5 Romance Novels to Heat Up Your Holidays

Baby, it's cold outside. Crack open a steaming hot romance novel to heat up your holidays.

Adam Cecil, QDT Editor
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For many of us around the world, it is, unfortunately, cold out. While you're stuck inside, staring wistfully out the window at the snow, yearning for something you can't quite put your finger on... crack open a romance novel! Like your favorite rom-com or sitcom of yore, romance novels are like a nice warm blanket, wrapping you up in a love story that stirs your heart and reminds you that there's more to life than shoveling snow and sexier pajamas than longjohns.

Romance novels also make great gifts for the holiday season! So take a look at this list of some of the steamiest romance novels out there and start ordering.

The Dating Dare by Jayci Lee

One of the buzziest romance novels of 2021, The Dating Dare is the latest witty romance from author Jayci Lee. The Dating Dare follows Tara Park, who has set one rule for herself: no serious relationships. But that rule is put to the test when she meets Seth Kim, who dares her to go on four dates with him during a drunken round of truth or dare. Unsurprisingly, this fun dare starts turning into something serious for both of them.

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One Last Stop by Casey McQuiston

An instant bestseller from the author of Red, White, & Royal BlueOne Last Stop is a brand new story about August, a 23-year-old transplant to New York City who doesn't believe in magic or cinematic love stories. That all changes when she sees a gorgeous girl on the Q train: Jane. But soon, August discovers that Jane is not just another subway rider. She's actually displaced in time from the 1970s. Magical, sexy, and big-hearted, One Last Stop is a worthy follow-up to the buzzy Red, White, and Royal Blue.

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The Flatshare by Beth O'Leary

It's probably a bad idea to fall in love with your roommate, right? And probably a worse idea if you've never met, yeah? In this charming novel, Tiffy and Leon are two people sharing an apartment, but on very different schedules: Leon works the night shift and is only in the apartment when Tiffy is at her day job. But as they communicate more and more through handwritten notes in the apartment, they become friends. And then... well, you probably get the idea.

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Beautiful World, Where Are You by Sally Rooney

Is this really a romance novel? Not quite, but Sally Rooney's work is steamier than your average literary fiction. The novel follows two couples. Alice, a novelist, asks Felix, a warehouse worker, to accompany her to Rome. Her best friend, Eileen, is getting over a break-up back home in Dublin and starts flirting with Simon (again), a man she's known since childhood. Like all Sally Rooney novels, the characters in Beautiful World, Where Are You are full of desire and anxiety, capturing the two main moods of being young in the world today.

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Never Fall for Your Fiancée by Virginia Heath

If you're missing Bridgerton and need that historical rom-com fix, look no further than Never Fall for Your Fiancée, the first in a brand new series by Virginia Heath. Hugh Standish, Earl of Fareham, never wants to get married. So he invents a girlfriend from Canada, so to speak, to keep his mother from setting him up with someone. When he runs into the beautiful commoner Minerva Merriwell, he thinks he might just have the perfect stand-in for his fake fiancée. But things get complicated when this fake relationship starts turning into a real romance. Get in on the ground floor of this witty new rom-com series and pick up this first installment today.

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About the Author

Adam Cecil, QDT Editor

Adam Cecil is the Editor and Audience Development Manager for Quick and Dirty Tips. He co-produced the young adult fiction podcast Milky Way Underground and the romance podcast The Nonbinary Carrie Bradshaw. He blogs at Night Water.