What I’ve Been Reading: December 2019

Posted December 24, 2019 by Kim in Discussion / 1 Comment

What I've Been Reading

I know I’ve not posted many (any?) reviews lately, but that’s not because I haven’t been reading. I’ve not been reading at the same pace as earlier in the year, but I’ve read some great books. Since I have no hope of posting actual reviews any time soon, I thought it might be fun to talk a little bit about what I’ve been reading.

If You Give a Jerk a Gingerbread by Jana Aston

If You Give a Jerk a Gingerbread

Amazon | Goodreads

I’m not sure why I waited so long to read one of Jana Aston’s books, but it was clearly an oversight on my part. She’s rapidly become one of my fave new-to-me authors this year. I can’t wait to tackle her backlist in 2020. If You Give a Jerk a Gingerbread was such a fun book. In this book, two rivals compete in the Great Gingerbread Bake Off and their chemistry is ahhhhhmazing. This one was funny, sexy, swoony and perfectly seasonal.

A Knights Bridge Christmas by Carla Neggers

A Knights Bridge Christmas

Amazon | Goodreads

Carla Neggers is another new-to-me author discovery. I borrowed this audiobook from the library via Hoopla after one of my friends posted about it on Instagram. The setting was delightful. I was hooked from the prologue. It’s perfect for anyone looking for a Christmas story with low steam and some feels.

The Wallflower Wager by Tessa Dare

The Wallflower Wager

Amazon | Goodreads

I’m embarrassed to admit it took me until December to read a Tessa Dare book that released in August. What am I doing with my life? I listened to this one on audio and it was absolutely delightful. I love Tessa’s characters so much. Penny and Gabriel were wonderful. The pets – especially Delilah – added a really fun and sweet dynamic to the story. Perfection.

The Rebel King by Kennedy Ryan

The Rebel King

Amazon | Goodreads

Kennedy Ryan has done it again. I swear, the woman is a wizard with words. This duet put me through the wringer, but I loved it. Lennix and Maxim were everything. That’s basically all I can say about it at this point. Just read it.

The Christmas Pact by Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward


Audible | Goodreads

I love a good holiday novella and The Christmas Pact totally fit the bill. I listened to it on my way home for the holidays and I just loved it.  Riley and Kennedy’s enemies to friends with a side of fake it till you make it was too stinking cute. It gave me giggles and a few feels. (And tears.) Loved.

Tinsel by Kris Bryant


Amazon | Goodreads

I grabbed this gem after seeing it in a thread of recs for LGBTQ holiday books in the aftermath of the Hallmark debacle last week. It was an absolute joy to read. A stray cat helps bring two single women together in time for Christmas? Yes, please. It was funny, sweet, and a little sexy. I cheesy-grinned my way through it.

Holidate by Monica Murphy


Amazon | Goodreads

I grabbed this book the minute I saw that adorable cover. I mean really. How freaking cute is it? You’ll be pleased to know the story inside is every bit as cute. It’s definitely Hallmark-esque in its characters and heat level. I don’t read a lot of sunshine and the grump stories, but this one was fun and swoony.

Christmas in the City Anthology

Christmas in the City

Amazon | Goodreads

This free (for a limited time) anthology has been such a joy to read. I could’ve basically sat down and read it in one sitting, but I decided to savor it instead. So, I’m reading one story at a time between other books. If you haven’t grabbed it yet, you need to get on that. It’s not going to be around much longer.

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