10 October romance releases to fall in love with this month

Payback's a Witch by Lana Harper. Image courtesy Penguin Random House
Payback's a Witch by Lana Harper. Image courtesy Penguin Random House /
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October 2021 release: Nick and Noel’s Christmas Playlist by Codi Hall

Another romance for those hoping to embrace the winter holidays a little early, Nick and Noel’s Christmas Playlist hits shelves this month. And Codi Hall’s debut sounds every bit as adorable as its cover suggests.

A friends-to-lovers romance, Nick and Noel’s Christmas Playlist sees Nick Winter coming home from the military and sharing an unexpected kiss with his best friend Noel. It’s not what he had planned for the holiday season, but then, he wasn’t expecting his longtime girlfriend to dump him when he got home either.

Fortunately, it sounds like Nick and Noel will find happiness in one another just in time for Christmas — that is, if his ex doesn’t get in the way:

"“If Noel can turn Nick’s Blue Christmas merry and bright, this might be the last Christmas Nick spends with a broken heart. This year, they’ll be Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree as a couple―as long as Nick’s ex doesn’t go standing under any mistletoe.”"

Christmas song references, beloved romance tropes, and that dog on the cover — do we really need any more reasons to dig into this novel?

Nick and Noel’s Christmas Playlist comes out in print, ebook, and audiobook format on Oct. 5.