I love to celebrate each holiday with holiday-themed books so you better believe that I’ll be reading a few books about New Year’s Eve to ring in the new year this year.
This book list has my top recommendations for New Year’s books with a focus on love because what could be better than ringing in the new year with a romance book and a happily ever after?
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The Best Romance Books About New Year’s Eve
MY TOP PICK: Tessa Baily never disappoints when it comes to fun-loving romcoms. Britta has a no-dating policy when it comes to hockey players but when the one player who she has a soft spot for needs to marry an American for a green card to stay in the States and hit the big leagues, she can’t say no and marries him on New Year’s Eve.
Why you should read it: This steamy novella will appeal to readers who love the marriage of convenience trope and want to follow a sweet couple for a year after their wild New Year’s Eve “I do!”
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MY TOP PICK: Minnie and Quinn were born on the same day at the same hospital on New Year’s Eve just minutes a part and ever since Minnie believes her New Year’s birthday to be unlucky. When Minnie unexpectedly runs into Quinn at a New Year’s party on their mutual thirtieth birthday, she sees only more evidence that fortune has continued to favor him. But if Quinn and Minnie are from different worlds, why do they keep bumping into each other? And why is it that each fraught encounter leaves them both wanting more?
Why you should read it: If you love the idea of star-crossed lovers who are meant for each other then you’ll enjoy this book. New Year’s Eve kicks off a chance encounter that finally helps these two find each other when they’ve been destined all along.
MY TOP PICK: When college sweethearts Frankie and Ezra broke up before graduation, they vowed to never speak to each other again. Ten years later, on New Year’s Eve of 1999, they find themselves back on their college campus together for the first time for the wedding of mutual friends. But when they wake up in bed next to each other the following morning with Ezra’s grandmother’s diamond on Frankie’s finger, they have zero memory of how they got there—or about any of the events that transpired the night before.
Why you should read it: I remember when we all thought something BIG was going to happen on New Year’s Eve of 1999. Luckily for us, nothing catastrophic did but for Frankie and Ezra, they wake up married! If you love romances with angst forcing former lovers to face the heartache they went through the secrets still held close, then read this book!
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MY RUNNER-UP: When Caitlin Montgomery boards a plane to Inverness to find her best friend she soon finds herself on a road trip through the Scottish countryside only to find herself stranded in a tiny town on the banks of Loch Ness. When she and her friend snag the last room from two ruggedly handsome locals, a friendly rivalry ensues, and sparks fly. But will a newfound romances withstand the tests of a snowy Highland adventure and lead to a blissful new year?
Why you should read it: If you want to spend New Year’s Eve in the Scottish Highlands then look no further than this book which would offer the perfect staycation with a happily ever after. While this can be read as a standalone, you can also check out Cailin’s best friend’s story in Highlands Christmas.
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Tess and her older sister Lauren are spending the week after Christmas with their stern grandmother at the snowy Evergreen Lodge in Vermont–and they aren’t happy about it. But when Tess meets Christopher in the lobby, and he agrees to help her accomplish her bucket list of things to get her out of her comfort zone by New Years, things are suddenly looking up.
Why you should read it: You’ll enjoy this book about New Year’s Eve if you like sweet, young adult love stories where secrets could ruin everything.
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James Wilkens was almost a Manning groom—because he almost married one of the Manning sisters. With that broken engagement behind him, he spends New Year’s Eve in Las Vegas where he meets Summer Lawton. She’s just suffered a painful betrayal, and James promises her that in a year, she’ll be over it. To prove his point, he makes a date to meet her in Vegas the same time next year. Except it turns out to be more than a date—it’s a wedding!
Why you should read it: Las Vegas is the perfect place to celebrate New Year’s Eve and to nurse a broken heart but these two are extra lucky in Sin City as they find love. Macomber delivers a sweet and romantic love story for the ages.
Aiden hasn’t scored in eight games and now the team owner is talking about trading him. But after spending New Year’s Eve with Saige, he scores a hat trick in the next game so he’s tracking her down and bribing her to do it again before every game.
Why you should read it: Just the fact that it’s a hockey romance should be reason enough to want to read this book about New Year’s Even (who doesn’t love hockey romances?!) but it’s also fun to see a pro athlete grovel and go after the woman he wants!
Carter Sison is out to prove himself with the hottest New Year’s Eve event to rival the apple drop in New York City so he enlists the help of Eve, a hot DJ who knows everyone and can help make it a hit.
Why you should read it: Get ready to party with this book about a New Year’s Eve event that almost wasn’t. See what happens when you mix business with pleasure and through in some miscommunication. It’s a wild ride!
Hannah Davis’ wandering fiance upped and married someone else behind her back, so this New Year’s Eve she decides to do something radical and have a one-night stand. But when another woman bursts into their room on New Year’s morning, Hannah realizes the guy’s more complicated than she thought. Ex-Secret Service agent Tanner Hart screwed-up and slept with the woman he agreed to protect, but if Hannah’s brave enough to risk her heart again and Tanner’s wise enough to realize he deserves it–maybe this year will be different for them both.
Why you should read it: This bodyguard romance starts off with a bang with a hot New Year’s Eve night but you get two romances in this love story that’s also filled with a hint of suspense and mystery.
This is an anthology with three spectacular stories all set on New Year′s Eve. First, Stephanie Laurens enthralls us with a New Year′s scandal, when a rake awakens in the bed of the temptress who seduced him years before. Then, Victoria Alexander enchants with her tale of a love promised, then foiled and then rekindled on another midnight. And Rachel Gibson delights with the reunion of two estranged friends and the passionate sparks that fly when the clock strikes twelve.
Why you should read it: Jump in for not one but three stories about love found on New Year’s Eve that friends to lovers, reunion romances, including a historical romance.
Leila Hunt finally escaped from small-town life on Sunrise Key and the relentless teasing from her brother Simon and his friend Marshall Devlin. Yet Leila comes back to town for her brother’s annual New Year’s Eve masquerade party, dressing like Cinderella and kissed by a masked man in a ninja costume who flees at midnight. When he doesn’t come back, Leila’s left wondering if the magic she felt from that stranger’s kiss could possibly be real. With Marsh’s “help,” she sets out to track down her ninja, little realizing this man with whom she’s sparked and sparred for years has the power to set her world aflame.
Why you should read it: Fans of brother’s best friend romances will enjoy this read where a woman finds love where she least expects it.
Officer Ellis Mason has worked as a beat cop on the streets of Atlanta for over eight years, but the moment he stops the tall, handsome drifter who wandered into town—with the saddest brown eyes he’s ever seen—Mason knows he doesn’t belong. Jesse Holstrom is lost and possibly in trouble, but Mason’s instincts tell him that it isn’t the drug-dealing kind and wants to help.
Why you should read it: If you’re looking for a New Year’s Eve novella with a touching MM romance, check out this romance by Via.
Quincy was tired of her nickname, “The Quitter,” so she left Los Angeles, moved to New York and started checking items off her bucket list to find herself. She even reached out to her childhood best friend’s older brother, but her career she’s worked for is pulling her back in the opposite direction of the found family she’s come to love.
Why you should read it: Check out this book about New Year’s Eve resolutions and finding the real you while also finding love.
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Billionaire hotel mogul Rance Durand thought he had successfully seduced Audrey Jones into his life for good, but Audrey’s convinced their different backgrounds won’t mesh. So Blaine, Rance’s friend and colleague asks Charlene, Audrey’s best friend, to get Audrey to the New Year’s Eve of Erotica party, where Rance has a surprise in store for Audrey, but Blaine may want something else just as bad: Charlene’s submission…in his bed.
Why you should read it: Sometimes you just want to usher in the new year with a steamy novella and that’s what this is with Charlene and Blaine heating up the sheets!
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One year ago, Burke Dunne watched Kimberly, struggle through a divorce, and has watched her be weighed down by her reality ever since. But as he steps out of the routine of his life to make sure she’s okay, he falls for her quiet strength, and her brazenness, and her tenacity. Kimberly has big resolutions this year, but they don’t include tethering herself to a shifter with a red mark on his name. Burke is off-limits for a human like her. All she wants for the new year is a simpler, easier, worthwhile life, but sometimes ultimate sacrifices need to be made to reach a dream so steady.
Why you should read it: Why leave the paranormal romance books for the fall when you can read this novella about this lion shifter who finds love on New Year’s!
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It’s New Year’s Eve and Adrian and Ellie meet again for another hot holiday. After Ellie’s disastrous breakup with her boyfriend, she’s done with alpha males. It’s a new year and time for her to find a new type of man but Adrian has no intention of letting Ellie get away from him this time. He definitely wants a repeat of Christmas Eve and a night of drinking, games and dancing at the club is a perfect way to change Ellie’s mind if her ex doesn’t get in the way.
Why you should read it: This is steamy book that is part of a 3-book series following Adrian and Ellie from Christmas through New Year’s and Valentine’s Day. Read them all!
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Short Stories About New Year’s Eve
CEO Harrison Steven McGinnis is incognito. Better to use a fake name while online dating when money, connections, and his famous company are on the line. To save himself from the gold diggers of the world, he hides his face and changes his name to Steve, and still manages to make an amazing connection with a woman named Felicity.
Why you should read it: If you just want a quick and spicy short story about love found on New Year’s, check out this 90 page romp from this amazing writing duo.
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Emily wakes with amnesia as a result of the concussion she sustains on New Year’s Eve, where she finds herself not remembering the last five years or the fact that she’s on the cusp of divorce from her husband, Calvin?
Why you should read it: This is a new year love story about a woman searching for redemption, a man who’s been burned before, and the magic that only a new year brings. It’s a second chance romance that will tug on your heartstrings.
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It should have been the perfect New Year’s Eve date. But when Gemma Forester gets called to bail her older brother out of trouble, she comes face to face with some of her own. Aaron Hendricks never forgot his best friend’s little sister, but ten years wasn’t enough to prepare him for the woman she’s become. Will a chance meeting allow them to overcome the past?
Why you should read it: Brother’s best friend romance books are the best and this super short story about New Year’s Eve love will give you all the feels.
For more holiday romance books, check out all the book lists on my Holiday Romance Hub!