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Sunday, October 28, 2018

A Christmas Date by Camilla Isley - Book Review & Giveaway

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Review by Anniek

Nikki isn't a fan of the Christmas season. Her boss always closes the company during the Christmas holidays, thus leaving her no excuse to not be with her family. Ever since she met Paul in college Nikki secretly has a crush on him. Even when he was off limits because he was dating her sister Julia, her feelings for him didn't go away. When Julia tells Nikki that she and Paul are engaged and that he'll be spending the holidays with their family, Nikki has no idea how she is going to survive the Christmas days. Can Nikki find a way to make the upcoming days more bearable?

After talking with her best friend Blair, Nikki decides to hire a fake boyfriend who'll accompany her to her parents house. This way they won't see her as the pathetic single and she won't have to endure her mom's comments. Luckily Nikki works at an advertising agency so she has a whole database filled with good looking actors. To annoy her sister she searches for an actor who has all the characteristics her sister would look for in an ideal boyfriend. Diego is the perfect match. Diego agrees to be her fake boyfriend during the holidays but can they fool Nikki's family?

Nikki feels like she always needs to compete with her beautiful sister. To her Julia, is perfect in every single way. When Julia started dating Paul, Nikki's heart shattered. She never thought that she'd find another man who'd make her feel the same way but spending time with Diego is heart warming. Nikki works hard, is a perfectionist and keeps most people at arms length. Even though she is a bit of a Grinch I had a connection with Nikki from the start. I was wishing for her to find the courage to open up her heart for love again.

A Christmas Date is a feel good love story filled with humor and Christmas festivities. I absolutely love Christmas and I truly believe it's the most magical time of the year. Nikki's family loves Christmas as well and her mom went into full decorating mode. I could easily imagine what the house looked like and I wish I could visit Nikki's family as well. Unwrapping presents around the Christmas tree always fills my heart with joy and I couldn't wait to find out more about the blossoming love between Nikki and Diego. Camilla Isley never disappoints her readers with her lighthearted romantic novels and A Christmas Date is another fun and sweet story that I highly recommend. 


If you love to read heartwarming Christmas stories about friendship, family and love, then you should definitely read A Christmas Date.

Camilla’s an engineer turned writer after she quit her job to follow her husband in an adventure abroad.

She’s a cat lover, coffee addict, and shoe hoarder. Besides writing, she loves reading—duh!—cooking, watching bad TV, and going to the movies—popcorn, please. She’s a bit of a foodie, nothing too serious. A keen traveler, Camilla knows mosquitoes play a role in the ecosystem, and she doesn’t want to starve all those frog princes out there, but she could really live without them.

Ten random things about Camilla Isley

I got married twice. Same man, different dresses.

In total, I’ve earned three driving licenses from three different states. I failed only one driving test overall.

I did bungee jumping once.

I’m a picky eater.

I think tea is disgusting.

I love Coke; I hate Pepsi.

I love the iPhone but I can’t use an Apple iMac for the life of me. I always end up pressing apple c
and instead of copying text, I delete everything that I’ve written.

Once I was involved in a spectacular bike accident. A classic, a lady opened her car door without looking and I rode into it at full speed. I flew over to the other side of the door and landed flat on the concrete, unscathed.

I’m not a morning person.

I used to be good at baking cakes, but lately they either burn, don’t cook, or don’t rise properly. My mom says it’s a clear sign I got married.


Free books

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Let's Be Just Friends is currently free on Amazon.
Friend Zone, the second book in the Just Friends series, is free when you sign up for Camilla Isley's newsletter.


Silver Phantom Jewelry Cat Ear Ring
One very Lucky reader of With Love for Books will receive a Silver Phantom Jewelry Cat Ear Ring from Camilla Isley. The ring is available in three different colors. The winner may choose the color and ring size.

The winner will be notified by email and has 3 days to respond. All of our giveaways are international.


  1. An excellent read for Christmas, thank you for sharing.

  2. A Christmas Date sounds like a romantic and fun festive read.

  3. I love a good fake dating story. This sounds like fun!

  4. Gorgeous cover! Can't wait to share this with my book friends :)

  5. wow, this looks like a really good read, would love to sit with no interruptions with it!

  6. Awesome Christmas Read! Sounds like a fun book.

  7. Thanks for a lovely review Anniek, this sounds like a book I'd enjoy reading and my daughter-in-law too. She's a huge fan of Christmas and has the house full of decorations. I do like love stories with a twist of humour included and a happy ending. :-)

  8. I love seeing the Christmas books coming out.

  9. Definitely looking forward to reading a couple of your books. Your cake issues make me very happy that I skipped out on walking down the aisle. Lol. My sympathies though. I hope it ends soon. Absolutely love the ring. My kind of thing.

  10. Looks like a fun book to read . Thanks .

  11. Hi Camilla, A Christmas Date sounds like a fun read. Thank you

  12. Great review, thank you for sharing!

  13. Such a cute ring! Thanks so much for the chance to win!

  14. A very thoughtful review . And that ring looks exquisite.

  15. Sounds like the perfect read in the run up to the festive season ๐Ÿ’—

  16. Sounds like good book.Thank you for

  17. Would be a nice book to read over the holidays!

  18. This book sounds fun, romantic and intriguing.

  19. Seems like a perfect book for the holiday season!

  20. Your books sound really enjoyable

  21. I love your writing and the voice of your characters.

  22. I'm a cat-lover too, all the best people are!

  23. I'm a cat lover too! Love your books!

  24. A new author for me and what a gorgeous prize. Will be definitely looking for your books now. They sounds a great read.

  25. Thanks for the great prize and competition. Good luck everyone!