Sleigh bells are ringing, can you hear them? The season is upon us. The joy! The nostalgia! Special times with family and friends! And then… the mission of finding the perfect gift for your book pals. Here at Forever, we love to be helpful so we compiled a list of our favorites… and hey, if you want to treat yourself after all the baking, caroling, and celebrating, we won’t tell anyone.
From Amy Pierpont, Editor-in-Chief: “I like to give gifts that keep on giving, and to me that means binge read! This year I’m gifting friends Kristen Ashley’s Dream Man box set. Kristen’s books are addictive, and I can’t think of a better way to spend the holidays than curled up with a Mystery Man… or a Wild Man… or a Law Man…or a Motorcycle Man…”
From Leah Hultenschmidt, Editorial Director: "This is the one I’ll be giving my sister-in-law this holiday, as it’s an utterly absorbing, shut-the-whole-world-out-because-I-need-to-know-what-happens kind of read. It has all of her catnip: a beautifully moving mother-daughter relationship, an exploration of little-known history, and a few tears along the way to an ultimately uplifting ending."
From Alex Logan, Executive Editor: "I'm torn between a Christmas western by Sara Richardson and a Christmas western by R.C. Ryan. But why make a tough choice when you can give both in one volume and make your gift twice as nice? A Cowboy for Christmas comes with the bonus story A Cowboy Christmas Eve by R.C. Ryan. After gazing on this rugged cover cowboy, you may want to pick up an extra copy for your own holiday keeper shelf."
From Junessa Viloria, Editor: "This book is everything! Funny, heartbreaking, steamy, emotional—basically, it’ll give you all the feels. Gift this to your friend who loves romances that’ll take them through a journey of emotions, all the way through to the immensely satisfying—and surprising!—ending. A warning: they’ll be begging for the sequel next Christmas!"
From Madeleine Colavita, Editor: “Kristen’s Darkest London series is one of my all-time favorites, and while each book stands alone, I think they’re best enjoyed in order. Firelight is Miranda’s story: the youngest of three sisters, each with mysterious powers, she’s forced to marry a man she’s never met. But Lord Archer has secrets of his own, and Miranda’s supernatural gift may just hold the key to saving his soul.”
From Sam Brody, Editorial Assistant: “This has been a long, difficult year for myself and many, and I’ve found that there’s no better cure for a weary heart than a dreamy fairytale romance—paired with a very steamy couple! In the words of everyone’s favorite bookworm, Scandalous Desires by Elizabeth Hoyt has everything you could ever want in a historical romance: far-off(ish) places, daring swordfights, and a prince—well, pirate!—in disguise. It’s the perfect story to lift anyone’s spirits.”
From Sabrina Flemming, Editorial Assistant: “The only thing that feels better than giving a loved one multiple gifts to enjoy during the holiday season is knowing you bought them for the price of one gift. Paranormal lovers will treasure Katie MacAlister’s dragon hero in Day of the Dragon like gold. Then they can immediately sink their teeth into the full-length, steamy Celia Kyle novel included--Wolf’s Mate!”
From Jodi Rosoff, Director of Marketing and Publicity: "I’m addicted to all those TV series where they catch bad guys so it’s no surprise that I like my romance with a side of suspense. There’s a killer on the loose and CSI Agent Zoey Wright is called to the crime scene where she runs into her childhood crush, super-sexy Army Ranger Knox Steele. It’s awkward…and electric. Deadly Obsession by April Hunt is a great gift for that friend who never says no to a Law & Order marathon."
From Estelle Hallick, Publicity & Marketing Manager: "I spent a great part of my year exploring the small town romances from our authors, and I always look forward to a trip to Sweetwater Springs. My favorite part of Springtime in Hope Cottage is the mini-reunion of best friends Kaitlyn and Josie; Josie is overworked, needs a break, and decides it's the perfect time to visit her bestie and slooow down. She never thinks she's going to fall under the spell of Sweetwater Springs... or fall in general. On the mend, her length of her stay increases and she's under the care of adorable physical therapist, Tucker. It's a gift that is perfect for your book-loving BFF."
From Monisha Lakhotia, Assistant Marketing Manager: "This was one of my favorite projects this year. I really liked that the Natasha's book is based on the story of a photojournalist from World War II. (Be sure to look up Lee Miller!). It's always cool to learn about people we don't normally hear about."
From Kamrun Nesa, GCP Associate Publicist/Honorary Forever Friend: "Let. *clap* Me. *clap* Tell. *clap* You. *clap* About. *clap* This. *clap* Book. Holiday romances are cozy to read with a steaming mug of cocoa and a warm fireplace, but A Love Like Yours will make you forget about the frills of your surroundings and might actually leave you hot and bothered…and your cocoa cold and abandoned by its end. We love a character who will fight for us and Sam does so with aplomb, both literally and figuratively. Robin Huber will immerse you into an angsty and tantalizing, childhood sweethearts-turned-second-chance romance with a delicious swirl of forbidden that will undoubtedly create a voracious yearning in the pit of your stomach for more of Lucy and Sam’s relationship. And surprise! There’s a sequel to boot. You’re welcome.”