Welcome back to another week of Bookstr’s Three to Read series, where we bring you three books on a specific topic that we feel represents it well. This week’s theme is all things that emulate the cozy holiday vibe! While reading romance is something we celebrate year-round, there is something especially cozy about a romance set during the winter season. So put on your chunkiest sweater, wrap up in your favorite blanket, and settle in with a big mug of hot chocolate to properly enjoy these reads.
Wrapped Up in You by Talia Hibbert
Bestselling author Talia Hibbert presents a sweet holiday romance in this forced-proximity novella. Gorgeous actor William Reid has had a life-long crush on his best friend’s twin sister, the intelligent and intimidating Abbie Farrell. Still, he’s never been able to penetrate her frosty exterior. He may get his chance when a blizzard traps him and Abbie (and a menagerie of pets) at Grandma Farrell’s house.
This novella from acclaimed romance author Talia Hibbert is perfect for readers who can’t handle the anticipation of a slow burn. The story picks up quickly, putting the interactions between the awkward, flustered leading man and his pricky leading woman center stage. It also features positive anxiety and therapy rep, in addition to the crucial message that love can’t fix all your problems, even if it is something you want to achieve.
Love in Winter Wonderland by Abiola Bello
This YA Christmas story is set in a London-based bookshop called Wonderland, where two Black teenagers meet. Trey Anderson is the handsome son of Wonderland’s owners, while Ariel is a student who sees an opening at Wonderland as the answer to her prestigious arts program’s tuition. When Trey and Ariel learn that Wonderland is in jeopardy of closing, they team up to save the bookshop from closing before the Christmas Eve deadline.
Underneath the sweet teenage romance and the cozy bookshop setting is a real, vital message of how gentrification affects small businesses, especially small businesses owned by people of color. Trey and Ariel’s fight to save their beloved space is inspiring and just as heartwarming as their budding romance.
The Holly Dates by Brittainy Cherry
Opposites attract in this steamy Christmas romance. Holly Jackson is a romantic looking for love after her fiancé left her at the altar on Christmas Eve. Kai Kane is a grumpy restaurant owner who wants nothing to do with love. Eager to make Holly take her string of first dates out of his restaurant, Kai volunteers to find her a man himself. But Kai doesn’t anticipate how jealous he gets watching Holly get closer to the man he introduced her to.
The Holly Dates is equal parts humor and heart. Between the banter, the classic romance tropes, and the chemistry that dances between sweet and spicy, this is a great winter read to warm you up. Our quirky heroine and her grouchy male lead both go on their own journeys with love for each other and themselves.
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