Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Dating Mr. December by Phillipa Ashley

If you are looking for a hot romance to warm up your winter evenings, Dating Mr. December is the book for you. Previously published in the U.K., Dating Mr. December just came out in the U.S. this month.

Emma Tremayne has moved to the Lake District (northern England) to become a PR director for the local tourist board after discovering her boyfriend is having an affair with her boss. To help the local Bannerdale Mountain Rescue Team raise money to build a new station, Emma formulates a plan for the rescue team to pose naked for a calendar. Her biggest opponent on this idea is Will Tennant. Will is a handsome, rugged man that Emma finds herself drawn to, although he has a bad reputation and is a thorn in her side about the calendar project. In order to help the team out, Will reluctantly decides to pose as Mr. December. Will Emma be able to find happiness leaving the big city behind and living the simpler life? And more important, will she find new love with Mr. December?

Dating Mr. December was a light quick read, with great steamy love scenes. I enjoyed the romance, but I did find Emma and Will’s lack of communication a bit trying at times. In some ways, Dating Mr. December reminded me of a light version of Pride and Prejudice. Emma misunderstands Will and is willing to believe the worst about him. She has to overcome her prejudice to really understand him.

Dating Mr. December was made into a Lifetime movie last year, 12 Men of Christmas starring Kristin Chenowith. I haven’t seen this movie, but I see it is playing again this year so I will definitely have to check it out!

Phillipa Ashley will have an author interview on this blog on Friday December 3rd. I can’t wait to find out more about her and this novel!

Book Source: Advance Review Copy from Sourcebooks. Thank-you!


  1. Thanks for the review. I'm glad you enjoyed it and really intrigued that you saw your P&P refs in it.

  2. Dating Mr. December sounds like a terrific, light read, Laura. Your comparison of the book to
    P & P makes it even more interesting to me! I look forward to your upcoming interview with the author.

  3. I like the sound of this one and what a fun review!