I just love Christmas. It’s the perfect time to cuddle up in front of the fire with a festive Christmas themed Holiday Romance novel. The snow, time off work, a chance to catch up with relatives I rarely see, it really is the best time of the year. Not going to lie, some years I appreciate the time off more than anything else.
I also enjoy all of the adorable holiday movies on TV. You know the ones where it takes 45 minutes for the couple to hold hands and the movie ends with the worlds cutest kiss. They just make me so darn happy.
Anyway, I’ve got about a month before those movies start playing on repeat. Until then I’ll have to settle for Christmas themed books.
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These are some of the best romantic Christmas books of 2018. They are sure to help get you in the holiday spirit.
Best Holiday Romance Novels of 2018
Cupcakes for Christmas by Kate Hewitt
This was an incredibly sweet story set in a small English town. The graphic depictions of cupcakes were troublesome for my waist line but I persevered and only saved about 75 cupcake pictures to my Pinterest board.
I found I was able to relate to Olivia and Simon, their struggles were realistic. The characters were in their 30 and you could see that maturity in the way they approached their problems, which was much appreciated. The author tacked themes of ailing parents, financial stress, grief and mental illness and managed to do them all justice. An impressive feat considering how short the book is.
However, there is a bit of a twist at the end and while it was well done I found my self wanting more. I wish the author had spent longer focusing on what it meant for the couple. I would have loved to see this brought out over the course of the story and watched the couple overcome it together.
Nonetheless, it was a sweet uplifting Christmas read which is exactly what I was looking for.
I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys the holidays, cupcakes and sweet uplifting romances.
Mr. Dickens and his Carol by Samantha Silva
This has been on my to read list for a while. It was published a few days ago and I have every intention of reading it as soon as my to-read list allows. We all know Charles Dickens’ story a Christmas Carol and this sounds like an adorable twist on a classic favorite.
Charles Dickens is not feeling the Christmas spirit. His newest book is an utter flop, the critics have turned against him, relatives near and far hound him for money. While his wife plans a lavish holiday party for their ever-expanding family and circle of friends, Dickens has visions of the poor house. But when his publishers try to blackmail him into writing a Christmas book to save them all from financial ruin, he refuses. And a serious bout of writer’s block sets in.
Sounds awesome, doesn’t it?
Christmas Lights and Cowboy Nights by Shelli Stevens
Christmas and cowboys do I really need to say anything more? That’s enough for me to have to pick up the book but if it’s not quite enough for you here you go:
Calvin Marshall had Rosa lined up in his sights to be his next conquest. Until she makes it clear she’s looking for Mr. Right, not Mr. Right Now. Commitment isn’t exactly his favorite word.
Personally I happen to love stories where Mr. Right Now turns into Mr. Right. Shelli Stevens first appeared on my radar with her book Top Shelf featuring a strong Scottish heroine and an army officer. There was a bit of steam and a lot of sweet. Hopefully this one will be the same.
Better Not Pout by Annabeth Albert
This isn’t out until November 12. But you can pre-order it right away.
Possibly the steamiest book on my list.
Set in a small northern town near a military base we have a soon to be retired military man dressed in a Santa costume. As you can imagine, he’s pretty strict and tightly wound. Very much in contrast with the optimistic happy-go-lucky charity director/ elf he is working with.
With realistic small town events, meddlesome family members and demons from the past that haunt both characters this story is hard to put down. Did I mention there are snowstorms, home cooking, and cuddling in front of the fireplace?
I would recommend Better Not Pout for anyone who enjoys MM Romances, small towns and holiday spirit.
Mistletoe Miracles by Jodi Thomas
I bought this book on a whim when I realized it was by Jodi Thomas. She has this amazing way of writing about small towns. Her books are never just about the couples, there are a variety of characters, spanning generations and professions. No doubt she is one of the best small town romance authors I’ve had the pleasure of reading.
Who wouldn’t want to spend christmas in a small Texas town. With a ranch and cowboys. I don’t know about you but I can never pass up a good cowboy story, there’s something so comforting about them. This promises to be a real treat telling the story of not one, but three couples.
Holiday Amnesia by Lynette Eason
I enjoy a bit of romantic suspense from time to time and this book promises to deliver just that. With a holiday twist of course. Secrets, explosions and what is sure to be a hearty dose of holiday spirit I’ve preordered this one and am eagerly counting down the days until it arrives.
Robin Hardy survived an explosion in her university lab—but her memories are gone. With danger lurking behind every Christmas tree, she needs shelter from the attackers she can’t identify. She’ll trust fellow professor Toby Potter to safely hide her away. But when his secrets come between them, the truth could mean the difference between life and death this holiday season.
Do you read holiday books every year? Do you have a favorite?