Celebrate the Holidays - Romance In Color
Can you believe it? In the blink of an eye, another year has come and gone. If you celebrate Christmas, in less than two weeks you’ll be opening presents, and hopefully find something you like. Did you drop hints or cross your fingers and hope for the best?
If your loved ones know you well and know you enjoy reading, you may receive one of the handy little e-readers on the market. Or you may receive a nice tablet to which you can downloader reader apps. Or maybe you’re old-school and love to hold a book in your hand while reclining in your favorite chair.
Whatever your preference, you have plenty of options this season, because holiday romances went on sale a couple of months ago and are selling like hotcakes. If you keep your eyes open, you’ll find some good deals on books that have characters celebrating Christmas, Kwanzaa, and Hanukkah. To get you started, I listed a few books below that you may want to add to your personal list or the list of someone you’re shopping for.
A Little Holiday Temptation by Janice Sims
Ana Corelli and Erik Whitaker have always been there for each other. Trouble is, Ana's starting to see the sexy entrepreneur as more than just a broad shoulder to cry on. After some soul-searching, she's finally ready to tell Erik how she feels. But between missed opportunities and an unexpected push back into the spotlight, their timing never seems to be right.
As the new face of Corelli Fashions, Ana is putting her family's international company on the map. Erik couldn't be prouder…and feels this is the moment to confess his pent-up love for the voluptuous model. But now there's another man in Ana's life. With the magic of the holiday season around them, will Erik be able to show Ana that he's the only one for her? And that sometimes best friends forever can become lovers for life…?
Celebrate Kwanzaa in Holiday of Love by Kayla Perrin
With her career as an artist finally taking off and her social life in full swing, Collette Jenkins is happier than ever--until just weeks before the holidays when a letter that's been lost in the mail arrives. Still reeling from the stunning news that the only family she ever knew is not her family at all, Collette heads for the Miami home where she was raised, and comes face-to-face with another specter of her childhood--her first love, Dexter Harris.
Now divorced and a college basketball coach, Dexter can't help but remember that he gave up Collette once before--and he won't stand idly by when she's determined to find her true family. Convincing her that celebrating Kwanzaa might give her newfound courage will be tough. But Dexter will do whatever it takes--especially when he realizes the season's message of love is the best gift he can give.
Hanukkah Bliss by Sarah Salari
On her way to pick up supplies for winter break at Utah State, Jaz Jimínez notices a young woman struggling to hold onto too many shopping bags while crossing an intersection and rushes to help her. The girl turns out to be an Israeli exchange student, bringing home supplies for the festival of Hanukkah. The chance meeting begins one of Jaz's biggest challenge to date.
Can Jaz seduce the devout young Rivka, or is theirs a relationship destined to be limited to friendship?
Just as Good by Keshia Robertson
Evan Hermes traded in romance for pragmatism when he suggested marriage at their New Year's Eve party to his girlfriend Kitt Preston. It was a “suggestion” which wasn’t well received by the love of his life. Though it’s taken him most of the year to figure out the perfect proposal, this time romance is front and center to obtain a yes!
Kitt has been in love with Evan ever since he asked her out during their first year of college. Tall, handsome, and a family man, Evan is the kind of person that most women would be falling over themselves to marry…but not her. Kitt is only willing to say yes to a marriage proposal that is worthy of their love and years together.
Christmas Confession by Naomi Jones
Invited to a Christmas wedding, all Maxine could concentrate on was how much her feelings had changed for the brother of the bride. Cameron had long since gone from being her best friend to being everything she wanted in a man, but she’d put a restrictor plate on their relationship. That’d worked in the past, but all it was doing now was reminding her of how foolish that had been.
Cameron was living every man’s dream: being friends with benefits with the most beautiful woman he’d seen. His best friend, somewhere along the way, he’d fallen in love with Maxine. Honoring her request became increasingly difficult, especially when he realized that he didn’t just want to sex up this woman; he wanted to come home to this woman every night.
How much more can Maxine take of being so close to Cameron, yet still so far away? With gentle encouragement from his parents and straight out meddling from his sister, can Cameron make Maxine his by this Christmas?
Before I close out this month’s column, I wanted to let you know that this is the last month I’ll be writing for Night Owl Reviews magazine. It’s been an absolute pleasure to share romance novels with you that feature protagonists of color. You know by now there’s no shortage of these books available, and I hope you’ll continue to seek them out and lose yourself in the pages.
Wishing you and yours a Merry Christmas, Happy New Year, and happy reading!
Columnist Delaney: Delaney Diamond is the bestselling author of African-American and interracial romance. Enjoy free reads on her website at http://delaneydiamond.com.