This book list of Christmas romance books will surely get in you the holiday spirit this season or all year round.
Discover my most favorite Christmas romance books as well as the best Christmas romance novellas and anthologies that will keep you busy reading all season long.
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When it comes to Christmas romance books, there is no shortage of options to choose from to help you get in the holiday spirit.
These Christmas romance books give you a love story with a happily ever after ending all wrapped up in some holiday cheer.
When Do You Start Reading Christmas Romance Books?
Stores these days start promoting Christmas BEFORE Halloween, so I wouldn’t blame you if you start adding Christmas romance books to your reading line up in October!
Then again, I’m not opposed to celebrating Christmas in July so why not read a Christmas romance book or two in the summer?
Whenever you choose to get in the holiday spirit, any one of these Christmas novels will hit the spot.
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Variety in Christmas Romance Books
The best part about Christmas romance books?
You can find a Christmas book in any romance sub-genre or with any one of your favorite romance book tropes.
Christmas Romance Book Sub-Genres
There are many contemporary Christmas romance books but you can also find erotic Christmas romance books, paranormal Christmas romance books, historical Christmas romance books and more!
This book list gives you ample choices to pick from as it features books in all of those sub-genres.
Christmas Romance Book Tropes
My two favorite romance tropes for Christmas books are friends to lovers stories and fake relationship romances.
Christmas is a special time for friends to finally make the move so I always get extra feels when it comes to friends to lovers Christmas romance books.
And who wants to go home alone for the holidays and listen to the never ending comments from relatives of why you haven’t found someone yet? That’s where a fake relationship can come in handy for characters.
I love it when a kiss under the mistletoe is what finally sparks the move from fake to real in these must read Christmas romance books!
Christmas novellas are becoming increasingly popular and are the perfect choice when you’re in the mood for a quick holiday read.
The holidays can be a very busy time with shopping, parties and more shopping. So if you’re short on time but still want to escape into a great Christmas romance book, then a Christmas novella is for you!
Christmas novellas are often standalone stories though many authors also write Christmas novellas for their popular romance book series featuring their most beloved characters.
Many authors also collaborate on Christmas romance anthologies. These anthologies are a collection of holiday novellas giving you multiple stories from multiple authors. A great deal!
Ready to get in the holiday spirit?
These are the book recommendations you’ll find in the list below:
- The Best Christmas Romance Books
- Christmas Romance Books Releasing in 2020
- More Christmas Romance Books Worth Reading
- Christmas Romance Novellas
- Christmas Romance Anthologies
The Best Christmas Romance Books
These Christmas romance books are my most favorite to read to get me in the holiday spirit.
A Friends to Lovers Christmas Romance Book
When a psychic tells Kelly that she’s already met her true love, she’s determined to discover her man before Christmas. Thinking he must be an ex, she starts contacting her old flames, but not a single one is igniting any sparks like the ones she’s starting to feel for her best friend, Mark.
Mark is tired of watching Kelly’s heart get broken and is finally ready to move on. Then again, maybe this Christmas will finally bring him what he’s always wanted – her.
If you love Lauren Layne’s work then you’ll definitely love her Christmas romance book. It has a quirky heroine you can’t help but fall for in her quest to find true love. A lovely friends to lovers story.
A Neighbors to Lovers Christmas Romance Book
Duncan Bradford can’t stand his neighbor who seems to want to kill him whenever he’s around her. Necie doesn’t hate Duncan, she secretly likes him, but her clumsy ways keep screwing things up when it comes to her hot neighbor.
If you’re familiar with the Neighbor from Hell series, then you know you’re in for humor, a hot hero, a quirky heroine and lots of food talk when it comes to this Christmas romance book!
I thought Necie was sweet and her grandfather hysterical making this a fun addition to this series.
An Office Romance, Fake Relationship Christmas Romance Book
Katie’s wanted her boss for so long and this Christmas she’s going to get her man. She just needs a bit of help becoming a vixen this holiday to score her man’s attention.
Her co-worker, Hunter is more than willing to help her and proposes a fake relationship to make her boss jealous. But the more time she spends with Hunter, the more she realizes her boss may not be the man she wants after all.
I loved everything about this Christmas romance book. I especially loved the chemistry between Katie and Hunter which only grew stronger during their “fake” relationship.
Hunter is the perfect book boyfriend who truly notices the girl. All the little ways that he “got” Katie just made him stand out as the better man.
This book had it all – an exciting office romance, a sweet, fake relationship, and a wonderful storyline with many hilarious pun jokes! A must read for the holidays. [My Review]
An Office Romance and Fake Relationship Christmas Romance Book
The professional line has definitely been crossed between Declan and his assistant Maddie.
First, he asked her to be his fake girlfriend and attend his family’s holiday events in exchange for giving her Christmas day off. And now they’re waking up together after one crazy night.
Declan needs his assistant by his side this holiday season, even if she claims to hate him. But it’s time he got it together or do the most unprofessional thing of all and fall for her.
Best book boyfriend alert! This is what a Christmas romance book should be. It was so good I just couldn’t put it down.
Declan and Maddie burned up the pages with their hate to love chemistry. The texting was oh so good and the writing just witty and hilarious. It was not only hot but also incredibly sweet and tender with the perfect amount of holiday cheer. A must read every year during the holidays! [My Review]
An Office Romance Christmas Novella
Holly Winter’s boss, Nick Saint-Croix, is a Scrooge. Too bad he doesn’t look like one too because then it would be easier to hate him. Even if he is hot, all Holly’s asking for this Christmas is a new boss.
I loved all of Jana Aston’s books in the Reindeer Falls series and this is the first. It’s a short, quick read but still so satisfying with the perfect chemistry between Holly and Nick in an apparent, enemies to lovers romance.
The names are also just too perfect in this series! This is a must read Christmas romance book (and series!) in my book. [My Review]
A Delicious Christmas Romance Novella
Ginger Winter is determined to win this year’s Great Gingerbread Bake Off and she’s not going to let Keller James stand in her way. Even if he is a famous chef with an irresistible British accent.
This is the second installment in Aston’s Reindeer Falls series and it was delicious! I loved the back and forth between Ginger and Keller which made this Christmas romance book all the sweeter. [My Review]
A Case of Mistaken Identity Christmas Romance Book
Noel Winter didn’t think she’d be texting Santa to come pick up his suit that he left sprawled on her floor, but apparently that is what happens after you have a one night stand with the man.
OMG if the book synopsis doesn’t have you wanting to read this book what will? A one night stand with Santa? Love it!
This Christmas romance book story is wrapped up in a case of mistaken identity. I only wish there was more! A definite must read for the holidays. [My Review]
A Sweet, Contemporary Christmas Romance Book
Willa loves taking care of animals, and while she may love cats and dogs she no longer cares for Keane, the man she once knew in high school. Is it a good thing that he doesn’t recognize her when he stops into her pet shop in desperate need of a cat sitter?
He may have once been naughty but Keane now actually seems nice, but Willa’s unsure if she can trust him. She’ll leave it up to the lucky fountain when she throws in a coin and makes a Christmas wish.
I love how each of the books in Shalvis’ Heartbreaker series revolve around the myth that wishes made when throwing a coin into the apartment complex’s fountain will indeed come true.
This is a cute Christmas romance book with a hint of a second chance romance story. I loved Willa’s spirit and generosity and was rooting for her happily ever after. If you’re an animal lover then you’ll love this story even more.
Watch the movie! If you’re a fan of romance movies, then see this book come to life by watching The Trouble with Mistletoe on Passionflix!
An HOT Christmas Romance Novella
Successful sports agent, Victoria Baldwin, is ready to put work aside and take a vacation over the holidays. In Hawaii to celebrate Christmas, she meets Alex.
Alex is a surfer competing in a local competition and could be the perfect holiday fling. But when Victoria meets Alex’s agent Ben, she realizes that she might just want both men.
This was one of the first erotic romance books I ever read and I loved it. Sometimes novellas can leave you wanting more but this book had just the right amount of characterization and a whole lot of heat, making it a perfect, quick read to heat up the holidays!
The Best “Finding Love When You Least Expect it” Christmas Romance Book
Colbie needs an escape. It’s time she flees her crazy family in New York and take time for herself -even if it’s only two weeks.
She didn’t plan on landing herself in a water fountain on her first day in San Francisco. But luckily Spencer is there to fish her out. She came for an escape, but she may just find love as well.
Colbie and Spencer are two characters you can’t help but instantly fall in love with. They are two introverts who care so deeply for others but you want them to finally find their own happiness.
I loved their backstories and connection making this a truly wonderful Christmas romance book worth reading.
A Bad Boy Christmas Romance Book
Connor is only looking for quiet after spending four years in Afghanistan, but then he meets Faith and then all he wants is her.
Faith is only looking for a relaxing holiday, free from men, especially her cheating ex. Though Connor is the sweetest temptation, she’s not giving in. That is until Mother Nature has other plans and she finds herself snowed in with only Connor to keep her warm.
You know I love a good bad boy romance so this one was a definite pick for me.
I am also a sucker for romance books with a forced proximity storyline and what better way to find love than being snowed in with a bad boy? Another great Christmas romance book worth reading.
An Office Romance and Marriage of Convenience Christmas Romance Book
Who knew that a company’s merger plans would force a marriage? The do-gooder may have agreed to marry the playboy by midnight on Christmas Eve, but all she’ll really agree to is a fake engagement.
They have absolutely nothing in common, so it’s just a business deal. It doesn’t matter that he’s her dream guy, right?
I absolutely loved how this book opened with emails back and forth between Wesley and Penny, which gave you a look into their true personalities and the start of a connection between two strangers.
This is book one in a wonderful Christmas romance book series! [My Review]
An Opposites Attract, Christmas Romance Book
Joy is the head ornament designer at the Christmas decoration company, Kane Co. As an artist, it’s her dream job but unfortunately it means also having to work with the uptight CFO, W.B. Darling.
He completely rubs her the wrong way, and is even going on blind dates to find a wife, so why are they hanging out together….and kissing?
I adored this Christmas romance – which may technically be a novella but it felt like a complete book to me and left me oh so satisfied.
This book had a great storyline, perfect character development and a love story that will truly tug on your heart strings.
A must read Christmas romance book to read every year! [My Review]
A Friends to Lovers Christmas Romance Book.
Sophie Kane has been in love with her brother’s best friend for years and this Christmas she’s finally going to do something about it. All dressed up for the Kane Co. holiday party, she just wants Sam to notice her.
When the power goes out, she might just get her wish but when the lights turn back on, he pushes her away. She’s now done with the former Marine, and yet he’s been hired on as her new employee and he’s not ready to let her go.
Oh this book was so good – a great mix of friends to lovers angst with a heartfelt story that gives a real look at veteran’s PTSD.
Even for a novella, you could easily see the chemistry between Sophie and Sam from the start and want to root for their happy ending. I definitely recommend this read. [My Review]
A Fun, Fake Relationship Christmas Romance Book
Jules Stones comes from a family of Oscar winners so she can pull off a fake relationship, right? Rather than spend Christmas with her dysfunctional family alone, she hires struggling actor, Kayden, to be her fake boyfriend.
Don’t all the best holiday rom-coms usually involve bringing home a fake date to spare the person judgement from their supposedly loving family?
Jules and Kayden both had something to gain from this fake set up but I loved how it was their love that won out. I highly recommend checking out Cherry’s Christmas romance book!
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Christmas Romance Books Releasing in 2020
A Time Traveling Christmas Romance Book
Maelyn is spending the holidays at a cabin in Utah with her family and friends. Only she wakes up the morning after Christmas having kissed her long-time friend, NOT his brother whom she’s had a massive crush on since she was a teen.
That morning kicks off a time loop where she’s stuck reliving the same vacation giving her a chance to right the past.
If you want a Christmas romance book with a unique spin, this is a fun pick. The time loop plot was a neat twist without being overdone and I love a friends to lovers story! [My Review]
A Small Town, Christmas Romance Book.
Holt is dreading Christmas as his parents have left for Florida, leaving him to manage the family farm which he will one day take over. But a newcomer to town has captured his attention.
Claire, the Scottish lead singer of a touring band, is hiding out in Highland and starts falling for the farmer and the small town.
A Neighbors to Lovers Christmas Romance Book
Even though I never expected to be a divorced, single mom before the age of thirty, I was content with my life. Then I met Dane Thompson.
He’s the lead singer of Blanked Edge and my new neighbor. When my apartment floods, he also becomes my savior by having me move in with him. What could possibly go wrong?
An Office Romance and Fake Relationship Christmas Romance Novella
Riley Kennedy only knew her colleague, Kennedy Riley, by name since their company emails keep getting crossed. They finally come face to face at the office holiday party and Kennedy is…hot.
Despite his good looks, he’s still a jerk yet he’s able to convince Riley to accept his crazy Christmas pact. He’ll leave the Christmas party as her fake boyfriend if she’ll agree to be his date to a wedding.
As they play out their pact, things begin to feel a bit more real than fake.
*This book was first published in 2019 as an audiobook only.
A Second Chance, Christmas Romance Novella
It’s been four years since I left town but this Christmas I’m returning to Vermont to surprise my family. I never expected a blizzard to welcome me or to have my ex-husband rescue me from the side of the road.
Now we are stuck in a cabin, waiting out the storm, with nothing but time to talk and reconnect with the man I no longer recognize.
The more I re-discover the man for the boy I once loved, the more I question why I ever left at all.
A Small Town, Christmas Romance Book
Audrey’s headed to the small town of Winter Valley with the sole purpose of acquiring a bed and breakfast for her company. On her way to what could be the greatest deal of her career, she crashes into the truck of sexy, single dad Colin Bradford.
Stuck in town until Christmas Eve, Audrey can’t help but start to fall for the magical, small town…and for Colin.
A Contemporary Christmas Romance Book Filled With Dates
Kate has yet to find any dating prospects in her small town of Blexford, England. So when her best friend signs her up with a dating agency to find love before the holidays, she finds herself agreeing to twelve dates with twelve different men in the twenty-three days before Christmas.
With each date more disastrous than last, the odds of her finding someone don’t seem to be in her favor, and yet she may just find that what she’s been looking for has been right under her nose all along.
A Small Town, Christmas Romance Book
Rich socialite, Lana doesn’t necessarily fit in in the small town of Moose Springs, Alaska, but she’s ready to prove people otherwise.
Trading her stilettos for snow boots she’s set on tracking the town’s Christmas mystery – the Santa Mouse. When her first attempt at nabbing the Santa Mouse ends with tranquilizing Rick, it’s clear she needs help in her quest.
Rick has always had a thing for Lana so he’s more than willing to help her nab the mysterious mouse and maybe he can nab her heart as well.
A Contemporary Christmas Romance Novel Where Love is Found on Vacation
Everly Lancaster’s life revolves around work. Though her boss is right to give her the nudge, she can’t believe she’s taking December off to take a vacation before visiting her family for the holidays.
A relaxing beach vacation sounds like the perfect get away only her assistant booked a guided cruise in the Amazon instead. Now Everly is trapped for two weeks in the rain forest.
Despite the setback, she’s finding herself swept away by nature’s sights and the ship’s charming naturalist, Asher Adams.
As her relationship with Asher deepens, she’s forced to take a look at her priorities and determine what really matters in life.
A Contemporary Christmas Romance Book with a Vacation Swap
All Emma Daley wants this holiday is a white Christmas but those are hard to come by in Arizona. For this teacher and struggling musician to get her Christmas wish, she signs up for a vacation trade in Colorado.
When Tyler Prescott, an in-demand songwriter and talented musician, agrees to a vacation trade for Christmas, he never imagined one of the houseguests would be so sweet–or so pretty. Rather than leave town, he decides to stay on and pose as the house’s caretaker.
A ‘Who Will She Pick” Contemporary Christmas Romance Book
Online-dating has not worked out for Connie. Though hesitant to get back into the dating world, she agrees to be set up on a date at a beautiful German Christmas market.
Armed with her checklist of partner must-haves, Baker Henrich appears to tick all of the boxes, so why does Henrich’s rival William catch her eye?
A Reverse Harem Christmas Romance Book
I have to spend this Christmas alone. In my apartment. In quarantine.
That is until my three hot, next door neighbors invite me over for a little holiday feast.
A Compilation of 12 Historical Christmas Romance Novellas (plus a bonus!) Playing on the Concept of the 12 Days of Christmas.
Married By Christmas – by Isabella Hargreaves
A Partridge and His Family Tree – Joanne Austen Brown
Two Tempted Loves – Ebony McKenna writing as Ebony Oaten
Three French Men – Ava January
Four Calling Cards – Susanne Bellamy
Five Gold Flings – Beverley Oakley
Six Belles Need Saving – Janis Linford
Seven Lords Proposing – Erin Grace
Eight Spinsters Singing – Catherine Bilson
Nine Years A’Yearning – Alison Stuart
Ten Shipwrecked Books – Renée Dahlia
Eleven Christmas Pipers – Pamela Hart
Twelve Drummers Coming – Heidi Wessman Kneale
More Christmas Romance Books Worth Reading
A Modern, Gender-Flipping Re-Telling Christmas Romance Book
Darcy Fitzwilliam is both beautiful and successful. She’s never fallen in love and never goes home for Christmas – that is until her mother falls ill, forcing her to return to Pemberley, Ohio.
While home, she meets Luke Bennet, the carpenter who’s never left Pemberley, during the family’s holiday bash.
He’s not her type, but after Darcy and Luke have a one night stand, why can’t she stop thinking about him? Are they destined for more or will her pride and his prejudice against big-city girls stand in their way?
A Royal Christmas Romance Book
Vivian Forest has only been out of the country one time, so she jumps at the chance to join her daughter on a work trip to England to style a royal family member.
There are so many sights to see on the trip, including the sights of the striking, private secretary of the Queen, Malcolm Hudson.
When flirtations and stolen kisses turn into a fling, will their holiday romance end when it’s time for Vivian to return home?
A Roommates to Lovers Christmas Romance Book
Jess is following her dream and moving to London. On her first night in her new flat share, she meets Alex, the roommate sharing her floor, and her attraction is instant.
But after returning from a Christmas holiday, she finds Alex already in a relationship, dating the beautiful Emma from upstairs.
A Contemporary Christmas Romance Book
Neither Janie or Travis have room in their lives for love but that doesn’t stop the sparks from flying between them when he fishes her out of the icy Alaskan waters after a boating accident.
Steamy nights leading up to Christmas may find these two trusting again and believing that finding love is possible.
A Contemporary Christmas Romance Book
Sometimes love finds you when you least expect it.
Ivy Snow’s life was always on the move growing up but she’s finally found a place to call home in San Francisco. She’ll do anything to keep it, including keeping the secrets of her past hidden.
But when she meets Kel, an Idaho sheriff and ranch owner on vacation, her past may ruin their budding romance.
A Historical Christmas Romance Novel Set in Victorian London
It’s Christmas time in London and Rafe Bowman has arrived from America for his arranged meeting with Natalie Blandford. Before courting the lady-in-waiting he realizes he must learn the rules of London society and put aside his shocking American ways.
But winning a bride turns out to be more complicated than he imagined, especially when four former Wallflowers try their hand at matchmaking.
An Enemies to Lovers Christmas Romance Book
The residents of Merry, Connecticut are devastated when city manager and single dad, Noah Yates cancels their Christmas Festival because of a late season hurricane. The cancellation crushes their spirit and kills their much needed tourism dollars.
Catalina King, home renovation expert and reality star is not about to let the town of Merry suffer, so she’s bringing her camera crew to town for a holiday special, much to the dislike of Noah.
Christmas Romance Book Novellas
A Matchmaking Christmas Romance Novella
Alice is stranded at the Red Moss Vineyard due to an epic snowstorm hitting Oklahoma. To pass the time, the professional matchmaker is taking on a project – to find neighboring rancher, Clay Henry the woman of his dreams.
Clay is enjoying being snowed in with the vineyard’s new houseguest but he has no interest in Alice’s matchmaking when all he wants is her.
A Second Chance Christmas Romance Novella
Sean O’Riley is only about the hook up and he’s ready to have a good time at his older brother’s bachelor weekend.
But when he arrives at the Hartford Bed & Breakfast his plans change when he runs into Lotti – the woman he lost his virginity to a decade ago.
Despite getting her heart broken ten years ago, Lotti’s looking for a good time and reconnecting with Sean may just be the fun she’s looking for.
A Friends to Lovers Christmas Romance Novella
Rory is desperate to get home for Christmas and it looks like her only option is a ride with Max – the man she’s had a crush on since high school.
One snowy night stuck in a truck during a massive blizzard may just be what these two friends need to address the past and finally find their future.
Christmas Romance Book Novella Collection
A Collection of 3 Short Christmas Romance Stories
Willow Winters put together this collection of three short stories including One Holiday Wish, a friends to lovers story, Collared for Christmas, a BDSM story, and Stolen Mistletoe Kisses.
Christmas Romance Book Anthologies
Historical Christmas Romance Book Anthology
A Compilation of 4 Historical Christmas Romance Novellas
From the publisher:
“Meet Me in Mayfair” by Tessa Dare
Louisa Ward needs a Christmas miracle. Unless she catches a wealthy husband at the ball tonight, the horrid, heartless Duke of Thorndale will evict her family from their beloved Mayfair home.
But when her friend begs to switch dance cards, Louisa finds herself waltzing with the enemy: the horrid, heartless–and unexpectedly handsome–Thorndale himself. Now the duke’s holding her future in his hands…and he’s not letting go.
“The Duke of Christmas Present” by Sarah MacLean
Rich and ruthless, Eben, Duke of Allryd, has no time for holidays. Holidays are for whimsy and charm–the only two things his money cannot buy.
Lady Jacqueline Mosby is full of both, even now, twelve years after she left to see the world. When Jacqueline returns for a single Christmas, Eben can’t resist the woman he never stopped loving…or the future that had once been in reach.
It will take a miracle to convince her to stay…but if ever there were a time for miracles, it’s Christmas…
“Heiress Alone” by Sophie Jordan
When Annis Bannister’s family leaves her behind in the rush to escape an impending snowstorm, she finds herself stranded in the Highlands, left to fend off brigands terrorizing the countryside, robbing homes locked up for winter.
Her only hope falls on her neighbor, a surly hermit duke who unravels her with a look, then a kiss … until she fears the danger to her heart outweighs the danger of brigands and snowstorms.
”Christmas in Central Park” by Joanna Shupe
Women all over America devour Mrs. Walker’s weekly column for recipes and advice. No one knows Rose, the column’s author, can’t even boil water.
When the paper’s owner, Duke Havemeyer, insists she host a Christmas party, Rose must scramble to find a husband, an empty mansion, and a cook.
But Duke is not a man easily fooled and she fears her perfect plan is failing–especially when Duke’s attentions make her feel anything but professional. To save her career will she give up her chance at love?
Paranormal Christmas Romance Book Anthology
A Compilation of 4 Paranormal Christmas Romance Novellas
From the publisher:
Vampire’s Ball by Angela Knight
Kat Danilo’s childhood turned tragic when her sister become the victim of a serial killer. Years later, she gets a chance at justice when she discovers she’d the daughter of Lancelot, vampire knight of the Round Table.
But first, she’s got to convince a handsome vampire warrior that she’s worthy to gain the magical powers that are her birthright—powers that might help her find her sister’s killer.
If the murderer doesn’t find her first….
Sweet Enchantment by Anya Bast
This novella provides a first taste of the world in which Anya’s new Dark Magick series is set.
A Little Night Magic by Allyson James
The town of Magellan is famous for its woo-woo activity. Naomi is known as an Unbeliever (one who doesn’t believe in Magellan’s mystical energy).
But Naomi must put disbelief aside when her Navajo lover reveals that he is a Changer, a shapeshifter, and has returned to Magellan to protect her from grave anger on Christmas Eve.
A Christmas Kiss by Lora Leigh
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