New York Times bestselling author Shannon Stacey and author of "Her Holiday Man" shares her favorite romance novels…with a holiday twist.
The holidays and romance novels. To me, they’re like peanut butter and jelly or hot cocoa and marshmallows—they’re wonderful individually, but together they make something extra special. There’s nothing like the holidays to make a romance’s theme of love and family really pop. I’ve read many over the years because they’re my favorite, and here are just a few of the holiday romances that have stood out for me.
A hero bent on revenge. A stolen Fabergé egg. A thieving heroine who will die if she doesn’t get the egg back by Christmas morning. Stacy Gail’s outstanding narrative voice makes this sexy, atmospheric (almost Dickensian) steampunk novella a delicious holiday read.
This single-title romance from one of my favorite category romance authors was an instant keeper for me. Set in snowy Vermont and written in Morgan’s warm and witty style, Sleigh Bells in the Snow blends love and laughter and family and romance for the perfect holiday story.
This unique story of sexy submission from a contemporary romance favorite definitely spiced up my holiday reading list. Beth Kery brings her trademark emotion and eroticism to a “snowed-in” cabin romance, making Holiday Bound a sizzling holiday story I’ve read more than once.
This Silhouette Special Edition from 2007 offers a classic category romance story—emotionally walled-off hero who’s suddenly a single father, a small child and the woman who will love them both—but Karen Templeton’s distinctive voice and masterful storytelling elevate Dear Santa to an exceptional, emotional holiday read you won’t want to miss.
Coming from New England—the land of white Christmases and sleigh rides and hot cocoa—I’ve sometimes had trouble connecting to holiday romances set in tropical locations or in Australia. But this sweet, heartwarming, funny story of a woman whose big-city billionaire boss is stranded at her small family farm instantly became my favorite and most recommended holiday romance of all time.
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