Dec 4 2014 4:30pm

25 Romances of Christmas: Holiday Romance Recommendations

While the holidays are creeping in, it might be just the time to start in on that list—the books on your To Be Read list, that is. Over the next few weeks Phoebe Chase and Jennifer Proffitt will be delivering a little something naughty and nice in the form of the 25 holiday/seasonal romances you should be adding to your wish list. Read more suggestions in Part 2.

Frozen by Meljean Brook

If you love Norse mythology and are missing Loki, this book is perfect for you. A standalone novella, Frozen is short, sweet, sexy, and offers a great new world with a hero whose “curse” we might not mind helping him break. I haven’t read a lot of Meljean Brook, but this book has me sold on trying even more. Our hero thinks he’s a monster, and our heroine has been set up with him—they’ll both learn by the end that while there are monsters in this world, the hero certainly isn’t one of them.

Lumberfox by Ava Lovelace

Set in the Snowjam of Atlanta from January 2014, this wonderful Geekrotica novella isn’t expressly Christmas, but is certainly a great book to get you in the mood before the season of giving and cheer truly kicks off. Plus, Lumberfox is the best term ever—a hot geeky, man with sartorial lumberjack style, cultivated facial hair, tattoos, and specialized tastes. I fell in love with this quick read and can’t wait to get more!

No Christmas Like the Present by Sierra Donovan

What a great choice to kick off my holiday reading! Lindsay Miller has lost her holiday mojo. Fred, a mysterious stranger who knows things about Lindsay he shouldn’t and who’s dressed like he just stepped out of a B&W holiday movie, arrives on her doorstep with orders from “Headquarters” to help her find her Christmas spirit. If the magic of Christmas is your thing, then make yourself a cup of hot chocolate, put on your favorite Christmas pajamas and curl up next to your tree with No Christmas Like the Present. You’ll be transported to your happy holiday place within the first few pages.

A Kiss for Midwinter by Courtney MilanA Kiss for Midwinter by Courtney Milan

Last year was the first time I started reading holiday romances and I quickly discovered that I needed to include at least one historical romance, if not more. (Cowboys is another requirement.) Boy am I glad I chose Milan this year. Dr. Jonas Grantham is looking for a wife and Miss Lydia Charingford catches his eye as she laughs and smiles her way through the holiday season. But Lydia has a painful secret that makes Christmas particularly difficult for her, a secret known only to her family and, she discovers, Dr. Grantham. I was totally caught up in their romance and loved watching Jonas break through Lydia’s barriers on their way to their happily ever after. A very sweet holiday romance with a spicy finish.

Must Love Mistletoe by Christie Ridgway

This is a holiday staple for me. Ridgway is among the first romance authors I picked up because my library just so happened to have a million of her books. I got hooked and picked up Must Love Mistletoe and fell in love with the family-owned, small-town Christmas store operated by the Christmas-hating daughter of the owners. She’s home for the holidays—under duress—and not only is she reuniting with her hometown, but also her high school ex-boyfriend. This story has so many layers and goes beyond simply a holiday romance. My love for its sequel, Not Another New Year's Eve, is equal if not even more furvent.

What are some of your favorite Holiday or Seasonal romances? Let us know in the comments and see if they make an appearance coming up!


To learn more about the books mentioned in this post:

Frozen by Meljean Brook  
Lumberfox by Ava Lovelace  
No Christmas Like the Present by Sierra Donovan  
A Kiss for Midwinter by Courtney Milan  
Must Love Mistletoe by Christie Ridgway  







Story lover. Genetically gifted with red hair and a quick wit. Find me on Twitter: @Phoebe_Chase

Jennifer Proffitt is a Midwest transplant to New York City. She spends most of her time reading and writing about romance, but you can follow her other adventures on Twitter @JennProffitt. She works for Heroes and Heartbreakers.

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1. lauralee1912
I've been reading holiday-themed books for the last two weeks or so. Two favorites so far are Mistletoe on Main Street by Olivia Miles and Season for Desire by Theresa Romain. The Olivia Miles book is the first in a new small town series and a second chance story, so it was like super catnip for me. The Theresa Romain book was just fun and had lots of dogs.

Looking forward to see what else is added to the list, and then to my Wish List.....
Jennifer Proffitt
2. JenniferProffitt
@lauralee1912, we'll be back next week with even more picks! I can totally relate on the super catnip--give me a book with all the tropes I love (for me it's a marriage of convenience/fake fiancee, and a bookish and/or plus-sized heroine, maybe throw in a bad boy)
Summer Devon
3. SummerDevon
It's not exactly a NEW title but one of my favorite holiday reads is by Diane Farr, Once Upon a Christmas. This is the time of year when we drag out old favorites, right? Grinch, Charlie Brown, Scrooge. Her book is part of my annual tradition.
Jennifer Proffitt
4. JenniferProffitt
@SummerDevon, we'll be talking about new and old--new to us, too! I haven't heard of the Diane Farr book, but I just looked up the description and think it might be a new tradition!
Maggie Boyd
5. maggieboyd66
I love a Christmas Promise by Mary Balogh. One of my very favorites of all time.

I read Where Treetops Glisten by Sarah Sundin, Tricia Goyer and Cara Putnam earlier this year and enjoyed it. It is an Inspirational novel set during WWII.
6. Kahintenn
@maggieboyd, I second your vote for Balogh's A Christmas Promise. She hits it out of the park (to use a non-Christmas season phrase)!
7. PhoebeChase
@maggieboyd66 -- Christmas Promise is on my list to read! I just started reading holiday romances last year, so there's so much "old" out there for me to read on top of all the new releases. I've raided my local library of anything they had.
Maggie Boyd
8. maggieboyd66
@Kahintenn It's a wonderful story, isn't it? I also like her a Christmas Bride.

@PhoebeChase I hope you like it! It is one of my very favorite of hers.
9. Caz
Another vote here for A Christmas Promise, plus I love Elisabeth Fairchild's "The Spirit of Christmas" - slightly different but a beautiful story nonetheless.

Carla Kelly's "Marian's Christmas Wish" is another seasonal favourite I revisit year after year.
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