What to Read & What to Skip: My December Reading List

Check out the romance books I read this month and discover which I would recommend you read and which romance novels I suggest you skip.

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Discover which romance books you should read and which books you should skip from She Reads Romance Books December 2020 reading list.

December brought my romance book reading for 2020 to a close.

I almost met my goal of reading 150 books this year but was just 4 books shy.

I blame the new Netflix TV series, Bridgerton, for failing to meet my goal as I was binge watching the episodes when I could have been reading! (If you haven’t yet checked it out, it’s definitely worth watching as is reading Julia Quinn’s, The Duke and I).

Don’t Waste Your Time on Mediocre Books!

It’s my goal here at She Reads Romance Books to help fellow romance book junkies find the best romance books worth reading.

There are SO many romance books available, so why waste your time reading a mediocre book?

That’s why every month I share with you my reading list with my recommendations for books to read and which books you should skip.

I tried to carve out more time over the holidays to just sit and read (watching Bridgerton aside), so I did crank out a number of books this month.

I fell in love with several, and I also found a few to be so-so.

A number of books I read were new releases but a few were throw backs from the past. I also dived into a few new sub-genres which I hope to more of in the coming year.

Overall it was a great month for reading!

Check out what I thought of these romance books and see what you might want to add to your TBR list.

My December 2020 Reading List: What to Read & What to Skip

Favorite Books of the Month:

Forever Wild by K.A. Tucker is a holiday novella continuing the story in her wildly popular series, The Simple Wild. Check out the book review from romance book blogger, She Reads Romance Books, to see if this anticipated romance book release of 2020 is worth reading

Forever Wild
by K.A. Tucker

Published December 2020
The Perfect Novella for a Beautiful Series
5 stars

This Christmas novella continues the story that started with The Simple Wild of Calla and Jonah’s life together in Alaska.

Life in Alaska often has its own drama, but now Jonah and Calla are dealing with family drama this Christmas as their parents descend for the holidays.

With pressure to set a wedding date, meddlesome neighbors and family strife, this Christmas will be anything but simple.

I totally fell in love with this series starting with The Simple Wild and again with Wild at Heart, and this novella was the best present this season.

I loved returning to Alaska and getting more of the snark and sweetness between Calla and Jonah as well as getting a few surprises.

If you read the first two books, you HAVE to read this!!

Amazon | Goodreads | My Review

Related: Christmas Romance Books, Best Romance Novels of 2020

Paper Princess is a high school romance book by popular romance book author, Erin Watt. Check out the book review from romance book blogger, She Reads Romance Books, to see if this is a teen romance book worth reading.

Paper Princess
by Erin Watt

Published April 2016
A Consuming, Enemies to Lovers, High School Romance
5 stars

Ella Harper is a survivor. She’s survived drifting from town to town with her mother all her life, but since her mother’s death she’s been supporting herself.

She’s stripping to make ends meet until Callum Royal uproots her life and plops her into his mansion amongst his own five sons. The Royal boys hate her on the spot, but none more so than Reed.

Now Ella has to learn to survive her new prep school, the wrath of the Royal boys, the deception around her and not fall for the ruthless of them all- Reed.

Wow! This book was so much more than I expected. I definitely did not expect a cliffhanger but that just means I’m on to book 2.

This was such a fantastic enemies to lovers romance that I couldn’t put down.

Great tension, a bit of suspense and wonderful writing. A must read in my book!

Amazon | Goodreads | My Review

Related: Best Enemies to Lovers Books

Flock by Kate Stewart is her latest contemporary romance release in a book duet that romance book fans will find worth reading. If you’re a fan of alpha males, books that make you think and a bit of romantic suspense then you’ll want to check out this book recommendation. Read the full book review by popular romance book blogger, She Reads Romance Books.

Flock
by Kate Stewart

Published July 2020
A Mesmerizing Romance That Makes You Think
4 stars

Cecelia grew up sick. She believed in romantic love and looked for a worthy man to give her heart to. But it was the year she had to spend in Triple Falls to earn her inheritance from her absent father that she truly learned the price of her sickness.

Wow- I knew going into this book that it might be a bit different than what I was expecting and yet it totally lived up to what I DO expect from a Kate Stewart romance- a spine-bending story that grips and just takes you along for the ride.

This is a must read duet, so be prepared to read book two immediately after.

Amazon | Goodreads | My Review

Related: Best Romance Novels of 2020

Exodus by Kate Stewart is final book in her contemporary romance book duet. If you love romance novels with alpha males and those that tug on all your heart strings, then check out this review to see if this is the book for you.

Exodus
by Kate Stewart

Published August 2020
An Unforgettable, Enemies to Lovers Romance
5 stars

This is book is the continuation of Flock in this epic duet.

It’s time for Cecelia to face the consequences of her sickness. The impact of the year she spent in Triple Falls. The year that changed her forever. She’s back to make peace with her fate and accept whatever ending it may be.

OK, Wow again. I could not put this book down.

It made me realize that I am an addict when it comes to reading romance books that just grip you, make you feel and just squeeze the heck out of your heart.

I had such a book hangover after reading it. Kate Stewart slays again.

Amazon | Goodreads | My Review

Related: Best Enemies to Lovers Books, Best Romance Novels of 2020

Autoboyography is a high school romance book by popular romance book author, Christina Lauren. It’s a beautiful, MM romance that all romance book lovers will want to read. Check out the book review from romance book blogger, She Reads Romance Books, to see if this is a teen romance book worth reading.


Autoboyography
by Christina Lauren

Published September 2017
A Must Read MM Romance
5 stars

When Tanner Scott’s family moved from California to Utah three years ago, he was forced to push his bisexual identity back into the closet. Now he only has one semester left of high school before he can move out of state.

But when his best friend encourages him to take the coveted Seminar at Provost High, he meets TA Sebastian Brother. Now Tanner has to not only write a book in four months, he also has to try and not fall in love with his mentor.

This book was magnificent. Absolutely one of Christina Lauren’s finest and a book everyone should read.

The heartbreaking romance between Tanner and Sebastian was wonderful but there is so much more to this book.

Read this book for a reminder of what it means to love unconditionally, to learn about the Mormon religion and lifestyle, and to read the most amazing coming of age story.

Amazon | Goodreads | My Review

Related: MM Romance Books

More Books To Read and Those to Skip:

Holiday With You is one of 2020’s Christmas romance books this season. This is a contemporary romance worth reading if you love small town romance books. Check out the book review from romance book blogger, She Reads Romance Books.

Holiday With You
by Claudia Burgoa and Grahame Claire

Published December 2020
*advanced reader copy
A Small Town, Holiday Romance
3 stars

Audrey’s headed to the small town of Winter Valley with the sole purpose of acquiring a bed and breakfast for her company.

On her way to what could be the greatest deal of her career, she crashes into the truck of sexy, single dad Colin Bradford.

Stuck in town until Christmas Eve, Audrey can’t help but start to fall for the magical, small town…and for Colin.

This book was my selection for the December Romance Book Reading Challenge but unfortunately isn’t a keeper for me.

It read FAST and therefore seemed more like a novella. While it was a sweet holiday romance, I might have loved it if it had more character development.

Amazon | Goodreads | My Review

Related: Christmas Romance Books

The Revenge Pact by Ilsa Madden-Mills is her latest new adult, contemporary romance release that romance book fans will find worth reading. It’s one of the best enemies to lovers romance novels of the year featuring one delicious bad boy. Read the full book review by popular romance book blogger, She Reads Romance Books.

The Revenge Pact
by Ilsa Madden-Mills

Published December 2020
*advanced reader copy
An Enemies to Lovers Romance That Tugged On My Heartstrings
4 stars

River Tate is the king of football on campus. His only weakness is Anastasia the girl who he tries to ignore because she’s his frat brother’s girlfriend.

Antastasia is the queen of nothing and her only weakness is River, the footballer who hates her.

He may pretend she doesn’t exist but when her life crashes down, he’s the one to pick her up and make their revenge pact.

I loved this take on an enemies to lovers love story where the hero is “the enemy” because he’s trying so hard to deny and ignore his feelings.

Oh, how it gave me all the feelings! It’s hard not to love a Madden-Mills college romance.

Amazon | Goodreads | My Review

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The Romantic Pact by Meghan Quinn is her latest new adult, contemporary romance release that romance book fans will find worth reading. It’s one of the best friends to lovers romance novels of the year. Read the full book review by popular romance book blogger, She Reads Romance Books.

The Romantic Pact
by Meghan Quinn

Published December 2020
*advanced reader copy
A Delightful Friends to Lovers Romance That Will Have You Booking a Trip!
4 stars

We made a pact growing up, never to get romantic with each other – never fall in love. But now I’m on a road trip in Germany to honor my Pops with the one girl I can’t have.

And I’m about to break that pact. 

I adored this book. Quinn pens the perfect friends to lovers romance while also taking you on this epic, romantic journey through Germany at Christmas time.

Get prepared to add a similar trip to your bucket list after reading this one. I know I have!

Amazon | Goodreads | My Review

Related: Friends to Lovers Romance Books, Christmas Romance Books

The Relationship Pact by Adriana Locke is her latest new adult, contemporary romance release and features a fake relationship love story. Find out if this is one of the best novels of 2020 and a book worth reading by checking out the full book review from romance book blogger, She Reads Romance Books.

The Relationship Pact
by Adrianna Locke

Published December 2020
*advanced reader copy
An OK, Fake Relationship Romance
3.5 stars

Larissa just needed football star Hollis Hudson to pretend to be her boyfriend for five minutes. That’s all.

Pretending to like Hollis is easy, but pretending that their relationship pact isn’t turning into something more is hard. 

This is a cute love story that starts off with a bit of pretending which is always a fun storyline in my opinion.

While I liked the struggle behind Hollis’ character, I felt like this story could have used more depth given it took place over just a few days.

But despite that, I enjoyed reading it and it has me wanting to read her upcoming release, Reputation.

Amazon | Goodreads | My Review

Related: Fake Relationship Romance Books

Hard to Hold by K Bromberg is a sports romance that also weaves an office romance and forced proximity love story. Discover why this is one of Bromberg’s best books and one you’ll find worth reading. Read the full book review by popular romance book blogger, She Reads Romance Books.

Hard to Hold
by K. Bromberg

Published December 2020
A Stellar Sports Romance in An Amazing Series
5 stars

Lennox Kincaid is a female sports agent in a male dominated world. When her reputation is called into question, she takes a job on a whim only to discover that she’s tasked with recruiting bad boy footballer, Rush McKenzie, to stay in the States and play for Major League Soccer.

Rush has no interest in leaving team Liverpool, but with a scandal marring his reputation and putting his team loyalty on the line, he may not have a choice.  

When they end up sharing a house, there’s no stopping their attraction so they’ll just keep it a secret, no strings attached fling, right?

I loved Lennox and Rush’s story, solidifying this series as such a hit for me!

Lennox was such an honest heroine who I really enjoyed but oh how I loved Rush.

This man had such heart and I loved his back story so much and how it led to his current predicament.

Definitely check this one out!

Amazon | Goodreads | My Review

Related: Sports Romance Books

Lilac is one of the best rock star romance books worth reading.

Lilac
by B.B. Reid

Published December 2020
An Enemies to Lovers Romance with Rock Stars
3 stars

Braxton Fawn is the new guitarist for Bound but she wasn’t the first choice of her new band mates. They are determined to turn her dream into a nightmare and get rid of her.

She just has to survive the tour and survive her attraction to them all.

This was my first book by Reid and I liked it, but know that it is LONG (558 pages)!

The beginning completely pulled me in and kept me reading to see how the extreme hate could turn around to something more.

If you like poly romances but ones that are more story than bedroom scenes then this is one for you.

Amazon | Goodreads

Related: Rock Star Romance Books, Best Enemies to Lovers Books

The Villain by L.J. Shen is her latest contemporary romance release that romance book fans will find worth reading.Read the full book review by popular romance book blogger, She Reads Romance Books.

The Villain
by L.J. Shen

Published December 2020
*advanced reader copy
A Villain Romance You’ll Totally Fall For
4 stars

Cillian Fitzpatrick may be known as The Villain in the media but to me, he’s my Savior.

He already saved my life once and now he’s doing it again, bailing me out of my husband’s mess. But his help comes with a cost, and that cost is my freedom.

Time and time again L.J. Shen makes me fall for cold-hearted bastards and she does it again with Cillian Fitzpatrick!

I loved her spin on the Hades/Persephone story in this marriage of convenience story.

If you too are a fan of tortured heroes, you’ll want to check this one out.

Amazon | Goodreads | My Review

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The Reverse Play book cover

The Reverse Play
by Julia Clarke

Published January 2019
A Sports Romance That’s Just the Start…
3 stars

Blake has a dream about becoming a head football coach in the NFL, but it’s an uphill battle considering she’s a woman.

When she finally lands her dream job as a coach for the Boston Rebels, she knows it’s an opportunity she can’t screw up. And developing feelings for a player will do just that, especially if it’s three players she can’t stop thinking about.

This is the first book in the Rebels series so it’s basically a book setting up what’s to come as it had very little romance in it.

I liked the dedication Blake has to achieve her dream when so much is stacked against her, so I’m not sure that I’ll buy her risking it all for not one but three players. I’ll have to see in book two…

Amazon | Goodreads

Related: Sports Romance Books, Office Romance Books

The Christmas Toy book cover

The Christmas Toy
by Krista Wolf

Published December 2019
A Slightly Kinky Reverse Harem Romance
3 stars

The three hottest guys in the office always spend Christmas together and this year they invited their colleague, Alyssa.

When she finds the journal one of their ex-girlfriend’s left in their mountain cabin and discovers how much fun she had with all three men, Alyssa’s all too eager to offer herself as their Christmas toy this year.

This was a find on my TBR pile that turned into a quick escape read to heat up the holidays.

The discovery of the journal was a nice twist to the story, giving it an added edge. Was it an enthralling story or fantastic writing? No, but if you’re looking for a slightly kinky reverse harem story then it’s a fun, quick read.

Amazon | Goodreads

Related: Christmas Romance Books

Loving Mr. Daniels is a high school romance book by popular romance book author, Brittainy C. Cherry. Check out the book review from romance book blogger, She Reads Romance Books, to see if this is a teen romance book worth reading.

Loving Mr. Daniels
by Brittainy C. Cherry

Published May 2014
A High School Romance that Made Me Sad
3 stars

Ashlyn is grieving the death of her sister but when she stumbles into a bar, the music sung by the gorgeous guitar player soothes her heartache.

How is it that one night and one person could be the balm she needs for the loss she feels?

But when she starts her senior year at a new high school, she comes face to face with her musician, her new English teacher.

This book had been on my TBR list for so long!

While I think Brittainy C. Cherry is a fantastic writer, I’m realizing that her writing just makes me feel sad.

This book was a sweet love story between two people dealing with loss and who found comfort in one another.

If that’s your jam, then you’ll love her story.

Amazon | Goodreads | My Review

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