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May 15 2016 10:00am

Once Upon a Dream by Mary Balogh & Grace Burrowes: A Regency Vacation Read

Once Upon a Dream by Mary Balogh and Grace BurrowesMary Balogh and Grace Burrowes clearly enjoyed creating these charming summer sojourns.

Some of Balogh’s most beloved novellas feature children who have lost a parent, and “Another Dream” likewise introduces a sister and a brother who want a new mother.

Burrowes is famous for plots that careen between hysteria (often animal induced) and pathos. Anne Faraday, the heroine of “The Duke of My Dreams” is a complex, capable woman who is desperate for the warmth and relaxation that a magical house party—and a special man—could provide.

While traveling to visit her sister Christine, the beloved Duchess of Bewcastle from Slightly Dangerous, Eleanor Thompson’s trip is interrupted by a storm. At the inn where she takes shelter, she meets two children, Georgie and her younger brother Robbie. As an experienced educator and loving aunt, Eleanor is innately respectful of children’s individual personalities. When precocious, talkative Georgette invades her tea parlor, Eleanor invites her to stay. Shy Robert also feels comfortable whispering a few words to Eleanor.


Mar 13 2016 3:00pm

We Can’t Forget About Valerie Bowman’s The Unforgettable Hero

The Unforgettable Hero by Valerie Bowman

Valerie Bowman’s novella, The Unforgettable Hero, takes the amnesia trope and adds a fun spin. Lady Cecilia Harcourt is desperate to escape an almost inevitable forced marriage to her less than enticing cousin. You see, her Aunt and Uncle have taken over guardianship after her parents’ most unexpected demise. In order to live independently from her wretched Aunt and Uncle and evade a terrible marriage, while securing enough financial independence to ensure her younger sister has medicine for her condition, Cecilia writes a romance novel. This is her ticket out of purgatory.

After failing to convince an aging publisher to take a chance on her story, because he is sure no one wants to read romance (what?), Cecilia leaves feeling most defeated–only to be hit by a carriage. Fortunately Lieutenant Adam Hunt is there to witness the accident and brings the lady to the home of his brother, the Duke of Claringdon and his Duchess, Lucy. And here is where the fun begins.

[No one wants to read romance. WHAT? ...]

Mar 12 2016 1:00pm

First Look: Lilah Pace’s Asking for More (March 15, 2016)

Asking For More by Lilah Pace

Lilah Pace
Asking for More (Asking for It #2.5)
InterMix / March 15, 2016 / $1.99 digital

The incendiary author of Begging for It and Asking for It again plunges readers into the shadowy depths of love, pain, pleasure and peril...

How far is too far?

Finally sure of each other's strength and love, Jonah and Vivienne continue to explore their darkest fantasies together. However, what should be a night of ecstasy takes a dangerous turn, injuring Vivienne. She shrugs off the incident, but Jonah is haunted by it, particularly by the fear that others may believe he abuses her, or even glimpse the truth of their erotic obsession.

Then Jonah receives a call from his younger sister, Rebecca, who's dealing with trouble of her own in South America. When Vivienne travels with him to aid Rebecca, she learns yet more about his tortured history—and Jonah opens up to Vivienne as never before.  

Can Vivienne help Jonah cast off the shadows of his past forever?

The great thing about Lilah Pace’s ground-breaking rape fantasy series, besides the visceral language and the way she makes every word hold meaning, is how thoughtful she’s been along the way, in expressing the desires hero and heroine Jonah and Vivienne share, in the honesty of what they need in fantasy as well as the harder reasons why, and how it all works for them. And with such a complex story, it’s no surprise, to our thrill, that it requires another chapter, one where Jonah and Vivienne are hit head-on with still more issues, internally and externally, that challenge them individually and as a couple. And if you’re as big a fan as we are, the only danger with Asking for More is that it’s not enough.

He’s already begun the transformation into the figure from my darkest longings. He will become forbidding. Commanding. Even dangerous. And I will turn into the victim in his own forbidden daydreams — weak and pliant, vulnerable to his schemes and to brute force.

We do not love the desire we share. But we love each other, and together we’re learning how to own this — our rape fantasies — so that they will never again own us.

[Will it ever be enough? ...]

Feb 19 2016 12:30pm

Stepping Outside the Box: Erotic Romance Best Bets for February 2016

The SEAL's Rebel Librarian by Anne Calhoun

In need of some sexy reading material to fill your e reader? I’m here for you. Each month I will bring you an assortment of erotic pleasure reads to tempt your palette and your credit card.

Not everyone thinks February is all hearts and flowers. Sometimes it’s ugly and heartbreaking. But as the old saying goes...whatever doesn't break you, only makes you stronger. As some of couples below find out, sometimes you have to break in order to see the love right in front of you.

The SEAL's Rebel Librarian by Anne Calhoun

Jack Powell never planned on leaving the Navy, but his final mission as a SEAL left him with a tremor and a bad case of nerves. He's home, taking some college classes and trying to figure out what comes next when he meets Erin Kent, a divorced college librarian with an adventurous bucket list and a mission to get her ex-husband's voice out of her head. Jack guides Erin through skydiving and buying the motorcycle of her dreams, blithely accepting Erin's promise that their relationship is purely temporary. But when Jack gets the chance to go back into the shadowy world of security contracting, can he convince Erin to break her word and join him on the adventure of a lifetime?

Anne Calhoun’s voice shines bright in the second installment of her Alpha Ops novella series. A divorced librarian with a hefty bucket list and a recently discharged soldier suffering from PTSD indulge in a sexy, erotic, extraordinary adventure that gives them both what they never knew they needed. A full bodied novella that will leave you panting for more.

[Sex outside the box ...]

Dec 24 2015 5:30pm

Holiday Romance: A Case Study with Megan Frampton’s No Groom at the Inn

No Groom at the Inn by Megan Frampton

Frequently when I’m talking or writing about holiday romance novels I’ll say something along the lines of “it has everything I could ask for in a holiday story.” So, I got to thinking. Just what is it that I’m looking for in holiday romances? I took one for the H&H team and went to my local bookstore to browse and see what I would put in that category. Tough job, I know, but someone had to do it. Then I applied those criteria to the story up next in my holiday romance To-Be-Read pile: No Groom at the Inn by Megan Frampton.

In this Dukes Behaving Badly holiday novella, a young lady entertains a sudden proposal of marriage—to a man she’s only just met

What does a lady do when a man she’s never seen before offers his hand in marriage? Lady Sophronia Bettesford doesn’t scream and run away. Instead, she accepts the shocking proposition. After all, what’s her other choice? To live with her cousin, caring for six children and a barnyard full of chickens?

James Archer has roamed the world, determined never to settle down. He’s faced danger and disaster…he fears nothing and no one—except his mother and her matchmaking ways. So when ordered to attend a Christmastime house party filled with holiday cheer and simpering young misses, he produces—a fiancée!

Sophronia and James vow to pretend to be in love for one month. But when they promise to give each other a Christmas kiss, it becomes clear that this pact made out of necessity might just be turning into love.

1. The cover has to pull me in with a holiday theme. Check. Our heroine, Sophronia, is decked out in a gorgeous red gown as she’s about to kiss our hero, James Archer; and there’s a decorated Christmas tree in the background. Perfect.

[Checked our box too...]

Dec 14 2015 4:40pm

Romance News: Thank the Stars for a New Kate Daniels Novella

Welcome to H&H's daily news roundup! Grab a mug of tea and a scone and let's gossip about what's hot in the romance world right now.

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Magic Stars by Ilona Andrews

Deal Alerts

Julia Quinn's Bridgerton novel An Offer from a Gentleman (now containing a second epilogue) is on sale for $1.99 in e-book at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iBookstore, and more today (via ReadCheaply).*

Susanna Kearsley's epic historical The Winter Sea is currently discounted to $2.99 in e-book at Barnes & Noble, Amazon, and iBookstore (via BookBub).* If you were intrigued by Kearsley's books as mentioned in Maggie Boyd's Epic Romances spotlight this past weekend, this is perfect timing indeed!

Lauren Weisberger's classic fashion industry cautionary tale The Devil Wears Prada is marked down to $1.99 in e-book for the moment at iBookstore, Barnes & Noble, and Amazon (via BookBub).* If you've always wanted to read this one, now's your chance...

Tasty Morsels

Ilona Andrews has released a new Kate Daniels novella, Magic Stars, which spotlights two fan favorites: Lone wolf Derek Gaunt, and Kate and Curran's head-strong ward, Julie Lennart-Olsen. Magic Stars is $1.99 at e-tailers such as Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and iBookstore.

[+Alice Clayton cover and Star Trek Beyond trailer...]

Dec 11 2015 3:00pm

Exclusive Cover Reveal: Christina Lauren’s Beautiful Boss

Christina Lauren's Beautiful Boss cover behind a curtainLegend has it that a true love story never ends, and we believe that more than anything, which is one of the many reasons Heroes and Heartbreakers is pleased to reveal the cover for Christina Lauren's novella Beautiful Boss, the next chapter in Will and Hanna's romance, which began in Beautiful Player not so very long ago...

[Duck behind the curtain for your first look at the cover and more...]

Dec 8 2015 1:00pm

Three’s Company: Sharing is Caring in Lauren Smith’s The Bite of Winter

The Bite of Winter by Lauren Smith

Lauren Smith (also an H&H blogger) packs a whole lot into 113 pages of sexy paranormal novella in The Bite of Winter. All alone in the world, homeless and left for dead in an alley, Zoey has definitely had better days. Tall, dark and sexy vampire Ian is known for taking in strays but they are usually of the cat variety. One look at Zoey, and the portfolio of pictures and drawings she’s clutching as her life blood seeps out onto the dank sidewalk and he knows he can’t let this angel die.

“I want to keep you, little one. Keep you and never let you go.”

…he’d needed to protect her. It was as though in her moments of terror and her dying breaths, she’d called to him…

Something inside his chest stung and he gasped. That was odd. He’d never needed to breath before, still didn’t, but his body had reacted as thought it had.

[Connor is hard to swallow, but he's hot as hell ...]

Nov 19 2015 5:03pm

Romance News: Never-Before-Published Edith Layton & Sugar Cookie Sweetheart Deals

Welcome to H&H's daily news roundup! Grab a mug of tea and a scone and let's gossip about what's hot in the romance world right now.

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Peaches and the Queen by Edith Layton

Edith Layton was a historical romance powerhouse. Sadly, she passed away in 2009, and many of her works went unpublished. Edith's daughter, Susie Felber, has been working to get some of those unpublished treats into fans' hands, and today we're happy to share the cover and synopsis for Edith Layton's never-before-published Peaches and the Queen, a holiday novella featuring a much-loved cat and, of course, Queen Victoria:

Presenting a never-before-published, holiday short story from Regency author Edith Layton! 

Christmas is coming to Victorian London. A poor boy living with his milliner sister in a marginal part of town discovers his cat is missing. His old dog can’t live without the cat, so he searches—and hears that the Queen has kidnapped his cat! Queen Victoria’s favorite moggie strayed, and her minions scooped up the wrong cat—or so the boy and his sister think. 

This Christmas novella tells how an earnest young Beefeater, his world-weary superior, and one of the wiliest criminals in London each try to find the right cat without disturbing the old queen, win the boy’s cat back—and woo the pretty sister—before the Queen leaves London for her Christmas holiday. 

From the servants at the palace and the Queen’s own chambers, to Billingsgate and the mudlarks’ favorite taverns, the adventures are many among the high- and low-life of Victorian London.

Pre-order Peaches and the Queen today at Amazon before its November 30 release.

[+Sweet, sweet deals...]

Nov 18 2015 10:30am

First Look: Joanna Chambers’ Unnatural (November 24, 2015)

Unnatural by Joanna Chambers

Joanna Chambers
Unnatural (Enlightenment #3.5)
Samhain Publishing / November 24, 2015 / $15.99 print, $5.50 digital

The heart breaks but does not change.

An Enlightenment Story

Captain Iain Sinclair. Perfect son, perfect soldier, hero of Waterloo. A man living a lie. The only person who really knows him is his childhood friend, scientist James Hart. But they’ve been estranged since Iain brutally destroyed their friendship following a passionate encounter.

Iain is poised to leave the King’s service to become an undercover agent in India. Before he leaves his old life behind, he’s determined to reconcile with James. An invitation to a country house party from James’s sister provides the perfect opportunity to pin the man down.

James has loved Iain all his life, but his years of accepting crumbs from Iain’s table are over. Forgiving Iain is one thing—restoring their friendship is quite another.

In the face of James’s determined resistance, Iain is forced to confront his reasons for mending the wounds between them. And accept the possibility that James holds the key to his heart’s desire—if only he has the courage to reach for it.

Warning: Contains a dashing military hero with one weakness—a scientist who feels their chemistry in every cell of his body. Kissing in the rain, skinny dipping, and emotional flashbacks. Huzzah!

I adored Joanna Chambers' Enlightenment series so when I heard she had written a novel set in the same universe, I was immediately intrigued. After reading the blurb of Unnatural I knew I had to read this book. A story about forbidden, potentially unrequited, first love from one of my favorite historical male/male romance authors is something I just couldn't resist! Also for any fans of the Enlightenment series, you’ll be pleased to know that David and Murdo make a cameo appearance in Unnatural. They might even have helped push one of our heroes in the right direction...

“Balfour and Lauriston were so utterly at ease with one another, every glance they shared was warm with easy intimacy and affection. Iain couldn’t help but reflect that he’d never had this with anyone—expect James Hart.”

[From childhood to the perfect HEA ..]

Nov 8 2015 11:00am

Leveled By Jay Crownover as a Reader Reads Her First Male/Male

Leveled by Jay Crownover

Leveled by Jay Crownover has popped my male/male cherry! As my first book in this realm, I had a few pre-conceived notions going in but, they were blown them out of the water. Leveled is a bridge between the Marked Men series and the new spin-off, Saints of Denver. Lando and Dom are characters that have had small story lines in the background of the Marked Men series and that are now getting a very well-deserved story. I especially wanted Lando to have an HEA after his heartbreaking past. For those of you that don’t remember, Lando is the ex-boyfriend of Remy (Rule’s twin) and Dom is Royal’s best friend. 

I had a picture in my mind of what both of these characters were like going into the story. Lando is the physical therapist who agrees to take on Dom’s case. Dom is still recovering from the injuries he acquired while on the force. His rehabilitation isn’t going as well as it should and Lando swoops in to the rescue. I was pleasantly surprised with the characters, Lando is a tough, smart, quietly assertive man, who knows what he wants and has a plan. Dom is aggressive and more of a wears his heart on his sleeve kind of person. Right from the beginning, sexual tension oozed between the two. It was like being caught in a hurricane of lust.

“There was more than a spark when our palms touched. There was an electrical current that blazed a fiery trail all the way up my injured arm and made my spine tingle at the contact. I held his pale gaze and searched openly for any sign that he felt it, felt something.”

[Let this one pop your male/male cherry ...]

Oct 6 2015 8:25am

Do You Have a Minimum Length Requirement?

As readers, we typically don't have a maximum length requirement (although the double entendre of that just popped into my head). However, since we're, many of us, book buyers too, we may have a length requirement at the other end. Even timewise, length might be a factor—even if a book is free, do we want to “waste” a purchase on 35 pages?

What's worth it to you? Does it depend on authors? Especially with the season of the holiday novella fully in swing, shorter lengths are more of what's out there.

What are your thoughts? Let me know in the comments!

Jul 17 2015 3:25pm

Romance News Roundup: Maya Rodale Cover, Darynda Jones Title, Deals, and More!

Welcome to H&H's daily news roundup! Grab a mug of tea and a scone and let's gossip about what's hot in the romance world right now.

A Curse Unbroken by Cecy Robson—Deal Alert #1: Cecy Robson's A Curse Unbroken (Weird Girls #5) is currently $.99 in e-book at e-tailers such as Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and iBookstore.* Eager to learn more? Read Lucy Dosch's First Look at A Curse Unbroken.

Darynda Jones has announced a new novella, Brighter Than the Sun, with the cover and official description reveal coming soon right here at H&H! Stay tuned... Need a distraction? There's always Darynda Jones' H&H guest post on preparing for the apocalypse!

—Deal Alert #2: Jennifer L. Armentrout's Fall with Me is $1.99 right now in e-book at e-tailers including Barnes & Noble, iBookstore, and Amazon.* Get the full story on Armentrout's Wait for You series.

[+Maya Rodale cover and X-Files teaser...]

May 5 2015 3:49pm

Romance News Roundup: Kresley Cole’s Sweet Ruin, Jeaniene Frost Teaser, and More!

Welcome to H&H's daily news roundup! Grab a mug of tea and a scone and let's gossip about what's hot in the romance world right now.

Sweet Ruin by Kresley ColeKresley Cole's Sweet Ruin, Book 16 in the Immortals After Dark series and the followup to Dark Skye, has a cover! Who is that on the cover, do you think? Whose story are you hoping to see told next? More details (including an official description) as we get them, of course. In the meantime, feel free to speculate away with us on this and/or who would be perfect for Nix when she gets her own book...

Follow up 6/3/15: Cover copy has been released for Sweet Ruin, find out the couple here. 

—Jeaniene Frost has shared a teaser for her next Broken Destiny release, The Sweetest Burn. Read the snippet here.

—Lori Handeland's Nightcreature novella Red Moon Rising has been published as a standalone e-book (it was previously part of the anthology Stroke of Midnight). Next month, in June, she launches the Sisters of the Craft trilogy—In the Air Tonight, Heat of the Moment, and Smoke on the Water—which will be released in back-to-back months this summer. See the spellbinding (see what I did there?) covers here.

—Avon Books has announced that Avon FanLit—a writing challenge in which aspiring authors “have the chance to write, read and vote for five chapters of a historical romance” with tips from the likes of Julia Quinn, Lorraine Heath, Tessa Dare, and Beverly Jenkins—is back! Avon is partnering with JukePop to kickstart the program again, and the storytelling portion starts May 8, with the grand prize winner being announced on July 20. Avonfanlit.com has all the details.

[+Star Wars and Avengers odds and ends...]

Apr 10 2015 11:00am

Going to the Chapel: Wedding Drama in Loretta Chase’s Royally Ever After

Royally Ever After by Loretta ChaseThe two short, previously-published novellas in Loretta Chase's Royally Ever After anthology both revolve around a royal wedding. In Lord Lovedon's Duel the heroine's sister just married a minor German Prince whose friend is Behaving Badly, while in The Jilting of Lord Rothwick our love story takes place during the furor over the young Queen Victoria's wedding to Prince Albert, where our hero is Behaving Cluelessly. But both heroes are gobsmacked into love at first sight, bless them. And, apparently, imbibe too much at important moments.

Lord Lovedon got drunk at the wedding reception, said rude things about the bride, and was promptly challenged to a duel by the bride's sister.

He'd drunk enough to float a flagship—possibly the entire Royal Navy—to no effect.

Until a moment ago.

The last dose, the one Miss Sharp had administered externally, had brightened his mood amazingly. The eyes flashing at him had turned out to be an interesting shade of green, with gold flecks … Most important, she'd turned out to have a personality.

Lord Lovedon may be indiscreet while intoxicated, but he knows what he wants.

[I think we can guess what that is...]

Mar 6 2015 4:21pm

Romance News Roundup: Not My First Rodeo Series and More

Welcome to H&H's daily news roundup! Grab a mug of tea and a scone and let's gossip about what's hot in the romance world right now.

Not My 1st Rodeo by Donna Alward, Sarah M. Anderson, and Jenna Bayley-Burke—Sarah M. Anderson, Donna Alward, and Jenna Bayley-Burke have announced a novella trilogy, Not My 1st Rodeo, featuring the contemporary romances Something About a Cowboy, Nothing Like a Cowboy, and Anything for a Cowboy. They've also launched NotMy1stRodeo.com for more about the books and, coming soon, dating profiles of the heroes and heroines.

—Mina Vaughn has revealed the sexy cover for her latest novel, How to Punish Your Playboy, and also posted a brief excerpt to give readers a taste of the story...

[+Thug Notes reviews Fifty Shades...]

Feb 2 2015 11:45am

First Look: Christina Lauren’s Beautiful Beloved (February 3, 2015)

Beautiful Beloved by Christina LaurenChristina Lauren
Beautiful Beloved
Simon and Schuster / February 3, 2015 / $0.99 digital

The seventh work in the New York Times and #1 internationally bestselling series that started with the Beautiful Bastard, Beautiful Stranger, and Beautiful Player novels. Featuring all the Beautiful characters…plus one tiny new addition to the group.

In Beautiful Stranger, finance whiz Sara Dillon met the irresistibly sexy Brit, Max Stella, at a New York City club. Through the series we’ve watched them learn to balance commitment with their less than private brand of playfulness. In Beautiful Beloved, Max and Sara take it to the next step. But the question is: Will they be able to find a balance between the wild sexcapades they aren’t ready to retire, and the demands of parenthood that come along with their new Beautiful bundle of joy? Parenthood: it’s not for the weak of heart.

The Beautiful Bastard, Stranger, and Player have all grown up in Christina Lauren's Beautiful series. Once prime-time bachelors, they each had their world shaken up when they met their mate, now marriage, settling down, and pregnancy have changed everything. Beautiful Beloved is a return to the cast and series we love so much, with the spotlight once again on Max and Sara, and their new bundle of joy. But this isn’t really a baby story; it’s a couple’s post-pregnancy story, about reclaiming the lovers they want to be along with the role as parents they now are. And it not only rings true for Max and Sara, it carries an important message.

[We're ready to receive it...]

Jan 17 2015 11:00am

First Look: Rachel Gibson’s I Do (January 20, 2015)

I Do! by Rachel GibsonRachel Gibson
I Do!
Avon /January 20, 2015 / $3.99 print, $1.99 digital

In New York Timesbestselling author Rachel Gibson's newest novella, Vince Haven and Sadie Hollowell are headed to the altar, and all their friends are headed to Lovett, Texas, to join them for the party of the year.

But Becca Ramsey doesn't have time for all that. Fresh out of beauty school, Becca's all business … and the last thing she needs is bad boy Nate Parrish anywhere in her life.

In the past, Nate was trouble. He's been trying to repair his reputation—heck, he's even got just one girlfriend. The problem is, she isn't Becca. Now Nate's in a whole lot of hot water. He needs to get Becca from “I won't” to “I do” … but how can he do that when she won't even say “I might”?

Novellas are a delightful way for authors to give readers glimpses of their favorite characters from previous books, and to give secondary characters their own happily-ever-after.  In I Do!, Rachel Gibson’s newest novella, readers have a chance to catch up on the lives of Vince and Sadie from Rescue Me, in addition to Jack and Daisy from Daisy’s Back in Town; Lily and Tucker from Crazy on You; Stella and Beau from Run to You; and Autumn and Sam from Any Man of Mine. However, the true stars are of I Do! are Nathan, Jack’s and Daisy’s son, and Becca Ramsey.

[I DO want to know more!]

Jan 14 2015 5:03pm

Romance News Roundup: Nora Roberts TV Show, Wet Chris Hemsworth, and More!

Welcome to H&H's brand-new daily news roundup! Grab a mug of tea and a scone and let's gossip about what's hot in the romance world right now.

Nora Roberts' Cousins O'Dwyer series has been optioned for television as a series called Blood Magick. The potential showrunner? Lost Girl showrunner Emily Andras. (Keep in mind: TV shows are very very hard to get on the air, so this is far from a sure thing. Stick with us for updates as we hear about them.) For more background info on the series, read our First Look reviews of the books in the trilogy: Dark Witch (#1), Shadow Spell (#2), and Blood Magick (#3).

Hard to Be Good by Laura Kaye—Laura Kaye has announced an upcoming release, male/male novella Hard to Be Good, which will star Hard Ink series fan-favorites Jeremy and Charlie. The novella will be out on April 7, 2015, and is already up for pre-order at e-tailers such as Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and iBooks.

—If you've seen the Arrow midseason finale (no spoilers!), you know MAJOR changes are coming for the show. We'll have a speculation post up on Friday rounding up all the latest spoiler-y tidbits heading into the back half of the season, but until then, sneak a peek at the first episode back with this trailer at E!Online.

—WET CHRIS HEMSWORTH. SET CONDITION ONE THROUGHOUT THE SHIP. Need we say more? Okay, fine: Let's just say Jimmy Fallon's silly Tonight Show game is our gain. Stick around for a VERY sexy dance there at the end. Trust us.

[Watch the clip here...]

Dec 25 2014 3:00pm

Contemporary Christmas 2014: New Releases and Reissues

Christmas at Seashell Cottage by Donna AlwardIf contemporary Christmas romance stories are one of your favorite holiday treats, you have a feast this year from which to select those you find most appealing. Novellas are more popular during this season than ever, and a list of what’s available may create the impression that every romance author who ever penned a series is adding a holiday novella. Whatever your preferred subgenres in contemporary romance, you can find a Christmas novel to suit your taste, and they generally range from the sweet to the sizzling. In addition to hundreds of new releases, there are bargains to be found among reissues of Christmases past—the recent past, the more distant past (but not, as far as I know, your past). Space (H & H’s) and time (mine) prohibit a comprehensive list. I offer, instead, a handful of personal top fives among all the novellas, novels, and reissues.

Top Five Novellas:

1. Christmas at Sea Shell Cottage, Donna Alward
I’m a fan of Alward’s Jewell Cove series, and I loved this addition to the series. An abandoned baby in the nativity manger, a romance that treats differences in class and race as no big thing, and a hero and heroine who were both likeable had me adding this one to my keepers. An added bonus is that you don’t have to have read earlier books in the series to enjoy the novella.

[Always the sign of a good writer!]