It’s the Holiday Season! I love it. Really. But if you’re like me and sometimes find yourself up to here with your role as Director of All Things Jolly, you might need an occasional respite from all that online shopping, card addressing, school concerts attending, off-key caroling, outdoor light hanging, and holiday Pinteresting. In the Connie-verse that means hiding, er, withdrawing for a few precious hours with a good romance. But since it’s The Season, you don’t want to withdraw too far from the battle lines; you never know when you might be called upon to whip up a batch of cookies or don a Santa beard and pinch hit for your neighbor at the local daycare. So here are some romances guaranteed to take you away while still keeping you in the holiday mood.
Kissing Under the Mistletoe, Mariana Adair
A perfectly delightful, goopily sentimental holiday romance (including cameos by Mrs. Claus) featuring single mom and wine marketer Regan Martin going toe-to-toe with dead-sexy winery scion Gabe DeLuca. He thinks she’s a home-wrecker responsible for his baby sister’s ruined marriage. She thinks he’s (unprintable). So why can’t she keep her mind, and hands, off him? First in a series I can’t wait to keep reading!
What Happens at Christmas, Victoria Alexander
Ms. Alexander is at the top of her game in this wonderfully funny, clever, and romantic tale. The lovely widow Lydington is ready to tie the knot again, this time with an imported prince who is absolutely mad to experience a perfect, traditional English Christmas. Unfortunately there is nothing traditional, let alone perfect, about Lady Lydington’s clan. So she hires actors to take their places. The only thing she doesn’t count on is old flame Gray Elliot appearing at her door, out to prove to himself that he’s quite over the woman who broke his heart. I adore second-chance-at-love stories and this one hits on all cylinders.