore secrets borne of youthful mistakes. To protect their bright new future, Kyle and Nathan will need all their passion and trust . . . and a little Christmas magic.
Publisher's note: This is a lightly edited reprint of a previously published novel.
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Twenty percent of all proceeds from this title will be donated to the Russian LGBT Network.
The Russian LGBT network was founded in April 2006. It is an interregional, non-governmental human rights organization that promotes equal rights and respect for human dignity, regardless of sexual orientation and gender identity. They unite and develop regional initiatives, advocacy groups (at both national and international levels), and provide social and legal services.
To learn more about this charity or to donate directly, please visit their website: https://lgbtnet.org/en.

#4: Chasing Christmas Eve by Jill Shalvis

I featured this one back in October, but I just adored it so much I had to include it in this must-read holiday list. You can read my full review here (lots of great book quotes in there!), or just imagine Silicon Valley billionaire geek meets overworked breakout author in the cutest of meet-cutes. Romance and shenanigans ensue , and the happily ever after is just perfect.

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Chasing Christmas Eve by Jill Shalvis
Series: Heartbreaker Bay #4
Published by Avon Romance, HarperCollins on September 26, 2017
Genres: Billionaire, Contemporary Romance, Holiday Romance
Pages: 384
Source: Publisher
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Also by this author:

Meet cute...
Run for the hills—temporarily. That's Colbie Albright's plan when she flees New York for San Francisco. Wrangling her crazy family by day and writing a bestselling YA fantasy series by night has taken its toll. In short, Colbie's so over it that she's under it. She's also under the waters of a historic San Francisco fountain within an hour of arrival. Fortunately, the guy who fishes Colbie out has her looking forward to Christmas among strangers. But she's pretty sure Spencer Baldwin won't be a stranger for long.

Make merry...
Spence's commitment to hiding from the Ghosts of Relationships Past means he doesn't have to worry about the powerful—okay, crazy hot chemistry—he's got with Colbie. Just because she can laugh at anything, especially herself... just because she's gorgeous and a great listener just because she gets Spence immediately doesn't mean he won't be able to let Colbie go. Does it?

and hope for a miracle.
Now the clock's ticking for Colbie and Spence: Two weeks to cut loose. Two weeks to fall hard. Two weeks to figure out how to make this Christmas last a lifetime.

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#5: Love Me By Christmas by Jaci Burton

This friends-to-lovers romance is sweet and sensual, with characters that will grab your heart and pull you right into the story. Nick is so adorable. In a manly way, of course. 😉 And Ellie is so worried that she’s taking advantage of Nick that she tries to pawn him off on other women (which was a little irritating but made for some fun Nick moments). They already live together—he’s the brother of her late husband—and they’re essentially already a family unit with her son.

This is a cute holiday romance. Readers who enjoy warm family dynamics, close friend circles, and engaging little kids (not the annoying kind that can ruin a story) will love Ellie and Nick’s story. Sweet, sexy, and dealing with the pain of losing a loved one, Love Me By Christmas is the perfect uplifting holiday romance to heal a broken heart.

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Love Me By Christmas by Jaci Burton
on November 6, 2017
Pages: 183
Source: Publicist
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Ellie Washington lost her husband in a tragedy five years ago at Christmas. She wouldn’t have made it through her grief if not for her husband’s brother, Nick, who helped her pick up the pieces of her shattered life. And with every year, her feelings for Nick have grown. Now she realizes she might be in love with him, but that’s not fair, because Nick deserves a life that isn’t about his brother’s widow and son.
Sharing his life with Ellie and her son has been the balm that soothed Nick’s soul after losing his brother. Now that friendship has turned into something deeper. Nick doesn’t want to upset the status quo, but someone has to make the first move, and it’s time they figure out if their feelings are real. Nick believes in what they have. He also believes in Christmas miracles, and he thinks they’re both long overdue for one.

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davincikittie
Sue "DaVinciKittie" Brown-Moore is a veteran romance blogger and reviewer and the primary voice for GraveTells.com. Sue has been shamelessly pimping book boyfriends since 2010 and has won several blogging awards with GraveTells. Sue is also a freelance Developmental Editor passionate about helping authors bring out the best in their stories. She loves reading romance, fantasy, and sci-fi and edits any genre she reads for pleasure. You can follow Sue's editing blog, with tips and tricks for authors, at DaVinciKittie.com.
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