Tag: Christmas Romance

Mistletoe and Mayhem at the Little Shopping Mall by Hannah Pearl

Posted September 30, 2022 by Marsha in ARC, ChocLit/Ruby Fiction, Christmas Romance, Contemporary Romance, Small Town Romance / 0 Comments

Count down to Christmas with mistletoe, mayhem, meddling friends, and mystery men …

There’s a saying about all work and no play – but there’s never a dull moment for Caroline working at Holly Walk Mall, especially at Christmas.

When she’s not dealing with orders from Ian, ‘the manager who can’t manage’ as her friend Rachel puts it, she’s overseeing the usual late-night shopping sessions, Santa’s grotto construction, and, most importantly, the sampling of many delicious festive treats at the Italian café her friends Nina and Marco own.

But when a new jewelry shop moves in and brings the ‘mysterious guy with the cute bottom’ to Holly Walk, Caro isn’t yet aware of just how much mayhem she’s in for in the countdown to Christmas.

With strategically placed mistletoe, revealing cowboy outfits, and even a bit of sleuthing, could this festive season turn out to be the liveliest yet for both Caro and her beloved Mall?

ChocLit/Ruby Fiction ARC

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Christmas Eve Cowboy by Diana Palmer; Delores Fossen; Kate Pearce

Posted September 28, 2022 by Marsha in 2022 New Release Challenge, ARC, Christmas Romance, Modern Western Romance, NetGalley, Sexual Content, Small Town Romance / 0 Comments

Snow is falling, and when it comes to love, so are these rugged, gorgeous cowboys, in a romantic holiday collection from three bestselling authors . . .

ONCE THERE WAS A LAWMAN * Diana Palmer
FBI agent Thomas Kincaid Jones has soured on love and Christmas, but Annalisa Davis could change all that. Except the lovely nurse isn’t looking to get involved with someone whose job requires a gun on his hip. And Tom has a case to solve that has nothing to do with love. Yet the spirit of the holidays just might spark a lifetime connection . . .

CHRISTMAS CREEK COWBOY * Delores Fossen
In Christmas Creek, Texas, folks go all out for the holidays, but Sheriff Calen Jameson is too busy commiserating about cheating exes with his best friend, Emmy Kendrick. Calen always thought their bond was too precious to risk, yet maybe it’s time to start making some changes . . . by firing up the heat with Emmy.

COMING HOME FOR CHRISTMAS * Kate Pearce
Lucy Smith thinks Santa has outdone himself when Caleb Erickson shows up at her B&B. In high school, Caleb was oblivious to her crush. But while they wait out a snowstorm, he’s discovering she may be the gift he never knew he wanted . . .

This is an adult 18+ story that may contain language, possible violence, and/or sexual situations geared to an adult audience.

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The Cowgirl and the Country M.D. by Catherine Mann

Posted September 26, 2022 by Marsha in 2022 New Release Challenge, ARC, Booksprout, Christmas Romance, Contemporary Romance, Harlequin, Harlequin Special Edition, Seasoned Romance, Series, Sexual Content, Small Town Romance / 0 Comments

Will a winter fling on a ranch lead to the family of her dreams?

After putting her dreams on hold to care for her aging parents, Eliza Hubbard is finally ready to focus on her career.

A coveted job as a stable manager at a legendary ranch is just what the doctor ordered.

But pediatrician Nolan Barnett isn’t like any M.D. Eliza ever met.

Between sleigh rides, rodeo demos and animal puppet shows, the sexy widower and his two orphaned grandkids are melting her resolve. Even Nolan isn’t immune to the magic of moonlight…or a renewed desire to put down roots…

Titles in the Top Dog Dude Ranch series include — Last-Chance Marriage Rescue —♥— The Cowboy’s Christmas Retreat —♥— Last Chance on Moonlight Ridge —♥— The Little Matchmaker —♥— The Cowgirl and the Country M.D. —♥— The Lawman’s Surprise —♥—

This is an adult 18+ story that may contain language, possible violence, and/or sexual situations geared to an adult audience.

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Cowboy’s Christmas Girlfriend by Leslie North

Posted September 12, 2022 by Marsha in 2022 New Release Challenge, Booksprout, Christmas Romance, Contemporary Romance, Series, Sexual Content, Small Town Romance / 0 Comments

One lie leads to another… But will their hearts reveal the truth?

It was just a little white lie… To promote her new book, romance writer Suzanna Jacobs told her publisher that she lived on a cattle ranch. Problem is, now they want to send a publicity team for a visit, and Suzanna has never set foot on a ranch. For months she’s been emailing single dad rancher Will Carson for information, insight—and friendship.

Luckily, Will has a plan. He’ll “loan” her his ranch. But in return, he needs her to pretend to be his girlfriend for his best friend’s wedding, and the family’s annual Christmas Games. When Suzanna arrives, she’s shocked to discover Will is tall, lean, and drop-dead gorgeous. Meanwhile, she’s short, curvy, and suffers from low self-esteem. Who would believe they’re a couple?

Will is determined to show her the ropes of ranching, but Suzanna is a fish out of water. An adorable fish—one he’s wildly attracted to. And he’s falling for her, hard. But the more successful their deception becomes, the more he begins to wonder…

If Suzanna is so good at faking it, is anything they’re sharing real?

Titles in the Carson Christmas Games series include — Cowboy’s Christmas Girlfriend —♥— Cowgirl’s Christmas Partner —♥— Cowboy’s Christmas Heart —♥—

This is an adult 18+ story that may contain language, possible violence, and/or sexual situations geared to an adult audience.

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It’s The Most Wonderful Time…

Posted August 1, 2022 by Marsha in Christmas Romance, Discussion / 0 Comments

Do you know what today is?  No?  Well, it’s August 1st, and… the Christmas Romance ARCs are starting to show up!

Yep!  Be still my grateful heart.  I can (and do) read Christmas Romance all year long.  So probably in late August or early September, you should expect to start seeing Christmas-related reviews here.

My problem is that I pick up so many Christmas Romances that I’m still reading and reviewing throughout January (at least)!

*happy Snoopy dance*

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Rodeo Christmas at Evergreen Ranch by Maisey Yates

Posted November 22, 2021 by Marsha in Harlequin, Modern Western Romance, Owned, Series, Sexual Content, Small Town Romance / 0 Comments

Gold Valley’s rodeo champion is facing the toughest challenge of his life—a Christmas wedding!

Legendary bull rider Jake Daniels has only one plan this Christmas—to ignore the pain the season always brings. Until his best friend, Callie Carson, shows up on his ranch with a marriage proposal. Jake has lived so close to the edge it’s a miracle he’s still alive—he knows all about risk. But marrying the woman he craves more than anything feels like the biggest risk of all.

Callie Carson may be rodeo royalty, but to fulfill her dreams of riding saddle bronc, she needs her inheritance. And to access that, she needs a husband. But Jake the husband is deliciously different from Jake the friend, especially after the wild heat of their wedding night. He was only supposed to be her cowboy for Christmas, but Jake’s every heart-stopping touch has Callie questioning how she’ll ever be able to walk away.

In the bonus novella Her First Christmas Cowboy, Tala gets a surprise Christmas delivery—a cowboy on her doorstep!

Titles in the Gold Valley series include — Smooth-Talking Cowboy – Untamed Cowboy – Good Time Cowboy – A Tall, Dark Cowboy Christmas – Unbroken Cowboy – Cowboy to the Core – Lone Wolf Cowboy – Cowboy Christmas Redemption – The Bad Boy of Redemption Ranch – The Hero of Hope Springs -The Last Christmas Cowboy -The Heartbreaker of Echo Pass – Rodeo Christmas at Evergreen Ranch – The True Cowboy of Sunset Ridge (December 2021)

(While I’ve read this entire series, not all were reviewed here at Happily Ever After Romance, the links above are only for titles on this site.)

This is an adult 18+ story that may contain language, possible violence, and/or sexual situations geared to an adult audience.

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #1

Posted November 22, 2021 by Marsha in It's Monday! What Are You Reading?, Weekly Events / 5 Comments

I love fun memes, I really need to join in on more of them because… fun.  We should all have more fun in our lives, especially those of us who usually have a book in hand and a ton in line waiting to be read! 🙂

So let’s kick this off with “It’s Monday! What are you reading?”.  From the official page, “It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? a place to meet up and share what you have been, and are about to be reading over the week. It’s a great post to organize yourself. It’s an opportunity to visit and comment and er… add to your groaning TBR pile!” Now hosted by Kathryn at The Book Date.

I’ve been on a bit of a book binge this past week and of course, since ’tis the season — all have been Christmas romances.

I’ve loved each story for different reasons, and that will be reflected in the reviews I get up this week for all of these wonderful Christmas romances by authors that I enjoy year-round.  If you haven’t tried any of these authors yet, well, Christmas-time would be a great time to see if they might become favorites of yours as well. 🙂

(Covers are linked to GoodReads information)

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The Certainty of Chance by Jacquelyn Middleton

Posted October 16, 2021 by Marsha in Christmas Romance, Contemporary Romance, NetGalley, Own Voices, Standalone Single Title, Women's Fiction / 0 Comments

THERE’S SOMETHING ABOUT DECEMBER…

Madeleine Joy is feeling more meh than merry. When an Icelandic volcano erupts six days before Christmas, hazardous ash congests European airspace, canceling flights indefinitely—including the thirtysomething’s connection to Paris. Stranded alone in London, separated from her sister, and with the devastating one-year anniversary of her best friend’s tragic death just days away, Madeleine has never felt less festive. And as if things couldn’t get worse, the cute guy driving the cab to her hotel won’t shut up about carolers and tinsel…

Julian Halliwell is one of life’s sunny optimists. A former music journalist, he’s embraced his love for London by starting his own black cab business, enthusiastically ferrying passengers from one historic landmark to another. But life hasn’t always been easy for Julian. Having navigated several life-changing setbacks including a cruel betrayal by his former fiancée, Julian remains hopeful that he’ll meet somebody kind, who shares his love of music, his corgi named Winnie, and of course, the magic of Christmas time in London.

Despite being an unlikely match, fate seems determined to throw them together. But can the grieving American find joy again in a world where the lights have all but dimmed?

This is an adult 18+ story that may contain language, possible violence, and/or sexual situations geared to an adult audience.

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A Baby For Christmas by Joanna Sims

Posted September 22, 2020 by Marsha in Christmas Romance, Contemporary Romance, Harlequin, Series, Series Connection / 0 Comments

The Other Twin Brother

Marine Captain Luke Brand has come home with one mission on his mind: to make amends with his identical twin brother’s widow. They’ve never gotten along, but for the wounded soldier, establishing a connection with his yet-to-be-born nephew is a top priority—and failure is not an option.

Still, he has to make peace without revealing his secret—that he’s madly, completely, head over heels in love with Sophia Lee Brand.

The last person Sophia wants to see this Christmas is Luke! She is too vulnerable and, well, too pregnant for the disruption. So why does she blush when he smiles, or her heart quicken when they touch?

His looks are all too familiar—but he stirs up emotions she has never felt before. Perhaps a kiss under the mistletoe will make both of their Christmas wishes come true?

Series – The Brands of Montana = #1 A Baby for Christmas – #2 The One He’s Been Looking For – #3 Marry Me, Mackenzie! – #4 A Match Made in Montana – #5 High Country Christmas – #6 High Country Baby – #7 Meet Me At the Chapel – #8 Thankful for You – #9 A Wedding to Remember – #10 A Bride for Liam Brand – #11 High Country Cowgirl – #12 The Sargeant’s Christmas – #13 Her Second Forever

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