A curated booklist by your favorite SPL librarians!
Hallmark Holiday Romance
|A Merry Little Meet Cute by Julie Murphy and Sierra Simone
Have yourself a merry little meet cute with this uplifting, steamy plus-size holiday rom-com. When Bee Hobbes, aka successful adult film star Bianca Von Honey, gets cast in a Christmas film on the wholesome Hope Channel, she has to juggle keeping her Bianca alias under wraps and navigate costaring with her childhood crush, Nolan Shaw.
|A Very Merry Bromance by Lyssa Kay Adams
A heartwarming holiday romance from the bestselling Bromance Book Club series. Country music star Colton Wheeler is stuck in a post-breakup music writing rut; meanwhile immigration attorney Gretchen's holiday cheer is dimming in light of her clients’ hardships. But sparks ignite when Colton and Gretchen meet over a common cause to benefit the immigrant community.
|Duke, Actually by Jenny Holiday
When newly divorced Dani Martinez asks playboy baron Maximillian von Hansburg to be her date to her work holiday party, all she has in mind is showing her ex that she’s still got game. Catching feelings for Max comes as a shock, especially considering his parents already arranged for him to marry someone else. But it’s the holidays, and magic is in the air!
|The Holiday Swap by Maggie Knox
In this upbeat, banter filled contemporary romance, twin bakers Charlie and Cass swap places over the holiday for double the delightful antics. And things only get more complicated for Charlie and Cass when hunky firefighter Jake and head-turning physician assistant Miguel enter their paths. A recipe for disaster never tasted so sweet.
|How to Excavate a Heart by Jake Maia Arlow
Enemies become lovers in this sapphic young adult romance novel where Jewish college freshman, Shani, runs into May with her mom’s Subaru over winter break. Though this disastrous meet-cute has Shani and May at odds, things begin to heat up when the two get snowed in together on Christmas Eve.
|In a Holidaze by Christina Lauren
A swoon-worthy holiday romance to melt the iciest of hearts. In the midst of a joyless Christmas, Maelyn Jones quests the Universe to “Please. Show me what will make me happy,” and ends up in a Groundhog's Day-type time-loop. Hilarity ensues as Mealeyn fights to break the curse and win over her one true love.
|The Matzah Ball by Jean Meltzer
‘Tis the season for second chances. Jewish romance author Rachel, who experiences chronic illness, has built a secret, successful career as a Christmas romance novelist. When publishers pressure her to write a Hanukkah romance, Rachel takes inspiration from bumping into childhood love-turned-nemesis Jacob at the annual Matzah Ball, reigniting old sparks.
|Royal Holiday by Jasmine Guillory
When burned-out social worker, Vivian, agrees to join her daughter on a work trip to style a Duchess in England over the holidays, the last thing on her mind is romance. But charming Malcolm Hudson, private secretary to the Queen, soon catches Vivian’s eye. From flirty banter to kissing under the mistletoe, this delightful holiday romance is peak cozy winter reading.
|Season of Love by Helena Greer
Queer artist Miriam Blum gains part-ownership of the only Jewish-owned Christmas tree farm in the country after the death of her eccentric great aunt. She doesn't intend to stay with the struggling business past the holiday season, but her attraction to voluptuous tree farm manager, Noelle, convinces her to give love and Carrigan's Christmas Tree Farmland a fighting chance.
|The Twelve Dates of Christmas by Jenny Bayliss
It’s the holiday season and thirty-four-year-old designer and baker Kate is feeling like a Grinch. Her small town of Blexford, England is a dating desert, and she’s preparing for another lonely Christmas when her best friend signs her up for a dating service: 12 dates before Christmas, and a guarantee of love. But was love right under Kate’s nose all along?
|We Met in December by Rosie Curtis
A witty, endearing romance following 29-year-old Jess to London, where she settles into a Notting Hill house-share. There’s magic in the air when Jess and housemate Alex meet at a Christmas dinner, but upon returning from her two-week vacation home, Jess is shocked upon meeting Alex’s new girlfriend, Emma.
|You’re a Mean One, Matthew Prince by Timothy Janovsky
Handsome, spoiled Matthew Prince, gets exiled to the Berkshires over the holidays as punishment for buying an island with his parents’ credit card. Things look pretty bleak with the exception of hot, flannel-wearing, wood-chopping Hector Martinez. He’s not at all like the boys back in Manhattan, but he definitely makes Matthew want to stay on the naughty list.