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Dating Mr. December

3.30  ·  Rating Details  ·  967 Ratings  ·  134 Reviews
Praise for Phillipa Ashley:

"Ashley's writing is deft, sexy, and full of humor."

"Lovely books filled with warm and likeable characters. Great fun!"
-internationally bestselling author Jill Mansell

"Sharp, sexy, and exuberant."

"She doesn't need rescuing, she only needs a change of scenery..."

After a disastrous discovery loses Emma Tremayne
Paperback, 294 pages
Published November 1st 2010 by Sourcebooks Landmark (first published October 2nd 2006)
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Nov 28, 2015 Samantha rated it it was amazing
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
Amy Jacobs
Nov 06, 2010 Amy Jacobs rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-i-own
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
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
Sep 26, 2011 Jen rated it did not like it
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
Jan 09, 2011 Amanda rated it did not like it
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
Dec 21, 2007 Keris rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 02, 2011 Carrie rated it liked it

This was actually better than I expected. The author does a decent job of creating characters with some depth. There was some mis-communication here, but for the most part I thought the misunderstanding had a reasonable foundation. Will's reluctance to talk about his motives or his past were already well-established before Emma arrived on the scene. Emma's inability to trust was understandable given her past history and Will's reputation.
Felicia (felso)
Nov 05, 2010 Felicia (felso) rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, i-own
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!)

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
Kelly Moran
Nov 15, 2010 Kelly Moran rated it really liked it
Shelves: my-reviews

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
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.
Oct 02, 2011 Katie rated it it was ok
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
Dec 08, 2014 Kelsey rated it liked it
Christmas fluff on mountain man fluff on calendar fluff. Loved it the second time too.
Mar 10, 2011 Julie rated it it was amazing
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
Dec 16, 2012 Tina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: christmas
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.
Sep 04, 2007 Jet rated it liked it  ·  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.
Jun 13, 2011 Melissa rated it it was ok
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
Feb 29, 2012 Rebecca Emin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Mar 04, 2012 Hilary rated it it was amazing
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!
Alexandria Mesa
May 07, 2014 Alexandria Mesa rated it did not like it
I have officially given up on this book a third of the way through. It does run as a definite lifetime movie novel, which is fine. The basic story is the city mouse moves to the country and is attracted to yet bumps heads with the country mouse. Yet the main, flimsy reason for their disagreement, the nude calendar to raise money for the rescue squad, is done and out of the way in less than 50 pages. Yet every time they meet, interact, talk about eachother, it is emphasized how they conflict yet ...more
quick easy read. Predictable romance.
This book has been on my TBR list for a while but couldn’t find it anywhere. I can’t remember who recommended it or why. So when it popped on the sale list over at SBTB I was so excited. Purchased, downloaded and I away I went. Perhaps the build-up was just too great, because I was quite disappointed. This book just didn’t work for me.

Here’s a few of the things that drove me crazy.

The Hero. What an ass. You can be an alpha without being a jerk, but apparently no one told Will that. Near the be
This book had loads of potential. I like that the main loves took time before they got together. BUT maybe it was too much time. I caught myself drifting as I read, wanting more to happen. And then the ending seemed rush. After a day together there is an epiphany that the characters is in love and then a few hours later the character is shocked to still be in love. WTF?! I really wanted to like this book more but the place it went just didn't satisfy my inner romantic. But the epilogue was sweet ...more
Dec 13, 2013 Kelly rated it did not like it
Ugh. The prevailing sentiment I can come up having just finished "Dating Mr. December" is...ugh.

I wasn't expecting classic literature when I finally cracked this book open on my Nook. I was little for a little palate cleanser. I have several longer, somewhat more serious, certainly heavier options waiting for me, and I wanted a quick little read that I didn't have to think too much about or spend too much on. It was chick lit, and there's room in the world for chick lit, when it's done right. Th
Becky R.
Dec 26, 2010 Becky R. rated it really liked it
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
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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
Alexis Villery
Sep 05, 2011 Alexis Villery rated it really liked it
After being fired from her previous job in a dramatic fashion, Emma is forced to take a job in small town Lake District where she takes on the fundraising effort of the mountain rescuers. When she comes up with the cute (and sexy) fundraiser of creating a calendar, she finds herself butting heads with Will who isn't thrilled about the idea of posing naked for a calendar. But Emma refuses to give up her idea. Of course sparks fly and both try to fight the sizzle but some things are meant to be... ...more
Aisha Oaktree
Mar 05, 2012 Aisha Oaktree rated it it was amazing
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
Dec 27, 2013 Ruth rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
2.5 Stars. Emma Tremayne is out of her element but determined to survive. Fired after discovered that her boyfriend was cheating on her with her boss, Emma fled London and everything it meant -- success and a fast-paced job with an elite PR firm -- to the lake district and a job with the tourism board of Bannerdale, the small-town atmosphere a constant reminder of the life she lost. Her most difficult task yet involves the local mountain rescue team, whose base is in desperate need of updates an ...more
Sep 10, 2011 Urs rated it liked it
I watched the movie that was based on this book for the first time just earlier this year. While I did not care for Kristin Chenoweth as the main character at all, I thought that it was a cute and amusing enough time waster. Thus, when Amazon's Kindle Store offered the book up for free, I decided to download and read it.

The main character of this book is city girl Emma, a PR consultant who has been sent to no man's land to work. She comes up with the idea of a nude calendar spread to promote a l
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