The Best New Christmas Books for 2022
Every year I look forward to the newest Christmas novels because of the happy, festive stories they tell. I’m happy to report that the new Christmas books for 2022 are as good as in previous years!
There is a good mix of Christmas romance novels, Christmas book club books, and heartwarming Christmas stories about family.
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Best Christmas Books of 2022
A Very Merry Bromance by Lyssa Kay Adams
Technically this story is the 5th in the Bromance Book Club series, but it can be read as a standalone (which I know because I’ve never read any of the others!)
Jackie loved the first book in this series, so I knew I would probably want to dive into the Christmas tale. It’s all about Colton, a country star and total sweetheart, who is head-over-heels for Gretchen, a grumpy immigration attorney.
It was steamy and swoony and I loved every minute of this Christmas story!
All I Want for Christmas by Maggie Knox
I can’t with this charming Christmas romance book about musicians by Maggie Knox. It’s like reading a Hallmark Christmas movie but with a lot of steamy bits put in!
Sadie and Max are competing in a Country music reality TV show (think American Idol or The Voice.) Their chemistry is off the charts on stage, so the execs ask them to team up for their performance.
As they learn to get along off-stage as well as they do on it, a passionate romance ignites. Until the machinations of the music industry drive a wedge between them. Can they reconcile before Christmas?
Steamy Christmas Romance Books for 2022
Merry Little Meet Cute by Julie Murphy and Sierra Simone
This is one Christmas romance that is unlike any other. The premise alone is hysterical – a female adult film star is accidentally cast in a cheesy Christmas movie. As Bee tries to keep her identity under wraps, she falls hard for reformed boyband member, Nolan.
The kinky things these two get into while working on the film made me blush. Add in a film crew that is half regular industry and half secretly adult film industry and you have a book that is absolutely hysterical.
Do NOT read this one if you are faint of heart. It’s definitely not a romance for your grandma…or maybe it is for the right grandmom. 😉
In The Event of Love by Courtney Kae
Morgan is headed back to her hometown to lick her wounds and restart her career. She’s agreed to help throw a Christmas festival to save the town – unwittingly signing up to work with her ex-best friend and former crush, Rachel.
While Morgan works to save the town and Rachel’s tree farm, sparks fly. I enjoyed watching Morgan gain self-awareness and learn to communicate with her old friends and family.
You’re a Mean One, Matthew Prince by Timothy Janovsky
Matthew Prince is young, rich, and selfish. After buying an island, his parents cut him off and banish him to his grandparents for the holidays. The problem is Hector, a grumpy local is living there too and getting under Matthew’s skin.
Soon these enemies need to put their differences aside while they work to host the town’s Christmas fundraiser. I loved the holiday seasons and the way the boys went from enemies to friends to more.
So This is Christmas by Jenny Holiday
The latest in Jenny Holiday’s Christmas romance books set in Eldovia is out! This time we get Matteo’s love story.
Matteo Benz is an equerry for the King of Eldovia and he’s a total type-A, ex-military man with a secret soft spot for helping others. He’s upset that Cara Delaney has been set to restructure the watch factory that’s Eldovia’s main source of income because it means she may have to lay off some employees.
As they clash over the future of the factory and the country, the sparks fly. They go from enemies to friends to lovers in this charming story set in the most magical winter wonderland kingdom.
For more books like these, check out our list of Christmas Romances.
2022 Fantasy Christmas Books
Once Upon a December by Amy E. Reichart
I adored this Christmas romance with a magical premise. It’s all about a Christmas market and its residents who travel from town to town each Christmas. The baker, Jack loves to visit Milwaukee the most because he’s drawn to Astra, an average girl.
I loved hearing about each Christmas Jack and Astra met and how their loved formed. I also loved the magical elements of the market and how it played a crucial role in their story. This would be a great Christmas book for book clubs to discuss.
Just Like Magic by Sarah Hogle
If you only read one Christmas book this holiday season, let it be Just Like Magic. I adored this funny romance from Sarah Hogle. The premise is amazing. Down-on-her-luck Bettie Hughes accidentally summons the magical Holiday Spirit, who can’t leave her until he raises her spirit level.
So going by the name of Hal, he poses as her boyfriend for her week-long family Christmas vacation. His use of magic throughout the week is hysterical. It also helps that the chemistry between Hal and Bettie crackles. It’s unlike any other Christmas story I’ve read in the best way possible!
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2022 Sweet Christmas Books
I’ll Be Home for Christmas by Karen Clarke
This cute story is ultimately about two single people being set-up by a meddlesome aunt. While Nina and Ryan don’t like each other at first, soon their attraction grows.
This Christmas romance was cute but ultimately forgettable. If you are binging only Christmas books for the holidays, I would add it to your list, but if you are only going to read one or two, I’d recommend something else.
A Winter Wedding at Willowtree Hall by Alison Sherlock
This charming story is being released as an audiobook this year and it’s a sweet Christmas romance book for 2022.
Will is back at Willowtree Hall after his recent tabloid scandal and loss of his job. He thinks he can move into the Willowtree Lodge he’s expecting to inherit until Skye shows up claiming she owns the Lodge too.
Soon Skye is being welcomed into the community and Will is catching feelings – even if he wants the Lodge for himself. As they work together to help Will’s older brother get the Christmas wedding of his dreams, their romance blooms in a delightful way.
Emotional Christmas Novels for Book Clubs in 2022
One Last Gift by Emily Stone
Emily Stone’s last book was my favorite Christmas book of 2021, so I knew I would love her newest book. This story is heartbreaking as well, but not in the same way.
Cassie has relied on her brother, Tom, since they were orphaned when she was 5. Each year, Tom creates a Christmas scavenger hunt for her, but after a sudden accident kills Tom, Cassie is left bereaved and celebrating Christmas without him.
Until she finds his final scavenger hunt. As she begins to solve the clues, her heart begins to heal, and love forms as well. This book is like the Christmas version of P.S. I Love You in the best possible way. I adored this novel about grief.
Meet Me Under the Mistletoe by Jenny Bayliss
Nory, a used bookstore owner, is back in her hometown staying in a castle for her posh friend’s wedding. Reunited after years apart, this group of high school friends have lots of secrets and shared memories.
But during the week-long festivities, Nory is drawn to her former childhood nemesis, Isaac, who now runs the castle grounds and gardens.
I thought this would just be a charming Christmas romance, but it deals with the fallout from one of the friends in their group who had committed suicide a few years prior. Mental health, adultery, and classism are just a few of the heavier topics discussed in this book.
This one is the perfect Christmas book club pick for 2022.
YA Christmas Books for 2022
Whiteout by Dhonielle Clayton, Tiffany B. Jackson, Nic Stone, Angie Thomas, Ashley Woodfolk, and Nicola Yoon
You know a book is going to be fire when this many heavy-hitting authors are involved.
This story, written by Dhonielle Clayton, Tiffany D. Jackson, Nic Stone, Angie Thomas, Ashley Woodfolk, and Nicola Yoon, is the perfect ya romance to read on a snowy winter day.
It’s set in Atlanta during a rare snowstorm and features multiple love stories set on the same night and interconnected when a group of friends is trying to help their besties get back together.
I was swept by each of the love stories and I loved the warm and fuzzy feelings this book gave me. Save this to read in front of the fire when it snows and you won’t regret it!
The Christmas Clash by Suzanne Park
This YA story is about 2 enemies-turned-friends trying to save their respective parent’s restaurants from being evicted from the local mall during the holiday season.
As the duo team up to save their parents and the other mall residents, sparks fly and they begin to fall in love. But can their budding relationship survive their parent’s feud and the impending closures?
Talk Santa to Me by Linda Urban
Francie’s whole family works at the Hollydale Holiday Shop that her grandpa opened, but recently she’s been frustrated by all the changes her Aunt Carole has been making around the store. She’s recently become “Santa’s Intern” and her workload is piling up.
Add to that, the boys are her high school have been teasing her about the rumor that she’s a bad kisser. Soon, she’s plotting to save her family store from Aunt Carole, rehabilitate her reputation with her peers, and try to decipher her feelings for the classmate who works that Christmas tree lot across the street.
The story was sweet and heartwarming – a perfect holiday romance for any teens in your life!
2022 Mystery Christmas Books
A Murder at Balmoral by Chris McGeorge
This was a fun and quick murder mystery set at Christmas time. It is based on the premise that a different lineage has been atop the British throne.
When the king drops dead from poisoning at Balmoral castle on Christmas day, the only people in the house are The King’s immediate family, the head of security, and the King’s personal chef. This who-dun-it and a quick and fun read that is perfect for the Christmas season.
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