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Family Novels as Warm and Fuzzy as Your Favorite Sweater

As the weather gets colder, and the holidays get closer, I start to yearn for family stories and books that make me feel warm and fuzzy. I would like the world to think that I’m all thrillers and horror novels all the time, but let’s be honest, I’m secretly an ooey-gooey chocolate chip cookie and sometimes I want books that feel the same way. These ten books are packed with love and drama and are sure to leave your heart full.

Audrey by Sean-Paul Thomas From the author of My Sister and I and The Old Man and The Princess (recently optioned to be a motion picture) - comes a new, suspenseful romantic tale that will knock you off your feet. A story that has a reminiscence of ‘500 days of Summer’ and ‘Midnight in Paris’ with a fair dollop of ‘The Graduate’ thrown in. And of course Audrey, a delightful, older female protagonist who takes the young and wayward ex-con Joe under her wing. Just out of prison Joe, a young builder from Edinburgh who writes movie scripts in his spare time, randomly meets Audrey, a washed-up, hard-drinking, chain-smoking, middle-aged French film actress at his local film festival. After hitting it off and spending one crazy, magical night together, Audrey sees some potential in Joe and his writing and tries to help him win back his estranged daughter by getting his first screenplay made into a movie in Paris. And so, the adventure of a lifetime begins… Amazon Goodreads

Bloody Love (Lilah Love Book 6) by Lisa Renee Jones One. Two. Three. The cat is in the tree. As far as Lilah's concerned, her note writing stalker just gets more stupid everyday. One, two, three, the cat is in the tree? What is that? And what does it have to do with a wedding turned bloody? Lilah continues to hunt for the monster who killed a bride-to-be while she awaits news on Kane's chopper that emergency landed in the ocean. She's angry. She's worried. She's ready to kill the man she knows is responsible for Kane's crash: Pocher. It's a race against the clock to save Kane and catch a killer. Everyone won't survive. Amazon Goodreads

Mafiosa Princess by Liza Malloy Two men love her. But only one truly knows her. College Junior Giada Conti wants nothing more than to pursue a normal life fueled by her own choices. Unfortunately, she doesn’t realize her father’s business isn’t completely lawful, or how that fact will completely dictate her future. Pre-law student Adrian Patras is certain Giada is the perfect woman for him, until he meets her family and grasps the extent of his girlfriend’s naivete. As Adrian finds himself unwillingly pulled into the family business, Giada grows frustrated with his insinuations about her father. Meanwhile, Giada’s ex, the notorious Luca Marino, pops back into her life with his own criminal agenda that includes winning her back.

Mafiosa Princess is the captivating first book in the steamy mafia romance series that you won’t want to put down. Amazon Goodreads

Fired Up by K.K. Allen Through smoke and fire, she’s all I see. Nothing gives me a bigger rush than when I’m responding to an emergency call. As a firefighter EMT, my mission has always been clear. Until I arrive at the scene of an accident and a dark-haired vixen, quite literally, trips into my life. I quickly learn there’s more to the gorgeous photographer than meets the eye. Meadow Matthews isn’t a woman who needs saving, but she just might save me. As a single mom to an adorable little boy, she leaves little time for play. Which is why, when I approach her with a fun opportunity, she instantly declines. Unfortunately, snapping photos of greased-up firefighters for a calendar isn’t her thing. Lucky for us, she fires me up just enough to convince her otherwise. Amazon Goodreads

The Thief by Jessika Klide When I receive the news that there is a stipulation in my father’s will that will allow me to take control of the family fortune from my stepmother, I vow to my sister that her evil reign comes to an end the day I resign from the Navy. When I arrive in the parking garage at the Children's Charity Auction, I’m on that mission. I have three weeks to marry someone. That’s when a princess appears in hot pink pumps with legs that stretch for miles and a body that makes me forget for a moment I’m on a mission. But only for a moment. Amazon Goodreads

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