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"Ashley's writing is deft, sexy, and full of humor."
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"Lovely books filled with warm and likeable characters. Great fun!"
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"Sharp, sexy, and exuberant."
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"She doesn't need rescuing, she only needs a change of scenery..."

After a disastrous discovery loses Emma Tremayne...more
Paperback, 294 pages
Published November 1st 2010 by Sourcebooks Landmark (first published October 2nd 2006)
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Samantha
Phillipa Ashley is a funny, entertainingly romantic author that will have readers sighing and believing in love.

Let me just start by stating that I love this book. I need to get all of my gushing out of the way. I have nothing but praises to dish out because this is exactly what I expect in my romance books. Dating Mr. December is a wonderfully, well written love story.

Emma Tremayne is a PR officer working for the Lake District’s tourist board and her first assignment is to help the mountain re...more
Amy Jacobs
I didn't know that this book had been previously published in the UK and even had a Lifetime movie made based on it called 12 Men of Christmas. It was a delightful surprise to find out since I enjoyed the book and had the pleasure of featuring a guest post by the author just a few days ago.

Emma Tremayne starts the story off by trying to convince the local mountain rescue team to do a fund raiser featuring the men in a nude calendar. While most of the crew is ready to give it a go, Will Tennant...more
Mary (BookHounds)
There is such a desolate wasteland for a good Chick Lit book this time of the year, that the timing on this release couldn't have been better. I didn't realize that this book was the inspiration for a Lifetime movie (The Twelve Men of Christmas) until I started to write this review. I kept thinking that this story would make an excellent movie and some one beat me to it! Now, I will have to go track down a copy. It stars Kristin Chenoweth as EJ (Emma) and is set in NYC, but I think the main plot...more
Felicia (felso)
I really enjoy this book!! I have the UK edition (Decent Exposure) and it's a book I pick up and re-read from time to time. So, getting the US edition was a must! It's a fun, sexy read with characters that have lots of heart. It makes me *almost* want to take up abseiling/repelling! (Maybe with Will there with me, that its!)
Phillipa
Mar 03, 2011 Phillipa added it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
This is the US edition of DECENT EXPOSURE
Kelly Moran

Author Phillipa Ashley studied English and Literature at Oxford University before working as a journalist and freelance writer. She didn't start writing fiction until 2005 when she joined an internet creative writing site. Other titles include: It Should Have Been Me, Just Say Yes, and Wish You Were Here. She resides in Staffordshire Village in England with her husband and daughter.

Emma Tremayne wasn't expecting a move from London to the Lake District, but she had no choice. After a disastrous...more
Kelly
I think I would have liked this book a lot more if there weren't regional speech differences creating a chasm of WTF? between me and the characters. I've read plenty of books by authors who don't live in the US and I rarely have a tough time with the vocabulary quirks that come from them living on one continent and me on another. This book got me, though. It got me good.

Now, this has nothing to do with the writing style, the plot (which I actually enjoyed. And there weren't even any werewolves....more
Jen
The writing was almost painfully bad. The characters seemed confused - not just from chapter to chapter, but from page to page and even sentence to sentence. The only reason I even finished this book is because I've been leaving so many books unfinished recently. I felt like I needed to break the streak. ;-)

Seriously, don't read this if you are over 18 years old. The mood swings and manufactured drama are just not understandable unless you're still in high school. Unfortunately, it's written abo...more
Amanda
So this is the book that knocked me out of my Hallmark movie type book phase. The fact that the plot line was painfully predictable wouldn't have been a problem, who is ever shocked by the ending of a Hallmark movie? The writing was clunky, the sentences insulted my intelligence and I got a headache from all of the involuntary eye rolling I couldn't stop myself from doing. I started this book in 2010 but ended it in 2011 and can say it is the worst book I read all year. Even though it is the fir...more
Keris
The plot - city girl meets rugged and handsome outdoor guy - is sprinkled with twists and misunderstandings which keep you turning the pages. The characters are well-drawn, so you keep rooting for them to sort it all out, although there were moments when I thought 'oh just speak to each other!''

Decent Exposure is a light romantic read for a rainy afternoon, with fabulous descriptions of life in a tight-knit Lake District community and a very sexy male lead.

The only bit I really disliked was the...more
Tina
I chose this book because of the cute Hallmark Movie, 12 Men of Christmas that starred Kristen Chenoweth. Well this is a first for me: I enjoyed the movie much more than I did the book. I got through the book because of the movie. The book was not bad it was actually enjoyable. It was just a little hard to follow sometimes because of the language/slang the author used because the book takes place in the UK. So sometimes I felt a little lost.

All in all I enjoyed this romantic Christmas book.
Hilary
Well, I loved this in its UK guise Decent Exposure, and I love it no less with its bright and breezy US cover and new title. It's fun, and it's romantic. Phillipa Ashley has a great ear and eye for her characters, and wanting to know what happened to them kept me engaged. This is an accomplished romantic novel, and as such, strictly for pleasure!
Becky R.
Although titled Dating Mr. December, this romantic story isn't really set in December or centered on Christmas at all. In fact, as I was reading it, I hoped that readers wouldn't get caught up in the title and put off reading it until the holidays! This is definitely a tense, sexy read.

The initial lead in to Emma and Will (hunky Mr. December) meeting one another and becoming attracted was pretty short. Those kinds of "I like you baby" leads sometimes have me rolling my eyes a bit, since I'm eve...more
Gaby
Posted at Oh My Books!

I've been meaning to read Dating Mr. December since last Christmas, but it wasn't until now that I finally did it and I'm very glad.

Emma is a nice girl who discovered her boyfriend was cheating on her, with her boss. It wasn't pretty, and Emma just wanted to run. So she moved to Lake District to find a new job and forget all.

She doesn't exactly fit at the town, and when she advises the mountain rescue team to make a nude calendar to raise funds, nobody is very sure about it...more
Aisha Oaktree
As i am reading Dating Mr. December I realize this sounds a lot like a movie i watched last year on Lifetime, called the 12 Men of Christmas. Boy, whew nothing new in the world huh, so I kept reading, then I'm like no really this is like word for word, "Holy Crap she stole the idea from the movie," then I was like "Holy Crap did she know they stole her book and made it into a t.v. movie." Why yes my loves I love to talk to myself while reading.

Then I did some research,because this was too freaky...more
Barbara
This was a delightfully British story set in the English Lake District about a young woman, Emma Tremayne, who was not only dumped by her boyfriend in favor of her boss, but fired from her great job in public relations as well. She takes a job in Bannerdale working for the Tourist Board and offers to help the local rescue team raise money for a new base camp using her PR skills. Her idea is to publish a nude calendar with all twelve of the rescue personnel, including Will Tennant. Although he th...more
Barbara
This witty, sexy romance finds a formerly high-profile PR agent, Emma Tremayne, trying to convince the local mountain rescue team that a "nudie" calendar - featuring the team members - would be the perfect way to raise the funds necessary for the much-needed renovations to their rescue station. She assures the now nervous team that by nude, she means that they will be undressed but covered (think of the film “Calendar Girls” and you’ll get a basic sense of the plot). She manages to convince all...more
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3,5

Sıkılmadan çabucak okuyacağınız hoş romantik bir komedi. Benim hoşuma gitti kitap özelliklede yazarın ilk çıkan kitabı olduğunu düşünürsek gayet iyiydi.

Emma halkla ilişkiler alanında çalışıyor ve Dağcılık kurtarma ekibinin yeni bir merkeze ihtiyacı var ve para bulunması gerekiyor Emma da takvim satma fikrini ortaya atıyor kitabın adındaki ahlaksız teklif burdan ileri gelmiş herhalde takvimin her ayında kurtarmadaki bir erkeğin çıplak işte aletleriyle vs pozu olacak fikir bu tabii başta bi kar...more
Staci
Dec 11, 2010 Staci rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Staci by: Sourcebooks
Shelves: 2010-reads
Philippa Ashley is the author of this British based romance book published in November, 2010 . It's about Emma Tremayne who leaves a high-powered PR job and ends up in a slow paced community. She's hoping to mend her broken heart and to move on with her life. Little does she know that life is just starting to get good when she meets Will Tennant. Overall I thought this was a very fun, sexy, and believable romantic book. I liked Emma and a few times wanted her job. I found myself daydreaming over...more
Katie
Got this one at Border's going out of business sale for a little over a dollar. Cover looked fun, book jacket looked moderately interesting, so I got it. Thank goodness I only paid a dollar, because I would not have been pleased if I had paid the full price of $9.99. It started out really slow and didn't get much better although I had some hope for it. It's a classic love tale, you know how it's going to end, and the stuff in the middle isn't really that interesting. There's some sex thrown in,...more
Chris
Surprisingly I really enjoyed this book. I think I could relate to the characters Emma and Will, who had been hurt before in love and were trying to protect themselves by being tough and keeping people at arm's length. The ending was predictable but the twists and turns along the way actually caused tears in my eyes (or maybe I was just spelling onions LOL) - maybe because I could relate to it so much - there have been times where you wonder if something will happen with someone and then it does...more
Jill
After troubles with her boyfriend Emma Tremayne moves away from the city and her job to the quiet of country life in the Lake District of England.
There she takes on a job organising a nude calendar for the local mountain rescue fundraising efforts. And meets Will Tennant, Mr July.

One really refreshing difference with this contemporary romance is its British locale and idioms. But basically what you see is what you get. From the cover and title to the dialogue and story, 'Decent Exposure' simply...more
Trea
Even though this story was set in England, it translated well to really any setting. There wasn't a lot of terminology that was native to England, so it was easy to just get lost into the story. It was a really cute story centered around getting funding for a mountain rescue team. The story seemed shorter than it actually was, and I was able to read it in about a day. The end of it discusses a Christmas celebration, but there is no other mention of the holiday throughout the rest of the book. I...more
Carrie
This is such a fun book! I am a huge fan of Christmas romances and DATING MR. DECEMBER was a perfect holiday romance. The characters are believable and funny. I would classify this book as chick-lit as most of the growth is Emma’s. I caught the movie based on this book last year and loved it. I think that added to the enjoyment of the book. (Although, in my head Emma looks and sounds like Kristen Chenoweth which doesn’t work with the English sayings.) I think this book is perfect for a cold wint...more
Julie
I love nothing better than a good Brit chick lit that I can't put down. It's been eons since one made me disappear from the real world. I loved Emma - like any girl that's been jilted and scared to love again, yet totally vulnerable to it. And Will- he was perfectly written as a true guy with heart. I only wished this book had been longer, Emma and Wills courtship longer...I got sad when I realized it was over. I'll probably read it again. And maybe again. I need recommendations of similarly wri...more
Jet
Sep 04, 2007 Jet rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: RomCom addicts
Shelves: fluffybooks
It is extraordinarily difficult writing a review for a RomCom book- because it is, as I mentioned in the last review of Devil Served Tortellini, brainless and pure fluff. That is, not much thought process.

Decent Exposure is an archetypal RomCom: protagonists who don't get along, thrown together in an outrageous project, physical sparks fly, some angst thrown in for good measure in between, and a happy ending. It started out funnier but it made way for romantic fluff.
Melissa
This book is not my taste at all (cheesy romance) but I have time on my hands, and it was free so I read it anyway. It was cute at times and I found myself rooting for the misunderstood Mr. December but the plot lacks any substance aside from the characters longing to have sex and trying to suppress the urges...I guess that's the genre? I don't see the appeal. Throw a murder in there and sign me up!
Rebecca Emin
Sparks fly all over the place in this book. It is set in the Lake District and contains some interesting characters as the cover blurb would suggest.

The hero in this book is absolutely wonderful, from everything I read I have ended up with a mental picture of Mr Perfect. But, like everyone, he does have his flaws.

A great read for lovers of passionate romance.
Toni Sands
This was a book where I took a while to warm to the heroine. I don't have a problem if that happens, provided the hero captures my interest. And this hero certainly does. There's a great cast of characters and it's a fun read. I fancy there was to be a film made for television but maybe overseas? Great scenery would host the eye candy!
Donna Huber
I thought it read like a Lifetime movie (though it did get a bit steamier than those movies do) and it turns out there is a Lifetime movie based on the book. It was a fun read right before the holidays. Read my full review at Girl Who Reads
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Phillipa Ashley is award-winning romantic novelist. After studying English at Oxford, she worked as a copywriter and journalist before writing her debut novel, which won the RNA's New Writers' award and was later made into a TV movie. She lives in a village in the heart of England with her husband and daughter. She also writes the Oxford Blue NA series of red hot romance for Penguin Books.
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