Book Review: A Christmas Date

A Christmas Date
Author: Camilla Isley
Genre: Holiday Romance
Publisher: Pink Bloom Press
Publication Date: October 25, 2018
Pages: 231
Format Read: Kindle ebook
Standalone or series: Book #3 of First Comes Love series
Where I got the book: NetGalley
Date Finished Reading: January 2, 2019

Goodreads Description: Even Little Miss Grinch, Nikki, a successful and independent woman, must face her bachelorette status at the most horrible time of the year.

December is her personal version of holly-jolly hell: a merry torture made of couples kissing at every corner, forced vacation days, and an inescapable family reunion.

And when her baby sister announces she’s engaged—to Paul, the man Nikki is secretly in love with—and that he’s spending the holidays with them, Christmas starts looking bluer than ever.

Nikki can’t possibly survive an entire week trapped home as the family’s spinster. But she has no time to meet men or to try the newest dating app, she’s too busy working as a video producer for an advertising agency.

So what’s a girl to do?

Nikki has the perfect solution: to hire a fake boyfriend.

Luckily, her job gives her access to an endless catalog of gorgeous actors to choose from.

But Nikki will soon discover that keeping business and pleasure from mixing isn’t so easy, and that she might not be immune to a little mistletoe magic. Especially not when she picked out the perfect man as her Christmas date…

A fun, festive romantic comedy with lots of bad behavior and Christmas spirit. Like a creamy hot chocolate with marshmallows, you won’t want to put this deliciously hilarious novel down. Perfect for fans of Sophie Kinsella, Sally Thorne, and Jo Watson.

My Review: A Christmas Date is a holiday romance with some humor. Though it is the third book in a series, you can definitely read this as a stand alone, as I did.

I always enjoy watching and reading rom-coms. If you have seen the movie The Wedding Date, you will see a lot of similarities in Camilla Isley’s A Christmas Date. There are some slight differences though that created some enjoyable scenes. When Nikki hires a man to accompany her home for Christmas, she insists that he moves in with her for a couple weeks prior to the homeward visit, so they could spend as much time getting to know each other, and their relationship would be believable. I enjoyed Nikki’s roommate’s reaction to this plan and her protectiveness of Nikki.

I do wish that there had been less build up to Nikki actually taking her fake boyfriend home for Christmas and more focus on the time spent at home, because I really enjoyed the second half of the book a lot. The scene when Nikki’s sister, Julia, cooks a vegan dinner for the family made me laugh out loud. This scene leads into another great scene between the two sisters. I can totally relate to Christmas family drama.

Overall, I would recommend this fun holiday romance.

My Rating:  ♦ ♦ ♦ ½