You just can’t beat a good Christmas read so I absolutely jumped at the chance to take part in the Blog Tour for A Christmas Date by Camilla Isley. Many thanks to Rachel and of course Camilla for allowing me to take part in this festive tour. Make sure you grab a cuppa before settling down to read my review, enjoy!
No one wants to be single at the holidays.
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…
I read across a variety of genres, but my all-time favourite is a darn good chick-lit and when it includes a festive themed story line I know I’m going to love it. A Christmas Date fits the bill perfectly and delivers exactly what it says on the tin by providing a warm, light-hearted romantic tale set against a snowy Christmas backdrop.
Nikki our protagonist in this festive tale is a single, career minded woman who is dreading visiting her family over the holidays due to her lack of a plus one, AGAIN. With an over bearing Mother constantly questioning her relationship status it’s easy to see why she would rather be anywhere else! To make matters worse her younger sister announces her engagement, to the man Nikki has been in love with for 10yrs, just a week before Christmas. Pushed to her limit Nikki finds herself doing something so crazy, it’s straight out of a movie script – paying a fake date! It doesn’t take long for the ‘strictly business’ plan to start sprouting holes, leaving us readers to ponder the most popular chick lit question; will they or won’t they?
I adored this book and finished it in only two sittings thanks to Camilla’s easy writing style. Whilst at times a little predictable there is plenty of humour and drama along the way to keep you on your toes. This is the perfect book to settle down with when you want a nice easy read that will leave with you with a warm, happy glow afterwards – and not just from the fire!
A Christmas Date is the third book in the First Comes Love series which I didn’t discover until I finished reading and it certainly had no impact on my enjoyment or understanding, working perfectly well as a stand alone novel. This is the first of Camilla’s books I have read and I’m keen to read more as I have completely fallen in love with her style.
A Christmas Date is the perfect festive read to help get you in the mood for Christmas and would make a great gift for any chick lit lovers.
About The Author
Camilla is an engineer turned writer after she quit her job to follow her husband on an adventure abroad.
She’s a cat lover, coffee addict, and shoe hoarder. Besides writing, she loves reading—duh!—cooking, watching bad TV, and going to the movies—popcorn, please. She’s a bit of a foodie, nothing too serious. A keen traveller, Camilla knows mosquitoes play a role in the ecosystem, and she doesn’t want to starve all those frog princes out there, but she could really live without them.
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