'Tis the season for Holiday reads! If you're like me and have Kindle Unlimited, I have been searching through the Christmas books available. I made it easy on you and created a list to make it easy to find and will keep adding more if I find any more.
I sorted them by categories to try to help you decide what ones are for you. To be honest, I'm not the biggest fan of the cheesy Hallmark channel style romances, I like a little spice, but I have a mix of both on here along with novellas which I prefer for holiday reads. I don't necessarily want to read a super long book for the holidays when I have so many other books on my TBR but there are few on here that are longer that I will definitely check out.
Keywords added next to titles along with page numbers to make searching easier. If it is bolded it's because it has to do with SPICE or Trigger Warnings (TW)
Novellas & shorter stories
Resting Scrooge Face: A Short Story - 80 pages, Small Town Romance.
After a bad breakup, Nola wants nothing to do with Christmas, especially in her quaint hometown of Bright Harbor, Maine. Infuriatingly charming and cheery, Nola’s surroundings only worsen her sour mood.
To make matters worse, Caleb, the boy who broke her heart years ago, is all grown up and still living in town. While doing her best to avoid him, Nola bumps into the local mailman, who gives her a mysterious letter. And when she finds that the writer is a fellow Scrooge, she can’t help but feel her spirit lifting.
Christmas Cupid - 182 pages, Enemies to Lovers, Sports Romance, Forced Proximity
Two opposites stuck in a cabin together due to a mistake....or is it? Will these two end up fighting the whole time or will their passion ignite?
Single All The Way - 170 pages, RomCom, Spicy
Being dumped weeks out from Christmas already sucks, so imagine your fiancé replacing your position with his high school sweetheart while you’re snowed in at his family’s estate that’s meant to host your wedding.
Things couldn’t get any worse—so I won’t mention the hot chocolate incident, insensitive demand for the return of my engagement ring, or my luggage being stolen mere feet from my apartment when I can finally fly home—but it’s December, the second most romantic month of the year, so things can only go up, right?
I've been in the Bookstagram world for about a year now and I can personally say that I absolutely LOVE it! It is such a fun community where you can not only share your love of books and reviews, but get so many recommendations, reviews, and a sense of comradery with fellow book lovers. I have found that sometimes I don't know what to post, and have tried to find inspiration with others but I don't want to just copy what they are doing.
Each month now I have started creating a post with ideas for the month including fun holidays, themed ideas based on the month or season, book releases, and more. I have found it so fun and also helpful for myself to be more creative and consistent with planning my content!
Although some months have traditional holidays, I love finding the "fun" ones or the more obscure ones and turning them into a way to make content! Obviously December has well know holidays such as Hanukkah, Christmas, and New Years eve, but I had so much fun finding other days to celebrate and create themes around.
Dec 1- National Women Support Women Day
Dec 3- Candle Day
Dec 11 - International Mountain Day
Dec 12- Gingerbread Day
Dec 13- National Cocoa Day
So many cute ways to create content and not just for bookstagram! If you are a lifestyle or mom blogger too these would be perfect ways to theme your content as well!
With the holiday season upon us, I know that sometimes it gets stressful when trying to shop for everyone in your life. I don't know about you but I love finding the perfect gift for my friends and and family. I love making sure the gifts learn towards their interests and if you have a book lover in your life I have so many ideas for you! Obviously books are always an easy go to, but if you aren't sure what they already have don't worry, I have plenty of other ideas for you as well.
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Cyber Monday sales are still going and Book Outlet is having a huge $5.99+ sale for fiction right now! I have purchased from them previously and loved all the books I was was able to snag. They have thousands of books, you can search by genre, age, product type, and more. Plus right now if you are a Rakuten member they are offering 10% cash back on purchases! It is so easy and if you haven't signed up you can use my referral code here. Below are some that I have read or that are on my list. And don't forget there are great deals on kids books as well, so if you are looking for stocking stuffers or easy gifts that aren't toys (my parental preference...please no more toys or stuffed animals...) These would be great options as well!
As always Amazon is an easy go to because well, it's so easy! If you have a Prime Membership you get two day shipping, easy free returns, and of course can easily find pretty much anything you are looking for! I've linked some items that I have and love and some that are also on my wish list as well! I am OBSESSED with my Kindle so if you have someone who is a big reader, a new mom, someone who likes to take books where ever they go I highly recommend an e-reader. I have the Paperwhite and it is so nice! I got mine on sale, and sadly the Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales are over, so if you are looking for a deal you might want to wait and see if they do another deal for boxing day or for Prime Day later this year.
It's that time again where you can snag hundreds of Kindle books for free again! Romancebookworms.com has so many romance books with sub-genres where you can search specifically find what you are looking for! I will also search for keywords as well if I am looking for a specific trope so it makes it much easier if you are looking on a web browser! I honestly love combing through this list so here are my recommendations and what I am snagging for Stuff your Kindle Day this time! Reminder these are my favorites and all ones that I have added to my kindle. I love fantasy, spicy, and some paranormal! You can use CTRL+F to search keywords on here or if you want to go through the massive list head to the original website above and search away to find your fave tropes!
Sometimes there are changes so make sure before you purchase you check that it costs $0.00!
new adult & romcom
One Night Puck - Jessa York
What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas. Or does it? When my Elvis-impersonator-officiated-quickie wedding—to a barely legal, smokin’ hot woman goes viral—the team owners have their own solution to that problem.
Keywords: Hockey Romance, Age Gap
The Fall of Us (A Grumpy Sunshine, Age Gap, Fake Dating Romance) - Kennedy Fox
What happens when you travel across the country for your dream job and end up sharing a bed with an older man who volunteers you to be his fake girlfriend? You hope you don’t fall in love when it’s time to say goodbye.
Keywords: fake dating, only one bed, age gap, small town romance, grumpy/sunshine
Scoring Sutton - Jennifer Bonds (KU)
Two years ago, DJ Parker shattered my confidence, but when I decided to get revenge on the self-proclaimed football god, I never imagined I’d find myself fighting for my gymnastics scholarship or filling in for the university mascot. The arrogant baller is everywhere I look these days, and time has done nothing to diminish our chemistry, so when he vows to redeem himself and suggests an enemies-with-benefits arrangement, I’m down. After all, Parker and I will never be anything more…
Keywords: sports romance, enemies-to-lovers, reverse grumpy/sunshine, second chance, he falls first
A Little Wilder (Wilder Adventures) - Serena Bell - I've read others in this series and they're cute!
The woman I had a smoking hot one-night stand with in Vegas? I haven’t seen her since that night, but the instant I lay eyes on her, I know my role as the boy-next-door brother is about to change. She’s pregnant, and it’s mine.
Keywords: small town, steamy, rom com, accidental pregnancy, cinnamon roll hero
Flirting with the Playboy (Harbor Highlands Series) - Gia Stevens
After Charlie Hansley catches her boyfriend cheating on a dating app, she does the first thing she can think of… set up a fake profile to catch him in the act. But when Adonis21 strikes up a conversation with her, she has no idea she’s actually texting the office playboy. Flirting with the Playboy is a steamy, fast-paced, workplace, dating app romantic comedy.
Keywords: Office Romance, Romcom, Dating App, He Falls First
The Devil You Know - Veronica Eden (KU)
I’m all set for college, but one thing isn’t on my packing list: my v-card…and my brother’s best friend is the perfect tutor for every spicy lesson I want to learn.
Keywords: brother's best friend, secret relationship, spicy lessons, teach me trope, fake dating, sports romance
Forbidden Devil (Book 1 in the Nashville Devils Series) - Melissa Ivers (KU)
Rule number one of hockey team ownership: don't sleep with the players. Sounds easy enough until I run into my ex--the new team captain.
Keywords: hockey romance, second chance, forbidden (office), dirty talking hero
Cutie Pie (Playing for Keeps) - Nichole Rose (KU)
When the bad boy of the NHL sets out to win the heart of his former coach's daughter, he's not above playing dirty…or rigging a Win-a-Date contest. But convincing this spitfire that there's more than just a spark between them will require a whole lot of ingenuity. And the whole world is watching.
Keywords: steamy rom com, age gap romance, hockey romance, instalove, alpha male, curvy heroine, sports romance
Touched By The Devil - Angel Lawson (KU)
Sugar Voss has one rule: Keep your hands to yourself. Sebastian Wilcox broke that rule the instant they met. Can the guy that channels all his energy into fights, fast cars, and sex, win over the the one girl that wants nothing to do with him?
Keywords: Prep-school romance, m/f, angst, trauma fiction
Campus Player - Jennifer Sucevic
The one guy I’d like to steer clear of is the very same one on this campus I can’t seem to get away from. But what if Rowan Michaels isn’t the player I pegged him to be? What if one little secret has the capability to change everything between us?
Keywords: New Adult Football Romance, Enemies-to-Lovers, Coach's Daughter, Off-Limits, Virgin, Dual Sports
I'm sure plenty of you have started hearing about Stuff Your Kindle Day but it can be a little overwhelming. I'm here to help you out and give you some ideas to help make it a little less stressful! Stuff your Kindle Day happens 4 times a year with the next one being June 30th. After that there will be another one on September 20th and then again December 27th. Now, this is a great day to find new authors because you won't find big name authors or super popular books. I love this because then you can find smaller, indie authors, and of course find new series' to read!
Romance Book Worms has their blog post all set up for you to search by different categories with descriptions of the book and keywords too! The categories listed are: Young Adult, Mystery with Romantic Elements, Historical Romance, Fantasy Romance, Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Romance, Sci-Fi Romance, Romantic Suspense, New Adult & Rom Com books, Women’s Fiction and Chick Lit, Sweet Contemporary Romance, Steamy Contemporary Romance, and Erotic Romance. I highly suggest you look on your computer browser and not your phone so you can use the search feature (ctrl+f) to make searching for keywords you like easier!
Right now there are already some books that are free! I've already downloaded some and below will tell you what ones I already snagged and what ones I am planning on getting tomorrow. But before I do, I wanted to give a heads up for those that are newer to romance what some of the keywords mean so that there aren't any surprises! For example I tend to stay away from "why choose" and "reverse harem" because those aren't genres of books I tend to like as much as others.
Here are the books I already snagged, most are romance but wanted to share to give you an idea of what is available! I have them linked in the description and have the covers below as well that are clickable to "purchase" for free as well!
Touchdown Baby: A College Football Romantic Comedy (Kings of Chicago North Book 1)Enter, Junior Morgan. Exit, my clothes! This college football quarterback has met his match (psst! It's the Coach's daughter)! Keywords: sports romance, quarterback and the coach's daughter, forbidden love, accidental pregnancy
Crave (Off-Limits Book 1)
Crave is an illicit, forbidden age gap romance from WSJ and USA Today bestselling author Piper Lawson. This full-length novel is book 1 in the Off-Limits trilogy, an addictive, enthralling romance.
Keywords: age gap; student professor; forbidden; college; office sexy times; public sexy times
Leave Him Loved: A Small Town Standalone Romance - KU
I’m not small town material, and that’s how I meant for it to stay. That is until Reeve Colton—country boy extraordinaire—rams into me with a grocery cart and lets a few darlin’ endearments slip. If only our happily ever after could’ve rode off into the sunset right then and there…
Keywords: small town, friends to lovers, opposites attract
Spinning Out (The Blackhawk Boys Book 1)
A former football star finds himself in close quarters with his best friend’s girl—the only woman he’s ever loved.
Keywords: sports romance, angst, love, friends to lovers
Catching Quinn: An Enemies-to-Lovers Sports Romance (Waverly Wildcats Book 2) - KU
When I decided to ditch my v-card on Greek Row, I didn't count on Cooper-the-cockblocking-jockhole or his misguided sense of bro code putting an embarrassing end to my hookup. After all, Waverly’s star wide receiver is the most notorious player on campus. But two can play at this game and I'm playing to win.
Keywords: Enemies-to-Lovers, Brother's Best Friend, Sports Romance, Hot Mess Virgin, Protective Alpharoll
The Billionaire Innkeeper of Half Moon Bay - KU
Billionaire developer Jacob Bellamie has always put his career first and relationships second. Thrust into the unexpected role of full-time father for his teenage daughter, he travels to his hometown for some family help. Except his family seems more intent on drama than help, and there's an unexpected--and inconveniently attractive--guest at the inn...
Keywords: sweet billionaire
A Deal with the Earl - KU
There's was a marriage of convenience. She loves another. He vowed to never love again.
Keywords: steamy, regency romance, arranged marriage, enemies to friends to lovers
Blood & Bones (Ava Crowley, Vampire Slayer #1)
Ava Crowley has a secret. A vampire saved her life. There's only one problem though...doing so means Cassius has claimed her blood as his, bringing forth a litany of consequences that will change both their lives forever.
Keywords: vampire romance, enemies to lovers, slow-burn
And these are the ones that I plan on getting on the 30th when they are free, many of these are also romance but have quite a few fantasy thrown in there too!
The Gilded Survivor
Carmen was broken. She was an orphan shackled with a lost form of golden blood magic, and fought every day to stay avoid discovery. When the reclusive Antonio Castillas was resentfully assigned as her mentor for the Blood Tournament, he made it clear that she could either compete or die.
Keywords: Enemies to lovers, dystopian romance, blood magic, forced proximity, hidden royal, Spain-inspired, bilingual story, YA
Push the Envelope - KU
Guys haven't been on Alexa's radar for a couple years after a disastrous breakup with her high school sweetheart. Her plans to focus on school hit a bit of a snag when she meets bad-boy Drake and he sets his sights on making her his own.
Keywords: college romance, alpha hero romance, rugby romance, sports romance
Homecoming King - KU
The king of the gridiron is about to get sacked by a beauty queen with a grudge as big as Texas.
Keywords: Enemies to lovers, Sports, Small-Town Romantic Comedy
Summer Storm - KU
Dallas needs a roommate. Trina needs a place to stay. Everything is platonic between them until one night, a kiss in the kitchen changes everything. Can they keep it no-strings or will feelings get hurt?
Keywords: Roommate Romance, Friends to Lovers, Bisexual Hero
Beautiful Collision - KU
An opposites attract romance, with a fiery Latina and swoony cowboy. Will this cowboy be able to soften her hardened heart?
Keywords: Slow burn, multicultural romance, emotional scars, afraid to commit, & hidden identity
The Bet - KU
Can the taste of her treats tempt her best friend’s brother? A few fake dates lead to kisses that threaten to burn down the kitchen. And now I’m obsessed with baked goods and the woman who makes them.
Keywords: firefighter romance; best friend's brother; sister's best friend
Never Say Never (Claws and Fangs Collection #1) - KU
A year after Ryker rejected her in front of his pack, Gemma is shocked when her fated mate returns to make things right. She has no interest in taking him back — but it may be impossible to resist the alpha shifter… their whole story -- three full books -- in one collection!
Keywords: fated mates, rejected mates, box set collection
A Hint of Delirium (Fated Fae Elementals Trilogy Book 1) - KU
How does one certifiable human survive the Fae? One dose at a time.
Keywords: Paranormal Romance, PNR, Fae
Fae's Song - KU
A Fae ball. A magical voice. Is it true love or a trick of sorcery?
Keywords: Fae romance
Fireball - Bridges and Bitters 1
He hates me for some reason. I will not rest until I change his mind.
Keywords: grumpy sunshine, women in STEM, found family
So I went back and browsed and found some mystery that I decided were perfect to add to the list as well!
Shattered Justice (Justice Series)
A shattered mom who is looking for justice. A killer who is willing to eliminate anyone that might know the secret. A homicide department who has bodies piling up.
Keywords: Mystery, Suspense, Thriller, Military, Police
New Witch on the Block - KU
A sexy stranger, a magical prophecy, and a showdown with a vicious ex. Being the New Witch on the Block is not for the faint-hearted.
Keywords: Practical Magic/Gilmore Girls vibes, small town, found family, quirky world building.
Marshmallow Murder - KU
Following her dream of selling her cupcakes at a bakery is put on hold as Charlotte McKay follows a trail of clues, each more strange than the last.
Keywords: cozy mystery
Volatile - KU
The hot tattooed deputy is every girl's dream of a bad boy gone good - until he arrested her. She was on her way to investigate a string of mysterious fires, and now she's stuck in his house working at very close quarters with his grumpy sexy scowl ...
Keywords: grumpy sunshine, forced proximity, steamy protector romance, small town, fish out of water, reformed bad boy, secret past, M/F,
Are there any on the list that you recommend? Drop a comment and let me know!
What a month! I ended up reading 20 books this month and had such a fun time! I had planned on reading 5 physical books and then whatever I ended up reading on my Kindle. I only read 3/5 physical books I planned but then I ended up reading others as a buddy read and because I got sucked into a few series. These are all the physical books I read and some I enjoyed more than the others!
I planned on reading My Saving Grace *KU* and My Favorite Mistake because I got these in my Romance Reveal Box - a Romance book subscription I am trying out! Both were 3 Star reads for me, but they are both signed copies which I thought was pretty cool! I ended up reading Maybe Someday as a buddy read with a friend and then read the second novella, Maybe Not, in the series as well. Although these have a cheating element in them I did like that there was diversity in the book with someone being deaf and using sign language. These were also three star reads for me as well.
Did you read anything this month? I have started tracking what I'm reading not only by year but also by month and have been having so much fun seeing what I end up reading. Some months are busier than others but I was able to read quite a few during February! I have soccer coming up for the next few months so I know my book number will probably be lower but that's okay! It's about having fun reading not the amount that you read.
This month I read 15 books, and am still currently reading 5. I mayyy have been a little overzealous with my current reads but honestly I just couldn't decide and kept switching it up between dark, romance, and fantasy. If you don't use Storygraph, it's a fun way to track moods, pages, format, and genre. Maybe it's the math teacher in me but I love all the graphs it shows you where you can break down what you are reading. If you get it add me because I love seeing what other people read along with Goodreads! I definitely have read more romance but a lot of that was dark romance/fantasy romance as well. It's so cool how you can click on each bar and see what the books are classified as!
I don't know about you but I am a sucker for sports romance books. It all started when I read The Deal - Elle Kennedy, part of the Off Campus series, and instantly fell in love. I immediately read the Briar U series after! I will have to say hockey romance probably has my heart (I grew up playing hockey so I have some bias here) but after that is baseball and football. If you haven't read Meghan Quinns Brentwood Boys series - FREE in KU *SPICY* I highly recommend if you are dipping your toes into the sport romance world as well.
My most recent hockey romance read was Icebreaker by Hannah Grace. I loved Nate and he’s the main reason for the four stars I gave this book. I was sick and read this book in a day. Overall I expected this to be a fluff romance read with spice (oh she brought the spice, don’t you worry), but it kind of dragged on. I feel like it did that because there was a lot of time invested in side characters. I want this to be a series because I too am invested in Henry (and Russ), but I felt like a lot of this could be cut. It was also lot of their day to day living, like I get building the story but we could have cut a lot of that and saved it for other books in the series, etc.
But anyway. I enjoyed Anastasia even though she did annoy me. She and her figure skating partner Aaron drive me crazy, he is the worst kind of person where he projects his trauma on his “friends” and she hangs onto him for soooo long. She has done a lot of therapy for herself but even though she is blunt and direct with her feelings she can’t ever seem to do that with Aaron. I don’t know if annoyed me but probably because it’s more realistic that way too. Also I like she is direct with her no attachments but also what about Ryan? Unless we get his story I’m going to feel like he will always be jealous of Nathan now because that situation was a little off — hookup buddies, just friends that cuddle…., just friends? But; her becoming friends with all the hockey boys was great. We love a girlfriend that is also friends with hers friends and like to piss each other off (I.e. JJ).
Nathan was obviously my favorite character because of how much he wanted her. I love it when the guy falls first and boy did he. Here is where you will find all the spice, falling from this sweet, romantic, supportive, filthy mouthed man. “Can you be a good girl and be quiet?”
Need I say more?
TLDR: predictable yet cute story, grumpyxsunshine reverse, slightly too long, read it for Nathan
Happy Valentines Day friends! I decided that I would give you all some fun romance recs in case you want to spend some time this month reading about love. Some of these I have read and others are on my TBR (to be read) list as well.
Hey friends, I hope you're having a great start to your New Year! I haven't made a set goal of how many books to read a month, just a yearly goal of trying to read 100. I am definitely ahead of schedule though because I have already read 13 books this month and only one DNF.
I have made a yearly goal to read more and once I got my Kindle working again I haven't stopped. Here you will find my reviews of my more recent reads to share with you.