Delighted Reader’s Holiday Reading Favorites 2018 #HolidayDelight

Posted November 22, 2018 by Shari in Recommendations / 7 Comments

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It’s hard to believe that the Holiday’s are upon us once again. This is a time of year I enjoy so much. Not the shopping so much, but the tree, fireplace, baking and being with my family. Oh, and let’s not forget reading! As we begin the Christmas season, let’s take a look at the books we fell in love with and are reading this season.

Cowboy Honor by Carolyn Brown

Not everything has to be overly difficult and loaded with angst.  Every day life for this latest down home country cowboy romance pair delivers enough conflict and fun over the holidays to keep me happy to be curled up under my blanket with cocoa and a fictional trip back to Longhorn Canyon ranch.

Hot Winter Nights by Jill Shalvis

One of my all time favorite authors delivers on the Christmas love. With a little suspense, a lot of laughs and hot sweaty nights in the sheets, Hot Winter Nights delivers on family, but also the family you make with friends.  Bad Santa takes on the wrong set of women and now they need the help of Molly, the office manager at Hunt Investigations. When the men of the company won’t take her seriously, she takes on a case they all know she won’t refuse, but putting Lucas on her trail…well that sets up for one steamy story!

Rocky Mountain Cowboy Christmas by Katie Ruggle

“Steve-Freakin’-Springfield!” Camille awkwardly calls her high school crush to his face.  I feel the same.  A single-dad firefighter cowboy… be still my heart, right?  Oh yeah, I’m right.  Another adorable, humorous, slightly spicy slow burn romance in the crisp winter of Colorado mountain country.

Cowboy Christmas Jubilee by Dylann Crush

My first read by this author and I will be coming back for more. A woman looking for a place in life and a man burned once by love. The town of Holiday won’t let anyone be a stranger and now that the Christmas season has come, the both have to make a choice at taking a chance or letting love slip them. A precocious seven year old will delight you at times and other times feel like your own child you want to shut up. Yep, it’s kind of real life and fairytale all wrapped up in one magical story.

My Forever Home by Debbie Burns

I adored the book before this in the series and wanted to keep going with more of the same heartwarming romance and cutie shelter dog co-stars.  I found  it moderately engaging and enjoyed the rescue shelter world once again.

Want Me Cowboy by Maisey Yates

A marriage of convenience? Oh, I love and hate these stories, but Maisey Yates writes it so well. While I haven’t read the series, I dove into this one after remembering how much I loved one of her other stories. One of them is so in love with the other, but the other one doesn’t even realize it. It’s heartbreaking and frustrating at times, but it make your throat hurt like when you want to cry, but can’t cry and try to stop crying and you just end up with throat pain. Yep, that’s what this one is for me.

Alaskan Holiday by Debbie Macomber

I’ve only read one other Debbie Macomber book, but it was last year’s Christmas release.  It was heartwarming and sugary holiday goodness that I wanted more of.  Add in that this one was set in Alaska and Luke Daniels was one of the narrators?  I was all in.

The Trouble with Mistletoe by Jill Shalvis

This isn’t a new release, but one I love to revisit often. Did you know they made this one into a movie? Yep! PassionFlix makes our favorite books into movies on their streaming site. Not a member? You can get it now on Amazon Prime. After some time, they release into the wild so everyone can enjoy it.

The movie – Rent or Buy!

A Christmas Promise by Mary Balogh

One of the beauties of joining a reading challenge is that it can give you the oomph needed to choose an older book from off yours or the library’s shelves.  I am not a new fan of the author, but I did come along later in her writing career so there are plenty of older backlist books that I still want to read.  Slowly, but surely I am getting to them.

Honorable Mentions – oldies but goodies!
What are your holiday favorites?
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Shari is the Delighted Reader. Married to her Prince Charming and mother to two Princesses and one Prince. When she is not slaving away as Cinderella she loves to get lost in the pages of a good book. Never without a reading device and a few good paperback books, because she never knows when she might get 5 minutes to read!

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3 years ago

SOme great ones there!

Sophia Rose
3 years ago
Reply to  Melliane

Sure are, Melliane! 🙂

3 years ago

I have Hot Winter Nights so that’s one I’ll be reading for sure. I tend to like novellas at Christmas time. I’m so busy but I can always squeeze one in.

Karen @ For What It’s Worth

Carole @ Carole's Random Life in Books

I always enjoy Jill Shalvis so that is an easy pick for me. I loved The Christmas Cowboy Hero! I see a few more that I have on my wishlist.