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Our favourite Christmas movie romances

It’s a week to go until Christmas Eve, and we couldn’t be more excited to slob around in our pyjamas for a fortnight, eating everything in sight and trying not to argue with our siblings. Obviously we’re hoping for some gorgeous books under our tree, but this is also the time for re-watching favourite holiday movies, and we’ve picked out a selection box of some of the most romantic ones just for you . . .

When Harry Met Sally








This technically isn’t a Christmas film, but it always reminds us of this time of year – lots of festive knitwear, stolen NYE kisses and a scene that captures the horror/joy of getting the tree.

Love Actually

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Depending on your opinion on Keira Knightley, this is either a crime against cinema or a modern Christmas classic – we’re very much in the latter camp. Too many swoon-worthy/heartbreaking moments to count, but our fave is Laura Linney finally going home with the stud from her office.

The Nightmare Before Christmas









Maybe more appropriate for Halloween (we like to watch it then and a couple more times before Christmas), this is the timeless love story of Jack and Sally, with some absolutely killer songs.

The Holiday











Whether this is a good film remains debatable, but it’s made its way onto our holiday viewing roster through ITV2’s sheer persistence showing it ALL THE TIME over Christmas.

Bridget Jones’s Diary











Colin Firth in a reindeer jumper. Need we say more?

It’s a Wonderful Life

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Yes, it’s shamelessly sentimental and you’ve probably seen it more times than you care to admit, but we honestly can’t think of a more romantic film that embodies the spirit of Christmas. If this isn’t a part of your holiday traditions, now is the time to make it so.

Eyes Wide Shut

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Maybe a slightly rogue choice, but this is a serious Christmas film, with (then) real-life couple Nicole Kidman and Tom Cruise baring their souls and a whole lot more besides . . . Come for the star-gazing, stay for the erotic masked ball.

Fire up your Netflix and get viewing! What are your favourite Christmas movies?

Jared, Tate and Madoc do Christmas . . . EXCLUSIVE CONTENT from Penelope Douglas




It’s Christmas morning, and Madoc and family have come over to Jared and Tate’s. But they’re still sleeping.


Tate: *groans* *still asleep*

Madoc: GET UP!!

Jared: *lifts head off pillow* I’m going to fuck him up. What time is it?

Tate: *moans, reaches over and cuddles* Ignore him. Come back here.

Jared: *lays back down

Madoc: Seriously!! I can’t believe you two are in bed when your 10 year old daughter is outside the house unsupervised!!

Jared: *pops head up again* What?!


Jared: *listening

Tate: *listening

Jared: Oh, shit! *scrambles, throws on jeans and races out of room

Jared: What the hell is she doing?

Madoc: I’m guessing she found her Christmas present early.

Jared: *swings open front door, sees Dylan and Hawke racing down snow-covered Fall Away Lane on their four-wheelers.

Madoc: You realize it was kind of stupid for you and Jax to get them the same thing, right?

Jared: Dylan!! Get off that thing now!

Dylan: *carries on racing as the snow falls

Madoc: *snorts* It’s okay. Mine hear white noise when I start yelling, too.

Jared: *throws on sweatshirt, shoes, and runs to the street

Jared: Dylan, now!

Dylan and Hawke pull up to curb. Hunter and Kade watching. Fallon and Tate come outside…

Dylan: I love it! It’s so much fun!

Jared: Yeah, you don’t have a helmet on. You haven’t been trained on it, and you’re on a city street. Get off now.

Dylan: Did you wear a helmet when you raced?

Jared: I didn’t race four-wheelers.

Dylan: Were you trained how to race? I thought you told Hawke that a little danger is good for you.

Jared: Hawke’s not my child.

Dylan: Is it because I’m a girl?

Jared: Jesus…

Dylan: And Mom told me that you and she raced all the way to Main—IN THE MIDDLE OF THE DAY! IN CARS!

Jared: *cocks eyebrow at Tate*

Tate: *hides smile

Dylan: I’ll learn how to use it on my own. I don’t need help.

Jared: No, I…

Dylan: You can’t just take it away now that I’ve gotten a chance to ride it. If I have to come inside, I’m just going to stare at it through the window all day being unhappy.

Jared: Dylan, I–

Dylan: And I don’t want to be unhappy on Christmas. Come on, please? It’s so much fun. It’s going to ruin the whole day if you make me wait to ride it.

Jared: Don’t be dramatic. I—

Dylan: I’m not being dramatic! Do you call the boys dramatic?

Jared: I…I…

Tate: *laughing

Madoc: *making whipping sound

Dylan: Just twenty more minutes.

Hawke: An hour.

Dylan: Yeah, an hour. Then we’ll come inside!

Hunter: Hey, Dyl. Let me ride with you.

Dylan: Don’t call me Dyl, Dork.

Hunter: Fine. Let me ride with you. *walks to four-wheeler

Kade: *grabs him and pulls him away* You go be Hawke’s sissy. I’ll ride with Dylan.

Kade: *looks at Dylan* Scoot back. I’m driving.

Dylan: Fat chance. You want to ride with me, climb on behind. I’m driving.

Kade: *smirks, climbs on behind and then leans forward into Dylan’s back, placing his hands on the handlebars and pushing hers out of the way.

Dylan: Hey!

Kade: I always win. You know that by now. *speeds off, followed by Hawke and Hunter

Madoc: That’s my boy. You can’t learn skill like that.

Jared: *scowls and glares at Madoc

Madoc: Oh, come on. Things are going to get real interesting in a few years. She doesn’t stand a chance. You know that.

Jared: Shut up.


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Happy publication day Sheila Roberts!!

We are thrilled to have publishing today three gorgeous epubs by Sheila Roberts that are sure to get you in the holiday spirit! They are full of romance, humour and one even features a pesky ginger cat who just might meddle with a few human destinies!

Read on for more about these heart-warming tales from New York Times bestselling author Sheila Roberts!

When a guy is in trouble, he starts making deals with his Creator . . . and Ambrose the cat is no exception. In danger of losing his ninth and final life, Ambrose makes a desperate plea to the universe. He’ll do anything if he can just survive and enjoy a nice long, final life. His prayer is answered when a stranger comes along and saves him-and now it looks like he has to hold up his end of the bargain.

The stranger turns out to be a firefighter named Zach, who’s in need of some serious romantic help. If Ambrose can just bring Zach together with Merilee, the nice lady who works at Pet Palace, it’s bound to earn him a healthy ninth life. Unfortunately for Ambrose, his mission is a lot harder than he ever thought. Merriliee is way too shy to make the first move on a ladies man like Zach, and Zach thinks he’s all wrong for a nice girl like Merrilee. Now it’s going to take all of Ambrose’s feline wiles-and maybe even a good old fashioned Christmas miracle-to make them both realize that what they’re looking for is right in front of their eyes.

At Christmas time, it seems as though a woman’s work is never done. Trimming the tree, mailing the cards, schlepping to the mall, the endless wrapping – bah humbug! So this year, Joy and Laura and the rest of their knitting group decide to go on strike. If their husbands and families want a nice holiday filled with parties, decorations, and presents – well, they’ll just have to do it themselves.

The boycott soon takes on a life of its own when a reporter picks up the story and more women join in. But as Christmas Day approaches, Joy, Laura, and their husbands confront larger issues in their marriages and discover that a little holiday magic is exactly what they need to come together.

When Kiley Gray discovers an enchanting snow globe in an antique shop, she has no idea how much her life is about to change. For years, the snow globe has passed from generation to generation, somehow always landing in the hands of a person in special need of a Christmas miracle.

Kiley could use a miracle herself. This year, all she wants for Christmas is someone to love. A hopeful shake leads her on an adventure that makes a believer out of her. When Kiley shares the story of the snow globe with her best friends-two women with problems of their own-they don’t believe it. But they’re about to discover that at Christmastime, sometimes the impossible becomes possible and miracles really do come true.


Happy publication day Sheila Roberts!

All three books are also available in paperback in December and make great stocking stuffers!

Six Days of Christmas: Thea Harrison

In our final installment of Christmas posts from Entice authors, Thea Harrison tells us why this is such a special time of year. We hope you’re all having a wonderful Christmas Eve and enjoy the big day tomorrow!

Christmas will be a special time this year, as we celebrate with a very new addition to the family, my first granddaughter, who was born this summer.

We will have a family gathering in the mountains of Colorado, with a glass-front wood stove to cheer up the interior of the house, while I hope we have a sprinkling of snow on the pines outside large, plate-glass windows.

It’s a beautiful time, filled with good, home cooked food, love and a relaxation from daily stresses.

Oracle’s Moon by Thea Harrison is available in Entice ebook now.

Six Days of Christmas: Phillipa Ashley

Christmas is just around the corner and today, in our fifth and penultimate author post, Phillipa Ashley invites us into her family festivities . . .

Miranda's Mount by Phillipa AshleyAt Christmas, we go for the full-on, slightly mad family experience.

My daughter and both sets of parents all gather at our house. Everyone does their bit: I host the day, my mum gets the turkey, the in-laws do the veg and my husband orders the wine from Laithwaites.

The unofficial highlight of the day is the Table Present. My mum and I always buy a small gift for each person that goes on the dinner table after the main pressies have been opened. It can be a little luxury item, something witty, amusing or cute – but it has to be a big surprise. The Dad gifts are the best and the search for those goes on throughout the year.

I’ll let you into a secret: this year my Dad’s came from the Alcatraz souvenir shop. That’s the sort of family we are.

Happy Christmas!

Miranda’s Mount by Phillipa Ashley is available in Entice ebook now.

Six Days of Christmas: Francesca Clementis

Day four of our Christmas posts and Francesca Clementis shares the joys of spending the holidays with children…

Strictly Business by Francesca ClementisI remember one particular Christmas when my nephew was given a massive (and massively expensive) Star Wars Lego set.

As his doting aunt, I agreed to help him make the complicated Death Star by following the woefully inadequate instructions. In the end, I completed the model by myself as my nephew was more interested in kicking his old football around in the garden. It took me ELEVEN HOURS and I wasn’t able to join in with any of the family fun and games.

At the end, I presented the model proudly to my nephew. ‘That’s cool’, he said, casually, and went straight back out into the garden with his football.

An entire Christmas day squandered? No. I’d done something cool for my favourite person and I felt great.

Francesca writes warm, romantic comedies, perfect for fans of Lucy Anne Holmes and Ali MacNamara. To see all titles available from Entice, click here.


Six Days of Christmas: Sarah Bilston

In the second of our Six Days of Christmas posts, Entice author Sarah Bilston shares the magic of choosing a Christmas tree . . .

Bed Rest by Sarah BilstonI live in Connecticut now, which is the land of white Christmases.

My husband and I have three children and every year, around the middle of December, we take them on a daytrip to cut down our Christmas tree. There are many Christmas tree farms in rural Connecticut, but our favourite is the one that serves hot apple cider and chocolate chip cookies. They also have a large red tractor with a trailer behind, the joy of any small child, and they’ll pull you through the acres of white landscape in search of that one, perfect tree.

We hunt Frasier Firs, so that narrows it down a bit. Frasier Firs have widely-spaced needles, making them the best choice if you have a German husband, for whom Christmas is inextricably linked to memories of real candles twinkling through sap-smelling branches (buckets of water and wet towels stand ready, but still, don’t tell our local fire department). Our Christmas tree will be hung with Kringels, chocolates and hard sweet candies suspended with red wool, and we serve marzipan cakes and sing Christmas Carols in German. Or at least, my husband and the children sing, and I hum along.

Our tree is usually about twelve feet tall and it takes a good hour for us to find it, kids tripping over the old tree stumps poking out through the snow. We assess every Frasier Fir from every side, considering the shape of the branches as well as the height and width of the tree. A bump-in on one side is actually a good thing – the tree’ll hug the wall better, once we get it home.

Inevitably, family disputes break out over which tree to take: the kids and my husband want the biggest one, I always cavil – how will we get it home? How will we get it in through the front door? When peace breaks out, and the tree is chosen at last, my husband lies down on his side in the snow with the large, slightly-rusty, farm-supplied saw in one hand, stretches out under the branches, and hacks away steadily, releasing the rich, amber scent of the sap. It is always, I think, a rather sad moment. The tree shakes, and sighs, releasing its snow. The children squeal. We stand back. And then slowly, the tree resigns its grip on the earth, dropping to the ground in a mighty thud (we all, of course, scream out ‘timber.’ How often do you get to do that?).

We drag the corpse, as a family, to the nearest path. And then we wait. Eventually the tractor chugs back and picks us, and it, up. Then the farmers bail the tree in twine while we snuggle into our coats and drink hot cider, and the children shyly check out all the other children doing the same thing. I always think the tree won’t fit in the back of the car safely – and it never does, but we get it back somehow, releasing clouds of needles behind us as we drive it home.

Bed Rest by Sarah Bilston is available in ebook from Entice now.

Six Days of Christmas: Mariah Stewart

From now until Christmas Day, we’ll be posting a series of six Christmas thoughts from some of our favourite Entice authors. Today, Mariah Stewart tells us all about her typical family Christmas:

‘In our home, Christmas Eve is usually chaos of wrapping, baking and turning the house upside down searching for those gifts I’ve misplaced.

Christmas morning is the best – we’ve been hosting a brunch for the same group of friends and family for over twenty-five years. The kids who were toddlers way back then have grown into adults, and we’ve added new faces as there have been engagements and weddings and yes, a baby (our adorable grandson, Cole!).

There’s always much laughter and the joy of being with people you’ve known and loved forever. Brunch always goes well into the afternoon, but we wouldn’t have it any other way!’

Mariah Stewart’s bestselling Cheseapeake Diaries series is available from Piatkus Entice now (Coming Home, Home Again, Almost Home, Hometown Girl and Home for the Summer).