Dictatorship of the Dress the first in a new series by Jessica Topper called, Much “I Do” About Nothing, was absolutely delightful. The tale offers two unique characters, banter, tender moments, life lessons and a touch of sweet.
When I saw the cover of Home for the Holidays, I accepted it without even reading the blurb. Have I mentioned my weakness for holiday themed covers and stories? Turns out this novella is part of the Cavanaugh Island series by Rochelle Alers. Thankfully, it worked beautifully as a standalone and turned out to be a foodie book complete with recipes! Score!
The Winner Takes It All by Jennifer Dawson drew me in with its synopsis and cute cover. After requesting it, I realized this was book two in the Something New series. No worries folks this worked splendidly as a standalone. However, I feel the need to warn you; you will want to grab Take A Chance the first and will be patiently waiting for the third. Hot chemistry and a great dynamic group of friends and siblings made The Winner Takes It All a delicious afternoon delight.
All He Wants for Christmas by Lisa Plumley is the fourth book in the Kismet, Michigan series but do not let that deter you from enjoying this holiday read as it completely works as a standalone. Small-town charm, children, goldfish and a gooey romance make this a delightful holiday read.
I loved Marina Adair’s St. Helena Vineyard series and was excited to begin her Sugar, Georgia series. Sugar’s Twice as Sweet was southern charm and small-town antics at its best. I laughed, swooned and was swept up by this slow-burning romance.
Mistletoe on Main Street is the first novel in Olivia Miles new Briar Creek series. As a big fan of holiday romance and small-town settings selecting this title was a no brainer. Set in Briar Creek, Vermont this second chance romance was sweet and I look forward to visiting again.
I have loved reading Sarah Morgan’s O’Neil Brothers series. I started the series last year with Sleigh Bells in the Snow during the Ho-Ho-Ho Read-a-thon so it was only fitting that I ended it with Maybe This Christmas during this year’s read-a-thon. Some of my favorite romances are small-town, family oriented like Robyn Carr’s Virgin River series and Bella Andre’s Sullivans. Morgan offered up wonderful brothers, a ski resort in Snow Crystal, Vermont and just the right amount of heat for a chilly winter’s night.
Cowboys for Christmas, Yea-Ha! I was looking for some Christmas themed novels and stumbled across this collection of stories by Liz Talley, Kim Law and Terri Osburn. They are all new to me authors, but I loved the small-town Texas setting and the fact that all three short stories were tied together. Moreover, there was a promise of Cowboys. Cowboys for Christmas, was a sweet, feel good tale. Filled with small-town charm, best friends and swoon-worthy cowboys it is the perfect holiday treat.
Intrusion is the first in the series Under the Skin by Charlotte Stein. I began reading this knowing very little about this novella other than it was an erotic contemporary. Stein delivered an intriguing story with mystery, suspense, heat and two endearing and damaged souls.