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Initial post: Oct 4, 2011 9:27:26 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 4, 2011 9:28:41 AM PDT
Dog Lover says:
I have the strangest habit...every year about this time, I start wanting to read Romance Genre books that are set in or about the Christmas season. I can't explain that habit at all. My expectations about the quality of these books are even lower than for other times during the year!

That "time" is quickly approaching. We usually have a thread about Christmas Romance each year so I thought I'd start one myself.

Any recommendations?

I don't like overly sappy stuff but my personal preferences don't matter very much as a lot of the forum members tend to like these seasonal books as well. We all have different preferences.

Lookin' forward to the titles you recommend.


Posted on Oct 4, 2011 9:47:29 AM PDT
Have you read A Wallflower Christmas? Is it worth buying? I haven't read it, & it's sort of overpriced for the length, so I've been trying to decide if I want it.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 4, 2011 9:53:48 AM PDT
Dog Lover says:
Nope - Kleypas isn't a draw for me but I know that she has many fans on the forum. I bet they'll love it.

A Wallflower Christmas

Thanks for the suggestion.


Posted on Oct 4, 2011 10:18:54 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 4, 2011 10:19:53 AM PDT
ICA says:
If you have a kindle I really enjoyed the bundle 12 Stocking Stuffers. It has a lot of the old Harlequin authors people are familar with such as Anne Stuart, Beverly Barton, and Maggie Shayne. There were a couple of stories I didn't care for, but with 12 stories to choose from there is probably something for just about everyone. Overall I liked it and will probably reread most of them again this Christmas season. I am sure there are a few others. I have a Christmas Catagory on my Kindle. I will check later.
12 Stocking Stuffers

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 4, 2011 10:25:57 AM PDT
L. Burns says:
Not a strange habit at all! I've already started a "collection" on my kindle titled 'Holiday' and am adding books all the time. Here are a few I read last Christmas and really enjoyed:

Sweet Inspiration by Penny Watson. Very cute light/PNR. There's a book about the H's brother due out this year, but I don't see it yet on Amazon.

Holiday Sparks and In The Spirit by Shannon Stacey. Both novella length and the H in "Spirit" is a ghost; "Sparks" is straight-up Contemporary.

A Town Called Christmas (Harlequin Super Romance) by Carrie Alexander. Just a very nice, sweet Christmas read but not overly sugary.

Posted on Oct 4, 2011 10:38:12 AM PDT
A Wallflower Christmas isn't worth bothering with if you ask me, well, unless you are a mega fan of the series. It's really poorly written because it spends an equal amount of time with the problems of the original characters in the series and that of the new characters so the new characters get like half a novella. Plus the non leads (the originals) have graphic sex scenes if I remember correctly, and that is always a turn off when people other than the leads get the sex described.

I looked through the list of all my favorites and I don't even have 1 x-mas book listed which is sad because I like them too once in a while. but I don't have a novella I like

"All I Want" by Lynsay Sands from Wish List Anthology so you might want to check it out from the library.

Posted on Oct 4, 2011 10:58:01 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 4, 2011 10:58:22 AM PDT
Karlyn says:
Here are some holiday romances I enjoyed:
A Virgin River Christmas (A Virgin River Novel) Robyn Carr
Sweet Inspiration Penny Watson
Holiday Sparks Shannon Stacey

Here are some I have on my to-read/wish list that look good:
A Christmas Promise by Mary Balogh
Bring Me Home for Christmas (Virgin River) by Robyn Carr (releases in a few weeks)
It Happened One Christmas by Kaitlin O'Riley
The Christmas Knight by Michele Sinclair
Christmas Moon by Elizabeth Lane

I'm also reading an ARC copy of Holly Lane (Destiny, Ohio) by Toni Blake, and so far it is a great holiday read. (I'm 60% done, and it so good.)

If you like Sweet Inspiration, the sequel Sweet Magik comes out next month too, but it isn't listed on Amazon yet. (??)


In reply to an earlier post on Oct 4, 2011 11:01:48 AM PDT
Karlyn says:
Oh, I forgot to add 'In The Spirit', glad you mentioned it L Burns. It's a fun short novella. Looks like we enjoy the same holiday reading. :-)

Posted on Oct 4, 2011 11:04:06 AM PDT
NewDiane says:
Mary Balogh:
A Christmas Promise (you'll cry buckets)
A Christmas Belle
A Christmas Beau
A Christmas Bride

and all the Signet Regency anthologies:
A Regency Christmas, I, II, III etc, etc

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 4, 2011 11:04:27 AM PDT
That was extremely helpful, KarlynP.

I will recommend one to stay away from: Comfort and Joy by Kristin Hannah. I actually usually like her books, but this novella was not very good at all (IMHO).

Debbie Macomber has lots of holiday novellas available (usually come 2 to a book). I have found her to be a very consistent writer -- not great, but reliable.

Also, Anne Perry releases a holidy novella mystery every Christmas. Warning: these are mysteries, not romance. Second warning: many people object to Anne Perry because she was convicted of murder as a young woman and now writes books where murder is the primary plot point. If none of those warnings cause you issues, I actually kind of like her Christmas mysteries.

Posted on Oct 4, 2011 11:10:33 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 8, 2011 4:33:59 PM PDT
Dog Lover says:
There is a really old Sandra Brown "Christmas" book - sorta - that actually played a role in turning me onto the Romance genre. It was the first time I'd understood that humour might be part of those books. The rest, as they say, is (very expensive) history.

Tidings of Great Joy

I also like several (again - old) titles from Marilyn Pappano in the Bethlehem series which (duh) are set during the Christmas season. The later books in this series fell flat for me but the early offerings were good'uns -

I must admit to a very VERY shallow nature too - there is a (really simple) mystery series set around various holidays by Valerie Wolzien. I can NOT understand why I liked these so much because they certainly aren't representative of litrachewer but I really really like the Christmas/New Years settings (there are more than just one of each in this series)

Maybe it is the Christmas cookies they describe that makes me like'em!


Posted on Oct 4, 2011 11:10:52 AM PDT
NewDiane -- I love Balogh. Thanks for those recommendations. Christmas Promise looks wonderful & is on my to buy list for Christmas.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 4, 2011 12:08:24 PM PDT
Karlyn says:
You're welcome Christine. I too thought about posting a few "you really should avoid!" recommendations too. But for most of them, the reviews already make it clear they should be avoided.

Posted on Oct 4, 2011 4:10:48 PM PDT
kari says:
The Bite Before Christmas by Heidi Betts is free for kindle right now. I read it last year (when it was also free) and enjoyed it.

Posted on Oct 4, 2011 5:09:15 PM PDT
Ellen Fisher says:
Hmmm. I second "Holiday Sparks." Also, if you like historicals, I liked the Milan novella inThe Heart of Christmas. This one also has a lot of fun stuff in it: The Naughty List Bundle with The Night Before Christmas & Yule Be Mine.

Posted on Oct 4, 2011 6:28:46 PM PDT
McKaren says:
I'm Your Santa (Brava Contemporary Romance)

Posted on Oct 4, 2011 6:38:03 PM PDT
Jean H says:
I second the notion of the Signet Regency Christmas anthologies. I'm reading one now, and the Balogh story brought tears to my eyes. I'll probably read another one closer to the holiday. (PS, the earlier anthologies are better than the last ones they put out.)

Posted on Oct 4, 2011 6:46:37 PM PDT
ICA says:
I checked my Kindle Christmas category and found the following books that I also enjoyed.
I'll Be Home for Christmas
Christmas Proposals
Comfort and Joy (Harlequin Super Romance)

I also liked Sandra Brown's Tidings of Great Joy
Tidings of Great Joy

Posted on Oct 4, 2011 6:47:36 PM PDT
MelissaB says:
Ones I have enjoyed:
The Christmas Knight (Zebra Historical Romance) by Michele Sinclair
Falling Angel (Rita Award) by Anne Stuart
The Greek's Christmas Baby by Lucy Monroe
Rich Man's Vengeful Seduction by Laura Wright
The Magical Christmas Cat - Nalini Singh and Lora Leigh stories
High Powered Hot Blooded by Susan Mallery
Hot Artic Nights by Janice Maynard (Wicked Wonderland anthology)
Holiday Sparks by Shannon Stacey

Posted on Oct 4, 2011 6:59:32 PM PDT
D. Danner says:
Christmas books I have read and reread are the Christmas Jars and Christmas Jars Reunion both by Jason F Wright although I wouldn't consider them to be romance.

Christmas Jars
Christmas Jars Reunion

Posted on Oct 4, 2011 9:35:40 PM PDT
These are short, but Nora Roberts wrote freebie Christmas stories based on characters from 2 of her popular series:

The Quinns' Christmas:
Christmas in Ardmore:

I did love both of those sagas (the Chesapeake Bay series, and the Gallaghers of Admore) but I think the stories work even if you haven't read the books.

Posted on Oct 5, 2011 10:28:11 AM PDT
B. Ramos says:
It is around this time that I get my holiday lists together and I got Tis The Season and A Victorian Christmas Tea.

Posted on Oct 8, 2011 1:01:34 PM PDT
I loved Dear Santa (Silhouette Special Edition) .

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 8, 2011 1:32:09 PM PDT

I LOVED falling angel ! Awesome and very unique IMO

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 8, 2011 1:38:43 PM PDT
the new Penny Watson will be out on November 4 and is called Sweet Magik

I know we have some m/m readers out there - last christmas the m/m romance group on goodreads did a free anthology using picture prompts that is available for download - i think there was 24 short stories.
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