Goodbye, Comfort Zone: 4 Reclusive Heroes Get a Holiday Romance

by Karen Green

Seeming distant or being introverted isn’t a barrier to love, but it could mean that finding—and trusting—a romantic partner takes a little more time and effort than it does for the more extroverted protagonists.

There’s more than meets the eye to these shy guys as we take a look at what it takes to put yourself out there during the festive season, when what you really want to do is just stay in.

We’re leaving our comfort zone behind today as we go on a journey from homebody to hot date with these stories of four reclusive heroes who are getting their shot at holiday romance.

One Christmas Eve (Cedar Street) by Shannon Stacey

One Christmas Eve by Shannon Stacey

A reclusive hero might be someone whose world just needs a little shaking up, and in bestselling author Shannon Stacey’s latest, it takes someone new and special to do the shaking.

This is the case for the saucy bookseller and the nerd next door who come to discover that routine may be comforting, but it isn’t nearly as exciting as embracing the unexpected.

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His Christmas Redemption (Three Sisters Ranch) by Danica Favorite

His Christmas Redemption by Danica Favorite

There are a lot of reasons a person might pull back from others, and living with the pain of loss is certainly one of them. Coming to terms with that pain can feel a lot like redemption, as it does for the hero in this inspiring story.

Tragedy forced Lance and his wife, Erin, apart, but forgiveness may convince Lance to open his door and his heart to the possibility of love and companionship once again.

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Holiday by Candlelight (Sutter Creek, Montana) by Laurel Greer

Holiday by Candlelight by Laurel Greer

PTSD could certainly make someone guarded, as it does in this story featuring a hero who is not sure if he’s ready to deal with his trauma—until a new colleague sheds a little light on his dark outlook.

Sometimes it takes going back to the scene of the crime to find a partner in crime.

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The Scrooge of Loon Lake (Small-Town Sweethearts) by Carrie Nichols

The Scrooge of Loon Lake by Carrie Nichols

Reclusivity isn’t always circumstantial; sometimes it’s self-imposed and the only thing that needs adjusting is an attitude. That’s the deal for this Scrooge who gets a kick in the pants from a very patient woman, which awakens a desire to return to a world that never actually turned its back on him in the first place. Self-awareness is the greatest Christmas gift of all.

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