Reading Under the Mistletoe: Romance Books

I will be the first to admit that I love romance during the holiday season. Whether it's seeing couples announce their engagement, attending a winter celebration of love, watching a good holiday romance movie or even catching that special someone under the mistletoe—there's no shortage of romance this time of year. That's why these warmhearted, romantic holiday reads will be sure to lift your spirits and remind you that love is the reason for the season. 

Mary Monroe reminds us that it's never too late for a Christmas miracle. Set in suburban Ohio, Right Beside You tells the story of Richard and Felicia, two co-workers who've known each other for years but haven't had the best of luck in finding their forever partner until one snowy evening brings them together. 

If you're looking for something festive, The Christmas Star by Donna VanLiere will lighten your mood. The story follows Gabe, a repairman for the elementary school in town, and Amy, a new volunteer at the after-school program. While they seem to have no clue about the other's existence, 7-year-old Maddie thinks they would make a great couple and makes it her mission to pair the two together. 

If you're looking for something a little edgier, Winning Her Holiday Love by Harmony Evans will heat up your holiday. Mariella can't take her eyes off her son's soccer coach, Sam Kelly. The problem is he's only in town temporarily, and she's looking for a relationship that's a little more permanent.

Set during Hanukkah, Christmas and New Year's Eve, Scenes From A Holiday is a collection of short stories by Laurie Graff, Caren Lissner and Melanie Murray. The stories follow three women at very different points in their lives, each with their own struggles to face and triumphs to make in this funny yet touching collection. 

The holiday season isn't complete without a little family drama. In Season of Wonder by RaeAnne Thayne, Dani and her daughters are starting over in a small town after escaping drama caused by her ex-husband. However, not much is going according to plan: Her daughters struggle to adjust to the new setting, and Dani finds herself a little standoffish with her new community. But a charming next-door neighbor convinces Dani that maybe the town isn't so bad after all. 

What's your favorite holiday romance? 

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