The JingleBooks bingo is running from December 1 – 31st, and my Twitter thread for it is here. I decided to do all Black authors and the main characters are, excepting the hero from Talia Hibbert’s book, Black.
Christmas Quickie (novella): Underneath the Mistletoe by J. Greene. (December 11) A friends-to-lovers + fake relationship steamy short story. Also, sex under a Christmas tree.
Saddle Up for Christmas (cowboy): A Cowboy to Remember by Rebekah Weatherspoon. (December 18) This is stretching “Christmas romance” – though it does take place over the holidays. While I’m not a fan of cowboy or amnesia romances, this worked surprisingly well for me!
Frisky Christmas (erotic romance): A Merry Little Filthmas by Nicole Falls. (December 27) Short but super steamy! It’s told solely from Bryce’s POV, but I still loved Yemi. Not much conflict, besides being separated because of Bryce’s job as a coach, but still a very enjoyable read.
Peppermint Swirl Christmas (interracial): Wrapped Up in You by Talia Hibbert. (December 19) Classic sarcastic and prickly Talia Hibbert heroine plus himbo Hollywood actor hero equals a banter-filled novella.
Free Space: Santa’s Helper by Shae Sanders. (December 27) Cute novella about a mall Santa (who’s also a firefighter) and a recently divorced mom, who’s spending her first Christmas without her kids.
A Christmas Abroad (different country): Twelve Dates of Christmas by Rilzy Adams. (December 27) A Christmas novella set in Antigua! I’ve read and loved Rilzy Adam’s books before, and this was good (and ridiculously steamy!), but I had a hard time with Zia and her treatment of Rashad.
Wholesome Christmas (low steam romance): A Gingerbread Christmas by Lacey Baker. (December 22) Sweet (pun-intended) and adorable. It was nice to see a city other than NYC, and nice that the heroine didn’t have to give up her career to get the family she wanted.
Romance in Black (Black Christmas romance): Pining Over You by J.N. Welsh. (December 23) Childhood-friends-to-lovers and second-chance-romance tropes loaded with over-the-top Christmas spirit. My favorite holiday read so far this year!
Unwrapped for Christmas (cover w/ gifts): True Love for Christmas by D. Love. (December 6) Friends to lovers and second chance romance. Noel’s a bit of a grinch – for good reason – while Chris is determined to finally prove he’s the right guy for her.