Cozy Fall Romance Novels

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Cozy Season is finally here! Time to cuddle up with a romance read for fall.

Nothing says fall like the cooling temperatures, colorful leaves, and warm sweaters. And nothing says the perfect fall day than curling up on the couch with a romance novel. Whether it’s a story about fake relationships, romantically charged competitions, or fated mates, these fall romances showcase the best parts of the season on every page.

Ahead, a few books that scream autumn: A young adult novel full of spooky vibes and a classic fall read with no shortage of witchy spells. Two romances that will warm your heart over bowls of pho or cups of tea. And we couldn’t miss the classic “city person falls in love in a small town” books to get you ready for the holiday season.

The Ex Hex by Erin Sterling

Fall Romance novels - The Ex HexWhat happens when a witch gets dumped? Well, she casts a hex, of course. Just in time for Halloween season, The Ex Hex hits just the right blend of spooky and silly that you want in a fun fall romance novel.

Vivienne Jones made a mistake nine years ago. After a night of vodka, weepy music, and a bubble bath, she decided that the only way to get over her broken heart was to curse her ex. While Vivi knew that she shouldn’t use her magic for curses, it probably wasn’t going to work anyway. After all, all she did was light her “orchard hayride” scented candle. Turns out she was wrong.

Rhys Penhallow has returned to Graves Glen Georgia and the hex rears its ugly head. What should have been a quick trip home to recharge a few lay lines has suddenly turned into a mess. An angry ghost arrives. A group of toys turns murderous. Now, despite their history and intense chemistry, Vivi and Rhys need to work together to save the town.

Practical Magic, by Alice HoffmanPractical Magic, by Alice Hoffman

Every fan of the fall has likely seen Practical Magic starring Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman. This is the book that inspired the cult classic and it’s filled with even more magic and romance. Naturally, it is a perfect love story for the season.

The Owens family has always been blamed for the problems in their Massachusetts town. They have always been outsiders, talked about behind their backs, called witches. For hundreds of years, every Owens sister has suffered the same – including Gillian and Sally.

As children, Gillian and Sally were mocked when all they ever wanted was to fit in. Of course, it didn’t help that their aunts liked to encourage whispers of witchery at those who mocked them. But after years of living as outsiders, Gillian and Sally just want to escape it all. One sister will escape by simply running away, while the other escapes through marriage. However, like the sisters before them, Gillian and Sally will be brought back together, like magic.

Autumn Kisses by Te Russ

Fall romance - Autumn Kisses by Te Russ

When writer’s block hits Rowan Hunter like a brick wall, his editor offers up a cottage in Martha’s Vineyard for a relaxing vacation. When the spotlight gets to be too much, jazz singer Sapphire Woods, aka Laurel Asher, heads out to the one place that feels like home. As it turns out Rowan’s relaxing retreat and Laurel’s escape home are the same beach cottage.

Luckily for these two creatives, this “cottage” is pretty spacious. So, the two decide to split the place. Little do they know that their relaxing getaway is about to get a bit steamy as they can’t ignore the sensual tension building between them. But will they choose to focus on their creative work, or on each other?

As the leaves change color on Martha’s Vineyard, these two start to fall for each other. Transport yourself to east coast autumn with this snug romance read.

A Pho Love Story, by Lean LeA Pho Love Story, by Lean Le - Fall Romance

What is better on a cold autumn evening than a steamy bowl of soup? How about a steaming romance? This Romeo-and-Juliette-esq romance pits two young romantics against their feuding families and competing pho restaurants.

Bao Nguyen is a solid kind of guy. He is unremarkable but steady. He works for his parent’s pho restaurant, but even then, he is their fifth favorite employee. Linh Mai is the opposite. She is a firecracker intent on pursuing her career in art. However, she is currently stuck working in her family’s pho restaurant.

For years the Mais and the Nguyens have owned competing pho restaurants. The families have stayed away from each other, that is until Bao and Linh have a chance encounter. Unable to deny their attraction to each other, the two must figure out how to navigate their feuding families for the sake of love.

Meet Me on Love Lane by Nina Bocci

Meet Me on Love Lane by Nina Bocci

The classic story of a girl moves to the city, city spits out girl, girl moves back home, girl can’t choose between two men and two cities. Okay, maybe it isn’t quite the classic story, but if the cover of this fall romance isn’t enough to tempt you, the story will.

After being fired and blacklisted, Charlotte Bishop leaves New York City for her hometown of Hope Lakes, Pennsylvania. She only planned on staying in town until she can get back on her feet, but it turns out Hope Lakes is thriving. Charlotte starts thriving too after getting a job at the florist and reconnecting with her old friends.

Not quite ready to let her hopes of returning to the city go, Charlotte finds herself in a pickle. Not only is she starting to fall in love with her hometown, but she is starting to fall in love with a man. Actually, with two men. So, can Charlotte choose between the charming town doctor or the handsome English teacher? Most importantly, can she choose between New York or Hope Lake?

Vanessa Yu’s Magical Paris Tea Shop, by Roselle Lin

Vanessa Yu's Magical Paris Tea Shop, by Roselle Lin

A warm cup of tea, a bit of magical realism, and a spoonful of romance creates a perfect cozy fall romance read. This second novel by Roselle Lin explores the magic of life in the most romantic city in the world: Paris.

Vanessa Yu isn’t an average young woman. It turns out that she can see fortunes in tea leaves. Even after switching to coffee, she can still see fortunes and it continues to complicate her life and those around her. To top it all off, her love life is in the dumps and her parents have hired a matchmaker.

Then, after meeting the matchmaker, Vanessa sees a death fortune for the first time. Desperate for an escape, Vanessa moves to Paris with her eccentric Aunt Evelyn. But instead of running away from her gift, she starts to learn more about it. Most importantly, she comes to realize that knowing your destiny isn’t a curse, not being able to change it is.

Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas

Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas

With just the right amount of spook, this fall romance read combines a coming-of-age story with romance, a touch of Dia de Los Muertos, and a ghost. Aiden Thomas’ debut novel offers an important story about love, acceptance, and identity. What’s more, it is just what you need on a chilly autumn day.

Yadriel summoned a ghost and it won’t go away. He wanted to summon a ghost, the ghost of his murdered cousin, but that isn’t the ghost who showed up. No, instead he got the ghost of the resident bad boy, Julian Diaz. Now Julian wants to tie up some loose ends before he leaves and Yadriel has to tag along.

After Yadriel’s family had problems accepting him as a trans man, all he wanted to do was prove himself as a true brujo. While he proved himself by summoning a ghost, he can’t help but wonder what went wrong. But the more time he spends with Julian, he can’t help but wonder Julian is here for a reason. What’s more, Yadriel is starting to dread Julian leaving.

So, grab your favorite hot drink, put on your coziest sweater, and get cuddled in your best reading spot. Fall is here and it is full of romance. From falling leaves and crisp cool breezes to beautiful days and spooky nights, what do you look for in your fall romance novels? Want to discover more cozy reads? Make sure to sign up for our Romance Book Update to get premium romance reads in your inbox, weekly.

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