Cuddling up with a good romance.

I’m not a big fan of winter weather. The cold that creeps into my bones. The gray days that snuff out the suns bright light.

I just want sunlight and nice breezy days.

Having spent most of my life in Michigan where winter and its cold grip is inevitable, I do have an appreciation for the glacial beauty that can accompany the season. More importantly I have an appreciation for the coziness of a warm blanket, a hot drink, and a good romance.

Here are some recommendations for winter reads to enjoy while the snow and wind swirl outside your window. These are all inspirational romance because that is what I read the most of, but don’t let that stop you from commenting about your favorite clean romance, inspirational or not. 🙂

Romantic Suspense

Lynn Blackburn – In Too Deep (Dive Team Investigations series)

This is the second book in her series. Like the first book, which I recommended in my summer reads post, there was lots of great suspense and wonderful characters. I especially loved the quirky and intelligent heroine, Sabrina. Plus the hero, Adam, he really ‘got’ her. We all want our heroes to get us, don’t we?

Lynette Eason – Chasing Secrets (Elite Guardian series)

You just cannot go wrong with Lynette Eason’s stories if you love romantic suspense. This series has been out for a little while and I was just kicking myself for not having got to it sooner. This book is the last one in the series and my favorite. The heroine, Haley, is Irish and loves M&M’s. Why wouldn’t you love a strong woman with a taste for chocolate? I also love that the suspense and romance are pretty well balanced in Lynette’s books.

Sherri Shackelford – No Safe Place

I will admit that I don’t read many Harlequin books because I lean toward the longer trade fiction, but I was disappointed to hear that they were closing down their inspirational historical romance line. Sherri Shackelford is one of their historical writers who made the switch to the Love Inspired Suspense line. While this is not a debut novel for her, it was her debut in a new genre and she carried it off really well. I loved the quick pace of the suspense and the quick growing romance between the main characters.

Contemporary Romance

Becky Wade – Falling For You (Bradford Sisters series)

I could gush all day long about Becky’s romances. If you haven’t read her books, you are truly missing out. She writes with such depth and flavor that you feel like you are best friends with her characters by the end of the book. This is the second book in the series which I highly recommend. Plus her third book in the series, Sweet On You, will be coming out this spring.

Denise Hunter – On Magnolia Lane (Blue Ridge Romance series)

This is one that I am recommending solely on the opinions of other readers. I haven’t read it. But it is such a cute premise and Denise Hunter writes the type of stories they make into Hallmark movies. Anyone read her books-to-Hallmark movies, The Convenient Groom and A December Bride?

Melissa Tagg – Here to Stay (Where Love Begins series)

This is an older read. I have a few of Melissa’s books on my shelves but haven’t gotten to them yet. Shame on me. What I love about her books is the bright humor that weaves it way throughout the story. If she is anything like she writes, Melissa must be a pretty fun person to be around. I just love the chemistry between her main characters and the humorous situations they find themselves in.

Historical Romance

Jen Turano – Out of the Ordinary (Apart from the Crowd series)

Like Melissa Tagg in the contemporary genre, I can always count on humor in the historical genre with Jen Turano. This book, which is the second one in this series and my favorite one, was classic Jen Turano. It had quirky characters and really funny situations. I just love how she takes ordinary people and makes them extraordinary in the tiniest ways. This was the case with the two main characters. The hero in this book looks a little like a pirate, but dresses in the oddest colors. Her books are just fun reads.

Susan Anne Mason – The Highest of Hopes (Canadian Crossings series)

I just started this book so perhaps a recommendation is premature, but since I love all of Susan Anne Mason’s historical romances, I figure this will be the same. I adore the cover (which I know you shouldn’t judge the book by, but still…) and the premise is intriguing.

Elizabeth Camden – A Desperate Hope (Empire State series)

I recently read this one and Elizabeth is another author that I love for historical settings. I find the historical details to be like characters themselves. The main characters in this one were strong and at odds with each other right away. Talk about conflict.  One of my most memorable heroes is from Elizabeth’s earlier work, Against the Tide.

Now I’m turning the conversation over to you.

What books would you recommend for closeting yourself inside this winter?

What ones have you added to your TBR list?

Loraine Nunley is an author and blogger who grew up near Detroit, Michigan and now lives just outside of Fort Worth, Texas. She is a member of ACFW and writes inspirational romance. In 2017, she was honored to be a finalist in the suspense category of the ACFW First Impressions contest.

Being a romantic at heart, Loraine often finds inspiration for her writing within her own marriage. She has been blessed to find her own real life romantic hero with her husband. Her writing career has included a self-help book about remarriage and a series of children’s books about military aircraft.

When not writing furiously and dreaming up stories, she can be found reading, adding books to her over flowing bookshelves, homeschooling her children, and enjoying time with her family.

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