I wish you all the best for the holidays! Hopefully you’re enjoying a little downtime and spending time with family. I’ll be doing some traveling and listening to a few audiobooks along the way.
If you find yourself with some free time and want to sneak in one (or two) more holiday reads, I thoroughly enjoyed the Reindeer Falls series of novellas by Jana Aston. They’re filled with humor and read like the sexy versions of Hallmark movies, easily read in an hour or two. You can’t go wrong with any of them, but I’ve included the reviews in case you want to pick and choose.
This had me at the Countdown to Dickmas advent calendar. No, that’s a lie – I loved this from the very first page and that didn’t change at all as it when on. Quite possibly the perfect Christmas-themed novella for the modern age, this is filled with plenty of festive humor, so much sweetness, a little spice, and one Grinch who is reformed just in time for Christmas. It’s light, quick, really funny, and will definitely get you in the Christmas spirit.
The story follows Holly, a woman who works for a toy company in a town that embraces the Christmas spirit. She loves everything about the holiday, and is upset that her new boss doesn’t seem like the right fit for a company that caters to children. He’s demanding, intense, and she hates that she’s so attracted to him. When Nick decides that they’re going to take a business trip together just before the holidays, Holly is horrified by the prospect of spending more time with Nick outside of the office. It changes the dynamic of their relationship immediately and Holly can’t help but wonder if Nick really is a Grinch after all.
I absolutely loved this novella. The writing is fantastic – it reads quickly and flows perfectly. I was absorbed from the first page, and humor plays as much a role in the story as the romance does. It’s sweet with plenty of spice, and is just a great, feel-good read.
Oh my god, the FOOD references in this one were a serious problem for me… as in, my stomach was growling pretty much the entire time. Our heroine is a baker, and the book is centered around a Christmas bakeoff, so there is a lot of cookie talk, and cheesecake talk, and… you get the point. It’s delightfully festive, light, funny, and pretty much adorable all around (with a splash of steam). I really, really liked the first book in this series of holiday-themed novellas, and the second installment did not disappoint.
The story follows Ginger, a baker who is excited to be entering into a festive competition hosted by the Food Network. When she meets Keller, a celebrity chef, they have instant chemistry and she can’t believe that one of the judges is flirting with her and seems to love her cookies. The only problem? He’s not actually a judge, he’s one of her competitors, and the sparks fly between these two as they battle it out. Since the story is told from Ginger’s perspective, the reader can’t be certain of Keller’s intentions, but he is a charming and flirtatious guy so Ginger finds it impossible to resist him. But when the competition is over, the logical conclusion is that Keller will return home and leave Ginger brokenhearted.
This is novella-length, and it absolutely flies by. It’s so funny, with a lightness that works for the Christmas season incredibly well. Think of this as a modern Hallmark movie – we get the meet cute, a taste of romance, and the promise of more to come. Just add in a little more steam and that’s what this series is all about.
There’s some seriously scorching chemistry between these two!!! I wasn’t sure how I was going to feel about a Christmas-themed novella featuring a one night stand, but I really should not have questioned it because this series has been so great. Aston managed to make a one night stand with “Santa” into a sexy, hilarious, and hot novella. This is definitely the steamiest of the three novellas in the series, but Aston just might’ve saved the best for last with this one.
The story follows Noel, a woman who works at a community center. When she’s roped into overseeing a visit from “Santa” (played by her coworker’s brother), she’s surprised to discover that her friend’s unemployed, basement-dwelling brother is actually a hot, charming, and playful guy. They share some great banter throughout the course of the day and one thing leads to another until… she wakes up to Santa’s outfit strewn all over the floor. But this one night stand might lead to more, as holiday hilarity ensues following the evening.
These novellas are so funny, light, sexy and quick, easy reads. I’ve loved all three but this might just be my favorite. The chemistry between Noel and her Santa is off the charts, and all that holiday banter makes for a decidedly Christmasy feel. It plays out like a Hallmark movie, with the meet cute, banter and promise of more to come, but no Hallmark movie has ever been this sexy (or blush-inducing). It’s the kind of series you can read every Christmas and still have a smile on your face, and I absolutely hope we get more installments from Aston next year!