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December 22, 2012

Holiday Romance: Dating Mr. December

Dating Mr. December by Phillipa Ashley
Published November 2010 by Sourcebooks
ISBN13: 9781402257773
Source: B&N
Read: December 2012
Goodreads, Amazon, IndieBound

Everyone wants a romantic Christmas, if the number of emails I've gotten the last few weeks from my online dating profile is any indication. For me, it seems to put me in the mood for chick-lit and even a romance novel or two.

I picked up Dating Mr. December last Christmas when it was free at B&N. However, I wasn't well last year and spent the holidays watching Lifetime Christmas movies on

So when the mood for chick lit struck me, I immediately queued up Dating Mr. December. The first thing that hit me when I started reading it was that it reminded me of the Lifetime movies I watched last year. There's a good reason for that - The 12 Men of Christmas is based on this book. The second thing I noticed, Dating Mr. December is more steamy than the Lifetime movie.

I really enjoyed this book. Will Tennet is the perfect leading man. He's weathly, rugged, and flawed. Seriously, a mountain rescuer is HOT. Every girl will identify with Emma. We've all been in her shoes at some point - either the cheating boyfriend, lost job, relocation, or embarrassing moments at work...though, personally, I would love to be in her shoes when it comes to Will. It is the perfect romantic fantasy to curl up with on these cold winter evenings.

I will admit Dating Mr. December is a bit steamier than I typically read, but it didn't go overboard or have the typical things that lead me to rant about sex in a book. I should also mention, at least the edition I read, is written in British English. It hasn't been Americanized, which I appreciated since it is set in England. I do wonder though, why does the cover show a blonde woman when Emma is described as having mahogany tresses?

If you are wanting hot men instead of sugar plums dancing in your head this Christmas season, pick up a copy of Dating Mr. December.

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  1. Hi - thanks so much for the review! Yes, I queried the blonde cover girl but was told it looked better from an artistic viewpoint but my Emma is definitely brunette!