My Top 3 Favorite Christmas Romance Novels
Before this year, I’d only read two Christmas romance novels and didn’t care for them. I know there are some gems in the genre so I decided this was the year I would read a bunch of them!
So far this month I’ve finished six Christmas themed novels and liked them all, though I’m hoping to get a couple more in before the season is over. Here are my favorites.
Lovelight Farms by BK Borison
This book squeezed my heart in all the best possible ways! It’s by far my favorite holiday romance. It contains all my favorite tropes: friends to lovers, fake dating, only one bed, plus it’s set on a Christmas tree farm which made it extra romantic.
When Stella enters her farm in a social media contest, she lies and says she runs it with her boyfriend. So when the influencer comes to visit, Stella asks her best friend of almost a decade to be her fake boyfriend. Luka agrees and the situation forces them both to face feelings they’ve been burying for years in order to preserve their friendship.
The story is sweet and swoony all the way through. I absolutely loved Stella and Luka and was rooting for them from the start. The story also has fabulous side characters and a charming setting. And while there are some heavy topics, such as grief, loss of a parent, and dysfunctional families, I would have liked for that stuff to be a tad more prominent. I prefer my romances with a little more weight than this one, but the rest was so lovely I was able to forgive that.
I highly recommend this one for readers of romance, especially those who love a mushy story without a lot of roadblocks.
A Very Grumpy Christmas by Jerica MacMillan
Sarah is the manager of the family business, Christmas Emporium, and sometimes works as one of Santa’s elves. She lives for Christmas year round. Her neighbor Shane has slammed his door in her face and appears to be a real life Grinch. But then he shows up to see Santa with the six year old sister he’s raising since their parents died. Now Sarah’s impression of him is very different and she’s determined to get to make his first Christmas without his parens a happy one.
This is a sweet, funny story from start to finish. It made me laugh and swoon, and it’s a bit of a heartbreaker. The subject of grief from loss of parents is huge throughout the book.
The only thing keeping me from giving it five stars is that the writing was weak in spots, mostly in dialogue. Some spots were clunky and repetitive, it felt like the author didn’t trust the reader to remember what had previously happened.
Overall this is a wonderful holiday story and I highly recommend it for romance readers.
The Naughty List by Ellie MacGregor
My only “problem” with this novella is the length. It’s so short that we don’t get much back story or character development. I think I would have liked this a lot more as a full length novel with some tension in the romantic relationship. Kate is an exhausted single mom who thinks she dreams up a buff, sexy Santa and he turns out to be very real! The story has lots of heart and humor.
It’s a fun sexy read for the Christmas season! I highly recommend it for readers of erotic romance.