Best Christmas Romance Books: 25 of My Favorites for 2023
Looking for a great holiday book with a little or a lot of romance thrown in? Check out this list of 25 of the best Christmas romance books.
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The holiday season is upon us, and there’s no better way to embrace the holiday spirit than by diving into the wonderful world of Christmas romance books.
Picture this: a cozy blanket, a steaming cup of coffee, and a heartwarming love story on a random holiday afternoon.
If you’re a sucker for sweet, uplifting tales that celebrate love, family, and the magic of the holiday season, you’re in for a treat!
I love a good romance novel, it’s even better when Christmas is involved. So today I am sharing this list that is the perfect gift for book lovers and hopeless romantics alike – a curated list of the best Christmas romance books .
This list has everything from second chance romance, to love in a small town, all centered around true love and the Christmas holiday. I’ve also made sure to include some of my favorites as well as new books being released this year.
So, get ready to be transported into the most wonderful time of the year when the Christmas spirit is alive, romance is a given and the happy ending is guaranteed!
Becky Brandon, a shopaholic with a heart of gold, is tasked with hosting Christmas for her family for the first time. Despite her best efforts, things don't go quite according to plan, but Becky learns the importance of family, friendship, and the true meaning of Christmas along the way.
Author's Note: These enemies-to-lovers deliver the holiday feels with a dirty-talking hero, ballsy blonde who never backs down, steamy hot break-the-dining-room-table sexy times, and a small town that still believes in the magic of Christmas.
Think a Hallmark Christmas movie, but with sex. LOL
Laurie James believes in love at first sight, and when she spots a man on a bus one December day, she's convinced he's the one. But she doesn't get a chance to meet him before the bus drives away. Over the next ten years, Laurie and the man, Jack, cross paths again and again, but fate seems to keep them apart. But when they finally have a chance to be together, Laurie must decide if she's willing to risk her heart for the love of her life.
The Groundhog day of Christmas Romances, Mae wakes up on a plane to Utah, reliving the same holiday vacation over and over again. As she experiences the same events and meets the same people, Mae learns to appreciate the little things in life and to fight for the things she loves most.
Iris, a young chef with a secret family recipe, moves to New York City to start a new life. When she stumbles upon a family-run gelateria in Little Italy, she discovers a connection to her past and a new love interest, Gio. As Iris helps Gio and his family recreate their gelato recipe, she must also confront the secrets that have been haunting her for years.
Winnie Baker is a former child star who is looking to make a comeback in a sexy Christmas romance movie. However, she's not sure how to fake on-screen chemistry with her co-star, Kallum, who she's known since they were kids. As they spend more time together, Winnie and Kallum begin to realize that their feelings for each other are real. However, they must overcome their own insecurities and the expectations of others in order to find their happily ever after.
Josie Morgan, a young woman grieving the loss of her parents, meets a mysterious stranger named Max during the Christmas season. As they spend more time together, Josie and Max fall in love, but Max disappears without a trace shortly after Christmas. Over the next year, Josie and Max are drawn back together by fate, and they must decide whether to give their love a second chance.
Vivian Forest, a social worker in her 50s, accompanies her daughter Maddie on a work trip to England to dress a duchess for Christmas at Sandringham. While there, Vivian meets Malcolm Hudson, the Queen's private secretary, and the two begin a whirlwind romance. As they spend time together, Vivian and Malcolm must navigate their different backgrounds and social circles, but their connection is undeniable.
Stella Bloom, the owner of a Christmas tree farm, enters a contest with an Instagram-famous influencer to save her farm from financial ruin. To make the farm seem more romantic, Stella lies on her application and says she has a boyfriend, but she must convince her best friend, Luka Peters, to pose as her fake boyfriend. As they spend more time together, Stella and Luka realize that their feelings for each other are more than just friendship.
Bettie Hughes, a broke social media influencer, accidentally conjures up Hall, the Holiday Spirit, who can grant her wishes in order to help her have more holiday spirit. As Bettie and Hall spend time together, she begins to learn the true meaning of Christmas and to open her heart to love.
When Kerry Tolliver travels to New York City to help her brother sell Christmas trees, she expects a quick and easy trip. But when an elderly neighbor goes missing, Kerry finds herself caught up in a heartwarming mystery with a charming cast of characters. As Christmas approaches, Kerry must use her country know-how and big city smarts to solve the mystery and bring the community together.
Lindy Carmichael, a graphic designer who has recently lost her job and her boyfriend, returns to her hometown for Christmas. While reminiscing about her childhood letters to Santa, Lindy decides to write him one last letter, asking for a fresh start. Little does she know, Santa is listening, and Lindy's Christmas wish may just come true.
Kate Turner, a single woman in her thirties, is convinced to sign up for a dating service that offers twelve dates with twelve different men in the weeks leading up to Christmas. As she embarks on her dating journey, Kate discovers new things about herself and the world around her, and she begins to question what she truly wants in life.
Princess Marie of Eldovia must travel to New York City to save her small Alpine country, but her car breaks down and she's forced to hail a cab. The cab driver, Leo Ricci, is a gruff but kind-hearted man who agrees to be her driver for the rest of her trip. As they spend time together, Marie and Leo fall in love, but Marie must also face the difficult decision of whether to stay in New York with Leo or return to Eldovia and fulfill her royal duties.
Anna and Maryam, two strangers from different backgrounds, are snowbound at a quirky inn in Canada during the holidays. As Christmas, Hanukkah, and Ramadan converge, they experience the magic of the holidays, embrace their own cultures and traditions, and find love in unexpected places.
Melody Gallard, the daughter of a former rockstar, is offered a large sum of money to convince her estranged mother and her mother's former bandmate to reunite for a Christmas Eve concert. Melody teams up with Beat Dawkins, the son of the bandmate, and they embark on a madcap mission to track down their mothers and persuade them to perform one last show. Along the way, Melody and Beat discover a hidden attraction to each other and must decide if they're willing to risk their hearts for a chance at love
For the past ten years, Molly and Andrew have flown home to Ireland for the holidays together, but when their flight is grounded due to a freak snowstorm, they must find an alternate route. Along the way, they discover new things about each other and begin to question the nature of their friendship. As Christmas approaches, Molly and Andrew must decide whether to risk their hearts and pursue a romantic relationship.
Ellie Oliver, a struggling artist, agrees to a fake engagement with her landlord, Andrew, in exchange for a large sum of money. However, when she meets Andrew's sister, Jack, Ellie is shocked to discover that Jack is the mysterious woman she fell in love with over the course of one magical Christmas Eve the year before. As Ellie and Jack spend more time together, they must decide whether to follow their hearts or risk their friendship.
Country music star Colton Wheeler and immigration attorney Gretchen Winthrop find themselves drawn to each other despite their different worlds. As Christmas approaches, Colton must decide whether to pursue a romantic relationship with Gretchen, and Gretchen must learn to let go of her past and open her heart to love.
In the charming mountain town of Virgin River, Christmas is a time for celebration and community. As the townsfolk gather to decorate the town square and prepare for the holidays, two lonely hearts find unexpected love and friendship.
Bella Ross, a city girl real estate developer, is sent to the small town of Maple Falls to acquire a struggling Christmas shop. Jesse Harrison, the shop owner's grandson, is determined to save the shop and makes a wager with Bella: they will compete in the town's annual holiday games, and the winner will decide the selling price of the shop. As they compete, Bella and Jesse discover a new appreciation for the holidays and for each other.
Maya Bashir is dreading going home for Christmas after a breakup, but a detour to a friend's party throws her back together with her ex-boyfriend, Sam Holland. As they work together at the local ski resort, Maya and Sam must confront their past and decide if they can give their love another chance.
Diana Merriman, a physical therapist, is devastated when her fiancé Linus is critically injured in an accident. On Christmas Eve, she finds a magical snow globe that transports her back in time to the day of the accident. Determined to save Linus, Diana relives the day over and over, learning more about herself and her loved ones in the process.
Katie Smith, a lonely waitress, agrees to be a fake date for her regular customer, Juan Martinez, over Christmas at his family's winery. When Juan is hospitalized in a coma before the holiday, Katie must decide whether to tell his family the truth or continue pretending to be his girlfriend.
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