Oh, deer! It’s that time of year!

Not quite a reindeer, but this is your friendly reminder that the Holiday Book Flood has begun! Each year during autumn, a bunch of holiday-themed books are published so readers can get a head start on their cozy winter picks.

From Christmas to Hanukkah, cookie bake-offs to mysterious messages, this list of 2022 holiday romances is sure to delight. Note: Most of these titles are available in the HCTPL physical collection; if unavailable in a physical copy, check the Libby app for the digital version!

The Holiday Trap

by Roan Parrish – A month-long holiday house swap leads to romantic shenanigans.

Eight Nights of Flirting

by Hannah Reynolds – In the search for a perfect boyfriend, 16-year-old Shira swaps flirting lessons for career advice while she’s snowed in with her former crush.

A Merry Little Meet Cute

by Julie Murphy and Sierra Simone – A perfect blend of sugar and spice, this contemporary romance features Bee, a plus-size lead in the entertainment industry, and her love interest, ex-boy band member Nolan.

One Last Gift

by Emily Stone – A bittersweet take on holiday romance, wherein a series of clues leads grieving Cassie on a scavenger hunt, left behind by her late love Tom.

A Wish for Winter

by Viola Shipman – A bookstore owner in cozy lakeside Michigan, Susan seeks a mysterious man she met once and instantly connected with at an annual “Santa Run” event.

Home Sweet Christmas

by Susan Mallery – Visiting from Chicago to care for her twin sister, Camryn hooks up with handsome hotel owner Jake as she’s crowned this year’s “Snow Queen” in a town called Wishing Tree.

How to Excavate a Heart

by Jake Maia Arlow – A fresh take on a winter fling as college freshman Shani is in the midst of an internship when she runs into May (literally, with her car) and they end up snowed in together.

A Very Merry Bromance

by Lyssa Kay Adams – In this, the fifth book of the Bromance Book Club series, country music star Colton falls for immigration attorney Gretchen while overcoming the ghosts of Christmases past.

The Key to My Heart

by Lia Louis – Mysterious messages (and a piano) help recently widowed Natalie find happiness in an unconventional journey back to love.

The Cowboy Cookie Challenge

by Lori Wilde – With help from nurse Jazzy, single dad and cowboy Roan seeks to win this year’s Twilight, Texas Christmas Cookie Bake-Off in this delicious love story.