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A Christmas Date

(First Comes Love #3)

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  793 ratings  ·  170 reviews
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 a
Kindle Edition, 231 pages
Published October 25th 2018 by Pink Bloom Press (first published October 17th 2018)
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Oct 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018, blog-tour
I absolutely adored and loved every single word in this book!

If you could see me you would see that I have a BIG smile on my face, I have found me another wonderful author! I love a book that completely engages you and captures your heart! The storyline in this book was not original, in fact it has been done many times before and the author even mentions that in the book... but these characters were so electric, they completely drew me in!

Nikki is not in the holiday mood, in fact she wouldn’t mi
Oct 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Oh how I LOVED this book! This is my first Camilla Isley book and I can’t wait to read all her others! I have been searching high and low for the perfect romcom and I’ve finally found it. Best Christmas book of the season!

Nikki is a successful, single career woman who is reluctantly going home for the holidays. After finally deciding that she’s had enough with her family questioning why she’s still single, she decides to take matters into her own hands.

I loved these characters and their antics a
Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
4 super cute and funny stars to A Christmas Date! 🎄 🎄 🎄 🎄

After not being much of a holiday book reader in my reading life, this year, I’ve been on a spree of collecting holiday reads. A Christmas Date is a standout amongst the pack.

Nikki is not a fan of the holidays. Being single and independently so is hard this time of year. When she would rather be working, she is forced to take time off and observe how romantic everyone feels about Christmas.

Everything comes to a head wine Nikki’s sister
Camilla Isley
This is my first Christmas story ... I hope it'll make you feel as warm and fuzzy as a hot chocolate sprinkled with marshmallows. It's a book filled with plenty of holidays spirit, good and bad family behaviors, a fake boyfriend, kittens, and lots of snow, humor, and romance ....

Holiday Romance
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Whispering Stories
Nov 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Nikki has been in love with Paul for many years since they were teenagers but when Paul started dating her younger sister Julia a couple of years ago she knew he was out of bounds forever and it broke her heart.

When her sister announces, just before Christmas, that the two are engaged Nikki puts on a brave face but is absolutely devastated. Then she learns that when she goes home to her parents for Christmas the loved-up Julia and Paul will be
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Favorite Quotes:

Oh, come on… You sleep in the candy shop every night, and you want me to believe you’ve never thought of tasting the candies?

If Diego was a real boyfriend, and not one paid to endure my family, I’d be dying of shame at their ill-concealed eagerness. Mom and Julia look like wolfhounds with the scent of a bone fresh in their nostrils.

“Your mom and your old crone of an aunt always complain you’re never going to find a man. But I told them how wrong they were, and bet Dora a pie you
Dash fan
Nov 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
4☆ A Cosy Festive Romance.

First of all I want to start by saying how festive the cover is I love it, it sums up A Christmas Date.

A Christmas Date is the third book in the series, but my first book. I had absolutely no problem quickly settling into the story.

I really enjoyed reading this Warm, Cosy, feel good, light hearted Romp.
It had Romance, Fun, Family Drama, sibling rivalry, Mishaps, Sass, Fake Dates, Secrets, all around the Festive Season.

Nikki hates Christmas, but most of all she hates s
Nov 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
So so good! I’m feeling the Christmas spirit in November and this is not like me. Camilla Isley won me over and I’m totally in love with my new book boyfriend Diego (Mr Perfect).

I’m a fan of fake relationships and this one is perfectly executed. Nikki is very successful in her career. She is not very lucky when it comes to love. In fact, her sister is dating the man of her dreams and Nikki just wants to get through the holidays unscathed. In the run-up to Christmas Nikki tries to avoid long con
Britt / Basically Britt
Dec 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020
4,25!! This was SO CUTE
Tasha Mahoney
Beautifully written with wit, humour, romance and festive high jinx. A Christmas Date was a real festive treat that I enjoyed from page one. (The parent guilt trip! – Yep, been there!) To the wonderful ending.

I guess that this is a festive trope that will never grow old for me and I love new twists on it. What I go here was a refreshingly funny – I mean really funny- tale. The stressful family Christmas situation, the embarrassment and the arguments that end up being less awful than was expected
Finitha Jose
Oct 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
If you are thinking what I think, then you guessed it right. This is the textual Christmas version of 'The Wedding Date', but far better than the original book 'Asking for Trouble' of which the movie is based. So we could pretty much see the story through the blurb itself, but that won't deter the reading pleasure a bit. After all, this is a different setting, different girl and if you can visualise someone better looking than Dermot Mulroney, well, then we have a too good to be true hero in our ...more
Latanya (Crafty Scribbles)
Funny. Smart. Sassy. I liked this one and recommend it as it's a quick holiday read for anyone in the mood for something with kick. ...more
Irena BookDustMagic
Oct 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
First of all, I think this book has the longest synopsis ever, so I won’t repeat what it is about, just read them if you’re interested (or don’t if you’re like me, and like to go into books blind).

Camilla Isley is the author who’s books I noticed before and some of them are on my tbr list, but I still didn’t read them for one reason or another (you know how it goes, too many books, so little time and similar excuses).
When I saw her email in my mailbox I was surprised, to say the least. I always
Dec 31, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks
This story is a good time! Nothing too serious and fun.
Full review here:
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Rachel Gilbey
Oct 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
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 incred
Nov 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites-books
*** I received this book through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review, thank you so much to NetGalley and Pink Bloom Press for the opportunity to read and review A Christmas Date! ***

I would like to sincerely apologize to Pink Bloom Press for posted a late review for A Christmas Date now just 2018 was not a great year for me health-wise and I am still struggling with my health this year as well. But let's go onwards and talk about my review and not talk about my health issues now, shall we
Christina ☾
Nov 22, 2020 rated it it was ok
I felt like this book had potential. I liked the story line and love a good fake relationship trope.
Unfortunately, I just didn't feel the chemistry between Nikki and Diego. It felt like it went from very friendly to all of the sudden they were in love. The book needed to be another 50-100 pages to fit in all the tension that there needs to be to in order to execute a fake relationship properly. There was no slow burn or discussion of feelings. Then, as typical cliche romances go, they broke up b
Laura..devouring books like crumpets
Wow Wow Wow

I love Sophie Kinsella books as they have the dry humor to them, great characters and writing... This new Author to me is her contender!....

This was Brilliant!!!!
Nikki Hires Diego an actor to be her holiday, boyfriend as her sister has gotten engaged to the love of her life....

sprinkled with snow and Nikki the christmas scrooge... the story was predictable but the writing style made it brilliant huge 5 star and will definitely read this Author again.
Oct 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book is the third part of a series, but even though I have not read the other ones, I did not have any difficulty in picking up the story.

Although Nikki is not really keen on Christmas, this year she might receive more than she bargained for or will it all go up in smoke?

I truely enjoyed this book. It's funny, it's playful but it also has a more serious underlayer about rekindling certain relationships and revelations.

Winter is slowly creeping up on us as well, so if you want to shut the wo
Nov 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Four stars: A funny holiday tale with some hilarious developments.

Nikki hates the holiday season, especially since a trip home is looming over her head. She keeps trying to avoid her mother and sister, but then her sister, Julia, shows up wanting to take her to lunch. Things go from bad to the worst when Julia brings Paul, Nikki’s best friend from college, whom she has been crushing on for years. Over lunch, Julia and Paul announce their engagement. The prospect of the holidays just got a whole
Nov 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle-books
Yes!! I can totally relate to Nikki - being single during the holidays is rough, especially when you have to deal with your family putting pressure on you to get married. Fortunately for me, I am an only child so I don't have to deal with a younger sibling getting engaged/married before me or dating my crush - unlike Nikki. This book had me chuckling and loving Diego - where can I find my Diego? A festive read for a holiday weekend! ...more
Dec 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Very cute holiday romance book. Quick and fun. I loved Nikki and Diego's blossoming relationship. ...more
Xiomy's Book Tales
Dec 27, 2020 rated it it was ok
While A Christmas Date had one of my favorite rom-con tropes which is fake relationships, I felt the story had potential but I couldn't feel the chemistry between Diego and Nikki. The story definitely had room for it to be longer, exploring the relationship and expanding on their chemistry to make it more believable in my eyes.

I feel unable to explain my discomfort and dissatisfaction without spoilers, so don't read if you plan on picking this book up.

The relationship went from to complete stran
I loved everything about this book. Yes, the fake-boyfriend story has been done a million times already but Camilla has a way of taking an old trope and make it fresh and exciting and witty to boot!

The story was hilarious, and Nikki was a wonderful protagonist. I could identify with her so easily, and the best part was that she was able to admit her imperfections (especially to her best friend Blair--they really have the perfect friendship) and still go over the top a little with her crazy solut
Jul 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5-stars

It was too long since I've read a new chick-lit written by Camilla Isley, this book just refreshed my memory and her fabulous writing style enchanted me once again.

Nikki,our heroine,is a smart and successful businesswoman but she's dreading to go home alone this Christmas because she doesn't want to be pitied by her family so she hires a beautiful guy to be her fake boyfriend for the week,easy peasy,right?But she didn't remember that Christmas is a magic time and sometimes also the unthinkable

Nov 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Yes it’s another Christmas book, there is always the danger that once you have read one ‘Festive’ book for the season that they will all become to sound, look, read the same. I mean how many different angles can they take? Add into that, the story line of dating or faking, it’s not a new notion either.

But do you know what … why I actually overlooked all those aspects? It’s because it’s Camilla Isley. And Camilla has a delightful way of telling a story and reeling the reader in with her cute but
***ARC received in exchange of an honest opinion***

This book delivers everything it’s supposed to and I was left very satisfied with reading it.

The Christmas Date was a sweet, feel good romance novel and I quite enjoyed it!
Donna Maguire

I loved this book, I thought the story was lovely and it was a really fun one to read!

The setting was great and I loved the characters, they worked really well together and I enjoyed getting to know them. The story has a great flow and it is a very easy one to read and took me just a few hours.

I didn’t realise at the time that this is the third book in the series, but it reads absolutely fine as a stand alone, and I haven’t read the two previous books myse
Nov 26, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: chick-lit, wishlist
Cute, Fast, Christmassy read. This is the first book I've read by Ms Isley and am looking forward to checking out her other novels including the first two in this series. ...more
Maryline M's Bookshelf
Oct 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This review was first published at M's Bookshelf -

What an absolute must-read this holiday season! 'A Christmas Date' is the third installment in Camilla Isley's 'First Comes Love' series, but not having read the previous two myself, I can honestly say it can easily be read as a stand alone novel. Although, like me, I'm sure you'll be wanting to read those previous two the second you finish this one.

Starting the story off with a hired fake boyfriend, this could ha
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Camilla is an engineer turned writer after she quit her job to follow her husband on an adventure abroad.
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