A man wins a title and an estate in Scotland - as well as a bethrothed - in "Plaid Tidings" by Mia Marlowe.
Lord Alexander Mallory is visiting Scotland intending to do some spying on rebels. But on the way over, he enters into a game of cards and ends up winning the title of Lord Bonniebroch - receiving the estate. Little does he know but the Lord Bonniebroch is also in a marriage contract with the MacOwen family - one that must be fulfilled by Christmas. Though he finds the eldest daughter (and the intended bride) Lucinda to be lovely, he is not looking to get married anytime soon. Lucinda finds Alexander handsome and charming and is determined to win him over. There's also some ghostly spirits surround Bonniebroch and the family MacOwen that want to see a Lord presiding over the manor again. Will romance be the Christmas gift that both Alex and Lucinda receive?
Though holiday-related only by the timing that the story takes place in, Alex and Lucinda's chemistry together is a holiday gift itself to the readers!
"Plaid Tidings" is published by Zebra. It is $7.99 and 352 pages long.
A woman tries to make peace with her new husband's adult daughter and celebrate the holidays in "A Nantucket Christmas" by New York Times bestselling author Nancy Thayer.
Nicole has only recently married her husband and moved into his large Nantucket home - the one he used to share with his ex wife, before she left him for a tennis instructor. Her husband's daughter, Kennedy, has never accepted Nicole and has held onto hope that one day her parents would get back together. The pregnant Kennedy has brought her husband and young son to spend a week with her father and Nicole at Christmas. Nicole is hoping to win Kennedy's favor, but seems thwarted at every turn. Right as Christmas comes, several big crisis break out, including Kennedy's mother showing up! Will Nicole continue to feel like an outsider or will this holiday finally bring her into the family?
This is a warm story about family ties and love of parents, whether step or biological.
"A Nantucket Christmas" is published by Ballantine Books. It is $18 and 209 pages long.
Theresa Romain brings a story of a marriage of convience in "Season for Scandal."
Jane is the poor country cousin of Lord Xavier. Hoping to win her fortune in a hand of cards, she instead loses everything, including her dowry. Family friend Edmund happens to be near and decides that now would be a good time to take a wife and hopefully produce an heir - before his past catches up with him. He agrees to pay off Jane's debts if she agrees to his proposal and she does. Little does Edmund know that Jane has been in love with him since childhood - and that is a complication he wasn't expecting. As the holidays near and Edmund's past begins to catch up with him, will he find it in his heart to love his new bride or will he continue to keep her at arm's length? Will it be a happy Christmas?
This hot Regency romance will thrill readers of the genre and will be a welcome holiday gift indeed!
"Season for Scandal" is published by Zebra. It is $6.99 and 352 pages long.
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Debbie Macomber brings a heartwarming story of two strangers finding love in "Starry Night."
Carrie wants off the society page beat of the newspaper she works at. Her ticket out is to get an interview with reclusive author Finn Dalton.
Finn only wants to be left alone. But the young reporter has not only charmed his estranged mother, she has also charmed his in-town friend and so he lets her into his house. When a storm hits, she must stay a few days with him, and the two get to know each other well. But is there a possibility of a Christmas romance when Carrie lives in Chicago and Finn lives in Alaska? Does he want to trust his heart to a new person?
Macomber's warm tale with be a great present in someone's stocking!
"Starry Night" is published by Ballentine Books. It is $18.
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