With: Jennifer Faye
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The Prince’s Christmas vow
What’s so special about Christmas Romances?
I’ve got a secret to share. Come closer. A little closer. Okay, that’s good…
Christmas romances are hands down my favorite books to read. Pinky swear. ;-)
Why? Well, that’s a little complicated to answer, but I’ll give it my best shot.
Christmas is my favorite holiday. It’s so much fun to give a gift and make someone smile. Doesn’t your heart just swell when that happens? And there’s a warmth and generosity in the air that isn’t there the other times of the year. Combine that with a romance and magic happens. ;-)
I enjoy many genres of romance, but at the holidays, my favorite are those romances that fill me with the warmth of the season and leave me with hope in my heart.
I thought I’d share a few of my favorite holiday romances. ;-) They are in no particular order.
1. Firefighter under the Mistletoe by Melissa McClone (I must admit that I just loved Melissa’s Hood Hamlet books. I’d have moved there if I could.)
BLURB: Christmas magic in Hood Hamlet… For Leanne, infuriatingly charming firefighter Christian Welton is out of bounds. Not only is he too young for her, but his trail of broken hearts is legendary. Leanne’s fought hard to be one of the boys, and won’t let anyone see that Christian’s smile makes her want to melt into his arms! Christian wanted to discover the softer side of the tough-talking paramedic, but hasn’t counted on how much the real Leanne affects him. He’s vowed never to settle down, but under the mistletoe it’s certainly the season to be tempted.…
2. The Nanny's Christmas Wish by Ami Weaver (Ami has a wonderful way with words and this was a really heartwarming romance that left a smile on my face.)
BLURB: Josh Tanner and Maggie Thelan share one unbreakable rule: no romantic entanglements. Period. So the lonely doctor hiring the former teacher as a live-in nanny for his little boy shouldn't be any kind of threat to their creed. Especially since Josh won't let go of the past—and Maggie can't tell Josh who she really is….But rules are made to be broken, and while Maggie only wants to know the nephew she never knew she had, deeper feelings keep getting in the way! As the holiday season creeps closer, his rules collide with her secret. Can their unexpected love survive the truth?
3. Her Christmas Hero by Linda Warren (Linda is one of my favorite authors. I’ve been reading her for many years and this is still one of my favorite books of hers.)
BLURB: Britt Davis is ready for the fight of her life. Her snake of an ex-husband just filed for custody of their nine-month-old son, and come hell or high water, she will keep her baby. But she wouldn't have a future to give her precious Dillon if it weren't for the stranger who risked his life to save her. Then her gratitude is shattered when she comes face-to-face once again with her hero…her ex's lawyer? Quentin Ross knows there's something not right about the important custody case dropped suddenly in his lap. Who would take a baby away from his mother right before Christmas? Now his career is on the line, but so is Britt's love and respect. What's a hero to do?
4. Mistletoe and the Lost Stiletto by Liz Fielding (I can get totally lost in her books and they stick with you long after you turn the last page.)
BLURB: Lucy Bright can't believe it when she's plucked from secretarial obscurity and transformed into the pampered fiancée of a slick retail guru. But then she discovers it was all a publicity stunt! Rushing away from the media frenzy, she bumps—literally—into the arms of delicious tycoon Nathaniel Hart….Spooked by their instantaneous chemistry, Lucy flees—but Nathaniel is determined to find his barefoot beauty. Though all he has is one very expensive red designer stiletto to help him!
5. A Virgin River Christmas by Robyn Carr (I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention the Virgin River series. I’m a huge Robyn Carr fan. When I grow up I want to write like her. ;-) )
BLURB: Last Christmas Marcie Sullivan said a final goodbye to her husband, Bobby. This Christmas she's come to Virgin River to find the man who saved his life and gave her three more years to love him. Fellow marine Ian Buchanan dragged Bobby's shattered body onto a medical transport in Fallujah four years ago, then disappeared as soon as their unit arrived stateside. Since then, Marcie's letters to Ian have gone unanswered. Marcie tracks Ian to the tiny mountain town of Virgin River and finds a man as wounded emotionally as Bobby was physically. But she is not easily scared off. As Marcie pushes her way into his rugged and reclusive life, she discovers a sweet but damaged soul beneath a rough exterior. Ian doesn't know what to make of the determined young widow who forces him to look into the painful past and, what's worse, the uncertain future. But it is, after all, a season of miracles and maybe, just maybe, it's time to banish the ghosts and open his heart.
I’d be honored if you’d consider putting my Christmas romance on your TBR list…
Excerpt from THE PRINCE’S CHRISTMAS VOW:
Zoe jumped, almost dropping the glass ornament in her hand. She turned to find Demetrius propped against the wall. His arms were crossed while his facial expression was unreadable.
“I…I didn’t hear you come in.”
“Obviously. Do you want to explain all of this?”
Zoe retrieved her phone and switched off the music. “With Christmas just around the corner, I thought you might enjoy some holiday cheer.”
“I had no idea that you planned to redecorate the beach house.”
“I didn’t. I mean, I’m not.” She glanced down at the ornament in her hand. She turned to put it back in the box. So much for surprising him.
He glanced around. His gaze paused on the pile of boxes.
“Sorry about the mess. I’ll make those boxes go away.” Zoe worried, biting her bottom lip.
Demetrius turned to the fireplace. Now that the sun had sunk below the horizon, the flames of the fire flickered and cast a warm glow over the room. As the temperature rose, Demetrius discarded his suit jacket and rolled up the sleeves of his blue Oxford shirt.
Feeling a need to explain, she said, “I thought a fire would be nice.”
He stepped up to the tree. He reached out and touched a glittery silver star ornament.
She swallowed hard, feeling like a kid with her hand in the proverbial cookie jar.
Now it’s your turn—to be entered to win a digital copy (Kindle or Nook) of THE PRINCE’S CHRISTMAS VOW, share with us your favorite holiday romance…
Secretly married…to a prince!
Zoe Sarris hasn't seen Crown Prince Demetrius Castanavo since their secret elopement. So she's shocked when he requests her interior design services. She's only just pieced her broken heart back together, and seeing Demetrius—as gorgeous and guarded as ever—threatens to shatter it all over again…
However, the shocking news that they are actually still married changes everything. Especially when Demetrius reveals he wants his princess back…preferably in time for Christmas!
THE PRINCE’S CHRISTMAS VOW is available now: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-a-Million, iTunes, and Kobo. More locations/links available on my website.
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