Sunday, December 5, 2010

Christmas Romances for 2010

This is my continuing series on some of the new holiday themed books available for your festive enjoyment this season. I love Christmas romances, can't help it, won't apologize for it! Here are a few available this year--there are so many I just focused on ones I've been told about or that look particularly good to me.

His Christmas Pleasure by Cathy Maxwell About the Book: When her father threatens to marry Abigail Montross off to a man twice her age (and with thirteen children!), she decides to elope instead with the irresistibly handsome Baron de Vasconia. She know all abut his notorious reputaiton. He is the most seductive man in all of London, but he’s vowed to protect her, so she allow herself to be tempted into his bed, promising to guard her heart at all costs.

Andres believes he’s entered into nothing more than a marriage of convenience with a charming and very wealthy young woman. But the days–and nights–Abigail spends in his arms soon reform this rogue. He’ll do anything to gain her love–until they each discover the truth about the other and old wounds are revealed.

It’s the season of miracles and passion–when love not only awakens the senses but delivers the greatest gift of all . . .

Available now from Avon.

A Harlequin Christmas Carol by Betina Krahn, Jacquie D'Alessandro, and Hope Tarr About the Book: New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling authors Betina Krahn and Jacquie D'Alessandro and award-winning author Hope Tarr put a new spin on a holiday classic.

After the death of her betrothed, young widow Claire Halliday feels a kinship with Scrooge. But a stolen moment under the mistletoe could revive her Christmas spirit...and ignite her reluctant heart.

Lady Adelaide Kendall is in love. Unfortunately, the object of her affection is promised to her sister, who loves another—and then it gets even more complicated! Only divine intervention can sort out this comedy of errors!

At thirty, Fiona MacPherson has resigned herself to the solitary life of an old maid, until she glimpses a future filled with loneliness—and cats. Now she must embrace the unusual destiny—and the man—that eluded her five years ago.

I have to admit the really clever premise of this draws me in! Available now from well, Harlequin.

Mrs. MiracleCall Me Mrs. Miracle by Debbie Macomber About the Book: This Christmas, Emily Merkle (call her Mrs. Miracle!) is working in the toy department at Finley's, the last family-owned department store in New York City. And her boss is none other than...Jake Finley, the owner's son.

For Jake, holiday memories of brightly wrapped gifts, decorated trees and family were destroyed in a Christmas Eve tragedy years before. Now Christmas means just one thing to him—and to his father. Profit. Because they need a Christmas miracle to keep the business afloat.

Holly Larson needs a miracle, too. She wants to give her eight-year-old nephew, Gabe, the holiday he deserves. Holly's widowed brother is in the army and won't be home for Christmas, but at least she can get Gabe that toy robot from Finley's, the one gift he desperately wants. If she can figure out how to afford it...

Fortunately, it's Mrs. Miracle to the rescue. Next to making children happy, she likes nothing better than helping others—and that includes doing a bit of matchmaking!

This has already been shown on Hallmark as a Christmas movie! Available now from Harlequin.

Their First Noel by Annie Jones About the Book: A spunky Southern baker, Corrie Bennington has her heart set on winning a gingerbread house contest in Vermont. Her masterpiece: a replica of the old inn where her estranged parents met. And where Corrie hopes to find the father she's never known. But when she arrives in Mt. Piney, Vermont, the inn is closed—and being restored. Handsome carpenter Andy McFarland offers to help Corrie find her dad and build her candy house. But Andy's matchmaking little sister has her own sweet holiday wish—helping Andy and Corrie find a little romance this Christmas.
Available now from Love Inspired.

Holiday Magic by Fern Michaels, Cathy Lamb, Mary Carter, and Terri DuLong About the Book: Mistletoe, magic, twinkling lights, and stolen kisses... Experience all the wonders of the holiday season with these four irresistible stories...

"Holiday Magic" by Fern Michaels

Ski shop manager Stephanie Marshall is counting on a holiday bonus so she can put a down payment on a home for herself and her daughters. But her handsome boss, Eddie O'Brien, has his own Christmas wish—one that could lead to a lifetime of loving...

"A Very Merry Christmas" by Cathy Lamb

Meredith Ghirlandaio's to-do list is already overflowing, between keeping her B&B afloat, directing the town's holiday concert, and trying to avoid rancher Logan Taylor. Doesn't he know Meredith's through with men—even rugged, alpha, drop-dead-gorgeous men? Then again, some vows were meant to be broken...

"A Very Maui Christmas" by Mary Carter

Tara Lane has the perfect plan to avoid another hellish family holiday—fly to Maui. Too bad her family decided to follow suit. But a laid-back handyman is about to prove you don't need snow to have a sparkling, sexy Christmas...

"A Cedar Key Christmas" by Terri DuLong

Single mom Josie Sullivan is proud of her young daughter, Orli, for helping local fisherman Mr. Al restore his crumbling home. And when Mr. Al's nephew, Ben, pays a visit, Josie realizes just how much Christmas magic one good deed can bring...

Available now from Kensington.

Christmas Eve at Friday Harbor by Lisa Kleypas About the Book: ONE LITTLE GIRL NEEDS A FAMILY
One rain-slicked night, six-year-old Holly lost the only parent she knew, her beloved mother Victoria. And since that night, she has never again spoken a word.
The last thing Mark Nolan needs is a six-year-old girl in his life. But he soon realizes that he will do everything he can to make her life whole again. His sister’s will gives him the instructions: There’s no other choice but you. Just start by loving her. The rest will follow.
Maggie Collins doesn’t dare believe in love again, after losing her husband of one year. But she does believe in the magic of imagination. As the owner of a toy shop, she lives what she loves. And when she meets Holly Nolan, she sees a little girl in desperate need of a little magic.
Three lonely people. Three lives at the crossroads. Three people who are about to discover that Christmas is the time of year when anything is possible, and when wishes have a way of finding the path home…

Available now from St. Martin's Press.

See also: Amish Christmas books and Christmas Mysteries for 2010.


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