There is just something about a romance set in the wintertime that warms my very soul. I’m a Floridian and don’t see much of what most of you call winter, so maybe it’s also a way for me to (comfortably) experience the biting cold, glistening piles of snow, and the singular warmth of snuggling up next to a fire with someone who makes your heart race. I love winter romances so much that I’ve written three of them and am in the middle of writing another, despite the sum of my winter experience consisting of a November and half of a December in upstate New York.
Under a Falling Star by Jae
Austen is starting a new job at a gaming company in Portland and her first assignment is to decorate the company Christmas Tree. Things quickly go awry when Dee, an exec in the company, gets hit on the head by the tree’s star topper and the two take a surprise trip to the Emergency Room.
In this book, you get to watch two good people slowly fall for each other, cocooned in a charming atmosphere with plenty of humor sprinkled in.
Verdict: Buy, unless you’re one of those romance readers frustrated by slow-burns, in which case, Bypass.
One Hot December by Tiffany Reisz
Reisz is one of my all-time favorite authors and oh-my-god she wrote a welder heroine who hooks up with her kinky white-collar boss. Hello second-chance romance and opposites attract! Reisz’s usual wit and humor shines in this book and her skill for creating sexual tension keeps you turning the pages.
Verdict: In case you didn’t infer it from my gushy intro, Buy, Buy, Buy! Then buy the other books in the Men at Work series.
Frigid by J. Lynn (Jennifer L. Armentrout)
Sydney and Kyler have been best friends forever. She’s in love with him, but he’s a major player. He’s in love with her, but he thinks she’s way too good for him so he distracts himself with other girls. They’re stranded together at a ski resort due to a massive winter storm and their tensions ignite. It’s a Best Friends trope meets Stuck Together, with a dash of suspense stirred in.
Verdict: I usually love everything JLA writes, but this one did not do it for me. Bypass this one, but definitely check out the Wait For You series.