Friday, December 16, 2016

Holiday Romance Reading List - Winter Blog Hop

Author Marin McGinnis has invited several authors and bloggers to participate in her 
Winter Blog Hop. Check out her blog to read more!
Starting at the end of November, I set aside most of the books on my TBR pile and pull out the holiday-themed titles. It just doesn't feel right reading a Christmas romance at any other time of year, so I read as much as I can since each year my TBR pile grows and grows!

The unfortunate truth, however, is that as fast as I can read, I'll probably not get all of these books read this year. The ones that I don't read this December, I'll save until next year. Some of these are brand new books just released this year, some of these are books I've had on my list from previous years.

Today, I'd like to share my list with you. This is by no means a complete list. I have many, many books on my shelf just waiting for me to pick them up to read, but these are the titles in particular that I'd like to read this year. If you'd like to add a title to my list, go right ahead in the comments. I'm an avid reader who loves recommendations from readers!

My holiday reading list this month contains:

Holly and Hopeful Hearts: A Bluestocking Belles Collection (currently reading)

When the Duchess of Haverford sends out invitations to a Yuletide house party and a New Year’s Eve ball at her country estate, Hollystone Hall, those who respond know that Her Grace intends to raise money for her favorite cause and promote whatever marriages she can. Eight assorted heroes and heroines set out with their pocketbooks firmly clutched and hearts in protective custody. Or are they?

Hey, Santa by Jessica E. Subject (Read my Review)

She doesn’t want a lot for Christmas…

Claire Otton dreads spending another holiday alone. When her best friend convinces her to approach the sexy mall Santa, she takes the chance and asks him out, hoping for so much more.

He’s waiting under the mistletoe…

Although Andreas Castellanos blends in on Earth, he knows he will never belong. But when the gorgeous woman he’d been staring at invites him to dinner, he has a hard time saying no.

All they’re asking for…

Can these two lonely souls find magic together or will their secrets steal their chance of a happy Christmas?

A Grosvenor Square Christmas by Anna Campbell, Shana Galen, Vanessa Kelly, and Kate Noble

Enchantment touches a tall gray house in Grosvenor Square. The legend of Lady Winterson’s Christmas ball promises true love and happiness to one lucky couple. Four short tales.

Mistletoe, Stakes and Yuletide Cheer by Karen Michelle Nutt

What’s a hunter to do when she’s fallen for the vampire she’s been sent to stake? Cassandra Hayes has been dating Tremayne Graystone, the vampire she’s been sent to eliminate.

To stake or not to stake is the least of their problems when masked men kidnap them and hold them hostage. They realize all they want for Christmas is a chance to make their relationship work. Kisses under the mistletoe may not make this holiday merry, but they’re willing to give it a shot.

A Regency Christmas by Lyn Stone, Carla Kelly, and Gail Ranstrom

 “Scarlet Ribbons” by Lyn Stone

Captain Alexander Napier is battle scarred—from war and from life. For him, Yuletide is just a reminder of all that he’s lost. Can enchanting Amalie Harlowe restore light into the festive season…and reignite the passion in his heart?

“Christmas Promise” by Carla Kelly

Now that peace has broken out, Captain Jeremiah Faulk is at odds over what to do this Christmas, let alone with his life. Until a simple act of charity reunites him with his lost love—Ianthe Mears.

“A Little Christmas” by Gail Ranstrom

Tending to a houseful of grieving relatives isn’t Viscount Selwick’s idea of a merry Christmas. But one stolen kiss under the mistletoe with spirited Sophia Pettibone is about to change everything!

Christmas in Transylvania by Sandra Hill

For the first time ever, the leader of the Viking Vampire Angels, Vikar Sigurdsson, has been talked into celebrating a traditional Christmas! The tree has been decorated, the gifts have been wrapped, and the stockings have been hung. And that's mistletoe, not cobwebs, hanging from the ceiling of the creepy castle full of vangels … really!

The icing on the vampire cookie comes when vangel Karl Mortensen rescues Faith Larson, a battered young waitress, from her abusive boyfriend and hides her in the castle amidst the Christmas chaos. But what Karl thought was a frail young teenager is actually a very tempting woman. And she thinks his fangs are sexy!

But a strange "Christmas visitor" at the castle and demon vampires up to their old tricks could threaten the budding romance between Karl and Faith. It's an impossible match—a human and a vangel—but Christmas is a time for magic.

Karl and Faith don't stand a chance …

Christmas Spirits by Jane Charles

Mary Soares was supposed to spend Christmas, nice and warm on her family’s estate in Falkirk, Scotland, tending to their whisky business. However, the English have made smuggling almost impossible, and so order after order is waiting at the distillery until it’s safe enough to continue shipments. Most customers understand this. Most customers are reasonable. The Duke of Danby is not most customers. So after a number of demands from His Grace, insisting upon his order, Mary decides to deliver the whisky herself since no one else is available.

Benjamin Storm, Earl of Kenley, breathes a sigh of relief when his summons from the Duke of Danby has nothing to do with matrimony or a stack of special licenses. Instead, his uncle just needs Benjamin to travel to Scotland and procure his missing whisky shipment in time for his holiday festivities. The chore sounds easy enough, at least until he encounters a most unusual smuggler on her way to Danby Castle. Benjamin’s life may never be the same.



  1. Great list, Tricia. Have you read any of Patricia Kiyono's books--the titles are a play on words from The 12 Days of Christmas. Charming stories.

  2. Merry Christmas Tricia and have fun going through your book list.