Megan Derr’s Ten Favorite Queer Holiday Reads : Festive Kisses Event (Includes Giveaway)

Posted December 13, 2020 by Nix in Active Giveaway, Festive Kisses Event / 4 Comments

Hello, All! I hope your December is going well, and you and yours are healthy and happy. A lot to ask for in this Our Year of the Hellscape, but hope springs eternal.

I’ve been on a thriller and horror binge lately, but I could never resist the sweet call of feel good holiday stories. In that vein, I offer up a list of some of my absolute favorites.


  1. By far the one I’ve read the most is Rest and Be Thankful by Joanna Chambers. It’s the perfect blend of angst, sweet, and romance. I practically have it memorized. I always start off my holidays reads with this one, and usually read it once or twice more throughout the month.
  • My True Love Gave to Me by Ava March. For historical reads that are the perfect combination of angsty and sweet, you can never go wrong with March, and this remains one of my favorites of her works.
  • The Mistletoe Kiss by Ruby Moone is a sweet historical read about a bookstore owner and a man trying to escape a miserable existence. They definitely find in each other the family and home they need, and I love it.
  • All I Want for Christmas by Clare Lydon is a lot of fun, one of those ‘all the dates until I find the perfect person for me!’ that does not go remotely as hoped/planned and love comes from an unexpected place. I’ll read a thousand of these. Probably have. Lydon does a great job with it.
  • Carolyn for Christmas by Lucy Carey. Who doesn’t love an enemies to lovers story? It’s my favorite trop, in all its variations. Add Christmas to that and it’s the best thing ever.
  • The King of Cups by Elinor Gray is a great friends to lovers Christmas romance, and another book I reread every year as the holidays come ’round.
  • The Christmas Chevalier by Meg Mardell is another historical and has a central trans character, which is awesome. It’s a 2020 release, I bought it the day it came out because it ticked so many boxes, and proved to be a great book. I love it so much!!!
  • Not Much of a Christmas Miracle by Yolande Kleinn. Another 2020 release that grabbed my attention. This is a short, super cute read that’s perfect for reading on break or right before bed or for a quick pick me up. I love it love it.
  • Simon, Sex, and the Solstice Stone by Kay Berrisford. I’ve recced this book before in the past, but it remains a holiday favorite. I’ve always been an ardent fan of Berrisford’s work and this book is no exception. It’s a fun urban fantasy romp and I love it dearly.
  • Vampire Claus by Robert Winter. I love vampires. I love warm and fuzzy Christmas stories. This was a cute, fun combination of both those things and I loved it.

Honorable Mentions: Some books I wanted to add, but which seem to no longer be in print: Knitting a Broken Heart Back Together by Ari McKay, Personal Shopper by Tere Michaels, and Alone for Christmas for Ashley John.

What are some of your favorite Holiday stories?

Have a good one!



Megan is a long time resident of queer fantasy romance, and keeps herself busy reading and writing it. She is often accused of fluff and nonsense. When she’s not involved in writing, she likes to cook, harass her wife and cats, or watch movies. She loves to hear from readers, and can be found all over the internet. ||||||@meganaderr

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