The first snow of the season can be magical, but the stifling winter cold that always follows is anything but enchanting. One way to beat the boredom of the season is to transport yourself with some fantastic romances. From festive to fiery, here are ten BookTrib picks that will take your mind off frostbite, and put it on something far more tempting.

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The Noel Stranger

by Richard Paul Evans (Simon & Schuster) Available now

The New York Times dubbed “King of Christmas Fiction” is back with another festive holiday story to stuff stockings and hype you up for the holidays. New beginnings and a dashing Christmas tree salesman with complicated secrets make this one hard to put down.

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One Day in December

by Josie Silver (Broadway Books) Available Now

This title is featured as the most recent Reese Witherspoon x Hello Sunshine Book Club Pick, and it’s oh so seasonal. Taking readers from one magical blustery day in December sparking love at first sight to the twisting path of friendship and possibilities in the following ten years, Josie Silver has penned a captivating romance.

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Dare to Love a Duke

by Eva Leigh (Avon) Dec. 24

Lucia is the manager of the Orchid Club, a secret society where masked attendees can indulge in their wildest desires. Lucia promotes a business of sexual freedom but refrains from participating herself. She stays focused on her profit so one day she can fund her dream to create a safe haven for the lost girls of the streets. While she doesn’t lose sight of her dream, she definitely gains interest in one particular masked man. You’ll breeze through this steamy read featuring a passionate proprietress.

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Once Ghosted, Twice Shy
by Alyssa Cole (Avon) Jan. 8

New year, new compulsively readable romance from Alyssa Cole. In this story of second chances, Likotsi finds her old flame Fabiola in a stalled subway train. Likotsi agrees to have a cup of tea with Fabiola when she can’t deny her own lingering feelings for her. Together they make new memories in the city together, but ultimately must face their past for the possibility of any future relationship. This novella is another gem in Cole’s Reluctant Royals series crown.

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Playing for Keeps

by Jill Shalvis (Avon) Jan. 22

A tattoo artist and business mogul, an unlikely pair if there ever was one.   Different as they are, these two join forces to rescue an abandoned dog in a storm. Getting to know each other, they realize they have more than one reason to stay together. Jill Shalvis, a tried and true romance writer is back with another irresistible story, made all the more tempting with an adorable pup.

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The Conspiracy

by Kat Martin (Harlequin) Jan. 22

Both a suspenseful mystery to find a lost brother and a thrilling romance, Kat Martin’s latest is an easy page-turner. As Chase and Harper grow closer in their investigation to find the truth, they discover chilling family secrets and lurking danger, not just for her brother, but for themselves as well. Willing to risk everything for each other and the answers behind the chilling disappearance, you’ll find yourself easily immersed in this electrifying story.

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99 Percent Mine

by Sally Thorne (William Morrow) Jan. 29

Sally Thorne, rom-com extraordinaire is back with another enchanting book, perfect for anyone who has felt the sting of an impossible crush. Can you ever really date your twin’s best friend? Where would his loyalties truly lie? Find out in this witty winning novel.

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Moonlight Scandals

by Jennifer L. Armentrout (Avon) Jan. 29

Jennifer L. Armentrout’s upcoming book in her de Vincent series will sweep you away to a world of paranormal romance you won’t want to leave. Dark and brooding, this New Orleans series follows three brothers and a family curse that haunts every relationship each sibling pursues.  Moonlight Scandals is the latest in this irresistible trilogy following  Devlin, a fan favorite from the other books.

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The Matchmaker’s List

by Sonya Lalli (Berkley) Feb. 5

In a beloved tale of balancing family relationships with your own heart, Sonya Lalli has crafted a moving story you’ll want to share with many. Raina, exasperated by her nagging family, allows her old-fashioned grandmother to set her up on blind dates with Nani-approved selections of suitable bachelors, but finds a way to stay true to her own feelings in secret.

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Polaris Rising

by Jessie Mihalik (Harper Voyager) Feb. 5


Abandon the tedium of winter by escaping into Jessie Mihalik’s Polaris Rising, the first installment of a sexy and adventurous sci-fi trilogy. Taking all risks to avoid a marriage arranged to aid her father’s political ambitions, Ada strikes a deal with a dangerous fellow prisoner to help her escape. This independent space princess has no idea how much she’s bargaining away with this alluring outlaw soldier though. Mihalik has created a universe readers will want to return to again and again.

Hopefully these transportive reads turn your winter imprisonment into a happy excuse for some quality book dates. Happy reading!

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