9 holiday romance books to make you holly, jolly in 2022

9 holiday romance books to make you holly, jolly in 2022

From YA love to Hanukkah set seduction to scenes more spicy than peppermint, there are plenty of festive treats.

Author Maureen Lee Lenker

Baby, it’s cold outside…

And that means it’s time for some love to keep you warm. EW has nine holiday romances that will get you in the holiday spirit.

If you’re looking for a new 2022 romance to read in the soft glow of your Christmas tree or by the fireside, try one of these.

Kiss Her Once For Me by Alison Cochrun

Alison Cochrun follows up her sparkling debut The Charm Offensive with this warm holiday romance that will satisfy anyone left wanting by Hulu’s Happiest Season. Ellie Oliver was a millionaire a year ago. She had her dream job and a meeting-cute with a woman in a bookstore on Christmas Eve. Her life was thrown into disarray soon after. She now works at a local coffee shop, just trying to make it through the day. Andrew, her boss, proposes to Ellie that she marry him for convenience in order to claim his inheritance. Ellie agrees to marry Andrew for convenience so he can claim his inheritance. However, when she arrives at Andrew’s house for the holidays, Jack, Ellie’s sister, is the woman she fell in love with last Christmas Eve. Charming While you Were Sleeping Vibes, Kiss Her One Time For Me is a story of unexpected connections and courage that requires. It’s as warm and intoxicating, as a cup o’ hot cocoa.

A Very Merry Bromance by Lyssa Kay Adams

In Lyssa Kay Adams’ latest addition to her Bromance Book Club series, county music star Colton Wheeler is still nursing a broken heart and trying to move forward with his music after a break-up with immigration attorney Gretchen Winthrop. Gretchen must convince Colton to become her family’s face of whiskey to secure funding for her clients. Colton agrees to go on three dates. A Very Merry Bromance is a joy to watch with Adams’ returning cast members of the Bromance Book Club and their romantic machinations. The real magic of this show is in Colton’s and Winthrops attempts to overcome the ghosts from their Christmas pasts and the romantic redemption that follows.

Snowbound in Her Boss’s Bed by Marcella Bell

We love a Hanukkah-themed romance and the chance to recognize the panoply of celebrations during this festive season. This forced-proximity romance lights up all eight candles. Miriam Howard, events director, is not expecting to be stranded in a blizzard when she arrives at CEO Benjamin Silver’s Aspen chalet. Their attraction grows as the storm intensifies. Although the Hanukkah setting doesn’t really add much to the story, the pages are so hot that you will probably only read it once.

Two Christmases by Suleena Bibra

If your vibe is small-town Hallmark romance but with more spice (and diversity), Two Christmases is the tale for you. Sonia Gupta tries to convince Beau Abbot, a South Carolina farmer, to use her family’s auction house for his new business. She accepts his invitation to enjoy the charms of Christmas in the South despite her love for New York City. Sonia, a relationship-phobic, is wary about trying to divide her heart between the two places. This one is for everyone who has ever thought Why can’t holiday romances ever let the city girl choose her city?

You’re a Mean One Matthew Prince by Timothy Janovsky

Matthew Prince may be absurdly attractive, but his soul is as mean and selfish as the Grinch. His family decides to send him to a small, snowy town to live with his grandparents after he makes a mistake in public relations. Hector Martinez is not impressed by Matthew when he arrives. Matthew is appointed events.coordinator at the local charity gala and he begins to understand the true spirit of the season. His heart (and perhaps other things) grows three times.

The Christmas Clash by Suzanne Park

Prefer your Christmas romances on the cozy side? This sweeter than gingerbread YA romance is about two teenage lovers who hate each other until they have to come together to save their local mall. Chloe Kwon works as an Elf at Santa Land while her parents run the Korean cafe in the food court. Peter Li, the son of the Empress Garden owners, runs the North Pole VR booth and is just a short distance from Santa Land. As Chloe plans to save Riverwood mall, Peter and Chloe also look for new opportunities to kiss. Park is a master at writing romances that shine with her portrayal of Asian culture. The Christmas Clash is a gift that we are eager to open again and again.

A Valentine for Christmas by Reese Ryan

Seduction under the mistletoe? Sign us up! Dr. Julian Brandon has a plan to woo Chandra Valentine, an older, career-focused women. After meeting on a plane, she agrees that she will be his girlfriend for the holidays. The only thing that is certain about this steamy tale is the fact that fake dating almost always leads to something more real. This Valentine Vineyards story is Ryan’s first. We’re ready to sip a glass of wine as we enjoy this story that doubles up as a Christmas gift and Valentine’s Day gift.

Season of Love by Helena Greer

It’s a holiday mash-up of epic proportions when artist Miriam Blum is devastated to learn her great-aunt Cass has died and made her part owner of Jewish-run Christmas tree farm, Carrigan’s. Miriam wants the tree farm to be over, but then she discovers it is at risk. Miriam is determined to save the tree farm, provided she can get along with Noelle Northwood, the grumpier farm manager, who is constantly disarmed by Miriam’s brilliant ideas. Their biggest problem soon becomes keeping their attraction under control. Greer gives a new meaning to the yuletide.

Just Like Magic by Sarah Hogle

Pair the unhinged Christmas spirit of Elf with the redemption narrative of A Christmas Carol and you’d get something like Just Like Magic. Bettie Hughes is good at putting out a public image of luxury, but in reality, she’s broke and squatting in Colorado. She accidentally conjures Hall, the holiday spirit when she plays backwards a vinyl record of “All that I Want for Christmas is You”. Hall’s cheerful nature warms her and her wishes lose their luster. She finds herself wishing for more time with him. Hogle is a master at turning a completely absurd premise into a classic holiday book. This will be a long-lasting favorite.

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