Today I am delighted to share a few novellas to let you slip away during the busy holiday season. We all know how crazy this time of year is, and sometimes we long to read just a few chapters. Each of these novellas will allow you a brief escape into some of your favorite worlds. From historical romance to urban fantasy there is something for everyone. I have Tessa Dare, Emma Chase, Darynda Jones and Aubrey Wynne. Grab a cup of peppermint cocoa or coffee and enjoy…..
by Tessa Dare
Series: Spindle Cove #4.5
Published by: HarperCollins
Genres: Historical Romance
A snowstorm hath no fury like a spinster scorned! Miss Elinora Browning grew up yearning for the handsome, intelligent lord-next-door…but he left England without a word of farewell. One night, inspired by a bit too much sherry, Nora poured out her heartbreak on paper. Lord Dashwood Missed Out was a love letter to every young lady who’d been overlooked by gentlemen—and an instant bestseller. Now she’s on her way to speak in Spindle Cove when snowy weather delays her coach. She’s forced to wait out the storm with the worst possible companion: Lord Dashwood himself. And he finally seems to have noticed her.George Travers, Lord Dashwood, has traveled the globe as a cartographer. He returned to England with the goal of marrying and creating an heir--only to find his reputation shredded by an audacious, vexingly attractive bluestocking and her poison pen. Lord Dashwood Missed Out, his arse. Since Nora Browning seems to believe he overlooked the passion of a lifetime, Dash challenges her to prove it. She has one night
Tessa Dare is becoming an author whose books I have to grab. Humorous, with strong, witty characters I quickly find myself caught up in the stories she creates. Lord Dashwood Missed Out is part of the Spindle Cove series but completely works as a standalone. Elinora is a colorful, sharp-witted and intelligent young woman, who poured out her feelings regarding a certain young Lord and has become a popular young author. On her way to Spindle Cover for a speaking engagement she soon finds herself trapped with Lord Dashwood. Romantic, funny and full of surprises I had a delightful time with these characters. While this is a novella Dare even made the secondary characters interesting in this second chance romance.
by Emma Chase
Series: Tangled #4.5
Published by: Simon and Schuster
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Drew and Kate play a hilarious encore to New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Emma Chase’s “highly entertaining” (RT Book Reviews) debut Tangled in this sexy take on A Christmas Carol, in which three dream women remind Drew that no gift could be better than his life with Kate… After a blowout fight with Kate about his workaholic habits sends Drew to the office in anger on Christmas Eve, he falls asleep at his desk. There, three lovely holiday spirits magically visit him to teach him that every moment is precious and that he should never take his family for granted. But when he wakes up, will he just write it off as a dream? Originally published in the sizzling anthology Baby, It’s Cold Outside, this irresistible novella is the perfect holiday treat!
It’s a Wonderful Tangled Christmas Carol is the perfect holiday read to get your Drew Evans fix. This retelling has Drew being reminded of the important things in life when he visited upon by three spirits. Wait till you see who the spirits are. Sexy, fun and told from Drew’s POV I quickly consumed this humorous and touching tale. I laughed, swooned and became caught up in all things “Drew.” I enjoyed being inside his head …it’s a marvelous place to be. Thanks for the Drew fix Ms. Chase!
by Darynda Jones
Series: Charley Davidson #8.5
Published by: St. Martin
Genres: Urban Fantasy
All his life, Reyes Alexander Farrow has suffered the torments of the damned. Only one thing has given him hope: the woman who radiates a light that no mortals can see; a light that only the departed can see...
Told from his point of view, BRIGHTER THAN THE SUN chronicles the first time Reyes ever encountered Charley, and how their relationship has been the one thing that can either save him or doom him.
For fans of the Charley Davidson series Darynda Jones gives us Reyes Farrow’s perspective in Brighter Than the Sun. While this was darker, and doesn’t contain the humor I have come to love in the series, it was fascinating learning about Reyes’ early childhood and encounters with Charley “Dutch”. Fans will appreciate time spent with Reyes and his interactions with Charley, his sister and friends. While we knew a lot about his past from Charley’s perspective it was interesting seeing and hearing Reyes tell his story. His past was dark and difficult and I loved the impact Charley had during those dark times. I love and admire Reyes and this only solidified my feelings for him. Now if only we could convince him.
by Aubrey Wynne
Kathleen James has put her practical side away for once and looks forward to the perfect romantic evening: an intimate dinner with the man of her dreams—and an engagement ring. She is not prepared to hear that he wants to bring his grandmother back from Italy to live with him. Dominic Lawrence has planned this marriage proposal for six months. Nothing can go wrong—until his Nonna calls. Now he must interrupt the tenderest night of Katie’s life with the news that another woman will be under their roof. When Antonia’s sister dies, she finds herself longing to be back in the states. An Italian wartime bride from the ‘40s, she knows how precious love can be. Can her own story of an American soldier and a very special collie once again bring two hearts together at Christmas?
Dante’s Gift was such a joy. Set in Chicago Dante’s Gift shares the story of Kathleen James and Dominic Lawrence. When Dominic announces on the very same night that he proposes he is bringing his Nonna from Italy to live with him, Kathleen gets cold feet. While at first this made me question my like of Kathleen, the author did a beautiful job of allowing me to understand her emotions. Nonna through stories of the past, helps Kathleen find answers and I completely feel in love with the stories and the characters. This is such a feel good story and is sure to leave readers smiling. While it does feature a romance the real story is family and it’s heartwarming.
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