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The Three Kings: A Christmas Dating Story

3.43  ·  Rating Details  ·  185 Ratings  ·  28 Reviews
Who's bearing gifts this Christmas? Three hot, single guys!

Christy de la Cruz has it all: a great career as an interior designer for the stylish homes of New Mexico, marriage to a tall and handsome man, and a great family—especially her cousin Maggie. But as the holidays approach, she's down to two out of three—that handsome husband has walked out the door. Christy is so n
ebook, 288 pages
Published November 9th 2010 by St. Martin's Griffin (first published November 1st 2010)
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Feb 08, 2014 Chris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When I started this book it was within a few hours of Three Kings day 2014. I wasn't sure if that was divine providence or serendipity. Either way, I'm glad I read this novel. Alisa is very good at writing about flawed characters who have much to learn about themselves and others. The old adage is every good story has about ten possible themes. But another school of thought is they are all really boiled done to a single plot thread: who am I? This book excelled at that. It's about a young woman ...more
Mar 25, 2012 Cathy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The Three Kings is a novel minimally inspired by Christmas, although it is billed as "A Christmas Dating Story". Unfortunately, the main character is so shallow and selfish that anything she does to improve herself in the end seems like too little. The 3 "kings" she has to date are cardboard cutouts who would work out better in a crappy chick flick. Besides, I'm not Latina or prejudiced against 2nd generation Mexican Americans, so I don't feel like I should have to read a 300 page diatribe from ...more
Apr 23, 2011 Lauren rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love all of her books. This one wasn't as strong I didn't think, but it was a different novel than her Dirty Girls books. It was definitely amusing and easy to relate to the characters. It has some twists and turns so even though you think it is predictable, it isn't quite. If you've read her earlier books I'd definitely recommend this. But if you haven't I'd start with the The Dirty Girls Social Club and make my way up.
Allyson Bede
Okay, I read this in one afternoon. I'm not usually an avid fan of chick lit, but it was it interesting enough. Clearly predictable. I knew which guy she'd end up with from the start. Of course the one I liked ended up being a real tool which goes to show how I always pick the wrong guys, haha.
Dec 07, 2010 Toni rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
I'm still in the mood for fiction by Latina authors and Valdes-Rodriguez is one of my all time favorites and I've read all her adult novels.

This time around she tells the story of Christy de la Cruz, a highly successful interior designer to high end clients in New Mexico. After her marriage ends, she finds herself turning to the internet and dating books like The Rules to piece her love life back together. At the end of her romantic rope, she prays to the Virgin Mary to send her some single, eli
I liked it a lot, but only gave it 3 stars because of the unnecessary gay/white bashing. Yeah, she qualified it, yeah the more educated charactars constantly admonished the others about it, but I thought it was lazy onher part. Zach could have been a bit more rounded out. I mean, anybody that shallow- why would he have married her in the first place, let alone have good sex with her and stay for 6 years. So the set-up was weak and phony. the other parts were pretty good, though some seriouslydis ...more
Mar 11, 2011 Jennifer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Shelves: chick-lit
The Three Kings is a cute, romantic Christmas story with a chick lit feel. Christy's husband left her for another man and she hasn't really dated since. Her cousin decides to change that by setting her up with three men, the boy who made fun of her when she was younger and his two cousins. She turns it into a game, where each man gets three dates with Christy to prove he's the right man for her, all while her family makes wagers on who the winner will be.

The competition between the three men whi
I have to disclose off the bat that this isn't a Christmas book. It's a dating book set during Christmas time. It's too good not to share! Alisa, as always, has captured the essence of "me". No one can describe my environment quite like her. I mean, what other writer has been able to so adequately describe "MEChA types" that "generally live in Nob Hill or High Desert, and have lots of bumper stickers on their Subarus."? Or write such witty one-liners such as "Envy marries envy and they live happ ...more
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Review: This is the first novel I have read from Alisa Valdes-Rodriguez (I know, silly me, right?) But I'm sure glad I started off with this one. Christy is someone most of us could relate to--independent, self reliant, a non-traditional Mexican. She was a sarcastic, cynical woman boasting with money-making confidence, except when it came to men and relationships, which she was totally clueless on (that's why she got the book on dating rules.)
Karen Wapinski
Dec 06, 2012 Karen Wapinski rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked this book overall, but not as much as the other books this author has put out. So:
Christy's been left by her husband and she's trying out dating advice via The Rules to land herself a new boyfriend with limited success. Maggie, her cousin, sets her up on 3 dates with 3 cousins each in a sort of Bachelotte theme to land herself a boyfriend. Christy is the outsider of her family, called 'too white' because she left the barrio, got a good job and is middle-class rich. Maggie, her cousin, st
Debbie Maskus
Oct 12, 2010 Debbie Maskus rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I was very excited about having the opportunity to read this book, mainly for the anticipated humor and the holiday setting, but my expectations fell flat. I have read many notable "Hispanic" writers and Valdes-Rodriquez seems uncomfortable in her native skin. The story has the loose plot of finding a husband, after losing her first husband to the gay society. The story oozes sarcasm about men, rich people, New Mexico, and the Hispanic people and their customs. The whole book generated a sense o ...more
Decent for "chick lit" and enjoyed the author's funny and knowledgeable description of Albuquerque's Mexican-American life. However, I thought the heroine's epiphany (pun intended) occurred way too quickly and unrealistically at the end. Also, in what I saw as an effort to "save" the book from turning into a romance novel, the author did not provide adequate closure with the lead male in the book. And, let's face it, this was really a romance novel, so I wanted assurance as the reader that Chris ...more
Valdes-Rodriguez is known for making strong central female characters. I felt like Christy's insecurity leaked poison throughout the novel. Please read her other novels - they are "readable in one sitting!"

I also felt like Alisa's editor said, "hey Christy, do you think you could write a Christmas novel?" And Christy responded, "no, but I could just modify the one I'm currently writing to have three biblical names and end on the Three Kings Day." This novel would have been much stronger if it ju
Dec 30, 2010 Peggy rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This was way too chick lit for me. I ended up skimming through this book. A former "fat girl" who is now a knockout(of course) wishes for 3 suitors and they appear. They are related to each other and named after the 3 Wise men. This sounds much more interesting than it is. This is a totally predictable, forgettable story; for instance, the guy the main character likes the best pretends he's poor but he's really rich and the crude, rude cousin - she really has a heart of gold. I've read this all ...more
Jul 27, 2011 Chivon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked this book a lot. It was a light hearted funny story. I think I enjoyed the book so much because I related to Christy the main character, a very sarcastic latin chic. While I'm not a latina, I am a minority and sometimes relate to my culture the way she related to hers, not necessarily a good thing, you'll see what I mean when you read the book. At any rate, the story was very funny and easy to read. I'd definately recommend it.
Jun 29, 2012 Shelley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fast and easy read. Book Club chose it for December because of the Three Kings theme. Plus, it's shorter and December is always a madhouse for most of us. I like her writing style and characters.
Jan 05, 2011 Lorena rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great read! I am a bit biased because Alisa is my buddy but loved to read about the places I love in New Mexico. Really warm and charming.
Dec 13, 2010 Carol rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Setting and events a little contrived. Valdez' tongue a bit too acid in this one. Otherwise an enjoyable read!
Amy Mcghee
Fun chick lit but the end I suddenly tied up neat and clean. A man's love enlightens the main character, please!
Nov 11, 2012 U. rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Very predictable...not my favorite from Ms. Valdes, but still a HUGE fan of her writing!!!
Genie Morales
Aug 07, 2012 Genie Morales rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a cute story loved it perfect for the single gals holiday !
Resa Boydston
I read a 'teaser' on my Google Play Books. Loved it!
Aug 14, 2011 Diana rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Kind of dumb but it was ok to read while at the beach.
Very entertaining. I Love a happy ending.
Nov 27, 2011 Sherese rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
So bad I forgot I read this book until just now.
Predictable, but ok. Not her best.
Jun 11, 2013 Shamekia rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chick-lit
Not her best, but still fun to read.
Mayra Villavicencio
love the story
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Alisa Valdes is a NY Times and USA Today bestselling author of women's fiction, young adult fiction, and memoir, including The Dirty Girls Social Club. She has a master's in journalism from Columbia University and spent ten years as a staff writer for the Boston Globe and LA Times before becoming an author. She lives in New Mexico with her family and pets and wishes the calories you ate when no on ...more
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