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3.84  ·  Rating details ·  372 ratings  ·  128 reviews
Candice Gaines loves Christmas. Not only does she bask in the twinkling lights, sing Christmas carols and go crazy with the decorations, she’s also in the giving spirit, donating much of her time and wealth to various charities in the local area.

Charlie Sullivan despises Christmas. Though it keeps his family afloat, considering they own Sullivan Family Christmas Tree
Paperback, 1st Edition, 276 pages
Published October 9th 2019 by EM Publishing
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Kelly (and the Book Boar)
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2.5 Stars

Alright, let’s do another one. If you are so basic of a white girl that your family thinks your Pinterest only consists of things like the following when it comes to Christmas gifts you might wish for . . . . .

This is the book for you. It is 100% a Hallmark Christmas movie in written format. Gorgeous curmudgeon (whose family just so happens to own the local Christmas tree farm) gets paired with a Christmas loving
Dec 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: library-2, christmas
Candace volunteers as a decorator and event planner for charitable organizations in memory of her mother. It’s Christmas, and one of the donors, who owns a Christmas Tree farm, begs her to help her socially awkward son navigate the social scene for Christmas so he can assume his role at the helm of the family business. Charlie was super cute and an awkward “I just want to be out on the farm with my trees” lumberjack type. I completely loved this one and their enemies to friends to lovers ...more
Kate R
Oct 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs
Holidate is the third book in the Dating series. It does read as a standalone though. We met Candice in the second book, as she is Jared’s sister. She didn’t leave the best impression in that book and I wasn’t sure I would even like her in this one. But, in this book, you get to know Candice much better and she is super sweet, generous, has a heart of gold and she loves Christmas! In a twist of events, Candice gets roped into helping an older woman, Isabel, with her son, Charlie, during the ...more
Dec 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
What a perfect setting to fall in love in - the Monterey Peninsula! One of my favorite places to visit in the world. Surrounded by Christmas tree farms and of course the world famous Carmel By The Sea.

Cue, the ever so fashionable Candice Gaines who at 28 yo chairs a few committees raising money for various local charities. She has a huge heart and generous with her wealth.

What is a cute romance without the doting mother who takes advantage of Candice’s generosity and introduces her son Charlie
Elle's Book Blog
Release Date: October 16, 2019
Actual Rating: 5 stars

Holiday Romance

Monica Murphy brings christmas cheer and LOVE in her latest release, Holidate! Man, I really loved this book. I've been a fan of her books for years now but I have to admit I think this series is a favorite of mine. Perhaps it's the fact that each book deals with some sort of fake relationship? Or that the characters who end up falling for one another are complete opposites. Either way, each and every one of them has
Monica Murphy
Oct 15, 2019 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Shelves: i-wrote-this
I love this book. Holidate was so much fun to write. It made me smile, laugh and tear up. I hope you give it a chance. This is my fave book I've written all year!

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This was a fun holiday story about two people not looking for love but finding it when they least expect it. Charlie runs his family’s Christmas tree business and is an all-around grumpy guy. He never makes time for anything but work. Candice loves the holidays! She is approached by Charlie’s mom to help him as he attends social events on behalf of the business. Candice looks at this as a challenge and throws herself in to it. As they make their way around the social scene, they grow closer and ...more
Oct 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Thank you Social Butterfly PR for an advanced copy. I voluntarily reviewed this book. All opinions expressed are my own.

Dating #3
By: Monica Murphy

Every year, I drive my family nuts with Christmas movies starting November 1st. I just love them! Always have. I love Holidate because it's so like those movies and because the cover is so perfectly done. Candice loves Christmas and giving and is full of Christmas cheer. Charlie hates Christmas and prefers the company of trees.
Tracy  C
Nov 25, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I was definitely underwhelmed. The characters came across as YA to me, including Isobel. Who was supposed to be a grandmother! I ended up skimming a good part of the story and never really felt like I missed anything. Candice and Charlie don't really get together until almost the end and then the conflict was pretty stupid, IMO. It could have been cleared up in 2 seconds.
Steph's Romance Book Talk
3 Stars / 1.5 Steam Fans

If you are looking for a sweet, fun, and cute Christmas setting romance then this is the book for you. I like my romances with a little more steam if it is going to be this cute. I also like a bit more angst and less talk about how the characters have a lot of money but live modestly. I thought the premise was fun but there was something left to desire with the execution of the completed storyline and character development.

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Resch Reads
Oct 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
*Book Received in Exchange for Honest Opinion/Review*

As soon as fall rolls around I become a sucker for holiday romances, I just can't help myself. I knew I wanted to read Holidate as soon as I saw the cover. Romance, a Christmas tree farm, grinchy man, heart-of-gold girl...yes I will take a one way ticket please. And this book did not disappoint! It had all the cheesy-ness of a Hallmark movie and all the tender moments of a Monica Murphy novel, a recipe for endless swooning.

First off, I am
Erin Lewis
Oct 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
5 Star Review of Holidate (Dating #3)by Monica Murphy

What’s not to love? Christmas is the most magical time of the year. It’s a time to reflect and celebrate life.

Candice Gaines is my kind of woman, just like me she loves anything to do with Christmas.

Charlie Sullivan on the other hand is just like my husband and dislikes Christmas. Ironically his family owns a Christmas Tree Farm.

When circumstances bring Candice and Charlie together attending some holiday events, Candice hopes to change his
Sarah - Musings of the Modern Belle


I’ve really enjoyed this series, but this one underwhelmed me. The heroine was very over-the-top Christmas and very naive, but it wasn’t developed enough to seems authentic. I really enjoyed the hero.

Their relationship is enjoyable but there is zero steam, making their relationship seem very YA. The conflict, while fitting their characterization wasn’t substantial. I just needed more overall.

Monica Murphy is a really great author, and I’ll be reading more of her.
Robin Bielman
Oct 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
So cute and sweet with a push and pull between the hero and heroine that I loved! This is the perfect get-you-in-the-mood-for-the-holidays story! I didn't want it to end. <3

Aside from the last few chapters(which is mostly why I'm even giving it the rating I'm giving.), I found most of the writing flat throughout. Idk. The style of writing just didn't match the previous books in the series & it oddly felt like a less experienced writer. I'm sort of puzzled by it from that standpoint. I didn't dislike Candice, but she wasn't really my jam either most of the time. She often seemed so unrealistically naive for a teen, let alone a 23 yr old young woman. I don't
Jen Zingaro
Oct 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars

I have adored this world that Monica Murphy has created! This is a standalone, but shares characters with Save the Date and Fake Date. There is just something about these warm, gushy romances that makes me want more of them! Candice and Charlie's story is no exception.
I loved Candice's innocence and sweetness. She just likes people and likes to make them happy.
And Charlie... He's like finding a diamond in an old mine. Just need to polish him up a little bit.
The understated chemistry
Nerdy Dirty & Flirty
Oct 12, 2019 rated it really liked it

My favourite time of year is Christmas so I was excited to read this book. One of my favourite things to do during Christmas is watch the cheesy Christmas movies on Hallmark and this book was definitely a cheesy Hallmark movie.

The author's description on the famous tree farm was perfect, I was able to read and envision all its beauty. She captured Candace and Charles' relationship so perfectly it made me wish there was a movie like it.

If you are looking for a Christmas love story make
Oct 28, 2019 rated it liked it
This was a perfectly cheesy holiday read and very reminiscent of a Hallmark Christmas movie. The main characters were enjoyable and had decent chemistry. The reason for their conflict was a bit silly but since this is supposed to be a fluffy Christmas book, it worked. 3/5 stars.
Sandy S
Oct 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
4 stars--

ABOUT THE BOOK: Release Date October 15, 2019

Candice Gaines loves Christmas. Not only does she bask in the twinkling lights, sing Christmas carols and go crazy with the decorations, she’s also in the giving spirit, donating much of her time and wealth to various charities in the local area.

Charlie Sullivan despises Christmas. Though it keeps his family afloat, considering they own Sullivan Family Christmas Tree Farm, the main provider for Christmas trees on the Monterey peninsula. He’d
Candyce Kirk
Oct 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars

Holidate is my first book by this author and in this series, but I didn't feel like I was missing anything. It's clear while reading that some of the characters in the story are from previous books, but I didn't feel left out. That being said, I am curious about the first two books and plan on picking them up.

But back to Holidate! Our main character, Candice, loves everything Christmas. Her mother left her money when she passed away, so she doesn't have to work. So Candice devotes her
Avidez Literaria
Oct 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
“If he’s trying to make me cry even more, then he just succeeded.
Who knew Charlie the Grinch actually has a heart?”

Candice loves Christmas. The end of the year is a busy date on her calendar, with countless parties and philanthropic events. This outgoing, chatty, and kind-hearted young woman makes her charity events her primary goal. With the death of her mother, she inherited a huge fortune, which provides her lifestyle. With so much free time, helping others occupies her mind. And soothes her
Oct 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
**I voluntarily read an early copy of this title courtesy of NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review**

Holidate is the third book in the Dating series and we met the heroine, Candice, in book two, as she is Jared's sister. I so enjoyed the first books in this series, so I was excited to get my hands on this one!

Candice Gaines loves Christmas. She is involved with just about anything she can be in order to bring Christmas cheer to those in her hometown. She is able to focus on
Oct 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
I love a good holiday romance story. Holidate has alll the makings of a Hallmark feel to it. I'm a secret sucker for those and I felt all the cheer of the season here. Starts out with Charlie the Grinch and Candice the lover of the season. Charlie's mom asked Candice to help with her son. Owning a tree farm is a perfect setting for this. Charlie is all about his work and not really the Christmas spirit and joyful feeling it gives Candice. They didn't get along first and Charlie is determined to ...more
Christina Lane
Dec 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was a cute, quick read with all the holiday feels! I’ll admit that at first I thought it was going to be too cheesy but it wasn’t bad. I really liked Charlie’s character - I’m a sucker for the hard exterior man who softens for the girl. This book was full on Christmas which was exactly what I was looking for. There were references to hallmark movies a few times in the book and this had that feel good hallmark Christmas love story vibe. Candice’s character was interesting. I didn’t think I ...more
Michelle Krystel
Oct 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was given an advance readers copy of this book and have decided to write a voluntary honest review. I have to say holidate is my favorite book in this series. I love Candace she's just so outgoing and sweet I can't help but want to be friends with her. Charlie I love the brooding sexy type and Charlie definitely is all that. I love how blunt he can be. But also when you fif deep you see a little bit of softer side. Not to soft bits it's hidden well. Now I need to meet his brother Russ. Excited ...more
Lindsey Domokur of Crazy Reader Chicks
Oct 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc
I'm not going to lie to anyone, I don't love Christmas. I am pretty grinchy and I definitely share some of the same feelings as Charlie in this book. So when I saw the description of this book I was concerned, but as always, I trust Monica to give me something I love. This was no exception. I actually ended up liking this book WAY more than I expected and even got a little teary eyed at the end. It was the perfect holiday read. Candice loves Christmas and the holidays, but not for the reasons ...more
Heather andrews
Oct 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Charlie can be quite smug at certain times, "he smirks at me, like he knew I was checking out his junk. “Jeans and a sweater? I can manage that.” Charlie is always trying to be helpful, “where’s he at? Want me to kick his *** for you? Call him out in front of everyone and humiliate him?” Charlie is sometimes shocked by his woman, “not really. I kept it long on top. Just for you.” His arms sneak beneath my coat to go around my waist, his hands making contact with my exposed back. “What the eff ...more
Dec 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing

All of the above and more - this lovely romance is the best Christmas read of 2019 (so far, I still have a couple of days and a couple of books).

I have fallen in love with the "Dating" series, but "Holidate" is special. I recommend it even if you haven't read the first two installments in the series.

Rated 500 Gingerbread Lattes.
Dec 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Holidate captures the essence of a Hallmark Christmas movie; it is sweet, sentimental, and filled with holiday cheer.
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