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 announces she’s engaged—to Paul, the man Nikki is secretly in love with—and that he’s spending the holidays with them, Christmas starts looking bluer than ever.
Nikki can’t possibly survive an entire week trapped home as the family’s spinster. But she has no time to meet men or to try the newest dating app, she’s too busy working as a video producer for an advertising agency.
So what’s a girl to do?
Nikki has the perfect solution: to hire a fake boyfriend.
Luckily, her job gives her access to an endless catalog of gorgeous actors to choose from.
But Nikki will soon discover that keeping business and pleasure from mixing isn’t so easy, and that she might not be immune to a little mistletoe magic. Especially not when she picked out the perfect man as her Christmas date...
A fun, festive romantic comedy with lots of bad behavior and Christmas spirit. Like a creamy hot chocolate with marshmallows, you won’t want to put this deliciously hilarious novel down. Perfect for fans of Sophie Kinsella, Sally Thorne, and Jo Watson.
First Comes Love is a series of interconnected romantic novels. However, each book in the series can be read as a standalone.
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About the Author
Camilla was born in 1984. She’s an engineer who has always had a vivid imagination and a more creative approach to life. After working in a corporate job for some years, she left everything to follow her husband around the world in a new adventure. Upon finding herself with loads of free time for the first time in a long while, she decided to begin pouring some of her fantasies into words…
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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!
I love Diego and Nikki together. Even though they start this adventure as strangers there is a great connection between them. One where they are able to find a way to enjoy even the most absurd of moments – and Isley delivers quite a few giggle inducing bits :) But it’s the relationship between Nikki and her sister that is the catalyst for a lot of the more emotional parts … as well as any trouble that comes their way. There’s definitely sibling rivalry at play that has created a distance between them that, thanks to some honest communication (finally), they are able to address. You have to be OK with a ninsta-love kind of situation because Nikki and Diego don’t know each other very long. But there is an intensity to their situation that helps them get closer quicker that works as a king of long, drawn-out meet cute. And a start to what will definitely be a happy ending for them all. **Review given honestly and freely after receipt of a reader copy. This opinion is completely my own and was not influenced in any way.**
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 conversations with her family in the hope of not being roped into too many unpleasant memories. Unfortunately this year her sister is about to spring the ultimate unbearable news. Paul is coming home for Christmas with her and they are getting married. Nikki wants to make it through the holidays without all the synthetic family members wondering when she’s going to settle down. After the idea is given to her she decides to get herself a little Christmas present. A man for Christmas. Diego O’Donnell is a struggling actor picked right out of a catalogue. He’s tall, dark and half Italian. He has green smouldering eyes and a badass bike. He’s Nikki’s sister's dream man and perfect for the job. Little does Nikki know he is also sweet, caring and a beautiful person. A Christmas date is fun, festive and loveable. I was hooked on every minute. Yes, it’s cliche and maybe Diego is too perfect for the real world but isn’t that what Christmas is all about? This is the perfect heartwarming Christmas read and I loved it. I will definitely be looking at this author's other books. I think I’ve just become a new fan. Fingers crossed. 5 out of 5. It’s great. *I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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 staying too, upset about being around the pair for a week she takes drastic action. Nikki hires male model Diego, to be her ‘boyfriend’ for the holidays and with Diego being Julia’s ideal man, Nikki is even more impressed with her choice as she can’t wait for her sister to be so jealous of her. But will her plan work? I love Camilla Isley’s books as they bring together lots of humour, great characters and romantic moments that are always bursting at the seams. A Christmas Date is no exception. From opening the first page to the very last, I was addicted. The bickering sisters, parents who are at the ends of their wits with their daughters, a handsome fake date and the best, best friend a girl could ask for, plus a dog that thinks he’s a cat!! What’s not to like? This book is pure enjoyment the whole way through. The plot was a little predictable at times, but this didn’t lessen my enjoyment as Camilla’s writing style is so engaging and exciting. This is the third book in a series, though it can be read as a stand-alone too. It wasn’t until I was partway through that I realised that I had read book two in the series as well – Doh. If you love rom-coms this is the book to read, especially at this time of year with it being set over Christmas. It is just delightful. It is also heart-warming too and will put a smile on your face.
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’d be married before forty, which is the new thirty.”… I’m not sure what makes me angrier: the fact that my mom openly discusses my dating life with the whole town; or that, apparently, the prize of my happiness is a pumpkin pie. …that doesn’t justify her calling me fat and old. She’s so petty.” “I don’t remember Julia calling you fat or old.” “But she did, in female code language.” “You girls have a secret language?” “All gals do; it’s Bitchenglish.” My Review: My first exposure to the witty comedic style of Camilla Isley, and I am an instant fangirl. I smirked my way through this lively and clever tale that sure, it has been done before, but this version was much more fun. While they may have been adults, sleeping in their childhood beds seemed to harken them back to their surly teen and childish whining behaviors. The characters were competitive, stressed to a toxic level, and nearing the obnoxious register on the pettiness scale with life-long sibling rivalries reaching a scalding level. But what family holiday gathering isn’t complete without several meltdowns and a messy food skirmish? It’s not even Halloween yet and I’m already in the Christmas spirit and dreaming of the heavily laden table – bring on the pie.
Nikki thinks she has found the perfect man, only her timing is way off. So they are friends, through his girlfriends and her dates. Until finally they are both single...and he meets her sister. When December rolls around and Nikki must head home to spend time with the family, she gets the worst news. The love of her love ill also be there, because he and beautiful little sister are now engaged! You know what that means... Nikki can not go home empty handed. This is fun and flirty and comical. A light read with emotional upheaval. Nikki doesn't just pick the "perfect man" to be her fake boyfriend, she finds the man her sister has described as perfect. (Remember the wish Sally Owens made in Practical Magic?) She has to turn him into a longterm boyfriend in just a few days. Immersion dating. I love the characters, including the best friend and animals. The family relationships are believable and endearing. While we are all a little in love with the fake boyfriend from the start, his "assets" continue to draw us closer. And author Camilla Isley makes us wait for our happy ending! A warm holiday read that will have you shake your head, pull your snuggly blanket up higher, and dream of a perfect holiday.