Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Reading Lists - Twelve Days of Christmas - Romance

All Through the Night by Suzanne Brockmann 
The 12th Troubleshooter thriller opens with FBI agent Jules Cassidy's marriage proposal to movie star Robin Chadwick. The two men's Boston wedding shower is crashed by a reporter, and the revealing interview tape ends up online. Jules's angry friends from private security firm Troubleshooter Inc. move to shut him down. With the wedding set for December 15, Jules is sent to Kandahar (ruining Thanksgiving), and an insane celebrity stalker believes Jules and Robin are robots who need to be eliminated.

Christmas Eve at Friday Harbor by Lisa Kleypas 
Mark Nolan's happy-go-lucky bachelorhood is interrupted by the death of his sister and his subsequent guardianship of her six-year-old daughter, Holly, who is traumatized into muteness and desperately seeking a maternal figure. Enter Maggie Collins, a toy shop owner who lost her own husband to cancer. As the holiday season draws closer, Maggie, Mark, and Holly begin to spend more time together, and Maggie and Mark's attraction becomes too powerful to ignore. 

Christmas Revels by Mary Jo Putney 
Fan favorite Mary Jo Putney presents a collection of holiday tales in which five very different couples receive a valuable lesson in love. 

The Christmas Wedding by James Patterson 
Since her husband died three years ago, Gaby's four children have drifted apart and haven't celebrated Christmas together. When Gaby announces that she's getting married—and that the groom will remain a secret until the wedding day—she may finally be able to bring them home for the holidays. 

The Delaney Christmas Carol by Kay Hooper, Iris Johansen, and Fayrene Preston 
Three romance novelists capture the Christmas spirit—past, present, and future—in the story of three generations of Delaneys who find love and passion in the revelry of the holiday season. A family heirloom links one generation of the Arizona family to the next. 

The Gift by Nora Roberts 
Christmas romance is the theme that links these three novellas by bestseller Nora Roberts. In Home for Christmas, a reporter returns after years abroad to win the heart of the girl he left behind. In All I Want for Christmas, identical twins boys want one gift from Santa—a new mom. Will their music teacher fall in love with their love-wary father? In Gabriel's Angel, a very pregnant woman on the run appears at Gabriel’s remote cabin during a blizzard, and the modern-day Scrooge can’t turn her away. Also First Impressions by Roberts. 

Home in Time for Christmas by Heather Graham 
When she rescues a man claiming to be a patriot soldier, sentenced to death by British authorities, Melody Tarleton takes the stranger to her parent's house where a little Christmas magic, some enchanted petals, and ancient potions take them on an unimaginable adventure. If you’re looking for more holiday tales by Graham, try A Magical Christmas, The Last Noel, and A Season of Miracles. 

I’ll be Home for Christmas by Fern Michaels 
This is a collection of four stories about the Christmas season by Fern Michaels, including a businessman planning to buy a woman's family property out from under her, and a gift wrap business owner and her manager at odds during the holiday season. Michaels loves to write about Christmas—also try Christmas at Timberwoods, Coming Home for Christmas, Comfort and Joy, and No Place Like Home. 

Lakeshore Christmas by Susan Wiggs 
Librarian Maureen Davenport finally gets to direct Avalon's annual holiday pageant. Former child star Eddie Haven is turning out to be a tattooed lump of coal in her stocking, because he can't stand Christmas, but a judge's court order has landed him right in the middle of the merrymaking. Also look for Candelight Christmas, new this year! 

Merry Christmas, Cowboy by Janet Dailey 
Hoping to give back to the community, Denver police officer Paula Lewis volunteers at the Christmas House to help local children, where she is drawn to local rancher Zach Bennett, as they work together to help a young boy. You might also like Dailey’s A Cowboy Under My Christmas Tree. 

The Mischief of the Mistletoe by Lauren Willig 
Despite her dear friend Jane Austen's warning against teaching, Arabella Dempsey accepts a position at a girls' school in Bath, just before Christmas. She hardly imagines coming face-to-face with French aristocrats and international spies. Reginald "Turnip" Fitzhugh-often mistaken for the elusive spy known as the Pink Carnation—has blundered into danger before. When Turnip and Arabella find their Christmas pudding yielding a cryptic message, they are launched on a Yuletide adventure.

More holiday romance to come on December 18!

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