Wednesday, 24 October 2018

Book Review - A Christmas Date by Camilla Isley

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Title: A Christmas Date
Author: Camilla Isley
Format reviewed: Ebook
Source: Author supplied review copy
Publisher: Self Published
Publication Date: 25th October 2018
Rating: 4 Stars

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 had been a bit worried going into reading this that I had read something in theory similar sounding only a few months ago, and was worried I wouldn't find this particularly original as a result. 

Well I was completely wrong - ok the hiring of a fake date for whatever reason has been done before and the book even makes a point of referencing some films where that is the case in it - so although you are going into this with a fairly good idea of how it may all end up - the journey is still incredibly enjoyable. 

I absolutely loved this book and found myself whizzing through it.  The first thing that amused me about this book is the main character's name - Nikki Moore - as I have read some wonderful books by a real life Nikki Moore. No idea if it was sheer fluke, but I kept thinking of the other one every time the name was written in full! 

I loved the motivation for Nikki to hire her fake date, and the reasons she had for the criteria of what sort of man she was looking for.  I also fell for the man rather fast, he was gorgeous and had a really great vibe to him. 

The connection between Nikki and Diego was evident the whole time, and there are so many amusing moments in the book . 

This really is an enjoyable read, and another lovely book from an author that I enjoy more and more each time I read her.     

Thank you to Camilla Isley for this copy which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily. 

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