Bah, Humbug! by Heather Horrocks

Release Date: September 9, 2011



When Kyle destroys a snowman while doing research for his new book, he doesn’t realize it was meant to be a feature on Lexi’s lifestyle show. The two build a friendship, but can two people with a lot of baggage make a connection that lasts?




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Mardan’s Mark: Mardan’s Mark Epic Fantasy Adventure Series by Kathrese McKee

Publication Date: March 26, 2015



Princess Srilani’s brothers, one of whom is the crown prince, and sisters are kidnapped by pirates and taken to hostile territory. The Princess enlists the help Aldan and his gang of slaves to head into an against-the-odds adventure to free the captives.




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Match Me If You Can by Michele Gorman

Publication Date:  January 14, 2016



What if you could talk your ex into signing up for a dating service where you find the perfect partner? That’s the concept behind Catharine’s dating website, With her own ex marrying his 23-year-old girlfriend, Catherine could use some of the upcycled love so talks her friends Rachel and Sarah into joining the site. Can these women find their perfect match?



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One Imperfect Christmas by Myra Johnson

Publication Date: September 1, 2009



In [easyazon_link identifier=”1426700709″ locale=”US” tag=”rabidreaders-20″]One Imperfect Christmas[/easyazon_link] Natalie Pearce has been living with an all-consuming guilt of not having been there for her mother when she suffered a stroke. With her mother in a nursing home with no signs of leaving, Natalie’s family connections seem to drift further apart and her marriage is on the brink of dissolution. Daniel Pearce doesn’t know how he can help his wife and their daughter has been unmanageably rebellious. Is there any saving this family?



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A Cowboy for Christmas by Kristen James

Release Date: November 10, 2009



Annie Prudhomme left her home of Marietta, Montana with big dreams but finds herself returning to town after a divorce. Her family turns their backs on her and she settles in to remodel a home she’s inherited. Carson Scott still carries a torch for Annie but he has responsibilities he didn’t before she left town to think of and isn’t so eager to put his heart on the line. Is Annie ready for something serious or is she just looking for Christmas company?


Annie’s story is pretty typical. As a teenager she hated her hometown and counted the days until she left it behind and part of leaving it behind meant leaving her teenaged boyfriend, Carson. She moved, she got married, she got divorced and now she sees where she grew up with new eyes but returning and admitting that it was never as bad as she always claimed is not something she’s sure that she’s ready to do. Without that correction to the outlook of the past, Carson isn’t sure he’s going to put himself on the line again.

The hallmark of a great romance is likability and both characters lack in that department. Carson is a good guy who moved on with his life after Annie left and got married and had kids but he’s grating and passive aggressive to a point that, at times, makes him somewhat uncomfortable to read. Annie is extremely locked up in her own pride so that she’s stymied to an extent in the story. The reader knows what is going to happen in  A Cowboy for Christmas, it’s a romance after all, but I can’t say that I didn’t think these two people wouldn’t be better off just going their own ways. Carson has a child, which complicates matters and puts a greater emphasis on him on the surety of the outcome, but as much as we hear about it, does he really consider his ultimate responsibility in the final balance? They’re dancing around the obvious with one nagging and reminding the other of the problems they had and the lack of consideration which does not bode well for a lasting connection. That time she left will always be at the forefront in arguments.

Let’s be real, though. This does not have to be a realistic read. It’s a romance novel and an escape so how does it measure on the enjoyment scale? The answer would be middling. A Cowboy for Christmas is mostly well written and could experience a better flow with some paring down of fillers. At 104 pages, it should be a light and fast read but doesn’t feel quick. If you like the end of a romance novel, pick  A Cowboy for Christmas  up. If you’re looking for story, you’ll find better but also worse.



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A Christmas Gone Perfectly Wrong by Cecilia Grant

Publication Date: December 4, 2014


CG_A_Christmas_Gone_Perfectly_WrongAndrew Blackshear has a Christmas plan. His sister is getting married and he plans to buy her a hunting falcon as he wants her to remember to maintain her separate identity in the marriage. Lucy Sharp also has a Christmas plan. She’s going to spend the holiday at a house party hosted by her aunt and uncle. It will be Lucy’s first taste of life outside of the falconry and she’s hoping to find a husband. When prim and proper Andrew meets adventurous Lucy, he’s instantly attracted but their plans diverge dramatically. How will their plans go perfectly wrong?


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The Mistletoe Mishap by Aileen Fish

Publication Date: December 14, 2011



Robert, Viscount Alderton, sees his future wife under the mistletoe and kisses her, only to discover that the woman he thought was his future wife was her cousin, Isabella. A rake witnesses the encounter and sees Isabella as fair game. Can Robert protect Isabella (Lella) or is she ruined in society?



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Her Unexpected Detour by Kyra Jacobs

Release Date: September 14, 2015


Her Unexpected Detour by Kyra Jacobs

In Her Unexpected Detour by Kyra Jacobs, Kayla and Brent have both been unlucky in love and both have strong emotional walls up. When Kayla skids off the road in an ice storm in Mount Pleasant and Brent rescues her, they feel an instant attraction that they both know will not go anywhere … unless. Brent somehow winds up in Kayla’s bed but can they keep their guards up? Her Unexpected Detour is a book from the Checkerberry Inn series.


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To Kiss a Werewolf by Molly Snow

Publication Date: December 31, 2013


To Kiss a Werewolf by Molly SnowIn To Kiss a Werewolf by Molly Snow, Damien Capernalli has been hit by puberty hard. He’s waxing his chest daily and his muscles are expanding of their own volition. A fan of New Moon by Stephanie Meyer, Damien has his own ideas of what is happening to him physically. In order to gain more information about his supposed condition, Damien joins Paranormal Addicts Anonymous. The group is led by Stella, a Goth girl that captured Damien’s attention when she asked him out on a dare. Damien feels an undeniable pull to young Stella. Stella has her own problems. She moved to Oregon from Idaho to escape an ex-boyfriend who does not accept that their relationship has ended.



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The Rigid Rules by Christina Thompson

Release Date: July 11, 2014 



Taylor Valentine is a senior at Western Michigan University and is laser-focused on living a life that would honor the memory of her parents. When Dr. Stuart Morgan visits to give a four-week seminar on Civil War History, the former Marine is undeniably a draw for young Taylor. Stuart has his own rules regarding fraternizing with students—mainly that he doesn’t—that he’s unwilling to break, but he’s tempted to do so for the tantalizing Taylor. When death threats cause their paths to become entwined will Stuart compromise his rules or will Taylor turn to Joe, the hometown boy that has always loved her? [easyazon_link identifier=”1937546322″ locale=”US” tag=”rabidreaders-20″]“Their Rigid Rules”[/easyazon_link] is the third book in the Chemical Attraction series and a prequel to the other novels.


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