• Best Christian Romance Books

    Her Cowboy Billionaire Beast by Liz Isaacson

    A cowboy billionaire beast, his new manager, and the Christmas traditions that soften his heart and bring Cy and Patsy together.

    When Cy Hammond loses his girlfriend and then his custom motorcycle shop, he needs a fresh start. He sets his sights on Coral Canyon, because the majority of his family is there now. When he hires the manager who runs Whiskey Mountain Lodge to run his new shop, he’s completely unprepared for the sparks to fly. After all, his heart has been singed, and he’s not looking for another relationship.

    Patsy Foxhill has dubbed her new boss “the Beast,” because of his perpetual stormy mood, but when she gets to know the cowboy billionaire behind the beast, she realizes what a good heart Cy has. She learns about a disabled veteran they can help in time for Christmas—if she can get Cy out of hiding and into the shop that bears his name. Can Patsy’s faith in Cy rejuvenate his trust in women? Or will he let everyone down this Christmas…including himself?

    The author on writing in the Christmas genre:

    “So, I think Christmas itself especially evokes this feeling of family and belonging to something that’s important… It’s about spending time, like real time, with the people that we just really want to be with and that accept us for who we are. And so, a Christmas romance encapsulates all of that where we take… single people, and we give them somebody to belong to. And somebody that they can be themselves with and somebody that will love them despite their flaws and I think that’s really beautiful.”

    Liz Isaacson
  • Best Christian Romance Books,  Christmas Cheer

    Snowstorm by Jennette Green

    She’s traded everything for her job. He’s turned his back on the world. Can two stranded souls open themselves up to love?

    Tabitha has her sights set on the top of the corporate ladder. She has all the plans in the world to make more time for her family after locking down her Wall Street promotion. But when her stubborn father needs convincing about heart surgery, she jumps in her car and speeds toward home… straight into a snowbank…

    Arnie doesn’t ask for much. All the widower war vet wants is his farmland and his privacy. But when a fast-talking city slicker crashes her car near his house during a blizzard, he’s forced to take her in. After Tabitha pries into a past he’d rather forget, he wonders if he’d be better off in the storm…

    As the snow piles higher and Christmas approaches, Tabitha and Arnie begin to warm up to each other. Is Arnie willing to open himself up to a better future? When the snow melts, will Tabitha make a sacrifice for what her heart truly desires?

    “I wanted to write this book because I know firsthand ho easy it is for work to eclipse other things in life that are more important, like family and meaningful relationships.”

    Jennette Green

  • Best Christian Romance Books,  Christmas Cheer

    Christmas in Good Hope by Cindy Kirk

    Ami and Beck would rather forget the past, but this Christmas of love is one to remember.

    Amaryllis “Ami” Bloom’s cheerful smile greets everyone in Good Hope, Wisconsin. But her merry facade hides a dark secret she won’t ever forget. Still, she throws herself into celebrating Christmas—and convinces her handsome, and stubborn, new neighbor to join her.

    Beckett Cross, however, is determined not to celebrate the holidays. He moved to Good Hope to leave behind reminders of how he’d had it all…and lost everything. But it’s hard to resist adorable Ami, the designated keeper of the small town’s holiday traditions, when she asks for help with the Twelve Nights celebrations. And Ami has a hard time resisting Beck’s soft Southern drawl and gentle eyes. Will a Christmas miracle give them a second chance at love and the hope to heal both of their hearts for good?

    The author on the message of the novel:

    “It’s a book about love and second chances in the context of family and community. Ami and Beck would rather forget the past, but this Christmas of love is one to remember.”

    Cindy Kirk 

  • Best Historical Romance Books

    The Duke’s Bride by Joanne Wadsworth

    He must steal a lady…then steal her love.

    Desiring a man and never being noticed as more than his best friend’s little sister has Lady Ellie Trentbury finally consigning herself to the truth. She must move on, and preferably with a man who lives far away from her home in London where she need never be reminded of the duke who stole her heart. An elopement with an honorable American shipping merchant sounds perfect.

    The Duke of Ashten has no choice but to be bound into his best friend’s carriage when he discovers little Ellie is inside and intent on eloping with a man to Gretna Green who she barely knows. He can’t allow her to make such a terrible mistake, yet convincing her might mean giving into his desire for the golden-eyed enchantress who has followed him around since he was a lad. Her pouty lips and bountiful charms can no longer be ignored, only convincing her of the truth of his intentions will mean jeopardizing both his sanity and a lifelong friendship as well.

    A 5 star review from Goodreads:

    “An absolute delight to read! Fast paced with danger and romance. A must read! Joanne Wadsworth nailed book 1 in her new and exciting Recency Romance.”

    April – Goodreads 

  • Best Clean and Wholesome Romance

    Her Billionaire Boss by Laura Ann

    He’s a billionaire, she’s drowning in debt… Will money keep these two from finding their Happy Ever After?

    When they pool their money to buy a dilapidated castle with the hopes of turning it into a bed and breakfast, they accidentally build an empire instead. As the oldest brother, Eli shoulders most of the responsibility to take care of his siblings, but between problems in his past and the sudden fame of their billionaire status, he’s become known as a cold, grumpy boss…until a perky redhead bounces into his resort.

    Ivy Thompson is heavily in debt from her mother’s medical charges, so taking a job at a castle resort run by three brothers not only gave her a boost, but got her out of her small town with too many memories. She’s determined to work her way through her bills, but the process is slower than she’d like and her handsome, but icy, new boss is a constant distraction.

    Shame for her situation keeps Ivy from confiding her struggling financial situation with Eli, but when he finds out in the worst way possible, will he be able to see the truth of her feelings? Or will Ivy be thrown aside as just another gold digger?

    A 5 star review from Goodreads:

    “I loved this book! The easy camaraderie between the brothers in the prologue had me hooked on reading more about this family. I wasn’t disappointed in the book. The book is a stand alone clean romance.”

    Jillian – Goodreads 

  • Best Contemporary Romance Novels

    Country Heaven by Ava Miles

    Emotions Rye faked for the tabloids become all too real, but will the country heaven he’s found in Tory’s arms survive in the real world?

    When famous—and infamous—country singer rock star Rye Crenshaw saunters into the diner where she cooks, Tory Simmons is certain she’s got him pegged. He’s a bad boy who lives large. But while she couldn’t care less about country music or arrogant men, Rye makes her an offer she can’t refuse when he asks her to be his private chef. The job is the answer to all her prayers: it will clear out her debt and finance the fresh start she desperately needs.

    Rye is certain his sassy new cook is the last woman who’d ever tempt him, but spending time with the wholesome girl next door will do wonders for his damaged public image. Her food also happens to be the best he’s ever eaten, both comforting and seductive. They find themselves becoming friends although both are secretly hoping for a whole lots more.
    When an emergency in his family whisks him home, Rye does the one thing he’s never risked: he lets a woman into his heart…

    The author on the theme of hope in this novel:

    “Hope is the breath of life, and we could all use more of it. My characters go through such tremendous transformation, some of it pretty tough and painful. I’m thinking about Rye in COUNTRY HEAVEN, who has to totally transform his view of himself and his profession. He had to heal some serious childhood wounds to get there. The love he feels for Tory gives him hope and helps transform him. To me, hope is the taste of eternal promise. It’s the Holy Grail that keeps us moving forward when we’re confused, overwhelmed, or feel totally out of control. Hope is magic, as a friend recently told me. And to be human, and call in more abundance into our lives, we need to have the courage to hope that it will find us”

    Ava Miles

  • Best Historical Romance Books

    Lady by Chance by Cheryl Bolen

    Can a forced marriage rise a love as powerful as the canons of the war which tears them apart?

    Driven by fierce patriotism to England, the Marquess of Haverstock will do anything to reclaim the money his best friend lost at cards, money that was to purchase battle plans from a French official.

    The bewitchingly beautiful but illegitimate Anna De Mouchet agrees to give the marquess back the money she “won.” On one condition: that he marry her.

     Manipulated into a marriage of convenience to prove their patriotism, Anna and Charles, the Marquess of Haverstock, question each other’s loyalties. But there’s no question that Anna’s silken touch has bewitched the powerful lord who has become her husband, and no question that she craves every moment in his arms.

    The author on her research on regency England:

    “After writing 33 historical romances and probably a hundred articles on English historical topics, I rarely have to research anymore. That is because I’ve spent more than twenty years educating myself about a narrow period in English history and have an extensive library of research books. Added to this, I’ve been to England on about a dozen trips, some of these for several weeks at a time.”

    Cheryl Bolen 

  • Best Contemporary Romance Novels

    Mad About Matt by Theresa Paolo

    A hot cop and a sweet baker get a second chance at love in this small town romance.

    Seventeen years after Shay Michaels said goodbye to summers in Red Maple Falls and the only boy she ever truly loved, she’s back and the proud owner of Sweet Dreams Bakery. Life is good until someone breaks into her shop, making her question if the life she left behind in New York followed her.

    As the local sheriff, Matt is keeping a close eye on the place and an even closer eye on the beautiful owner who refuses to take the break in seriously. Two conflicting personalities that burn bright on their own become down right explosive when thrown together. But in order to move toward a future together, they will have to let go of their past and accept the mistakes they made.

    A 5-star review on Goodreads:

    “Small town setting with fantastic chemistry and a cute romance- I absolutely adored this book!! There was a good amount of humor and the romance so totally sweet – I didn’t want this book to end. I’m so excited that there are going to be more books in this small town series! Highly recommend this one to anyone who wants to read a sweet romance that will leave a smile on your face!”

    Mandy, Goodreads

  • Best Historical Romance Books

    To Heal an Earl by Alexa Aston

    Both wronged by their families . . . two souls alone in the world . . .

    Instead of making her come-out during the upcoming London Season, Lady Charlotte Nott finds herself tossed from her home after her father’s untimely death by a vengeful half-brother. Penniless, she makes her way in a world new to her, first serving as a companion and then governess to the three children of Lord Crampton. When the earl dies moments after hiring her, Charlotte takes on the running of Gray Manor’s household and estate until the children’s new guardian arrives. Guilt weighs heavily on Major Danforth Grayson, having lost too many men under his command over the years. When he receives word of the death of the brother who wronged him, Gray returns home, bitter with the hand life has dealt him. He intends to hire competent people to manage the estate and care for his nephew and nieces and retreat to a solitary life in London—until he meets the inimitable Miss Nott.

    Charlotte is drawn to Gray but knows she is no longer of his world. When he suddenly becomes the new Lord Crampton, she knows it’s time to leave her charges behind—for what woman would care to watch the man she loves wed another and start a family as she suffers in silence? Yet Charlotte knows Gray is a broken man and her leaving might shatter him forever. Can Charlotte walk away from a flawed man who desperately needs her, or will she leave before she loses her own soul?

    The author on the main characters and how they pave the way for other heroes and heroines in later books in the series:

    “Lady Charlotte is turned out of her home just before she is to make her come-out… She must find a way to earn her living and does so, first as a companion and then as a governess. Gray, an officer in the Napoleonic Wars, resigns his commission and returns to England a broken man because of his war experiences. He has been named guardian to his deceased brother’s three children, whom he’s never met. Gray doesn’t have it in him to love these strangers when he can’t forgive himself for all his sins. Yet Gray is drawn to Charlotte and love blossoms between them. Fortunately, these two will discover they are better together than apart and their love will be an example for other men and women in Soldiers & Soulmates.”

    Alexa Aston 

  • Best Christian Romance Books

    A Doctor’s Promise by Laura Scott

    Will he uncover her deepest secret? Will the truth tear them apart?

    Dr. Jared O’Connor has given his parents a promise–to find his dead brother’s fiancee and child. But his mission is derailed when he meets beautiful flight nurse Shelly Bennett. The sadness in her eyes, mirrors his own, and he is drawn to her and to her young son in a way he’s never experienced before.

    Shelly can’t afford to be distracted by Jared’s attention. Her son’s upcoming testing may confirm he has kidney failure–there’s no room for anything else in her life. But when Jared uncovers the truth, she realizes her days of running from the past are over. But can she forgive Jared long enough to accept his love?

    A 5 star review from Goodreads:

    “I LOVE THIS SERIES!!! I really enjoy the characters, the storyline and the sweet clean romance with happily ever afters. I especially love that these are medical stories with accurate medical information.”

    Donna Campbell – Goodreads