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It’s the best time of year to snuggle up on the couch with a cozy blanket, a cup of hot chocolate, and a love story. This list of ten romances will get you ready for the holidays in the best possible way. Open up your heart and open up one – or all – of these books to get ready to meet that special someone underneath the mistletoe.
The Matzah Ball by Jean Seltzer
Rachel Rubenstein-Goldblatt is a nice Jewish girl with a shameful secret: she loves Christmas. It was has inspired her to write Christmas romance novels for over a decade, but her hidden career is almost torturous as her chronic illness has always kept the kind of love she writes about out of reach. When Rachel is demanded to write a Hanukkah romance novel, her inspiration suddenly runs dry. She is determined to find her muse at the Matzah Ball, even if it means working with her archenemy, Jacob Greenberg. Yet, the holiday season tends to bring people together in ways they never expect.
The Wish by Nicholas Sparks
At 16, Maggie Dawes is sent away to live with an aunt she barely knows in a North Carolina Outer Banks’ village. There are few teens on the island, so when she meets one—Bryce Trickett, handsome and real—she lets him introduce her to the remote beach town and a passion that ends up defining her life: photography. More than two decades later, in 2019, Maggie is a renowned travel photographer and finds herself unexpectedly grounded over Christmas, fresh off sobering news of a medical diagnoses, relying on a young assistant. As they grow closer, she recalls the Christmas memories in that small beach town so many years ago, telling him the story of love that set her on a path she never could have imagined.
Meet Me in London by Georgia Toffolo
What’s more romantic than celebrating Christmas in London with your fake girlfriend? Oliver Russell is helping open his family’s new London department store, but things are running behind and the festive spirit isn’t enlightening him much. His meddling mother continues to pester him about bring his girlfriend to the holidays so she can meet her. The only problem being Oliver’s girlfriend is non-existent. When he meets Victoria Scott, an aspiring designer and boutique owner, he makes a business deal. She pretends to be his girlfriend for the holidays and he promises to showcase her designs. Yet, their arrangement starts to feel very real. But when secrets in Victoria’s past are exposed, will Oliver walk away—or will they both follow their hearts and find what neither knew they were looking for?
Twelve Dates of Christmas by Rilzy Adams
Rashad Cole and Zia Ralph weren’t just friends; there was a lot of fondness, chemistry and passion to their friendship. Yet, when Zia suddenly ends their friendship, six years fly by before they see each other again. Rashad won’t spend another Christmas without her, and in an effort to prove that they would make better lovers than friends, Zia agrees to twelve dates. Will Zia give their love a chance this Christmas season?
Under a Falling Star by Jae
Austen’s first job as the new secretary for an international games company? Decorating the Christmas tree in the lobby. She didn’t plan on it going badly, but when the star-shaped tree topper falls directly onto her boss, Dee’s, head, more than a trip to the ER ensues. While falling stars are usually lucky, Dee blames her instant attraction to Austen on her head wound, not the magic of the falling star. It’s not as though Dee can act on it, Austen doesn’t know that Dee is practically her boss. It would be a disaster. Right?
In a Holidaze by Christina Lauren
It is not the most wonderful time of the year for Maelyn Jones. She’s living with her parents, hates her going-nowhere job, and has just made a romantic error of epic proportions. But as she miserably drives away from her families Utah cabin for the last time, she begs the universe for a sign: Please. Show me what will make me happy. The next thing she knows tires screech and cars collide, everything goes black. But when Mae gasps awake, she’s on an airplane bound for Utah, where she begins the same holiday all over again. Can Mae figure out this weird time loop and finally get her true love under the mistletoe?
Moonlight Over Manhattan by Sarah Morgan
Harriet Knight is challenging herself to do one thing a day in December that scares her, including celebrating Christmas without her family. But she adds an extra challenge to her list—dealing with Madi’s, the new dog she’s been entrusted to walk, temporary dog sitter, Ethan Black, and their very unexpected chemistry. Ethan was in over his head when he agreed to take care of Madi, so he comes up with an idea. He will pay Harriet to share his New York apartment and provide twenty-four-hour care. But there’s nothing simple about how Harriet makes him feel. But when the job is finished, will they be able to take the biggest challenge of all?
The Wrong McElroy by KL Hughes
Fiona Ng’s best friend, Michael, needs a pretend girlfriend to bring home for Christmas in Arkansas. It starts off how you might think: accents as thick as a homemade pie crust, and an endless supply of competitive siblings … including, Michael’s beautiful younger sister, Lizzie. The longer she spends time with Lizze, Fiona begins to wonder how she is going to successfully pull off a fake relationship with Michael when she’s falling head over heels for another McElroy.
Duke, Actually by Jenny Holiday
Maximillian von Hansburg, Baron of Laudon and heir to the Duke of Aquilla, is not having a merry Christmas. He’s been dumped by a princess, he’s unemployed, and his domineering father has sent him to New York to meet a prospective bride he has no interest in. In the city, he meets Dani Martinez, a smart (and gorgeous) professor he’s determined to befriend before their best friends marry in the Eldovian wedding of the century. Dani is done with love which is why she hits it off with notorious rake Max. He’s the perfect partner for snow angels in Central Park and deep conversations about the futility of love. But falling in love was never part of the plan.
Royal Holiday by Jasmine Guillroy
Vivian Forest isn’t going to refuse a chance to travel her daughter, who is going on a work trip to England to style a royal family member. She expected to fall in love with the way the holidays stood out in all the British sights, but she didn’t expect her attraction to the private secretary. Malcolm Hudson has worked for the Queen for years, but he’s never been captivated by any of the visitors like he is with Vivian. When flirtatious banter turns into a kiss under the mistletoe, things snowball into a full-on fling. However their holiday romance is on a ticking-timer, will they be ready to part ways on New Years?
Mangos & Mistletoe by Adriana Herrera
Winning the Holiday Baking Challenge in Scottland is the only thing on Kiskeya Burgos’ mind. It’s her shot to prove herself to everyone that she belongs in the culinary world. All she has to do is keep her yes on the prize, and off of Sully Morales’ perfect lips. Sully has been consumed with taking care of her family, and now she has a chance to get back to thing she loves: baking. But when she finally convinces her grumpy AF baking partner that they make a great team at baking and at kissing, an unexpected betrayal may end their chance to win culinary competition glory.
Christmas in Peachtree Bluff by Kristy Woodson Harvey
When Caroline and her husband of 15 years announce they are divorcing, their daughter Vivi acts out and ends up at grandma Ansley’s house in Peachtree Bluff. The “storm of the century” is approaching and rather than going on the trip of a lifetime, Ansley, Jack and Vivi end up with no power, no provisions, and the water rising, the circumstances become dire very quickly… and the Murphy sisters, who evacuated to New York, soon realize it’s up to them to conduct a rescue mission. This family will have to come together in order to restore Peachtree Bluff, and maybe their own bonds as well.
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