I have a not-so secret confession... I love winter romances. No, really. If I could, I would probably read them all year long. My love for winter romances most likely stems from the fact that I live in Southern California. While we do get what we call California Cold, we don't get snow. We do get a rare frost, but none of the pretty snow. Which is probably a good thing considering how bad Californians drive in the rain... It'd be downright scary if it snowed.
Since we are in the middle of winter and it was 70 degrees the day I'm typing this, I thought it would be fun to imagine I'm in a snow covered cabin in the woods with my favorite romance hero and talk about the 5 things I love about winter romances.
I *heart* the covers...
Winter romances have the best covers. My eyes tend to gravitate more towards winter covers that don't have characters on it. Whether it is something straight off of a Christmas card or a cabin or a home covered with snow, they are all gorgeous. I love that no matter how cold it may look, I want to be in that scene.
The small town feel...
I don't know why, but it always feels like winter romances take place in small towns. Or maybe I'm more drawn to them... Either way, I love winter romances in small towns, especially if they go all out with their decorations. My absolute favorite small town winter series is Christmas, Colorado by Debbie Mason. I want to be there for every winter event.
This one goes along with small towns, but there is something about winter that brings the crazy out of people. Whether they are rushing around decorating the place or shooting evil eyes to newcomers that dare snub their holiday traditions, the crazy just get crazier. On the flip side, I love the feeling when they finally welcome the newcomer into the family and make them one of their own.
In California, the only time I see snow is either on the mountains (in the distance) or in books. So I get a little giddy when I see characters playing in the snow. One of my favorite scenes was from an old Rachel Gibson book, Truly Madly Yours, where the characters have a romp that is sexy enough to melt the snow around them.
There is something about the winter that makes it feel like magic is all around us. It's a time where we are surrounded by love and family. It's a time of new beginnings. In the world of romance, it's a time where anything is possible. You can make a wish for true love in a fountain and find him under the mistletoe. You can find love while decorating the town Christmas tree. Or you can heat up the kitchen with a sexy chef. There's something for everyone in a winter romance.
Do you like winter romances? If you do, what draws you to them? If you don't, what is your favorite season? Comment below and let's chat!
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