"MFRW's Home for the Holidays Hop"
I LOVE to read Christmas books.
Every year, I choose Christmas-themed books to enjoy right along with my Christmas music and Christmas decorations. While the books I read between Thanksgiving and New Years must be Christmas-themed, I choose a wide variety of sub-genres and get at least a dozen, on both ebook and audiobook, to enjoy while home during the holiday season.
Today I present my picks of CHRISTMAS BOOKS that I plan to read this season. Be sure to tell me what you think. Leave a link with a suggestion for other Christmas books - shameless promotion welcome! See #7 for an example of shameless promotion.
ONE LUCKY COMMENTER will win a copy of my holiday book.
I've read the first book in this series and jumped on this Christmas novella with the same characters. You don't need to read this as part of the series.
There's nothing in the world Army Sergeant Vic Carponti loves more than his wife and his country. Smart-mouthed and easy tempered, he takes everything as a joke...except his promise to come home to his wife, Nicole, for Christmas. As he prepares to leave for his latest deployment into Iraq, Vic will do everything he can to shield his beautiful, supportive wife from the realities of war...and from his own darkest fears.
As a career army wife, Nicole Carponti knows just what to expect from her husband's tour of duty: loneliness, relentless worry, and a seemingly endless countdown until the moment Vic walks through the door again. But when the unthinkable happens, Nicole and Vic's bond is tested like never before and changes everything they believe to be true about the power of love and the simple beauty of being home for the holidays.
Okay, so it's a bit unconventional for a Christmas book but I couldn't resist another story about Dragos, the Wyr ruler. I mean, he is my ultimate book boyfriend of all times.
The Bermuda Triangle. Pirates. The Peanut. What could possibly go wrong?
Dragos Cuelebre needs a vacation. So does Pia, his mate. When the First Family of the Wyr head to Bermuda for some much needed R&R, it's no ordinary undertaking - and no ordinary weekend in the sun. Between hunting for ancient treasure buried beneath the waves and keeping track of their son, Liam—a.k.a. Peanut, whose Wyr abilities are manifesting far ahead of schedule—it’s a miracle that Pia and Dragos can get any time together. They're determined to make the most of each moment, no matter who tries to get in their way. And did we mention pirates?
I stumbled upon this short story on Goodreads and couldn't resist it's pull.
Two things Detective Holly Monroe has never been able to handle—Christmas and matters of the heart. Living the job has helped keep Holly sane, but as the holidays approach, she struggles to keep the past at bay. Then Jack Frost—the man she walked out on a year ago—goes missing and Holly is handpicked by Chief Claus to work the case…alone. Feelings she’s denied for the past year resurface and fear soon follow tempting her to run once more. But elves that leave the North Pole don’t survive long and regardless of her feelings for Jack, she can’t allow him to be suffer that fate.
Bringing Jack back is going to take more than just showing up. Holly’s going to have to decide if she is willing to risk everything—including her heart.
4. Sweet Magik, Penny Watson
I hit the jackpot! It's a Christmas series. This means I can read one book from the series over the next few
years to get my fill of the Klaus brothers. I read book one -Sweet Inspiration- last year and loved it.
Oskar Klaus' job is killing him. Not even his favorite hobbies (extreme snowboarding and browsing old bookstores) are enough to snap him out of his funk. It's not easy living in the shadow of four successful older brothers and a father named Santa. Little does he know that a kiss on New Year's Eve is about to turn his life upside-down.
Kiana Grant's Manhattan life is a world away from her childhood in Oahu. She traded sunsets and surfing for a respectable career in library science, but Oskar Klaus is a temptation that's hard to resist. Before she knows it, she's in the midst of an outrageous adventure in the North Pole, dealing with mischievous elves, wicked demons, and a devastating attraction to Santa's youngest son.
There's just one problem...a bitter elf hell-bent on revenge threatens the future of everyone in the North Pole, even Santa himself...
5. The Most Wonderful Time of the Year
I've developed a bit of an addiction to New Adult books this year so I was doing the happy dance when I found this New Adult Christmas book from a new-to-me author.
Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year, right? At least that’s what twenty-year-old Ginny Bailey’s grandmother always told her, and Ginny believed it until Grama died. She even put on a brave face the following two Christmases, carrying on Grama’s traditions and decorating her house and café with Grama’s favorite decorations.
But Ginny can’t pretend any longer. When she finds out she’s going to be alone for the holidays this year, her Christmas spirit goes out the window, along with her luck. Everything that can go wrong does, and Ginny just wants to spend the holidays hiding under the covers...until Dean Riley comes back into her life. With their shared past, old feelings begin to resurface almost immediately, and Ginny thinks Dean might just be the Christmas miracle she’s been waiting for to help her remember why Christmas really is the most wonderful time of the year.
6. North of Need
It's almost too good to be true. Laura Kaye, another author I've come to love, has a Christmas-themed book that't the first in a paranormal series I can keep reading after the New Year. Plus the plot reminds me of the movie Jack Frost which I cry through every time (yes, I watch it every Christmas season. yes, my boys run for their lives!).
While attempting to escape the agonizing memories she associates with Christmas, twenty-nine-year-old widow Megan Snow builds a snow family outside the mountain cabin she once shared with her husband-and collapses in tears against the snowman at the sight of what she'll never have.Called to life by the power of Megan's tears, snow god Owen Winters appears unconscious on her doorstep in the midst of a raging blizzard. As she nurses him to health, Owen finds unexpected solace in her company and unimagined pleasure in the warmth of her body, and vows to win her heart for a chance at humanity.Megan is drawn to Owen's mismatched eyes, otherworldly masculinity, and enthusiasm for the littlest things, and her heart opens enough to believe he's a Christmas miracle. But this miracle comes with an expiration-before the snow melts and the temperature rises, Megan must let go of her widow's grief and learn to trust love again, or she'll lose Owen forever.
Holiday Gem, Paloma Beck
This is book three in my Seven Sin Sisters series which takes place around the holidays. Seamus and Gemma celebrate their first Winter Solstice together. To celebrate, I'm giving an ebook away to one random commenter!
Seven sisters are entwined in a legacy, one originating back from the time of the Italian Wars in the 1500s. One by one, they find their mates from the immortal Valendite Breeds and secure their place in history.
Gemma has spent her adult life consumed with researching the Valendite Breed history, constantly greedy for knowledge about their race. Until she meets Seamus and she's no longer able to hide in her world of books and theory. Now is her time to live. Seamus has found his gem and he wants nothing more than to treasure her. But his best friend is missing and he needs to locate him. Torn between his mate and his brother-in-arms, Seamus may be forced to choose one over the other. Will he sacrifice a lifelong friendship for the love of his life?
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