Winter is coming.
Or, actually, Winter is here!
Winter is one of my favorite times of the year and romance is my favorite genre, so I figured this would be the perfect time to rec some gold old fashioned romances for the season.
Usually the Holidays can get stressful with shopping, planning, and extended family but this year is going to be different for everyone, I’m sure. Without that usual stress we’re all going to be feeling a little sad and lost with the lack of our usual traditions, but nothing is as perfect for the Holiday season as a romance novel is.
I’m sharing some of my personal favorites and just some reads that I think you’ll enjoy this Winter. Let’s get started!
This sweet little contemporary read takes place at a family ski resort in the Rockies, making it the ultimate cozy Winter setting! This was my first Jill Shalvis read and became a fast favorite of mine. This may be the second in her Cedar Ridge series (named after the family ski resort and follows the Kincaid family who owns it) but they can be read out of order or as standalones! It has the perfect mix of steam, emotion, and a pinch of adventure. A perfect Winter binge read, for sure!
Another perfect contemporary for Winter! Here’s the thing, this book is cozy as all hell. A sunshine dog walker with a stern/serious doctor? Yes. Please. There is a lot of character growth in this and that’s really what propels the story! I love getting to see two characters grow and bring out the best in one another, and that’s the highlight of this novel. Again, another contemporary series that can be read out of order or on it’s own. With a cozy NYC Winter setting, the enemies to lovers trope, and some pups this makes a great Winter read!
I listened to this as an audiobook last November and really enjoyed it! Believe it or not, it was my first Debbie Macomber novel. This novel boasts my favorite of tropes, the enemies to lovers! A sunshine and peppy woman runs into her grumpy, serious neighbor and attempts to help him find his Christmas spirit. It’s very festive, very fun, and a great little read to help get you in the Holiday spirit! Not to mention that cover art is adorable and screams “cozy Christmas vibes”!
I hope by now you’re sensing a theme, but this also has a sunshine/grump trope! Also the added fun of a rich hero and struggling heroine, if that’s your thing. Abbey, a nurse turned interior designer, gets the chance of a lifetime to decorate Nick’s large estate home for the Holidays. Nick is generally too busy to pay much attention to the Christmas season, but he’s not to busy to fall for Abbey. Very cute story and it’s got all those Winter/Christmas-y vibes you’ll want and need this year!
The novel that started my love for Annie Rains and the Sweetwater Springs series, Christmas on Mistletoe Lane is a classic Christmas romance. It’s got one of my favorite plot points, too: inherited inn! When Kaitlyn inherits an inn in the sleepy North Carolina town, she’s shocked to see that her old flame Mitch has also inherited the inn. Lots of simmering tensions ensue! Very cozy, very fun, and very romantic!
There you have it! A handful of romances perfect to cozy up with this Winter! I like to save all my Holiday reading for the months of November and December because Christmas cheer/spirit is sometimes hard to find in Texas, and all these books have helped get me into that Christmas feeling!
What are some of your favorite Holiday romances? Do you like seasonal reading like this?