Blogmas 16: best holiday romances of 2018

Christmas is fast approaching, guys! If you need some help getting into the mood, why not check out a few holiday romances? Nothing beats a good romance, with a Christmas theme, to read by the fire at night. Right? Goodreads assembled 50 of the best romance new releases! Here’s the top 5.

Such Violent Delights: A Holiday Paranormal Romance Anthology by Stacey Marie Brown, S.L. Jennings, Chantal Fernando, Jessica Florence, Amelia Hutchins, Amo Jones, Graceley Knox, D.D. Miers, Kim Lorraine, Anne Malcom, R. Scarlett & Alice K. Wayne

Publication date: November 13th 2018

Eleven all new stories from twelve top paranormal romance authors. From Heaven to Hell, fae worlds, superheroes, and even through the looking glass, these holiday themed short stories bring a whole new meaning to the 12 days of Christmas.

All proceeds from the sale of the anthology will be donated to charity.

Featuring:

Christmas Sugar by Melanie Moreland (Insta-Spark #2)

Publication date: December 3rd, 2018

Dylan Maxwell is a busy man. His no-nonsense approach to life and business keeps him balanced—and alone. His life is bland—devoid of any kind of sweetness or light.

An unexpected business trip close to Christmas, however, brings three people into his life he never expected.

An oversharing teenager.

A lisping little angel.

A sexy, unassuming woman unlike any he has ever met. Her bossy attitude challenges him, while her green eyes melt the frost around his heart.

They draw out something in him that he has never experienced. 

Feelings. 

Are they the Christmas miracles he needs—or will he walk away from the sweetest gift he has ever been offered?

Love.

Christmas in Kentbury by Claudia Y. Burgoa

Publication date: December 12th, 2018

Knightly 

If practice makes perfect, I should excel at pretending that Heath Miller doesn’t affect me. That I’m immune to that wide jaw, taut body, and the unique woodsy-aftershave-engine-oil scent that makes my ovaries explode. 

Since before I could walk, he’s been my champion. My best friend. The one problem I can’t solve. Why? If I tell him I love him, I’ll lose him and his adorable daughter. Maybe the best Christmas gift I can give him—and myself—is to turn in the keys to my B&B and put some distance between us. 

Heath 

I’ve made my share of mistakes. Lost my MIT scholarship, came home to fix cars and romance Kentbury’s female tourists—until I wound up a single father. For all eight years of Cassie’s life, Knightly’s been my anchor. 

I’ve changed. Cassie’s the best part of me, and Knightly’s been there every step of the way. But as Christmas lays its mantle of magic over Kentbury, she drops a bomb—she’s following a dream to New York City. I’ve got one week to do everything, say everything I’ve never dared. To convince my best friend to be mine—ours—for all the holidays to come. 

Hoops Holiday by Kennedy Ryan (Hoops #2.5)

MacKenzie Decker was a question Avery never got to ask, much less answer.

They met when she was a young reporter fueled by ambition, and the ink on Deck’s first NBA contract was barely dry. Years later, they’ve climbed so high and lost so much, but one thing hasn’t changed. The attraction that simmered between them in a locker room before is still there. With success like theirs, everything has been possible . . . except them. 

That was then . . . but what about now?

A Novel Christmas by Lynsey M. Stewart

Publication date: November 16th, 2018

Go to an island, my publisher said. Reclaim your writing mojo, he added. Be inspired, he suggested. Oh, sexy shenanigans, was I inspired. Drew Carolla would do that to a woman. Reclusive and brooding, an ex-pilot-come-sexy-woodcutter-come-luxury-wedding-venue-owner-come…here. 

Writing romance doesn’t come easy when you don’t have a muse, and I was on a deadline. Four weeks to write my next bestseller or face being dropped by my publisher. Thankfully, watching Drew chop wood, sweaty and shirtless, soon had the words flowing like water through Cornish coastline rock pools.

But Drew had his own stories to tell. Why did his luxury wedding venue no longer host weddings? Why did he scoff at the idea of romance? And why, despite that, did he look at me like he wanted to wake up on Christmas morning and find me naked in his bed?

Conundrums. Drew was full of them. Too bad I wasn’t writing psychological thrillers. 

Would Drew Carolla, a man who didn’t believe in romance, inspire my greatest love story or leave me with unfinished chapters? 

My advent calendars

Happy reading,

Loes M.

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