I’m so excited this month to be writing a guest post for another blog – A Life Among the Pages! The blog is featuring holiday romances this month with a different post each day featuring different reads. I loved this idea, and I’m hoping it gets people into the festive spirit! This year especially I think there’s a need to bring some joy and brightness into people’s lives, and what better way to do that than with holiday themed romances! So for my post I figured I would feature my Top 5 Favorites from past holiday romances I’ve read – there are so many good ones I couldn’t pick just one to feature.
#5 – Christmas Eve at Friday Harbor by Lisa Kleypas
This was a really cute story about Mark and his six year old niece Holly. Mark meets and falls in love with Maggie, the owner of a local toy shop. This whole set up may sound a little like a Hallmark Christmas movie (which is all some need to be pulled in!) but beyond the Hallmark-like set-up, this is a wonderful story about a family and learning to love again. Add in lots of Christmas spirit and you have a great read! And honestly who can go wrong with Kleypas, she’s the best!
#4 – How the Dukes Stole Christmas by Various authors
This book is a collection of 4 historical romance short stories all centered around the Christmas season. With four power house authors, this collection has something for everyone to enjoy. From traveling around Mayfair in London to spending Christmas in Central Park, NY, each of these short stories feature a couple and location in line with what readers would expect from the author’s book catalogues.
#3 – A Mackenzie Family Christmas by Jennifer Ashley
This short story takes place between books 4 and 5 in the Mackenzie family series. The family has gathered for Christmas and all 4 brothers and their wives and children and relatives, plus the Mackenzies’ half brother Inspector Fellows. It was interesting to revisit many of the characters from the previous books. Overall I definitely recommend the other books in this family series also but especially loved this book for a fun Christmas short story – What a lovely addition to the series.
#2 – A Christmas Date by Camilla Isley
This book was laugh out loud funny and was a quick but engaging read. The characters in this book in particular were great – I liked Nikki a lot and I liked Diego a good amount as well. I loved seeing the relationship develop between Diego and Nikki – the tension between their characters was really well done and the emotions in the story fairly leapt off the page. A festive and fun romance read!
#1 – In a Holidaze by Christina Lauren
This was a more recent release as it just came out a couple months ago but what a FUN book this is! A mix of the movie Groundhog Day and the Christmas holiday, this book has so much to enjoy. An extremely zany cast of characters really brings this book to life and gives the reader lots of feelings about family traditions and spending holidays with loved ones. There was a lot of emotion evident in the text, which is characteristic of a CL novel. The authors really brought to life the heady feeling of new love / new relationships. This was a perfect holiday read – and I really hope they make it into a Christmas movie!
Wishing everyone a happy holidays! Hope you read some wonderful books this holiday season!