Where the Love Light Gleams: 8 Christmas Romances to Warm Your Heart

Where the Love Light Gleams: 8 Christmas Romances to Warm Your Heart


There’s something about the holidays that makes us want to fall in love over and over again. Maybe it’s the warm fire, maybe it’s the twinkling lights, or maybe it’s the exciting potential of being snowed in with a partner. The way we see it, the only thing that make the most wonderful time of the year even better is happily ever after (or HEA, for those in the know). That’s why we’ve rounded up this list of eight love stories that will make you believe in the power of true love and Christmas magic.

What Happens Under the Mistletoe

Is there any better inspiration for a holiday romance anthology than mistletoe kisses? In this book, four authors come together to share sweet and sizzling tales of romance sparked by a kiss. Sabrina Jeffries kicks off the collection with “The Heiress and the Hothead,” where a journalist realizes he kissed the subject of his latest exposé. Karen Hawkins’ “Twelve Kisses” reunites a formerly engaged couple. Candace Camp’s “By Any Other Name” offers up a tale of hidden identity. Meredith Duran’s “Sweetest Regret,” one of my all-time favorite romance novellas, sees a broken heart mended through a second chance at love.

Holiday Spice

We believe that the best winter trope is arguably that of a couple getting snowed in together. The tension grows, the sparks fly, and soon things are heating up while the blizzard rages outside.  This is the situation Darcy Shaughnessy and Benjamin Tanner find themselves in. Samantha Chase’s holiday novel was one of our must-read picks this fall, and we’re thrilled to revisit it now that we’re in the Christmas season.

If the Fates Allow

Holiday anthologies have a special place in our bookish hearts, and this one has been on our TBR list for months. This collection includes stories from five authors—Killian B. Brewer, Lynn Charles, Erin Finnegan, Pene Henson, and Lilah Suzanne—and features lesbian, gay, and bisexual characters on their way to a happily ever after ending. This anthology has it all: an anticipated engagement, a snowstorm, a lost dog, and a librarian. Don’t miss out.

Walking On Air

Readers looking for a Christmas miracle will love Catherine Anderson’s story of a Wild West gunslinger who is given a second chance at life. Gabriel Valance spent his days on Earth looking out for number one. But when he’s shot by a rival, he realizes how unfulfilling his life truly was. Gabe is brought back by two kind-hearted angels, who task him with teaching a young woman to trust again. Gabe accepts the job, and while he helps Nancy Hoffman, he finds himself changing for the better.

Holiday Temptation

Good things come in threes in this anthology that collects a trio of novellas from Donna Hill, Farrah Rochon, and K.M. Jackson. In Hill’s story, “A Gift of Love,” a drama professor struggles to open her heart to love and trust. Rochon’s “Holiday Spice” follows a photographer running from her past and into the arms of a brewer in Istanbul. The book wraps up with Jackson’s “From Here to Serenity,” where a workaholic reluctantly takes a vacation and falls for his personal chef.

A Christmas to Remember

You can celebrate Christmas in Regency-era England with this delightful anthology, no plane ticket or time-turner needed! This book collects stories from four of our favorite historical romance authors: Lisa Kleypas, Lorraine Heath, Megan Frampton, and Vivienne Lorret. Together they deliver tales of blackmail, matchmaking, shocking proposals, and, of course, the triumph of true love. Pair with mulled wine and sugar cookies for a truly perfect evening.

Once Upon a Plaid

Longing to spend your holiday in the Highlands? Mia Marlowe has got you covered. Marlowe transports readers to the 16th century in this moving tale of husband determined to win back his wife. Katherine Douglas is the wife of a laird and is therefore expected to produce an heir. But after multiple miscarriages, Katherine decides to annul her marriage to William so that he can marry a woman who can bear him a son. But William is not willing to let his wife go, and he sets out to prove that he wants nothing more than her love.

Sleigh Bells in the Snow

Kayla Green is short on holiday spirit, which is why this PR exec agrees to work over the holidays to help save the Snow Crystal Resort and Spa. She knows that she shouldn’t follow through on her growing feelings for Jackson O’Neil, her client and the owner of the resort, but it’s all too easy to get swept away while working in a literal winter wonderland.



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