In the mood for a Christmas romance? Here are some of my books that take place at Christmas. A Duke by Any Other Name is a Regency romance featuring a duke in disguise and a perceptive maiden, both attending a Christmas wedding. Alexander intends to identify and capture a spy but is enticed by Daphne—will she help him to succeed or undermine his plan? (I think of this as my Scarlet Pimpernel story.) The Snow White Bride is a medieval Scottish romance featuring a marriage of convenience between a lady on the run and the Laird of Kinfairlie, who thinks he has no time to wed. Christmas at Kinfairlie means mummers and celebration—the healing of old wounds and a love unexpected. I love this story so much. The Mercenary’s Bride is a medieval Scottish novella, in which Quentin returns to Inverfyre bent on revenge—but finds a second chance at love instead. There’s nothing I love more than a wounded hero who finds true love and a happy ending. A Most Inconvenient Earl is a Christmas Regency romance novella, which you can read in the Twelve Lords of Christmas right now, along with eleven other holiday romances. Sebastian gets more than expected when Eurydice proposes to him—when he accepts, their adventure begins. This is another story of love unexpected, and I love their banter. The Rogue was my first visit to Ravensmuir. Merlyn and Ysabella have a second chance at love, but not before someone threatens Merlyn’s life and Ysabella has to surrender her (many) secrets. This one has some suspense elements and a bit of Gothic tone, but Merlyn remains one of my favorite heroes.
Check out these Christmas romances and find a new holiday read today!
One of my favorite tropes (maybe my VERY favorite one!) is Second Chance Romance. There’s little more appealing than being given a chance to do better, or to fix what went wrong in the past. When true love goes wrong, I love watching characters seize that second chance and work to make it right. These characters really earn their happily-ever-after. Plus, I like that they often have shared history or different memories (or interpretations) of the same event in the past. I enjoy watching them air their grievances, often while struggling against an attraction that won’t be denied. Here are a few of my own Second Chance Romances.
The Damsel, book two of my Bride Quest series, is a Cinderella story with a twist. Burke fell in love with Alys years before, and has regretted that he left her behind when her parents insisted on it. Haunted by his regrets, he returns to Alys, determined to win her heart for his own. Alys, however, believes she has a duty to her family and to follow their instructions—plus she’s not sure whether to trust Burke. His touch makes her forget everything she knows to be true, and it’s only sensible to fight against that kind of influence. Unfortunately for Alys’ plan, Burke’s passion and persistence is the very essence of temptation…
The Rogue is book one of my Rogues of Ravensmuir series. Sparks flew on the day that Ysabella and Merlyn first met and their mutual attraction was both powerful and immediate. How could she resist this handsome laird’s insistence that they wed? Ysabella was beguiled by Merlyn, until his secret was revealed and she fled their marriage. The book opens when he returns, five years later, to ask for her help. Someone is trying to kill him, a situation Ysabella can readily understand, and Merlyn is determined to convince his estranged wife to name the villain. “The fire still burns, chère,” he murmurs when he draws near, and it certainly does. If you haven’t been beguiled by Merlyn yet, the time has come. The Rogue is discounted to just 99cents for the month of January.
Something Wicked This Way Comes is one of my few Regency romances. It’s a novella and the first book in the Brides of North Barrows series. Lucien de Roye broke Sophia’s heart, yet when their paths cross again, she can’t help but respond to his presence. Her former life is a memory since her father’s passing, and fortunately, she’s in disguise, working as a governess—but Lucien isn’t fooled. He recognizes Sophia and is determined to make one thing right before the curse laid upon him claims his life. This is a bit of a ghost story, influenced by Lucien’s family holding, a sugar plantation in the West Indies, and Baron Samedi has a cameo.
The Warrior is book three of my Rogues of Ravensmuir series of medieval romances and has more of a fantasy element than the other books. The Hawk of Inverfyre is driven to reclaim his family estate from the rebels who stole it and means to secure the succession when he does. He needs a bride because he needs a son, and he doesn’t question his choice of Aileen, the overlooked daughter of an ally. He’s not a warrior inclined to negotiate and hasn’t much time: he abducts Aileen and weds her, never guessing that his touch awakens her dreams of their shared past, or that the bride that he seemingly chose by chance is his destined partner and true love. This is a reincarnation story, as well as a Beauty and the Beast story, and a favorite book of mine.
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