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December 2020 Wrap-Up

Hello friends and fellow book lovers! It’s hard to believe 2021 is here since 2020 felt like it was never going to end. Before we close the book on the year though, I wanted to talk about all the books I read in December. A small disclaimer that most of these books are holiday themed so you might end up finding something for next year and I have a lot of books to talk about so let’s get into it. 🙂

Before getting into the books, I’m going to count Sweet On You, A Second Chance Road Trip for Christmas and Booked For Christmas as my first three reads. If you want to know my thoughts, then you can check out my reviews of them.

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4. Mangos and Mistletoe

Another Christmas book I read in December was Mangos and Mistletoe by Adriana Herrera. This is an f/f romance set in Scotland during a Christmas baking competition and it’s delightful. This is a pretty quick read as it’s relatively short while also being incredibly sweet and steamy. Easily one I know I’ll recommend for next year. 4/5 stars

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5. Time Of Our Lives

The next book I read is a surprisingly non-holiday book and it’s a story about Fitz and Juniper who meet during a college tour and it’s basically them forcing a friendship and then possibly more. Honestly, I feel like this book lacked the direction of this duo’s other books. It was slightly disappointing as I gave their last book 5 stars. However, I am excited for their 2021 release. 3/5 stars

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6. Marriage of Unconvenience

I wrote a review of this one if you want to check it out!

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7. The Gift (Falling like a Johnson #1)

The next book I finished was The Gift by Rilzy Adams which is about a woman who becomes her friend’s surrogate and then has to deal with the aftermath including breaking the news to her husband. This is such a heart-breaking and emotional read which I wasn’t really prepared for. I do plan on continuing this series even though this one was a bit too much for me. 4/5 stars

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8. One Bed for Christmas (Baldwin Village #0.5)

The next book I read is another Christmas novella and that’s One Bed for Christmas by Jackie Lau which is a friends-to-lovers romance between two people who were friends in college and then eventually, their feelings start to grow around Christmas. This features the one bed trope and it’s just delightful. Super cute and steamy albeit I would’ve enjoyed a full-length novel of these two. 4/5 stars

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9. Home for Christmas: A Short Holiday Love Story

The next Christmas read I finished was Home for Christmas: A Short Holiday Love Story which focuses on an estranged couple spending Christmas together per their son’s request. This is incredibly short but also very sweet and steamy. 4/5 stars

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10. How to Catch a Queen (Runaway Royals #1)

The next book I read was actually a non-holiday read and that was How to Catch a Queen by Alyssa Cole. This is a romance between an already established couple and it’s basically them getting to know each other and falling in love. This book is also incredibly political so if you’re not into that, then I’d avoid this book. While it was a bit of a slow-burn, I really did enjoy their relationship. 4/5 stars

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11. The Naughty List

My next Christmas read was The Naughty List by Ellie Mae Macgregor. It’s about a woman who is spending her first Christmas without her kids since her divorce and it’s basically her hooking up with a sexy version of Santa. It’s incredibly short but super sexy. It’s also written by a bookstagrammer and it’s clear that she’s an avid romance reader because she seems to avoid the traps some debut authors can fall into. I really hope she continues to write more since I absolutely loved this debut. 4/5 stars

*Reads 12-16 were for Smutathon so if you want to know my thoughts on them, then be sure to check out my wrap-up 🙂

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17. Stocking Stuffers (So Over the Holidays #1)

My next Christmas read was Stocking Stuffers which is the first book in the So Over the Holidays series which follows the romances of the Holiday siblings. This one is a Christmas grumpy/sunshine story between Sasha and Perry who are just the absolute sweetest. I couldn’t get enough of these two although it did feel like Sasha was just looking for reasons to not be with Perry. It was frustrating at times, but I really enjoyed this story. 4/5 stars

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18. Being Merry (Desert Rose Hook-Ups #3)

The next Christmas read I finished was another Christmas grumpy-sunshine story but this time, it was an f/f roommate romance. I honestly couldn’t get enough of this one as it was absolutely delightful. I really did love these two but they also were very frustrating as the one character felt like she just couldn’t get out of her own head and focus on the things in front of her. Either way, I adore this series and I hope she writes more in the future. 4/5 stars

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19. Santa’s Helper

These next few books are ones I binged on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day so get ready for some rapid-fire reviews! This one is a short story featuring a second-chance romance between a divorcee and her old high school flame who is a fire fighter. It was fine but it seemed to be missing something that was in Shae Sanders’ other short stories I’ve read. 3.5/5 stars

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20. Twelve Dates of Christmas (Love on the Rock #1)

The next Christmas read I went with was Twelve Dates of Christmas by Rilzy Adams which is another second-chance friends-to-lovers romance. It followed the two reconnecting and going on twelve dates to fall in love. For some reason, the writing style and formatting of this one didn’t work for me. I do enjoy Rilzy Adams’ work though so I won’t write off reading the sequel next year. 3/5 stars

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21. Paddled by Krampus

The next book I read was completely silly and it was Paddled by Krampus which is about a girl who gets punished by Krampus for being bad. It was only 36 pages but it wasn’t horrible. If you’re into some weird holiday shit though, I’d recommend it. 3/5 stars

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22. A Tale of Two Cities: A Christmas Novella

My next read was the next in the Tale of Two Cities series and this is another one featuring famous characters. This one focuses on Dallas who is a director and the romance he has with a production assistant, Madison. I personally found this one a little bit unbelievable and I felt like it was a bit too rush for my liking. I vastly prefer the first two but I can’t wait to read the rest of this series. 3/5 stars

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23. Noelle The First (Holliday Sisters #1)

On Christmas, I decided to read one of Nicole Falls’ Christmas romances and it was Noelle the First which is about Noelle who shares a birthday with Christmas and it’s about her childhood best friend trying to cheer her up and it’s basically their relationship. It’s super short but it felt like the writing style wasn’t for me and it ended up not working for me in that regard. 3/5 stars

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24. Ho! Ho! Ho!: A Christmas Short

This is actually a book I read after Christmas and it’s about a second-chance romance between a girl and a guy she meets again after last Christmas. This one is super sexy and SO short but it was SO good. While it wasn’t a perfect read for me, the smut was top-tier and I couldn’t get enough of it. It’s one I know I’ll want to revisit next year since it’s such a sexy read. 4/5 stars

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25. New Year, New Boo?

The first New Year’s Eve book I read was New Year, New Boo? by Alexandria House. This book is about two co-workers who attend a NYE party and eventually, decide to hook up. This is incredibly short like under 50 pages and is also super steamy. I can’t wait to read more from this author because this book was SO much fun. 4/5 stars

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26. A Tale of Two Cities: A New Year Novella

The second NYE book I read was A Tale of Two Cities: A New Year Novella. I’ve been making my way through this series and I’ve loved almost all of these. This one is a romance between a girl and her Uber driver after she gets three-timed by her “boyfriend” at an NYE party. It’s them hooking up and eventually, their romance which was just so fun. This was another short and steamy read that made me love Alexandra Warren’s series all the more. 4/5 stars

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27. Midnight Stroke: A Sexy Holiday Short

For NYE, I decided to read Midnight Stroke which is a short sequel to Birthday Sex by Te Russ which I absolutely loved. This book follows the same couple and this time, they’re spending new years together on vacation. This is incredibly short but also steamy and a lot of fun. I can’t wait to read more of her backlist in 2021. 5/5 stars

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28. Party Favors (So Over the Holidays #4)

The final book I read in 2020 was Party Favors by Erin McLellan. This book focuses on two women who are online friends and they decide to spend New Years together and it’s basically them meeting for the first time and having a relationship. It was an adorable friends-to-lovers story and it was SO steamy plus I loved getting to know these characters and seeing the Holiday family once again. Easily one of my new favorite series and I can’t wait to read the V-Day book in the series. 4/5 stars

Credit to Pure Imagination Blog

Anyways, those are all the books I read in December 2020 and honestly, I’m ready to talk about my January reads already. I’m actually writing this before it’s scheduled to be posted so I’m not as early as usual. Either way, I hope you’re able to find some good recs from this post and that we all have incredible reading years in 2021. Before you finish reading my post, please take the time to look over these attached links to help with Black Lives Matter.

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