Friday, November 26, 2010

Review: "Dating Mr. December" by Phillipa Ashley

After a bad break-up and a devastating job loss Emma Tremayne moves to the Lake District to recover her pride and to be well away from that which hurt her. She enjoys her new job with the tourist board and is basically settling into small-town life when she takes on a charity job in an attempt to help the volunteer mountain rescue team build a more suitable headquarters. Almost all of the team are for her idea- a tasteful nude calendar designed to raise both funds and necessary attention. Well, all except one. Will Tennant is dead set against the idea, but goes along with it to please the group, and despite his prickly attitude Emma can't help but be wildly attracted to him. Will she end up living happily ever after with Mr. December?

I did enjoy Dating Mr. December, but honestly wished that there had been a little more depth to it. Emma was such a likable character, but instead of learning more about her past and her current life, we mainly read about the blossoming romance between Emma and Will. The romance is sizzling, though, so those who enjoy a lot of romantic tension should definitely pick this one up.

Dating Mr. December has been turned into a Lifetime movie, 12 Men of Christmas. I haven't had the opportunity to watch this one yet, but I will definitely watch it if it comes on TV this winter. It sounds like it could be a really fun adaptation.

While I didn't love this book, I definitely liked it, and would recommend it to anyone who's looking to read a light, fun romance in front of a cozy winter fire. Thanks to Sourcebooks for sending me this review copy!

Rating: 3 stars out of 5
Recommended to: Fans of light and fun romance novels
Challenges: 2010 100+ Reading Challenge, New Author Challenge 2010


  1. The book sounds cute. It could be good when you're overwhelmed with holiday stuff and don't have much brain left for a book.

  2. I shared your opinion of this one -- light and cute, but without too much depth! I wanted a little more from Emma and Will beyond the initial attraction and sexual tension.

  3. Sounds like it would be a good book for me to add to my "fluff" pile- sometimes I need a light and girlie read inbetween some dark & heavy books!

  4. I read about this book on another blog today and think its a light read. Sometimes one needs that.