Romancing the Weekend: Holiday Romance Episode 2

Hello, happy Holiday Readers!

I've got a great selection of Holiday Romance novels for you this week. 

Along with meeting the Holiday Romance trope, or theme, each book will also list the other tropes it fits.

That way you'll know what you're getting—books specific to your reading taste. I'm sure you'll find several to add to your "to be read" list.

Readers, if there's a specific theme you'd like to see featured, leave a comment on this post, or on any of the Romancing the Weekend Thursday posts.

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Now, on with the show!


This Holiday Romance is also a Second Chance Romance, and it is a Kindle Unlimited selection.

Can wishes come true?

All her life, Holly has believed in the power of wishing. Except for the “big one.” The phone call that never came after a memorable encounter one Christmas Eve.

She can’t forget Nico and their synchronicity that night.

Dare she risk a second heartbreak when her latest wish brings Nico back into her life?




This Holiday Romance is also a Second Chance Romance.

Last Christmas, Santa made a wish…

Last Christmas Roz Henry lost her boyfriend and her job. With her beloved grandfather sick, she went home to the small New England town of Dickens. She’d found what she didn’t know she was looking for: a second chance with the boy she’d left behind all those years ago, Cooper Brown. 

A widower, Cooper had never forgotten his first love. Christmas brings rekindled romance and a proposal, just like a perfect Hallmark movie. But what happens after the happily-ever-after ending?

This Christmas, Santa’s wish is fulfilled… A year has passed but Roz still hasn’t started planning the wedding, and Cooper’s starting to worry. Roz is, too. Is it just cold feet? Worry she’s not living up to her potential?

Roz comes from a long line of selfless medical professionals, so what’s she doing working in a bookstore? She wants to be more than a housewife and mother, even though that life made her Grandma Tress happy. 

Her grandfather believed love never dies, but can it wither away from neglect? Roz loves Cooper, but she needs to be her own person first. Maybe a real happily-ever-after takes hard work, a lot of love, and some special Dickens Christmas magic.




This Holiday Romance also has an Instalove trope and is on sale through December 15, 2022, for only 99¢.

Dylan Fisher is an EMT and part-time Santa Claus at a mall in Denver, Colorado.

He has logged plenty of time with children sitting on his lap asking for anything from the latest electronic gadget to a week’s worth of homework passes, but he never heard anyone ask for what little Delaney Kelly asked for on one snowy night in December. A dad! When Dylan’s eyes search the crowd for Delaney’s mother and land on Keira Kelly, the paramedic almost finds himself in need of a little CPR. She is stunning.

Keira Kelly is still grieving over the loss of her husband. A reckless driver has her thinking about nothing but survival as she’s headed home from the mall. When Keira wakes in the hospital to find a hunky EMT at her bedside, she begins having a few thoughts that would put her on Santa’s Naughty List for sure.

Neither is ready for what is coming UPON A MIDNIGHT CLEAR.

When she finds out the EMT is only hanging around because the police believe someone is out to get her, she’s not sure what to think about his kindness. Is he helping her because he wants to, or because he feels he needs to? And what about the man who rammed her car, could he have had something to do with her husband’s death?


This Holiday Romance also fits these tropes: Rescue Animal Romance and Wounded Warrior Hero. 

Two Hearts Christmas Rescue is the 2022 Readers' Favorite Gold Medal Winner in Holiday Fiction. This book is a Kindle Unlimited selection and will be on sale for 99¢ from Dec. 12 to Jan. 1, 2023.

Christmas has been a time of terrible loss for the two of them, so neither has celebrated for years. Will a gang of needy rescue pets help Kinley and Jake rescue each other’s Christmas, aided by the magic of love?

After a difficult breakup with her boyfriend in Montgomery, Alabama, Veterinarian Kinley Mathis is starting over and running the Crystal Rock Animal Shelter in Wisconsin. Taking charge of a pilot wounded warrior program that will provide training to wounded veterans for potential employment in Wisconsin and other facilities throughout the country, Kinley’s currently in the early stages of developing the program.

AFOSI Agent Jake Ryder is in Crystal Rock on a mission to recapture a former officer accused of treason. But it’s personal for Jake. He suspects that the officer is also responsible for the death of his older sister years earlier. While he’s in Crystal Rock, he’ll be blending in with the community by working at the local shelter since he’s an experienced service dog trainer. When he discovers that Kinley Mathis, the slightly older girl he had a crush on back in high school, is the vet who runs the shelter, he’s convinced that fate has brought them back together.

Christmas has been a time of terrible loss for the two of them, so neither has celebrated for years. Will a gang of needy rescue pets help Kinley and Jake rescue each other’s Christmas, aided by the magic of love?

GAVEL AND GARLAND, A Dickens Holiday Romance


This Holiday Romance also fits these tropes: Opposites Attract and Sunny vs. Grumpy.

Can a humbug and a holiday lover come together when wedding and Christmas bells ring?

Elizabeth McKenzie doesn’t hate Christmas. As the new mayor of Dickens, the quaint New England town famous for its holiday cheer, she has no time to enjoy it. And while she understands small-town politics, what she doesn’t get is people sugar coating problems during the hectic season. 

There’s much to be done, and she intends to prove she’s up to the task. However, she never imagined being blindsided by someone special. The Army officer in town for the wedding she’s officiating is annoyingly upbeat and handsome. Will he derail her agenda? Or can she slow down enough to smell the gingerbread and maybe meet him under the mistletoe?

Trekking around the globe to help animals and people is all Army veterinarian Daniel Murray knows. He’s not a fan of settling down, but there’s something wonderful about a place that embraces his favorite holiday. What’s even more appealing is Dickens’ feisty young mayor. Seems she has a knack for finding trouble. Dare he get involved with the beautiful humbug? Or should he avoid her like a stocking full of coal? It’s decision time for the self-proclaimed bachelor for life. Stay in the military, or open a vet practice right there in Christmas town?



This Holiday Romance also fits this trope: Small Town Secrets.

Holly Ivey needs a change. After being frozen out of her career like she was in Antarctica. She sacrificed everything for the big office in the city. At a loss of what to do next her father suggests she run her grandmother’s yarn in Dickens. But she doesn’t know a knitting needle from a crochet hook. How is she going to run Krissy’s Knittery?

Fueled by determination and sweet memories of her grandmother Holly moves to the quaint town, even if she is a fish out of water. The biggest downside, the holidays are huge here and Christmas just isn’t Holly’s thing.

Gabriel Reyes is the Director of the Dickens Community Center and loves working with kids and the families in town, it makes him happy, even if there is a hold in his life just waiting for that special person. Every year he runs a toy drive but this year more families need help, will the town’s Secret Santa step in to help and just who is the benefactor?

Before the holiday season gets in full swing there’s a pretty, new shop owner in town and he’s surprised to discover Holly Ivey might be the girl to capture his heart if only he can help her find the Christmas spirit.

Hopefully the spirit of Christmas will melt her icy heart before she up and leaves Dickens and Gabe, permanently.



This Holiday Romance also fits these tropes: Second Chance Romance, First Love, Destined to be Together, Secrets and Misunderstandings. This Romance Short Story is free at most ebook sellers.

Noelle's life is unraveling—she's come undone ever since she overheard part of her husband's phone conversation.

"I told you to never call me at home."

Can nine little words destroy their love?

They knew from the moment they met in high school that they were meant to be together. Love has seen them through ten years of marriage, struggling to pay for college and living expenses. Finally, their hard work and sacrifice have paid off.

But at what cost? Their love? Their marriage? What happened to his promise to love her forever? Now she faces the biggest decision of her life. Will she choose payback? Will she choose love? Or will she just walk away?


I know December is super busy for everyone, but try to make time in each day to relax and have some fun. Reading is the perfect way to do that—at least it is for me.

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  1. Thanks for including my holiday book! Happy holidays to you and all our readers!

  2. Thank you so much for sharing Gavel and Garland with your readers, Joan! Happy holidays to you and yours and EVERYONE visiting here!

  3. Season's Greetings, and thank you for the holiday wishes! Happy to include your book.

  4. Thanks for including Holly's Wish. What a great collection of Christmas romances.

  5. Thanks for adding UPON A MIDNIGHT CLEAR, Joan! Your help is much appreciated! Happy holidays, all!

    1. You're welcome, M.J. Happy holidays to you and yours!

  6. Yes, what a great collection of Christmas stories! Thank you, Joan, for including Two Hearts' Christmas Rescue.