Novellas to Let You Slip Away During the Busy Holidays …..

December 17th, 2015 Kimberly Review 55 Comments

17th Dec


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…..

Novellas to Let You Slip Away During the Busy Holidays …..
Lord Dashwood Missed Out
by Tessa Dare
Series: Spindle Cove #4.5
Genres: Historical Romance
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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

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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.


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!


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.


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.

About Aubrey Wynne

Aubrey Wynne

Bestselling and award-winning author Aubrey Wynne resides in the Midwest with her husband, dogs, horses, mule and barn cats. She is an elementary teacher by trade, champion of children and animals by conscience, and author by night. Obsessions include history, travel, trail riding and all things Christmas. Her debut story, Merry Christmas, Henry, was published in November 2013 by Melange Books, LLC and received Best Short Romance in the Preditors & Editors Reader’s Choice of 2013. Wynne’s humorous shorts Pete’s Mighty Purty Privies ( Best Short in the Preditors & Editors Reader’s Choice of 2014 and Top 100 Laugh Out Loud List on Goodreads) and To Cast A Cliché are published with and consistently make the best-selling list on the UK site.

About Darynda Jones

NYTimes and USA Today Bestselling Author Darynda Jones has won numerous awards for her work, including a prestigious RITA, a Golden Heart, and a Daphne du Maurier. As a born storyteller, she grew up spinning tales of dashing damsels and heroes in distress for any unfortunate soul who happened by, annoying man and beast alike. She currently has two series with St. Martin’s Press, the Charley Davidson Series and the Darklight Trilogy. Darynda lives in the Land of Enchantment, also known as New Mexico, with her husband of more than 25 years and two beautiful sons, the Mighty, Mighty Jones Boys.

About Emma Chase

By day, Emma Chase is a devoted wife and mother of two who resides in a small, rural town in New Jersey. By night she is a keyboard crusader, toiling away the hours to bring her colorful characters and their endless antics to life. She has a long standing love/hate relationship with caffeine. Emma is an avid reader. Before her children were born she was known to consume whole books in a single day. Writing has also always been a passion and with the 2013 release of her debut romantic comedy, Tangled, the ability to now call herself an author is nothing less than a dream come true.

About Tessa Dare

Tessa Dare is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of twelve historical romance novels and four novellas. Her books have won numerous accolades, including Romance Writers of America’s prestigious RITA® award and multiple RT Book Reviews Reviewer’s Choice Awards. Booklist magazine named her one of the “new stars of historical romance,” and her books have been contracted for translation in a dozen languages. A librarian by training and a booklover at heart, Tessa makes her home in Southern California, where she lives with her husband, their two children, and a pair of cosmic kitties.

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55 Responses to “Novellas to Let You Slip Away During the Busy Holidays …..”

  1. Aubrey Wynne

    Thank you so much for a lovely review and including me in this list. I thought I had already commented here! Oops. Happy holidays!

  2. Cyn

    Holiday novellas!! I just love them! Lord Dashwood Misses out was cute, I love the Spindle Cove series. Will have to check out the Emma Chase novella! (They all look good!) Lovely reviews, Kim!

  3. Katherine

    I love holiday novellas and all of these sound amazing! They’re all authors I haven’t tried (except for Dare who I’ve read one and really want to read more) but are all on my TBR.

  4. Lover Of Romance

    I do enjoy reading Tessa Dare, and I love that she wrote a novella that takes up back to Spindle Cove (which is my favorite series of hers) and I am interested to see how it compares with her latest books (which have been cute and fun but not my favorites). Darynda Jones has been on my list for the longest time though and I really need to get to her books soon

  5. Stormi

    Love Tessa Dare and believe it or not I haven’t tried the Charley Davision series yet but I do have book one on audio waiting for me to try it. 🙂

  6. Candace

    I think I might want to grab the Tessa Dare one because I’ve been wanting to read her for a while and this might be a good one to try out to see if I like her writing style.

  7. Braine

    Enjoyed Drew’sChristmaa story even if it was a bit cheesy for my taste. His commentaries made up for it.

  8. Nick

    I’m drawn to the Tessa Dare and Emma Chase ones. I adore both these authors so much. I’d be willing to break from my “no-novellas-rule”.
    Lovely reviews, Kim!

  9. Lekeisha

    I have some novellas lined up for next week, and I hope that I can read them in peace. Thanks for sharing these!

  10. Jenny

    Lord Dashwood Missed Out!!!! Loved that one Kim. Tessa Dare has quickly become an auto-buy author for me, I adore her sense of humor. Her characters always bring a smile to my face and this little novella was no different:) I’ll have to check out the others!

  11. Quinn's Book Nook

    I definitely love reading holiday novellas. I have read Lord Dashwood Missed Out and thought it was pretty cute. Right now I’m reading A Copper Ridge Christmas which I’m enjoying.

  12. Debbie Haupt

    Thanks Kim those are all great ways to get your read on while you bake and shop and party and eat and drink and be Merry 🙂

  13. Pat

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts about these novellas. I enjoy short reads this time of year.

  14. Kristin

    Freakin’ fantastic post!!!! I need short reads right now! I actually need a funny one right now, too, and I was debating starting either Lord Dashwood or the longer When a Scot Ties the Knot. I think I will add Lord so I can add some other short reads in, too 😉

    You rock, even when you’re down and out… *bows to your greatness*

  15. Red Iza

    The Spindle cove series is moving up my to-read pile ! And I so want to read Darynda Jones… and read some more Emma Chase ! There is one author I like to go to when I want to read with a big smile on my face, it’s Tawna Fenske – everything I’ve read by her so far made me laugh and smile and swoon 🙂

  16. Melanie Simmons

    Novellas are great short reads to slip in between some longer books, especially if there from series that you already love. For me, getting to know secondary characters or stories from different POV’s is my favorite part.

  17. kindlemom1

    I already read Brighter Than the Sun and LOVED LOVED it. Reyes *sigh*. I so need these others though. I just haven’t had time lately to read a whole novel.