New Release: Royal Holiday, by @thebestjasmine

This seems to be a trend with me when Guillory’s books are released. It takes me a little while to actually put together a post for the blog to tell you all about it. It was the case earlier this year, and again this month. This book was released on the 1st of October. Two weeks later, here’s my announcement!

In my defense, I was traveling to New York for a wedding the day it released. I finally tracked down a copy before flying back to Colorado and it was hard to put it down on the plane. I’m not finished yet. But it’s going very well. I’m hoping to finish it up soon and get a review out. But if you don’t want to wait for that, go out and grab a copy. You’ll find links below.

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Vivian Forest has been out of the country a grand total of one time, so when she gets the chance to tag along on her daughter Maddie’s work trip to England to style a royal family member, she can’t refuse. She’s excited to spend the holidays taking in the magnificent British sights, but what she doesn’t expect is to become instantly attracted to a certain private secretary, his charming accent, and unyielding formality.

Malcolm Hudson has worked for the Queen for years and has never given a personal, private tour—until now. He is intrigued by Vivian the moment he meets her and finds himself making excuses just to spend time with her. When flirtatious banter turns into a kiss under the mistletoe, things snowball into a full-on fling.

Despite a ticking timer on their holiday romance, they are completely fine with ending their short, steamy affair come New Year’s Day. . .or are they?

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If you’d like to buy a copy of this book, you can find it on:

Amazon | B&N | Kobo | iBooks

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About the Author:

Jasmine Guillory is the New York Times bestselling author of The Wedding DateThe Proposal, and the forthcoming The Wedding Party. Her work has appeared in Cosmopolitan, Real Simple, Oprah Magazine.com, and Shondaland.com. She lives in Oakland, California.

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Review: It Started One Christmas, by @SusanMallery

Title: It Started One Christmas
Author: Susan Mallery
Rating: 4/5 stars

One crisp December night, Keira Carlesso takes in yet another stray—this time, a man. Dalton is a brilliant scientist with no home for the holidays. As Christmas works its magic, two strangers become friends, then best friends, then something much, much more…

Susan Mallery’s heartwarming charmer proves that true love is the greatest Christmas gift of all!” (description from Goodreads)

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It’s coming up on that time of year when I slip in some holiday novellas into my reading. Having finally gotten my hands on a copy of this Susan Mallery novella, it seemed appropriate to start the “season” with it.

I first read of the main character Keira Carlesso in Mallery’s novel When We Found Home earlier this year. This novella continues her story a few years later in her freshman year of college. She was a bit too young in the novel to have her happily ever after like her siblings did. This is novella is her chance.

It’s a quick read. But it’s an enjoyable and light read. Just what I look for with a holiday story. I especially like that the novella jumped time as it went along, but it didn’t feel like it was rushing things. Time went by for good reasons, while not making it feel like the author avoiding writing more. It was natural to the way the two characters’ lives here going and how they were to get to their HEA.

I don’t know if readers who haven’t read the novel will appreciate this novella as much as I have. But it make spark their interest to pick up the novel if they read this first. It’s definitely a nice addition/continuation if you’re feeling like you need more of the Carlesso family.

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You can buy this book from:

Amazon | Kobo | B&N | iBooks

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About the Author:

With more than 25 million books sold worldwide, #1 New York Times bestselling author Susan Mallery is known for creating characters who feel as real as the folks next door, and for putting them into emotional, often funny situations readers recognize from their own lives. Susan’s books have made Booklist’s Top 10 Romances list in four out of five consecutive years. RT Book Reviews says, “When it comes to heartfelt contemporary romance, Mallery is in a class by herself.” With her popular, ongoing Fool’s Gold series, Susan has reached new heights on the bestsellers lists and has won the hearts of countless new fans.

Susan grew up in southern California, moved so many times that her friends stopped writing her address in pen, and now has settled in Seattle with her husband and the most delightfully spoiled little dog who ever lived.

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HRM – Ring in the New Year with New Year Themed Books…wow, that’s a long post title, isn’t it?

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Holiday Romance Month is coming to a close. I was able to feature many, many more books this year than I expected and I hope you’ve been able to expand your holiday reading TBR because of it. I discovered new books as well as new authors. It’s always a fun way to end the year.

Another fun way to end the year is with books that take place at the years change over. That’s what this final HRM post is all about. It’s not as easy to track down New Year themed books, but I was able to put a little list together to rind in 2019. I hope you check some out. And don’t think that just because the holiday season is coming to a close that you can’t read a holiday themed book. Sometimes the best times to read them are when the holidays are far away. I find it true at least.

Hope you enjoyed this years Holiday Romance Month. I’ll be back with more next December. But if you ever want to share other holiday romances with me or my readers, just let me know. I’m always open for overloading my TBR!

Happy New Year and Happy Reading!

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HRM – Life in Bits, by @IHeartLesfic and Harper Bliss

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Can a Christmas romance mend a life that’s broken to pieces?

Eileen Makenna is a Pulitzer Prize winning photographer who has traveled the world for over two decades, chasing the next big story. She returns home for the holidays shattered by a life-altering event and facing the terrifying prospect she’ll never be able to work again.

When Eileen meets Naomi Weaver, a small-town girl who dedicates her free time to helping those in need, Eileen is entranced by Naomi’s zest for life. Can Eileen overcome her inner demons and troubled family relationships to let Naomi in?

Best-selling lesbian romance authors Harper Bliss & T.B. Markinson have teamed up to bring this touching age-gap love story to life. Grab your copy of the holiday romance that’s the talk of the season.

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If you’d like to buy a copy of this book, you can find it on:

Amazon

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About the Author:

T.B. Markinson is an American writer, living in England. When she isn’t writing, she’s traveling the world, watching sports on the telly, visiting pubs, or reading. Not necessarily in that order.

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About Harper Bliss:

Harper Bliss is a best-selling lesbian romance author. Among her most-loved books are the highly dramatic French Kissing and the often thought-provoking Pink Bean series. She is the co-founder of My LesFic, a weekly newsletter offering discount deals on lesbian fiction.

Harper lived in Hong Kong for 7 years, travelled the world for a bit, and has now settled in Brussels (Belgium) with her wife and photogenic cat, Dolly Purrton.

You can follow Harper on her YouTube channel. She also has an Amazon and GoodReads profile.

Together with her wife, she hosts a weekly podcast called Harper Bliss & Her Mrs.

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HRM – The Christmas Compromise, by @SusanHatler

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Formerly titled “Forever Yours in Christmas Falls”

Morgan Reed is excited to return to her hometown of Christmas Falls and open her beauty salon, but when she arrives to her rented business space she’s shocked to find it already occupied by Dallas Parker—her brother’s best friend, the guy she had a childhood crush on, and the one her mom blames for their family’s greatest tragedy.

With their landlord out of the country and unreachable, Morgan and Dallas must open their businesses together. But, no worries, all small towns need a combo furniture store/beauty salon, right? Ugh. As they work together, Morgan tries to keep her emotional distance but time and off-the-charts chemistry soon turn a childhood friendship into a blossoming romance.

Unfortunately, just when their relationship develops into something deeper, an unexpected crisis re-opens her family’s old wounds and the blame is on Dallas once again. Will Morgan’s sadness and fear pull them apart, or make her realize Dallas has always been her heart’s true safe harbor?

Seven fabulous authors bring you this holiday romance series about a group of special friends returning to their hometown at the request of their high school mentor. Each book is a standalone, but read them all to fully enjoy the journey of these remarkable women and their emotional reunion with their mentor, an incredible woman who changes their lives and helps save a small town community forever.

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If you’d like to buy a copy of this book, you can find it on:

Amazon | B&N | Kobo | iBooks

(This book will be available outside of Amazon for a limited time only!)

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Is one book not enough for you? Don’t worry. I have you covered. This book is part of a multi-author holiday themed series taking place in the same Montana town. Check them out below:

Homecoming for Christmas by Ciara Knight

Honeymoon for One by Jennifer Peel

Once Again at the Falls by Becky Monson

Rumor Has It by Melinda Curtis

Love Notes in Christmas Falls by Beth Labonte

Finding the Truth in  Christmas Falls by Danielle Stewart

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About the Author:

SUSAN HATLER is a New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author, who writes humorous and emotional contemporary romance and young adult novels. Many of Susan’s books have been translated into German, Spanish, and Italian. A natural optimist, she believes life is amazing, people are fascinating, and imagination is endless. She loves spending time with her characters and hopes you do, too.

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HRM – Jayda’s Christmas Wish, by @Amy_Sparling

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Jayda’s junior year started off bad when her boyfriend dumped her, and then it became worse when her mom got laid off. With every week that her mom doesn’t find a new job, things get tighter. Now the holidays are approaching and there is no money for presents. When she intercepts her little brother’s letter to Santa, her heart breaks knowing they can’t get the dog he desperately wants. On a wing and a prayer, she writes her own letter to Santa, penning all of her holiday wishes that she knows can never come true because holiday magic just isn’t real.

Connor’s first Christmas without his mother is harder than he imagined. When a giant sack of letters to Santa shows up at his doorstep, he can’t believe he forgot that she used to reply to all the Santa letters in their small town. He’s about to throw them away, but then a letter from a girl he has a crush on catches his eye. Jayda has sent a Christmas wish into the universe, and although Connor isn’t technically Santa, he does the only thing he can do to honor his mother’s memory.

He writes back.

A sweet and clean Christmas romance that will make you smile!

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You can grab a copy of this book from

Amazon

This novella was part of a multi-author special release leading up to the holiday season. The other novellas can be found below:

My Christmas Break Mistake by Anne-Marie Meyer

The Candy Cane Kiss by Maggie Dallen

Christmas Kiss by Tammy Andresen

The Christmas Gift? by Jordan Ford

My Mistletoe Mix-Up by Judy Corry

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About the Author:

Amy Sparling is the author of The Summer Unplugged Series, Deadbeat & other awesome books for younger teens. She also writes books for older teens under the name Cheyanne Young.

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HRM – If Only in My Dreams, by @keiraandrews

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To be home for Christmas, they must bridge the distance between them.

Charlie Yates is desperate. It’s almost Christmas and his flight home from college has been delayed. For days. Charlie promised his little sister Ava he’d be home for her first holiday season since going into remission from leukemia. Now he’s stuck on the opposite coast and someone else grabbed the last rental car. Someone he hasn’t even spoken to in four years. Someone who broke his heart.

Gavin Bloomberg’s childhood friendship with Charlie ended overnight after a day of stolen kisses. With years of resentment between them, they don’t want to be in the same room together, let alone a car. But for Ava’s sake, Gavin agrees to share the rental and drive across the country together.

As they face unexpected bumps along the road, can Charlie and Gavin pave the way to a future together?

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If you’d like to buy a copy of this book, you can find it on:

Amazon | SmashwordsB&N | Kobo | iBooks

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About the Author:

If you enjoy reading steamy romances between two men who can’t live without each other, you’ve come to the right place.

After writing for years yet never really finding the right inspiration, Keira discovered her voice in gay romance, which has become a passion. She writes contemporary, historical, fantasy, and paranormal fiction and — although she loves delicious angst along the way — Keira firmly believes in happy endings. For as Oscar Wilde once said:

“The good ended happily, and the bad unhappily. That is what fiction means.”

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