I have always been a sucker for a holiday romance. There’s something about the holidays that allow me to access the over-the-top, gushily sentimental core of my heart that is normally hidden under a layer of “loves complicated realism in romance.” At the holidays, I let myself get overwhelmed with love for and joy in my family and friends, and in my romance novels, I go for the holiday gusto every November and December.
I read a wide range of m/f and LGBTQ romance, and my holiday books are the same. In LGBTQ romance in particular, holiday stories are often focused on queer characters finding and making their own families after being rejected by their birth families. It’s heartbreaking and hopeful and embodies everything I love about holiday romance. Here are some of my favorite holiday books of all kinds: