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We all agree that Christmas rom-coms are great, but how much of a fan of Christmas rom-coms are you? Are you one of those people who have Lifetime and the Hallmark Channel playing on a loop from November 1 to December 31? Do you have your favorite Christmas rom-coms that you return to every year? Or are you just a casual fan of Christmas rom-coms? Someone who enjoys them when they’re on but doesn’t go out of their way to find them?
No matter where you fall on the Christmas rom-com fan scale, there’s no denying that infusing these winter months with a little romance is a great way to amp up the holiday spirit. What’s more heartwarming than a cute encounter at a Christmas tree farm? Or a story of enemies to lovers told against the backdrop of a winter wonderland?
Christmas rom-coms are so popular that unless you’re the most die-hard of fans, it’s nearly impossible to keep up with every release that comes out every year. That’s true of all rom-com movies, and it’s certainly true of rom-com novels, too. So to make your search for the best Christmas rom-coms a little easier, here are some of the best recent releases that are guaranteed to warm your heart.
kiss her once for me by Alison Cochrun
If you enjoyed Alison Cochrun’s debut novel The charm offensive, then you’ll be thrilled to know that he’s back with a cute Christmas romance. A year ago, Ellie Oliver had recently moved to Portland, she was working her dream job in animation and even met a woman in a bookstore with whom she immediately felt a romantic connection. The next day, all of that was undone with a betrayal and the loss of her job soon after. Now Ellie works in a coffee shop and lives in the smallest apartment she can imagine. That’s when the owner of her coffee shop approaches her with a plan: a marriage of convenience that will give him her recent inheritance and help ease some of Ellie’s financial stress. The two plan to spend the holidays together at a cabin to really solidify the “relationship” and make it seem real. But then Andrew introduces Ellie to her sister, who turns out to be the woman he met a year ago in that bookstore.
A cute little happy meeting by Julie Murphy
This gripping holiday romantic comedy stars plus-size adult film star Bee Hobbes. Bee has a huge following of hers and two supportive moms, but her career is about to take a turn when her favorite producer casts her as the lead in a Christmas movie. And no, it’s not an adult movie. It’s for the Hope Channel family channel. Even better, her lead is going to be her childhood crush and former boy band member Nolan Shaw. All she has to do is keep her adult film career a secret. But that’s much easier said than done.
two christmases by Suleena Bibra
For Sonia Gupta, there’s nothing like being in New York City for the holidays. But for country boy Beau Abbot, a country Christmas is second to none. He is against practically everything in the city, except for Sonia. The two of them are in completely different worlds with two very different ideas of what makes Christmas perfect. But will they be able to embrace the best of both worlds and find a place for each other in their completely opposite lives? This is the second book in a series, but it’s just as good a read as a stand-alone book if you want to move on to the holiday fun!
Christmas in a cat cafe by Cody Gary
This is an opposites attraction romance about the three Cs: Christmas, coffee, and cats. When Kara Ingalls opened Meow and Furrever Cat Café, it was a dream come true. But the cafe has been slow lately, and if she can’t figure out a way to get it out of the red before the holidays, she fears she’ll have to close her doors. Enter marketing guru Ben Reese. When he hatches the perfect plan to turn the cafe green again, she knows she’d be foolish to stay. But will the two be able to keep things totally professional?
A Valentine for Christmas by Reese Ryan
In the first book of Reese Ryan’s new Valentine Vineyards series, Chandra Valentine somehow agrees to pose as Dr. Julian Brandon’s girlfriend. Although she is too young, the successful bachelor has rescued her more than once and she owes him. But is it just a fake relationship or does Julian have plans to take things further? When he attempts a sweet seduction under the mistletoe, it will make Chandra question everything she thought she knew about love.
christmas wish by Lindsey Kelk
Gwen Baker has just been single and her career is hanging by a thread. The only thing that can make things better? A perfect family Christmas. But everyone else in her family apparently has their whole lives together. And Dev, the boy next door to her, has turned into a handsome stranger with a fiancée. Gwen can’t help but wish her own future was a little brighter. And then something strange happens. She wakes up and it’s Christmas again. It’s like Groundhog Day, but with eggnog.
the christmas trap by Roan Parrish
This LGBTQIA+ romantic comedy takes readers from a cozy New England haven to the heart of New Orleans. Greta Russakoff loves her close-knit family of hers in Maine. But it’s hard being a lesbian in such a small town, and she’s realizing that she desperately needs some space to find herself. Meanwhile, Truman Belvedere has just discovered that her boyfriend has a secret life, including a husband and daughter. Heartbroken, he would do anything to get out of Louisiana. That’s when a mutual friend comes up with a plan: Truman and Greta will swap houses for the holidays and just maybe find the love of their lives in the process.
season of love by Helena Greer
season of love is a Jewish holiday romantic comedy that follows Miriam Blum. Miriam’s great-aunt Cass has just passed away, leaving Miriam as co-owner of Carrigan’s, a Jewish-run Christmas tree farm. The business is at risk of going under, and if Miriam is to have any chance of turning things around, she will have to learn to work alongside the grumpy farm manager, Noelle Northwood. Noelle just wants Miriam to go away. Even if Miriam is completely charming and has great ideas, saving the Christmas tree farm will require trust and a willingness to risk everything. Will Miriam be able to show Noelle that she has what it takes?
A Holly Jolly Diwali by Sonya Lalli
A Holly Jolly Diwali is a delicious Christmas rom-com where A-type data analyst Niki Randhawa discovers her funny side after getting fired and realizing that being practical and responsible isn’t working out the way she thought. So she books a last minute trip to Mumbai for her friend Diya’s wedding and arrives in India just in time to celebrate Diwali, the festival of lights. There she meets Sameer Mukherji, a free-spirited London musician who helps Diya get in touch with her creative side and her Indian roots.
love actuallyedited by Mackenzie Walton
love actually is a charming Christmas romance anthology featuring seven short stories by seven acclaimed bestselling Latina authors. These stories will show readers that anything is possible on Christmas Eve. For the couples in these stories, the holidays are an opportunity to find true love, reconnect with old flames, take huge leaps of faith, discover that lost connection, and most importantly, find a happily ever after. And if you were wondering, yes, these are hilarious retellings of the stories from the popular Christmas rom-com movie. Love, actually.
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