If you’re looking to brighten your holidays this year with some sweet (or steamy) romance books, then I have the perfect list of new Christmas romance books coming in 2022 just for you!
Consider this the perfect present for anyone interested in relaxing with one of the best Christmas romance books of 2022.
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I don’t know about you, but I get so excited to see what new Christmas romance books plan to release every year.
Each Christmas holiday I make an effort to slow down and just enjoy the season and all the festivities – and that includes relaxing with a few new Christmas romance novels!
I think several romance book authors had Christmas on the mind this year because we have so many new Christmas romance books dropping in 2022. I cannot wait.
I was so thrilled putting this list together because I want to read each and every one!
Many of 2022’s new Christmas romance books start releasing in September (and one drops in August!) so you can get into the holiday spirit long before December rolls around.
Looking for even more amazing Christmas romance books to read this holiday season?
Check out these book lists to fill up your TBR list with some holiday cheer:
- The Best Christmas Romance Books To Get You in the Holiday Spirit
- Christmas Romance Novellas That are Naughty and Nice
- Christmas Historical Romance Novels
- Christmas Romance Books Written by Indie Authors
- 21 New Christmas Romance Books Releasing in 2021
Is there a new Christmas romance dropping in 2022 that you can’t wait to read? Share it in the comments below.
Christmas Romance Books Coming in 2022 Not to Miss:
A Very Merry Bromance
by Lyssa Kay Adams
A Second Chance Christmas Romance
Country music’s golden boy Colton Wheeler felt the most perfect harmony when he was with Gretchen Winthrop. But for her, it was a love him and leave him situation.
It’s hard for immigration attorney Gretchen not to feel a little Scrooge-ish about the excess of Christmas.
So when her estranged, wealthy family reaches out with an offer that will allow her to better serve the community, she’s unable to say no.
She just needs to convince Colton to be the new face of her family’s whiskey brand.
Colton agrees to consider Gretchen’s offer in exchange for three dates before Christmas.
With the help of the Bromance Book Club, Colton throws himself into the task of proving to her there’s a spark between them.
But Gretchen and Colton will both need to overcome the ghosts of Christmas past to build a future together.
I’m all for an opportunity to return to the Bromance Book Club, especially if I’m finally getting Colton’s story!
I love that he’s getting a second chance at love, especially at Christmas time, and can’t wait to see how he pulls out all of the stops on his 3 dates.
I’m sure his fellow book club members will be full of ideas to support their friend in his quest!
Once Upon a December
by Amy E. Reichert
A Christmas Romance Book With Magic
But after a stinging divorce, Astra Noel Snow’s yearly trip to the Milwaukee Christmas market takes on a whole new meaning.
She’s ready to eat, drink, and be merry, especially with the handsome stranger who saves the best kringle for her at his family bakery.
For Jack Clausen, the Julemarked stays the same magically leaping from one December to the next every four weeks, while the world outside the joyful street changes.
He’s never minded this life until he meets Astra and shows him life outside of the magical alley.
After a swoon-worthy series of dates, some Yuletide magic, and the unexpected glow of new love, Astra and Jack must decide whether this relationship can weather all seasons, or if what they’re feeling is as ephemeral as marshmallows in a mug of hot cocoa.
What’s Christmas without a little magic and maybe a bit of love?
I’m a sucker for a great Christmas market and a romance book that inspires travel so I’m all about this Christmas romance for 2022 that will sweep me away to Milwaukee and a magical holiday market!
Kiss Her Once for Me
by Alison Cochrun
A Queer Christmas Romance
One year ago, recent Portland transplant Ellie Oliver had her dream job in animation and a Christmas Eve meet-cute with a woman at a bookstore that led her to fall in love over the course of a single night.
But after a betrayal the next morning and the loss of her job soon after, she finds herself adrift, alone, and desperate for money.
Making ends meet at a local coffee shop, she agrees to Andrew, the shop’s landlord’s marriage of convenience plan that will give him his recent inheritance and alleviate Ellie’s financial woes and isolation.
They make a plan to spend the holidays together at his family cabin to keep up the ruse.
But when Andrew introduces his new fiancée to his sister, Ellie is shocked to discover it’s Jack—the mysterious woman she fell for over the course of one magical Christmas Eve the year before.
Now, Ellie must choose between the safety of a fake relationship and the risk of something real.
There is no doubt that I’m reading this new Christmas romance book because I completely fell for Cochran’s debut novel, The Charm Offensive, and hope that she delivers again in this holiday rom-com.
This book has so much going for it – a fake relationship/marriage of convenience and a forced proximity, second chance at love.
I love romance books with epic meet-cutes and have a feeling I’ll be falling for Ellie and Jack right along with them.
So This is Christmas
by Jenny Holiday
An Opposites Attract Christmas Romance
Matteo Benz has spent his life serving at the pleasure of the Eldovian crown.
When he is tasked to aid a management consultant who has been flown in to help straighten out the king’s affairs, he is instantly disturbed by her brash American manner and his inconvenient attraction to the brainy beauty.
Cara Delaney is in Eldovia to help clean up the king’s financial affairs, but soon finds herself at odds with the very proper Mr. Benz.
As they work together to return Eldovia to its former glory during the country’s magical Christmas season, Matteo discovers he is falling hopelessly in love with the unconventional American.
But a man who has devoted his life to tradition doesn’t change easily. Can he become the man Cara needs, or will their love be another sacrifice to the crown?
This Christmas romance concludes Holiday’s royal Christmas series so once you finish this one, if you haven’t read her previous novels you’ve got two more to read!
I love a good, opposites attract romance and I have a feeling the straight-laced royal advisor and the brash American are going to have sparks.
by Penny Reid
A Contemporary Christmas Romance
Bathsheba (Beth) Ryan can’t thank her best friend enough for helping her land the job of her dreams.
After being relegated to second-string security for politicians in DC, being hired as an undercover personal security specialist by a giant Hollywood studio is exactly the kind of action she’s always wanted.
Until she meets her first assignment.
Cyrus Malcom can’t thank his agent enough for arranging a blind date with seemingly the woman of his dreams.
After spending the past several years playing all the parts and climbing all the ladders, the lonely mega movie star finds himself actually enjoying a night on the town for the first time in ages when he meets the gorgeous, funny, and genuine Ryaine O’Rourke.
Until she shows up at his studio meeting the next day with a completely different name.
A world-wide press tour and too many late-night parties later, Beth simply needs to get through a short, one-day visit during the Christmas holiday, and then she’ll be free of Cyrus Malcom’s confusing hot looks and cold shoulders for good.
This new Christmas romance book from Reid is the second in her Three Kings series which started last year with Homecoming King.
I cannot wait to see how Cyrus and Beth face their awkward reunion in this one!
A Merry Little Meet Cute
by Julie Murphy and Sierra Simone
A Contemporary Christmas Romance
Bee Hobbes (aka Bianca Von Honey) has a successful career as a plus-size adult film star.
But when Bee is cast to star in a Christmas movie for the squeaky-clean Hope Channel, Bee is forced to keep her work as Bianca under wraps.
That’s easier said than done when she discovers her co-star is none other than childhood crush Nolan Shaw, an ex-boy band member in desperate need of career rehab.
But things heat up quickly in Christmas Notch, Vermont, when Nolan recognizes his new co-star from her ClosedDoors account.
Now Bee and Nolan are sneaking off for quickies on set, keeping their new relationship a secret from the Hope Channel’s execs.
But if Bee and Nolan can’t keep their off-camera romance behind the scenes, then this merry little meet cute might end up on the cutting room floor.
This book had me at plus-size adult film star! OMG I think this steamy rom-com is going to be so much fun to read this holiday season.
I love how it gives a nod to Hallmark-esq Channel movies which are all the rage during Christmas but with such a twist.
Here’s hoping this one delivers as one of the best Christmas romance books of 2022! My Review.
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You’re a Mean One Matthew Prince
by Timothy Janovsky
A Small Town, MM Christmas Romance
Matthew Prince is young, rich, and thoroughly spoiled. But one major PR misstep has Matthew cut off and shipped away to spend the holidays in his grandparents’ small town.
He’s now stuck in some festive winter wonderland AND having to share space with Hector Martinez, an obnoxiously attractive local who’s unimpressed with anything Matthew does.
Just when it looks like the holiday season is bringing nothing but heated squabbles, the charity gala loses its coordinator and Matthew steps in as a saintly act to get home early on good behavior.
But even a Grinch can’t resist the unexpected joy of found family, and in the end, the forced proximity and infectious holiday cheer might be enough to make a lonely Prince’s heart grow three sizes this year.
Man, authors get so creative with their Christmas-themed books, and I love how Janovsky creates his own Grinch for the holidays!
I really enjoyed Janovsky’s debut novel, Never Been Kissed, so I’m looking forward to see what his holiday romance has in store.
All I Want for Christmas
by Maggie Knox
An Enemies to Lovers, Fake Relationship Christmas Romance
When Sadie and Max are selected as contestants on the famed reality singing show Starmaker, each thinks they’ve finally gotten their big Nashville break.
But then they’re paired up for duet week and stun the world with their romantic onstage chemistry.
With fans going wild for #Saxie the network demands that they remain a duo on and offstage, or exit the competition.
Faking a relationship until their final performance in the Starmaker holiday special shouldn’t be too hard, except for one small problem—Sadie and Max can’t stand each other.
But with their dreams just within reach, they agree to the ruse. Will their fake relationship be exposed before they can win? Or might their phony connection turn real by the Christmas finale?
Maggie Knox has another new Christmas romance book releasing this year and I’m so excited.
Last year, their debut novel, The Holiday Swap, was one of my favorites so I’m happy they are giving us more holiday swoons this season.
From twin switching to now reality show contestants who must fake their way around their true feelings, Knox knows how to bring the fun in their Christmas-themed rom-coms.
One Last Gift
by Emily Stone
A Friends to Lovers Christmas Romance
Cassie and Tom lost their parents at a young age and relied on each other as well as Tom’s best friend, Sam, who always surrounded them with love.
But, twenty years later, Cassie has lost Tom as well. And in a way, she’s also lost Sam.
Over the years they’d drifted apart, and now the man she always had a crush on is someone she doesn’t even recognize anymore.
Then Cassie finds an envelope with her name on it, and she knows it’s the first clue in the Christmas scavenger hunt that Tom made for her every year.
Tom’s present sets Cassie on a heart-wrenching and beautiful journey that will change her life if she lets it.
But once she’s solved the final clue, will she be brave enough to accept the gift her brother has given her and the love it’s led her to?
I have a feeling this new Christmas romance book is going to be a slight tear-jerker but so incredibly beautiful.
I’m so excited to go on the scavenger hunt to beautiful places along with Cassie to see what she discovers and of course how she finds love.
Single and Ready to Jingle
by Piper Rayne
A Brother’s Best Friend Christmas Romance
What happens when one woman who thinks the entire month of December should be a national holiday joins forces with a British man who could easily be Scrooge’s evil twin?
Unfortunately for him, he needs her to help him convince his boss of the impossible—that he loves Christmas.
This sounds like it will be such a fun grumpy/sunshine holiday romance book to enjoy.
I’m not sure that I’ll ever tire of holiday books with a Scrooge-like character who is in desperate need of some Christmas cheer.
Here’s hoping this a fun and steamy one!
The Holiday Trap
by Roan Parrish
An LGBTQIA+ Christmas Romance
Greta Russakoff loves her tight-knit family and tiny Maine hometown, but they can’t seem to understand what it’s like to be a lesbian living in such a small world.
Truman Belvedere’s heart is crushed when he learns that his boyfriend has a secret life including a husband and daughter.
Reeling, all he wants is a place to lick his wounds far, far away from Louisiana.
Enter a mutual friend with a life-altering idea: swap homes for the holidays. For one perfect month, Greta and Truman will have a chance to experience a whole new world, and maybe fall in love with the partner of their dreams.
But all holidays must come to an end, and eventually these two transplants will have to decide whether the love (and found family) they each discovered so far from home is worth fighting for.
OMG this book is giving me all the feels similar to one of the best Christmas romance movies, The Holiday!
If you’re looking for a sweet, LGBTQIA+ romcom about two separate couples finding love over the holidays, this is the 2022 Christmas romance book for you.
How to Excavate a Heart
by Jake Maia Harlow
A Sapphic Christmas Romance
It all starts when Shani runs into May with her mom’s Subaru.
She was supposed to be focusing on her monthlong paleoichthyology internship, not about how she was unceremoniously dumped days before winter break.
But when a dog-walking gig puts her back in May’s path, the fossils she’s meant to be diligently studying are pushed to the side along with the breakup.
Then they’re snowed in together on Christmas Eve.
As things start to feel more serious, Shani’s hurt over her ex-girlfriend’s rejection comes rushing back.
Is she ready to try a committed relationship again, or is she okay with this just being a passing winter fling?
This romance may take place around Christmas but it focuses on two Jewish lesbians who ultimately find love.
I love a good forced proximity romance and snow storms provide the best scenarios for one!
This will be my first Harlow romance and I’m looking forward to checking it out.
Just Like Magic
by Sarah Hogle
A Paranormal Christmas Romance
Bettie Hughes once knew the comfort of luxury, but the reality is Bettie is now broke and squatting in Colorado, and her family has no idea.
Christmas with familial expectations is looming when Bettie plays a vinyl record of “All I Want for Christmas Is You” backward and accidentally conjures up Hall, the Holiday Spirit, in the form of a charming and handsome man.
Once the shock wears off, Bettie knows she’s stumbled upon the greatest gift: a chance to make all her holiday wishes come true, plus a ready-made fiancé.
Suddenly, grumpy Bettie is finding her heart merry and light. But the happier she gets, the shorter Hall’s time on earth grows.
Can Bettie channel the Christmas spirit and learn to live with goodwill toward all men? Or will her selfish ways return as soon as the holidays are over?
What’s a Christmas romance book without a little holiday magic?!
I may be inspired to play a record backwards after reading this romance to make all my wishes come true.
This definitely looks to be another grumpy/sunshine, new Christmas romance book with a bit of paranormal fun to check out.
There’s Something About Merry
by Codi Hall
A Single Parent Christmas Romance
A guarded single dad. A woman scared to love. Clark Griffin and Merry Winters are determined to be friends and nothing more.
But they’ve been anonymously flirting with each other online, and with a little Christmas magic and the help of a precocious kid, these two might just get their one wish this year.
There’s definitely something about this new Christmas romance book and I can’t wait to get my hands on it.
I love when people fall in love anonymously, plus a cute kid is always a plus for a fun romance book.
I’m looking forward to reading this one this holiday!
The Christmas Spirit
by Debbie Macomber
A Contemporary Christmas Romance
Peter Armstrong and Hank Colfax are best friends, but their lives couldn’t be more different. Peter is a local pastor busy visiting his flock, attending meetings, and, with the holiday season approaching, preparing for the Christmas service and live nativity.
As a bartender, Hank serves a much different customer base at his family-owned tavern, including a handful of lonely regulars and the local biker gang.
When Peter scoffs that Hank has it easy compared to him, the two decide to switch jobs until Christmas Eve.
To their surprise, the responsibilities of both bartender and pastor are similar, but much more difficult than either of them expected.
As Peter and Hank begin to see each other’s lives in a new light, and each discovers a new love to cherish, their lives are forever changed.
You can’t have a list of new Christmas romance books for 2022 without a Debbie Macomber title!
I am impressed by ALL the holiday romance books this woman churns out and this one sounds just as good and definitely unique.
Wonder what happens when two lifelong friends decide to trade places the week before Christmas? Add it to your TBR pile to find out 😊.
Meet Me Under the Mistletoe
by Jenny Bayliss
An Enemies to Lovers Christmas Romance
Forever torn between her working-class upbringing and her classmates’ extravagant lifestyles Elinor Noel, or Nory for short, has finally figured out how to keep both at equal distance.
When two of her oldest friends invite their whole group for festivities before their wedding at the castle near their old school, Nory must prepare herself for an emotionally complicated few days.
When she falls quite literally into the arms of Isaac, the castle’s head gardener, who has nothing but contempt for the “snobby prep school kids,” the attraction between them is undeniable.
And as Nory spends more time with Isaac during the wedding festivities, she finds herself falling hard for the boy she used to consider an enemy.
Nory and Isaac explore their common ground, but pressures mount on all sides, and Nory must decide what kind of life she wants to live and what sort of love is worth the risk.
I’m ready to embark on an adventure to an English countryside to see the sparks fly between these two enemies when they reconnect in this new holiday romance for 2022.
I love it when preconceived assumptions and prejudices initially influence a person’s thinking and then seeing how those change when they come to really know the person they miscalculated.
The Christmas Clash
by Suzanne Park
A Young Adult Christmas Romance
Chloe Kwon can’t stand Peter Li. It’s always been that way since their families operate rival restaurants in the Riverwood Mall food court—Korean food for the Kwons and Chinese food for the Lis.
Now it’s the holiday season and Chloe’s the photographer at the mall’s Santa’s Village, and Peter works at the virtual reality North Pole experience right across the atrium.
But it turns out the mall is about to be sold to a developer and demolished for condos. Eviction notices are being handed out right before Christmas.
Their parents don’t know what to do, and soon Chloe and Peter realize that the two of them need to join efforts to try to save the mall.
Just when it seems like they can put aside their differences and work closely (very closely) together, they discover that the Kwon and Li feud goes far deeper than either of them realize.
I’m getting a Romeo and Juliet vibe but with a happily-ever-after in this new Christmas romance novel that is sure to delight young adult romance fans.
I also love the diversity that’s showcased in this one which is a bonus in my book.
In the Event of Love
by Courtney Kae
A Queer Christmas Romance
With her career as a Los Angeles event planner imploding after a tabloid blowup, Morgan Ross isn’t headed home for the holidays so much as in strategic retreat.
Only her hometown of Fern Falls is built of one heartbreak on top of another, including her one-time best friend turned crush, Rachel Reed.
When Morgan discovers that the Reeds’ struggling tree farm is the only thing standing between Fern Falls and corporate greed destroying the whole town’s livelihood, she decides she can put heartbreak aside to save the farm by planning her best fundraiser yet.
Could she and Rachel will possibly have a heartwarming holiday happy ending?
I love when our family picks out our Christmas tree at a tree farm each year so I’m all about a Christmas romance book about a tree farm and one that needs saving!
If you want a sweet, funny, steamy sapphic romance that is part friends to lovers and second chance romance – this is the one for you. My Review.
Season of Love
by Helena Greer
A Grumpy/Sunshine Queer Christmas Book
Thanks to her thriving art career, Miriam Blum finally has her decoupaged glitter ducks in a row until devastating news forces her to a very unwanted family reunion.
Her beloved great-aunt Cass has passed and left Miriam part-owner of Carrigan’s, her (ironically) Jewish-run Christmas tree farm.
But Miriam’s plans to sit shiva, avoid her parents, then put Carrigan’s in her rearview mirror are spoiled when she learns the business is at risk of going under.
To have any chance at turning things around, she’ll need to work with the farm’s grumpy manager, as long as the attraction sparking between them doesn’t set all their trees on fire first.
Another Christmas romance book with a tree farm! Whoot – I’m down for it.
It’s also another grumpy/sunshine romance that is perfect for the holidays. Give this one a go for a great, diverse read.
The Joy of Us
by Kennedy Fox
A Close Proximity Christmas Romance
What happens when your getaway rental cabin ends up being a scam and you’re forced to stay with a hot lumberjack?
You try to avoid him and his annoying Christmas spirit because the last thing you have time for is love.
Not only is this a close proximity romance, but this Christmas romance is also a reverse grumpy/sunshine romance where the hero has all the Christmas spirit and the heroine has none.
This holiday romance can be read as a standalone but it is also the sixth and last book in Fox’s Love in Isolation series.
Merry Christmas Cowboy
by Maisy Yates
A Surprise Pregnancy Christmas Romance
Cowboy Wolf Garrett is delighted his brother is happily married, but it’s difficult being surrounded by such marital joy.
A trip to his extended family’s ranch in Copper Ridge seems the ideal change of scenery until he meets local innkeeper Violet Donnelly.
Violet knew Wolf was trouble the moment he walked into her inn. But it’s a whole new level of trouble when she discovers that their secret nights have left her pregnant!
Especially when the gorgeous cowboy demands that she come home with him for the holidays and marry him.
Wolf has lost more than she could ever imagine, but Violet believes in the power of love to heal, and she’ll do anything to give their future family a chance.
Wolf has already given her so many firsts. Dare she hope he’s about to become her first Christmas miracle too?
Fans of Yates’ Four Corners Ranch series will enjoy this new Christmas romance book, which also includes a bonus novella.
Check it out to discover if this untamed cowboy can earn the family he’s never had this Christmas!
Snowed in For Christmas
by Sarah Morgan
A Forced Proximity Christmas Romance
Miller siblings, Ross, Alice and Clemmie, have secrets they don’t intend to share, and they are relying on each other to deflect attention this Christmas.
Lucy Clarke is facing a Christmas alone and the prospect of losing her job.
She just needs to win a major piece of business from Ross Miller, and decides to deliver her proposal to his family home.
When Lucy appears on the Miller family’s snow-covered Highland doorstep, she’s mistaken for Ross’s girlfriend.
By the time the confusion is cleared up, they’re snowed in.
As secrets spill out like presents from an overstuffed stocking and the chemistry between her and Ross ignites, this is going to be either Lucy’s worst Christmas ever or the best mistake of her life.
Forced proximity is such a popular trope for Christmas romance books and I love it!
It makes sense too as who would kick anyone out at Christmas even if there wasn’t a blizzard snowing everyone in.
I’m also curious to hear what secrets the Miller siblings are keeping from one another. Add this one to your TBR list if you’re curious too.