Holiday Romance Books
Whether your reading tastes range from something sweet to something sexy, if you like your love stories set in the past or the present day.
If you like your books to boldly embrace the holiday spirit or simply give a festive nod to the season,Here is a list of 13 Best Holiday Romance Books For You.
1. Fifty Shades Trilogy (Fifty Shades of Grey / Fifty Shades Darker / Fifty Shades Freed)
Author: by E L James
Published at: Vintage; Box edition (June 12, 2012)
Now available as a three-volume paperback boxed set, E L James's New York Times #1 bestselling trilogy has been hailed by Entertainment Weekly as being in a class by itself. Beginning with the GoodReads Choice Award Romance Finalist Fifty Shades of Grey, the Fifty Shades Trilogy will obsess you, possess you, and stay with you forever.
This boxed set includes the following novels: FIFTY SHADES OF GREY: When college student Anastasia Steele goes to interview young entrepreneur Christian Grey, she encounters a man who is beautiful, brilliant, and intimidating. The unworldly Ana realizes she wants this man, and Grey admits he wants her, toobut on his own terms.
When the couple embarks on a daring, passionately physical affair, Ana discovers Christian's secrets and explores her own desires. FIFTY SHADES DARKER: Daunted by Christian's dark secrets and singular tastes, Ana has broken off their relationship to start a new career.
But desire for Christian still dominates her every waking thought. They rekindle their searing sensual affair, and while Christian wrestles with his inner demons, Ana is forced to make the most important decision of her life. FIFTY SHADES FREED: Now, Ana and Christian have it alllove, passion, intimacy, wealth, and a world of possibilities for their future.
2. Grey: Fifty Shades of Grey as Told by Christian (Fifty Shades of Grey Series)
Author: by E L James
Published at: Vintage (June 18, 2015)
E L James revisits the world of Fifty Shades with a deeper and darker take on the love story that has enthralled millions of readers around the globe. Look for E L James' passionate new love story, The Mister, available now.
Christian Grey exercises control in all things; his world is neat, disciplined, and utterly emptyuntil the day that Anastasia Steele falls into his office, in a tangle of shapely limbs and tumbling brown hair. He tries to forget her, but instead is swept up in a storm of emotion he cannot comprehend and cannot resist.
Unlike any woman he has known before, shy, unworldly Ana seems to see right through himpast the business prodigy and the penthouse lifestyle to Christian's cold, wounded heart. Will being with Ana dispel the horrors of his childhood that haunt Christian every night?
Or will his dark sexual desires, his compulsion to control, and the self-loathing that fills his soul drive this girl away and destroy the fragile hope she offers him? This book is intended for mature audiences.
3. Call Me by Your Name: A Novel
Author: by André Aciman
Published at: Holtzbrinck Publishers; Media tie-in edition (October 3, 2017)
Now a Major Motion Picture from Director Luca Guadagnino, Starring Armie Hammer and Timothe Chalamet, and Written by Three-Time Oscar Nominee James IvoryThe Basis of the Oscar-Winning Best Adapted ScreenplayA New York Times BestsellerA USA Today Bestseller A Los Angeles Times BestsellerA Vulture Book Club Pick An Instant Classic and One of the Great Love Stories of Our TimeAndre Aciman's Call Me by Your Name is the story of a sudden and powerful romance that blossoms between an adolescent boy and a summer guest at his parents' cliffside mansion on the Italian Riviera.
Each is unprepared for the consequences of their attraction, when, during the restless summer weeks, unrelenting currents of obsession, fascination, and desire intensify their passion and test the charged ground between them. Recklessly, the two verge toward the one thing both fear they may never truly find again: total intimacy.
It is an instant classic and one of the great love stories of our time. Winner of the Lambda Literary Award for FicitionA New York Times Notable Book of the Year A Publishers Weekly and The Washington Post Best Book of the Year A New York Magazine "Future Canon" Selection A Chicago Tribune and Seattle Times (Michael Upchurch's) Favorite Favorite Book of the Year
4. The Night Circus
Author: by Erin Morgenstern
Published at: Anchor Books; 1st edition (July 3, 2012)
Two starcrossed magicians engage in a deadly game of cunning in The Night Circus, the spellbinding New York Times best seller that has captured the world's imagination. The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not.
Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rves, and it is only open at night. But behind the scenes, a fierce competition is underway: a duel between two young magicians, Celia and Marco, who have been trained since childhood expressly for this purpose by their mercurial instructors.
Unbeknownst to them both, this is a game in which only one can be left standing. Despite the high stakes, Celia and Marco soon tumble headfirst into love, setting off a domino effect of dangerous consequences, and leaving the lives of everyone, from the performers to the patrons, hanging in the balance.
Look for Erin Morgenstern's new novel, The Starless Sea, available now.
5. The Crazy Rich Asians Trilogy Box Set
Author: by Kevin Kwan
Published at: Anchor (October 23, 2018)
Give the gift of the outrageous, funny, wickedly delectable (New York Times) Crazy Rich Asians series in a collectible box set! NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER NOW A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE New Yorker Rachel Chu does not know that her loving boyfriend, Nicholas Young, also happens to be Singapore's most eligible bachelor and likely heir to a massive fortune.
So when she agrees to spend the summer in Nick's home, her life unexpectedly becomes an obstacle course of old money, new money, nosy relatives, and scheming social climbers. And that's all before she discovers the true identity of her long-lost father ...
This box set includes the entire trilogy: Crazy Rich Asians, China Rich Girlfriend, and Rich People Problems.
6. The Brothers Karamazov
Author: by Fyodor Dostoevsky
Published at: Farrar, Straus and Giroux; 12th edition (June 14, 2002)
Winner of the Pen/Book-of-the-Month Club Translation PrizeThe Brothers Karamasov is a murder mystery, a courtroom drama, and an exploration of erotic rivalry in a series of triangular love affairs involving the wicked and sentimental Fyodor Pavlovich Karamazov and his three sonsthe impulsive and sensual Dmitri; the coldly rational Ivan; and the healthy, red-cheeked young novice Alyosha.
Through the gripping events of their story, Dostoevsky portrays the whole of Russian life, is social and spiritual striving, in what was both the golden age and a tragic turning point in Russian culture. This award-winning translation by Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky remains true to the verbalinventiveness of Dostoevsky's prose, preserving the multiple voices, the humor, and the surprising modernity of the original.
It is an achievement worthy of Dostoevsky's last and greatest novel.
7. Virgin River (A Virgin River Novel, 1)
Author: by Robyn Carr
Published at: MIRA; First Time Trade edition (August 27, 2019)
A Netflix Original Series! Welcome back to Virgin River with the book that started it allWanted: Midwife/nurse practitioner in Virgin River, population six hundred. Make a difference against a backdrop of towering California redwoods and crystal clear rivers. Rent-free cabin included.
When the recently widowed Melinda Monroe sees this ad, she quickly decides that the remote mountain town of Virgin River might be the perfect place to escape her heartache, and to reenergize the nursing career she loves. But her high hopes are dashed within an hour of arrivingthe cabin is a dump, the roads are treacherous and the local doctor wants nothing to do with her.
Realizing she's made a huge mistake, Mel decides to leave town the following morning. But a tiny baby abandoned on a front porch changes her plansand former marine Jack Sheridan cements them into place.
8. The Authenticity Project: A Novel
Author: by Clare Pooley
Published at: Penguin Books (December 29, 2020)
A New York Times bestsellerA WASHINGTON POST FEEL-GOOD BOOK guaranteed to lift your spirits A warm, charming tale about the rewards of revealing oneself, warts and all. PeopleThe story of a solitary green notebook that brings together six strangers and leads to unexpected friendship, and even loveJulian Jessop, an eccentric, lonely artist and septuagenarian believes that most people aren't really honest with one another.
But what if they were? And so he writesin a plain, green journalthe truth about his own life and leaves it in his local caf. It's run by the incredibly tidy and efficient Monica, who furtively adds her own entry and leaves the book in the wine bar across the street.
Before long, the others who find the green notebook add the truths about their own deepest selvesand soon find each other In Real Life at Monica's Caf. The Authenticity Project's cast of charactersincluding Hazard, the charming addict who makes a vow to get sober; Alice, the fabulous mommy Instagrammer whose real life is a lot less perfect than it looks online; and their other new friendsis by turns quirky and funny, heartbreakingly sad and painfully true-to-life.
9. One Day in December: A Novel
Author: by Josie Silver
Published at: Ballantine Books (October 16, 2018)
#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER Get ready to be swept up in a whirlwind romance. It absolutely charmed me. Reese Witherspoon (A Reese Witherspoon x Hello Sunshine Book Club Pick) The perfect book to get lost in ... Josie Silver's characters sneak their way into your heart and stay.
Jill Santopolo, author of The Light We Lost Two people.Ten chances. One unforgettable love story. Laurie is pretty sure love at first sight doesn't exist anywhere but the movies. But then, through a misted-up bus window one snowy December day, she sees a man who she knows instantly is the one.
Their eyes meet, there's a moment of pure magic... And then her bus drives away. Certain they're fated to find each other again, Laurie spends a year scanning every bus stop and cafe in London for him. But she doesn't find him, not when it matters anyway.
Instead they "reunite" at a Christmas party, when her best friend Sarah giddily introduces her new boyfriend to Laurie. It's Jack, the man from the bus.It would be. What follows for Laurie, Sarah and Jack is ten years of friendship, heartbreak, missed opportunities, roads not taken, and destinies reconsidered.
10. The After Collection (The After Series)
Author: by Anna Todd
Published at: Gallery Books; Boxed Set edition (October 20, 2020)
The inspiration behind the major films After and After We Collided! From the New York Times bestselling author and Wattpad sensation Anna Todd, the biggest literary phenom of her generation (Cosmopolitan), comes the complete collection of her sizzling After series.
After: Once she meets Hardin, good girl Tessa's life will never be the same. He is rude, cocky, and the exact opposite of her reliable boyfriend back homeshe should hate him, but then she finds herself alone with him one night.
What follows is a passionate but tempestuous romance that turns Tessa's usually calm and traditional world upside down. After We Collided: Tessa and Hardin's tentative relationship takes a devastating turn when a dark secret from Hardin's mysterious past surfaces. Can Tessa manage to move on and forge a new life for herself?
Or will Hardin be able to change enough to win back his one true love? After We Fell: Hardin isn't the only one with secrets. Everything Tessa thought she knew about her life goes up in smoke and she has no idea if Hardin will be willing to stay with her.
11. Shelter Mountain (A Virgin River Novel, 2)
Author: by Robyn Carr
Published at: MIRA; Reissue edition (August 25, 2020)
Welcome back to Virgin River with the books that inspired the hit Netflix seriesJohn Preacher Middleton is closing Jack's Bar when a woman and her young son come in out of the wet night. A marine who has seen his share of pain, Preacher knows a crisis when he sees onethe woman is covered in bruises.
He wants to protect them, and to punish whoever did this, but he knows immediately that this is more than just instinct. Paige Lassiter has stirred up emotions in this gentle giant of a manemotions that he has never allowed himself to feel.
Then Paige's ex-husband turns up in Virgin River. And if there's one thing the marines' motto of Semper Fidelisalways faithfulhas taught Preacher, it's that some things are worth fighting for.
12. A Virgin River Christmas (A Virgin River Novel, 4)
Author: by Robyn Carr
A VIRGIN RIVER NOVELLast Christmas Marcie Sullivan said a final goodbye to her husband, Bobby. This Christmas she's come to Virgin River to find the man who saved his life and gave her three more years to love him. Fellow marine Ian Buchanan dragged Bobby's shattered body onto a medical transport in Fallujah four years ago, then disappeared as soon as their unit arrived stateside.
Since then, Marcie's letters to Ian have gone unanswered. Marcie tracks Ian to the tiny mountain town of Virgin River and finds a man as wounded emotionally as Bobby was physically. But she is not easily scared off. As Marcie pushes her way into his rugged and reclusive life, she discovers a sweet but damaged soul beneath a rough exterior.
Ian doesn't know what to make of the determined young widow who forces him to look into the painful past and, what's worse, the uncertain future. But it is, after all, a season of miracles and maybe, just maybe, it's time to banish the ghosts and open his heart.
13. Whispering Rock: A Virgin River Novel (A Virgin River Novel, 3)
Author: by Robyn Carr
Published at: MIRA; First Time Trade edition (November 17, 2020)
Welcome back to Virgin River with the books that inspired the hit Netflix seriesVirgin River became a safe haven for Sacramento prosecutor Brie Sheridan after she nearly lost her life at the hands of a crazed criminal. Though tough and courageous, she has some fears she can't escape.
LAPD officer Mike Valenzuela was badly wounded in the line of duty. When he agrees to become Virgin River's first cop, he does so knowing it's time he settled down. Twice divorced and the lover of too many women, he secretly longs for the kind of commitment and happiness his marine buddies have founda woman who can tie up his heart forever.
Mike will do anything to help Brie free herself from painful memories. Passionate, strong and gentle, he vows to give back to her what she's so selflessly given himher heart, and with it, a new beginning. A Virgin River NovelBook 1: Virgin RiverBook 2: Shelter MountainBook 3: Whispering RockBook 4: A Virgin River ChristmasBook 5: Second Chance PassBook 6: Temptation RidgeBook 7: Paradise ValleyBook 8: Forbidden FallsBook 9: Angel's PeakBook 10: Moonlight RoadBook 11: Promise CanyonBook 12: Wild Man CreekBook 13: Harvest MoonBook 14: Bring Me Home for ChristmasBook 15: Hidden SummitBook 16: