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Baby, It’s Cold Outside: 5 Romances That’ll Warm You Up This Winter

by  | December 2

Bears are right and we should say so: Hibernation is the superior way to ride out winter. Loading up on high-carb snacks and retreating to a warm, cozy den for a few months of uninterrupted rest and relaxation sounds pretty good about now, right? It just makes sense. Alas, human society isn’t quite there yet, so for now we’re still expected to report for work, shovel our driveways, and generally go on about our lives even on the most bitterly cold of days. At least we have sweet and sexy romance novels like these to warm our cheeks and hearts this winter….

Total Control

Total Control

by Laura Griffin

When it’s too cold to check the mailbox, let alone venture out to the gym, you can count on romantic suspense to get your blood flowing. Laura Griffin’s Total Control pairs a tough-as-nails Navy SEAL, Jake Heath, with a formidable FBI agent, Alexa Mays, on a mission to prevent an extremist from carrying out a deadly terrorist attack. For Jake, Alexa’s call for backup is a long-awaited chance to prove to her what an incredible pair they make on duty and off….

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Red, White & Royal Blue

Red, White & Royal Blue

by Casey McQuiston

If enemies-to-lovers romances light your fire, then you can be sure Casey McQuiston’s Red, White & Royal Blue will keep you nice and toasty. Alex Claremont-Diaz, the son of the first female president of the United States, can usually charm anyone in his path, so it’s always stuck in his craw that Henry, the Prince of Wales, seemed to dislike him instantly. When an argument between the two escalates into a PR nightmare for both countries, Alex and Henry find themselves forced to play best friends for the cameras. Only then does Alex begin to comprehend that he may have completely misread Henry’s behavior toward him--and his own feelings for the handsome prince...

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Blood Truth

Blood Truth

by J.R. Ward

Save on your heating bill with a copy of J.R. Ward’s steamy paranormal romance novel Blood Truth, part of the Black Dagger Legacy series. Joining the hunt for a serial killer who’s preying on female vampires at a local club, Black Dagger Brotherhood trainee Boone is determined to make the Brotherhood proud. But Boone’s priorities shift almost as soon as he meets Helaine, whose sister was among those killed and who is conducting her own investigation. There’s no denying the heat between them, but to be together, they’ll have to bring down a murderer.

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Marry Me by Sundown

Marry Me by Sundown

by Johanna Lindsey

When you start to wonder how much longer you can possibly be expected to deal with snow, picture how much colder you’d be in 1880s Montana, the setting of Marry Me by Sundown by Johanna Lindsey. Philadelphia socialite Violet Mitchell doesn’t allow herself time to think before traveling to Montana, where her irresponsible father has gone and risked the family’s fortune by investing in a potential gold mine. Instead of finding her father, though, Violet encounters his handsome business partner, rancher Morgan Callahan. They have every reason to resent and distrust each other, but we all know that there’s a thin line between love and hate…

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Get a Life, Chloe Brown

Get a Life, Chloe Brown

by Talia Hibbert

Wishing you could stay under the covers all day, but required to go about your business? Take your warm’n’fuzzies to go with Talia Hibbert’s Get a Life, Chloe Brown. After a near-death experience, chronically ill Chloe Brown doesn’t want to waste another second going after what she wants, which she captures in a daring to-do list that includes a drunken night out, a motorcycle ride, and a no-strings-attached fling. In short, she wants to be a little bad, and she’s pretty sure that her tattooed handyman neighbor, Red Morgan, could help her out with that. He agrees, but what neither of them bargains on is how tempted they’ll be to make their short-term deal last forever...

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Heather Waters is the senior manager of content verticals at Simon & Schuster, where she runs the Tips on Life & Love blog. She enjoys reading everything from romance to true crime to political memoirs, and in her free time you can often find her binge-watching Netflix, refreshing Twitter every 10 seconds, and listening to the latest episode of the podcast My Favorite Murder.