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A Christmas Reading List

By Cardyn Brooks

Christmas, Festivus, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa or Winter Solstice, whichever is being observed, the inhabitants of Romancelandia and its overlapping genre territories invite readers to celebrate love stories ranging from sweet warmth to Habanero combustion during the season of winter holidays. Exciting new releases, established favorites, comforting rereads, and long-overdue #OwnVoices love stories entertain, amuse, inspire, and challenge readers to support everyone's right to love and the HTN or HEA of their dreams.

Here is an assortment of noteworthy titles—quick reading snacks to full-course installments from binge-able series, newest releases first. Contemporary, historical, speculative; literary, commercial or mass market, mostly holiday-themed fiction, all deliver the joy of reading a tale well told.


Eight Kisses, Eight All-New Tales of Holiday Romance

Mindy Klasky, Lou Ann Bailey, et al

Peabridge Press, 2019

Holiday Smut, An Anthology of Sexy Christmas Stories

Lori Perkins, ed.

Riverdale Avenue Books, 2014

Lauriat, A Filipino-Chinese Speculative Fiction Anthology

Charles A. Tan, ed.

Lethe Press, 2012

Brown Sugar, A Collection of Erotic Black Fiction, Vol. 1

Carol Taylor, ed.

Plume, 2001


Calluna, A Christmas Present for Klaus (Silver Springs Spell Library Bonus)

Jewels Arthur

Paranormal romance & horror

December 23, 2020

American Christmas, A Multicultural Christmas Romance (Dreamers #5)

Adriana Herrera

Contemporary romance

Carina Press, November 2020

Can't Escape Love (Reluctant Royals Novella)

Alyssa Cole

Contemporary romance

Avon Impulse, 2019

The Christmas Rivalry

Beverly Jenkins

Contemporary romance

Harlequin, 2019

Once Ghosted, Twice Shy (Reluctant Royals Novella)

Alyssa Cole

Contemporary romance

Avon Impulse, 2019

Wrapped, A FIT Adjacent Christmas Novella (FIT trilogy #4)

Rebekah Weatherspoon—author & publisher, 2017

Contemporary romance

A Christmas at Seaside Inn

Susan Donovan

Contemporary romance

Intermix, 2016

Naughty Little Wishes (Birthday Dare #2)

Nina Crespo

Contemporary romance

Entangled Brazen, 2015

A Scarlet Christmas—A FemDomme Christmas Carol

D. L. King

Contemporary erotica

Riverdale Avenue Books, 2015

Have Yourself a Curvy Little Christmas (Perfect Fit Holiday Novella)

Sugar Jamison

Contemporary romance

St. Martin's Paperbacks, 2013

A Kiss for Midwinter (Duchess War #1.5)

Courtney Milan—author & publisher, 2012

Historical romance

Main Courses/Novels:

The Persistence of Memory Book 4: W.I.S.E. Men

Karen Janowsky


Mill City Press, December 15, 2020

Red Hunter (Red August #3)