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Candice Gaines loves Christmas. Not only does she bask in the twinkling lights, sing Christmas carols and go crazy with the decorations, she’s also in the giving spirit, donating much of her time and wealth to various charities in the local area. Charlie Sullivan despises Christmas. Though it keeps his family afloat, considering they own Sullivan Family Christmas Tre Candice Gaines loves Christmas. Not only does she bask in the twinkling lights, sing Christmas carols and go crazy with the decorations, she’s also in the giving spirit, donating much of her time and wealth to various charities in the local area. Charlie Sullivan despises Christmas. Though it keeps his family afloat, considering they own Sullivan Family Christmas Tree Farm, the main provider for Christmas trees on the Monterey peninsula. He’d much rather work among the trees versus have to deal with people. But Charlie’s parents are taking on more philanthropic projects—and as their oldest child, they want him to be their official public representative. He just has to play nice and convince everyone he’s not a total holiday hater. When Charlie’s mom asks Candice to accompany him to a variety of holiday parties and events, she reluctantly agrees. She thinks Charlie is a big ol’ Grinch, but is determined to change his mindset and help him spread Christmas cheer. Charlie finds Candice too chatty, too sweet, too much. Do people like her really exist? Why yes, yes they do. The more time they spend together—along with a few kisses under the mistletoe—the more they start to like each other. Hopefully Charlie can convince Candice he doesn’t have a heart that’s two sizes too small before the ball drops on New Year’s Eve.


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Candice Gaines loves Christmas. Not only does she bask in the twinkling lights, sing Christmas carols and go crazy with the decorations, she’s also in the giving spirit, donating much of her time and wealth to various charities in the local area. Charlie Sullivan despises Christmas. Though it keeps his family afloat, considering they own Sullivan Family Christmas Tre Candice Gaines loves Christmas. Not only does she bask in the twinkling lights, sing Christmas carols and go crazy with the decorations, she’s also in the giving spirit, donating much of her time and wealth to various charities in the local area. Charlie Sullivan despises Christmas. Though it keeps his family afloat, considering they own Sullivan Family Christmas Tree Farm, the main provider for Christmas trees on the Monterey peninsula. He’d much rather work among the trees versus have to deal with people. But Charlie’s parents are taking on more philanthropic projects—and as their oldest child, they want him to be their official public representative. He just has to play nice and convince everyone he’s not a total holiday hater. When Charlie’s mom asks Candice to accompany him to a variety of holiday parties and events, she reluctantly agrees. She thinks Charlie is a big ol’ Grinch, but is determined to change his mindset and help him spread Christmas cheer. Charlie finds Candice too chatty, too sweet, too much. Do people like her really exist? Why yes, yes they do. The more time they spend together—along with a few kisses under the mistletoe—the more they start to like each other. Hopefully Charlie can convince Candice he doesn’t have a heart that’s two sizes too small before the ball drops on New Year’s Eve.

30 review for Holidate

  1. 5 out of 5

    Kate R

    Holidate is the third book in the Dating series. It does read as a standalone though. We met Candice in the second book, as she is Jared’s sister. She didn’t leave the best impression in that book and I wasn’t sure I would even like her in this one. But, in this book, you get to know Candice much better and she is super sweet, generous, has a heart of gold and she loves Christmas! In a twist of events, Candice gets roped into helping an older woman, Isabel, with her son, Charlie, during the Chri Holidate is the third book in the Dating series. It does read as a standalone though. We met Candice in the second book, as she is Jared’s sister. She didn’t leave the best impression in that book and I wasn’t sure I would even like her in this one. But, in this book, you get to know Candice much better and she is super sweet, generous, has a heart of gold and she loves Christmas! In a twist of events, Candice gets roped into helping an older woman, Isabel, with her son, Charlie, during the Christmas season. Charlie hates Christmas but runs his family’s Christmas tree farm and therefore, he is needed at variety of holiday parties and events. Candice reluctantly agrees to take Charlie with her to a few events. The two had great chemistry. It was more emotional than I was prepared for, but the sweetest story. The book reads like a great Hallmark Christmas movie. I would definitely recommend this one. * I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Monica Murphy

    I love this book. Holidate was so much fun to write. It made me smile, laugh and tear up. I hope you give it a chance. This is my fave book I've written all year! 🎄

  3. 5 out of 5

    Elle's Book Blog

    Release Date: October 16, 2019 Actual Rating: 5 stars Holiday Romance Monica Murphy brings christmas cheer and LOVE in her latest release, Holidate! Man, I really loved this book. I've been a fan of her books for years now but I have to admit I think this series is a favorite of mine. Perhaps it's the fact that each book deals with some sort of fake relationship? Or that the characters who end up falling for one another are complete opposites. Either way, each and every one/>/> Release Date: October 16, 2019 Actual Rating: 5 stars Holiday Romance Monica Murphy brings christmas cheer and LOVE in her latest release, Holidate! Man, I really loved this book. I've been a fan of her books for years now but I have to admit I think this series is a favorite of mine. Perhaps it's the fact that each book deals with some sort of fake relationship? Or that the characters who end up falling for one another are complete opposites. Either way, each and every one of them has managed to put a HUGE smile on my face and fall in love. If you are a fan of the previous books in the series (each of which are standalones) then you won't want to miss this one! I will be doing a re-read closer to Christmas as it's the perfect book to cozy up with next to the tree. Not only that, it's like watching your favorite holiday movie on Hallmark, only here you get to read the words and live vicariously through the characters.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews

    This was a fun holiday story about two people not looking for love but finding it when they least expect it. Charlie runs his family’s Christmas tree business and is an all-around grumpy guy. He never makes time for anything but work. Candice loves the holidays! She is approached by Charlie’s mom to help him as he attends social events on behalf of the business. Candice looks at this as a challenge and throws herself in to it. As they make their way around the social scene, they grow closer and This was a fun holiday story about two people not looking for love but finding it when they least expect it. Charlie runs his family’s Christmas tree business and is an all-around grumpy guy. He never makes time for anything but work. Candice loves the holidays! She is approached by Charlie’s mom to help him as he attends social events on behalf of the business. Candice looks at this as a challenge and throws herself in to it. As they make their way around the social scene, they grow closer and their attraction escalates. This is such a wonderfully magical story; it is sweet, funny and the Christmas ambiance just makes it that much better. Loving the characters in this series and I am eagerly looking forward to more. Review copy provided for a voluntary review.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Jypsy

    Thank you Social Butterfly PR for an advanced copy. I voluntarily reviewed this book. All opinions expressed are my own. Holidate Dating #3 By: Monica Murphy *REVIEW* 🎄🎄🎄🎄 Every year, I drive my family nuts with Christmas movies starting November 1st. I just love them! Always have. I love Holidate because it's so like those movies and because the cover is so perfectly done. Candice loves Christmas and giving and is full of Christmas cheer. Charlie hates Christmas and prefers the compan Thank you Social Butterfly PR for an advanced copy. I voluntarily reviewed this book. All opinions expressed are my own. Holidate Dating #3 By: Monica Murphy *REVIEW* 🎄🎄🎄🎄 Every year, I drive my family nuts with Christmas movies starting November 1st. I just love them! Always have. I love Holidate because it's so like those movies and because the cover is so perfectly done. Candice loves Christmas and giving and is full of Christmas cheer. Charlie hates Christmas and prefers the company of trees. Circumstances throw these two together for the holiday season. Can they get along while having such different perspectives? Can Candice find a way to show Charlie that Christmas is still magical? Yes, it's cheesy (I actually can't eat cheese at all(lol)), but it's okay for Christmas to be cheesy. The older I get, the more I think this is exactly how it should always be. This book is a wonderful rendition about the spirit of Christmas and being open to the possibility of magic. It's truly delightful, charming and entertaining, and I recommend for all of the Christmas movie lovers out there. Monica Murphy never disappoints!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Resch Reads

    *Book Received in Exchange for Honest Opinion/Review* As soon as fall rolls around I become a sucker for holiday romances, I just can't help myself. I knew I wanted to read Holidate as soon as I saw the cover. Romance, a Christmas tree farm, grinchy man, heart-of-gold girl...yes I will take a one way ticket please. And this book did not disappoint! It had all the cheesy-ness of a Hallmark movie and all the tender moments of a Monica Murphy novel, a recipe for endless swooning.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Erin Lewis

    5 Star Review of Holidate (Dating #3)by Monica Murphy What’s not to love? Christmas is the most magical time of the year. It’s a time to reflect and celebrate life. Candice Gaines is my kind of woman, just like me she loves anything to do with Christmas. Charlie Sullivan on the other hand is just like my husband and dislikes Christmas. Ironically his family owns a Christmas Tree Farm. When circumstances bring Candice and Charlie together attending some holi 5 Star Review of Holidate (Dating #3)by Monica Murphy What’s not to love? Christmas is the most magical time of the year. It’s a time to reflect and celebrate life. Candice Gaines is my kind of woman, just like me she loves anything to do with Christmas. Charlie Sullivan on the other hand is just like my husband and dislikes Christmas. Ironically his family owns a Christmas Tree Farm. When circumstances bring Candice and Charlie together attending some holiday events, Candice hopes to change his mind about the festive season. Can these two opposites come together and forge a path together? Monica Murphy is a relatively new author to me and I find myself being drawn in to the stories she weaves. I really liked Candice, she is someone that I could easily be friends with. There is something about Charlie that drew me to him, he is most certainly swoon worthy and I loved the slow burn of the relationship as it built with Candice. This is a sweet, romantic, love story that ticked the boxes for me. Extremely well written this story will take you on a fabulous journey that will leave you with a smile on your face.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Steph's Romance Book Talk

    3 Stars / 1.5 Steam Fans If you are looking for a sweet, fun, and cute Christmas setting romance then this is the book for you. I like my romances with a little more steam if it is going to be this cute. I also like a bit more angst and less talk about how the characters have a lot of money but live modestly. I thought the premise was fun but there was something left to desire with the execution of the completed storyline and character development. Video review available in Week 46 Nov 10 – 16 weekl 3 Stars / 1.5 Steam Fans If you are looking for a sweet, fun, and cute Christmas setting romance then this is the book for you. I like my romances with a little more steam if it is going to be this cute. I also like a bit more angst and less talk about how the characters have a lot of money but live modestly. I thought the premise was fun but there was something left to desire with the execution of the completed storyline and character development. Video review available in Week 46 Nov 10 – 16 weekly book reviews. For other video book reviews check out my YouTube Channel: Steph's Romance Book Talk

  9. 4 out of 5

    Robin Bielman

    So cute and sweet with a push and pull between the hero and heroine that I loved! This is the perfect get-you-in-the-mood-for-the-holidays story! I didn't want it to end. <3

  10. 4 out of 5

    Jen Zingaro

    4.5 stars I have adored this world that Monica Murphy has created! This is a standalone, but shares characters with Save the Date and Fake Date. There is just something about these warm, gushy romances that makes me want more of them! Candice and Charlie's story is no exception. I loved Candice's innocence and sweetness. She just likes people and likes to make them happy. And Charlie... He's like finding a diamond in an old mine. Just need to polish him up a little bit. The under 4.5 stars I have adored this world that Monica Murphy has created! This is a standalone, but shares characters with Save the Date and Fake Date. There is just something about these warm, gushy romances that makes me want more of them! Candice and Charlie's story is no exception. I loved Candice's innocence and sweetness. She just likes people and likes to make them happy. And Charlie... He's like finding a diamond in an old mine. Just need to polish him up a little bit. The understated chemistry they have had me feeling all swoony. The glances, touches and kisses! Yes, please!! I'll add this. I'm not really into holiday romances. But I read this because it's Monica and it's in the series and I LOVED it.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Nerdy Dirty & Flirty

    -Sara, ☆☆☆☆ My favourite time of year is Christmas so I was excited to read this book. One of my favourite things to do during Christmas is watch the cheesy Christmas movies on Hallmark and this book was definitely a cheesy Hallmark movie. The author's description on the famous tree farm was perfect, I was able to read and envision all its beauty. She captured Candace and Charles' relationship so perfectly it made me wish there was a movie like it. If you are loo -Sara, ☆☆☆☆ My favourite time of year is Christmas so I was excited to read this book. One of my favourite things to do during Christmas is watch the cheesy Christmas movies on Hallmark and this book was definitely a cheesy Hallmark movie. The author's description on the famous tree farm was perfect, I was able to read and envision all its beauty. She captured Candace and Charles' relationship so perfectly it made me wish there was a movie like it. If you are looking for a Christmas love story make sure to check this one out.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Kate

    This was a perfectly cheesy holiday read and very reminiscent of a Hallmark Christmas movie. The main characters were enjoyable and had decent chemistry. The reason for their conflict was a bit silly but since this is supposed to be a fluffy Christmas book, it worked. 3/5 stars.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Sandy S

    4 stars-- ABOUT THE BOOK: Release Date October 15, 2019 Candice Gaines loves Christmas. Not only does she bask in the twinkling lights, sing Christmas carols and go crazy with the decorations, she’s also in the giving spirit, donating much of her time and wealth to various charities in the local area. Charlie Sullivan despises Christmas. Though it keeps his family afloat, considering they own Sullivan Family Christmas Tree Farm, the main provider for Christmas trees on the 4 stars-- ABOUT THE BOOK: Release Date October 15, 2019 Candice Gaines loves Christmas. Not only does she bask in the twinkling lights, sing Christmas carols and go crazy with the decorations, she’s also in the giving spirit, donating much of her time and wealth to various charities in the local area. Charlie Sullivan despises Christmas. Though it keeps his family afloat, considering they own Sullivan Family Christmas Tree Farm, the main provider for Christmas trees on the Monterey peninsula. He’d much rather work among the trees versus have to deal with people. But Charlie’s parents are taking on more philanthropic projects—and as their oldest child, they want him to be their official public representative. He just has to play nice and convince everyone he’s not a total holiday hater. When Charlie’s mom asks Candice to accompany him to a variety of holiday parties and events, she reluctantly agrees. She thinks Charlie is a big ol’ Grinch, but is determined to change his mindset and help him spread Christmas cheer. Charlie finds Candice too chatty, too sweet, too much. Do people like her really exist? Why yes, yes they do. The more time they spend together—along with a few kisses under the mistletoe—the more they start to like each other. Hopefully Charlie can convince Candice he doesn’t have a heart that’s two sizes too small before the ball drops on New Year’s Eve. •••••••• REVIEW: HOLIDATE is the third instalment in Monica Murphy’s contemporary, adult DATING romance series. This is Christmas tree farm owner Charlie Sullivan, and philanthropist and fund raiser Candice Gaines’ story line. HOLIDATE can be read as a stand alone without any difficulty. Any important information from the previous story lines is revealed where necessary. Told from dual first person perspectives (Charlie and Candice) HOLIDATE follows the building romance and relationship between Christmas tree farm owner Charlie Sullivan, and philanthropist Candice Gaines. The holidays are about to get busy and Candice finds herself the ‘victim’ of a lie when she is asked by a well-meaning mother to accompany her son to a variety of holiday parties. Candice, with a holiday scheduled filled to the brim, isn’t exactly thrilled to be holding hands with the local Grinch but discovers there is more to Charlie than meets the eye. What ensues is the building relationship between Candice and Charlie, and the potential fall-out when the truth is revealed. The colorful secondary and supporting characters include Candice’s friends Kelsey, Eleanor, Caroline (Save the Date #1) and Sarah, her brother Jared’s girlfriend (Fake Date #2), Joyce Rothschild, as well as Charlie’s mother Isabel Sullivan, his sister Victoria; and tree farm employee Isaac Jones. HOLIDATE is a cute holiday themed story; a ‘Hallmark-esque’ sweet romance where the push and pull of enemies to friendship quickly escalates with each encounter. The premise is endearing; the romance is sweet (no $ex scenes, a few kisses and limited physical touching); Candice is energetic and over the top, almost childlike in her love of Christmas; Charlie struggles with the season and everything it represents. HOLIDATE is a light-hearted and delightful read. Copy supplied for review by Netgalley www.thereadingcafe.com

  14. 4 out of 5

    Candyce Kirk

    3.5 stars Holidate is my first book by this author and in this series, but I didn't feel like I was missing anything. It's clear while reading that some of the characters in the story are from previous books, but I didn't feel left out. That being said, I am curious about the first two books and plan on picking them up. But back to Holidate! Our main character, Candice, loves everything Christmas. Her mother left her money when she passed away, so she doesn't have to work. 3.5 stars Holidate is my first book by this author and in this series, but I didn't feel like I was missing anything. It's clear while reading that some of the characters in the story are from previous books, but I didn't feel left out. That being said, I am curious about the first two books and plan on picking them up. But back to Holidate! Our main character, Candice, loves everything Christmas. Her mother left her money when she passed away, so she doesn't have to work. So Candice devotes her time to charities and volunteering, especially around Christmas. Giving her time to plan a great Christmas scene and you'll get what you need. I enjoyed Candice's character. Just like her, I love Christmas! I could go to all the events she talks about. It's clear that there's more behind her love for this holiday though. I can't imagine what it's like losing your mother, but I loved that she tried keeping her memory going with her charity work around the holidays. I can definitely relate to her though, because I'm just as nuts when it comes to Christmas. The music, movies, food and drinks are all things I love. It's really the most happiest time of the year. Charlie is in many ways the grinch of this story. He helps run his family's Christmas Tree lot and will eventually take over. Charlie is very serious about his work and doesn't think he has time for anything else. Especially social events to help promote the family business. Working in this field though has made it hard to Charlie to get the Christmas spirit. I loved that he slowly opened up to Candice during this book and started enjoying all the holiday things while seeing it through someone else's eyes. I think he slowly learned that he's more than just the company he works for. While I did enjoy this book, it wasn't the five star read I was hoping for and that was caused by a few things. I did not like Charlie's mother and how she approached things. I would've loved to have seen this arrangement start for a different reason. This just didn't feel right to me. Also, I needed more chapters from Charlie's POV. I missed his thoughts throughout the story. Also, the story is mostly Charlie and Candice going to events, planning to go to one, being rude to each other or complaining about each other. I missed the connection between the characters. It slowly starts to show near the end, but I didn't get enough of them. I needed more interaction between them to complete this holiday romance. It wasn't bad, but it felt a bit lacking at times. Charlie and Candice are a really cute couple and I love how this story came to an end. The charity event organized and the grand gesture from Charlie at the end really melted my heart. That's exactly the "Hallmark" feeling I was waiting to get from this story. Holidate definitely made me want to go get my Christmas tree and it's only October! If you're looking for a sweet and fun romance during the holidays, Holidate is one to enjoy sipping cocoa next to the decorated Christmas tree.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Avidez Literaria

    “If he’s trying to make me cry even more, then he just succeeded. Who knew Charlie the Grinch actually has a heart?” Candice loves Christmas. The end of the year is a busy date on her calendar, with countless parties and philanthropic events. This outgoing, chatty, and kind-hearted young woman makes her charity events her primary goal. With the death of her mother, she inherited a huge fortune, which provides her lifestyle. With so much free time, helping others occupies her mind. A “If he’s trying to make me cry even more, then he just succeeded. Who knew Charlie the Grinch actually has a heart?” Candice loves Christmas. The end of the year is a busy date on her calendar, with countless parties and philanthropic events. This outgoing, chatty, and kind-hearted young woman makes her charity events her primary goal. With the death of her mother, she inherited a huge fortune, which provides her lifestyle. With so much free time, helping others occupies her mind. And soothes her heart. Charlie hates Christmas. The end of the year is the busiest date in his family business, after all they have a Christmas tree farm. This grumpy, reserved, introverted young man prefers to isolate himself at work and deal as little as possible with others. His family has a nice bank account, but lavish is not something they usually do. With no free time, the trees are his company, and work gives him peace. And leaves him isolated. When Charlie's mother decides to ask for Candice's help, these two very different young people have no idea that their lives are about to change dramatically. Charlie's family wants him to be the new "face" of business, but for that he needs to improve his social skills. Who better to help him, than the princess of society? And so, Candice meets the Grinch and agrees to help him. Even if she doesn't remember agreeing. Observing these two will be very interesting. With different personalities, opposing goals and strong genius, the clash between them will not be easy. With stereotypes getting in the way and pre-judgments formed, finding out that looks can be deceiving will be delightfully shocking. And with the strong attraction between them, succumbing to temptation will be next to impossible. The other characters in the series appear in the plot. Stella has a big role, and her hatred for the opposite sex made me curious. With the magic of Christmas overflowing with pages, Holidate is a cute, sweet, funny and romantic book. Candice and Charlie are perfect for each other. *ARC provided in exchange for an honest Review * https://avidezliteraria.wordpress.com/

  16. 5 out of 5

    Heather

    **I voluntarily read an early copy of this title courtesy of NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review** Holidate is the third book in the Dating series and we met the heroine, Candice, in book two, as she is Jared's sister. I so enjoyed the first books in this series, so I was excited to get my hands on this one! Candice Gaines loves Christmas. She is involved with just about anything she can be in order to bring Christmas cheer to those in her hometown. **I voluntarily read an early copy of this title courtesy of NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review** Holidate is the third book in the Dating series and we met the heroine, Candice, in book two, as she is Jared's sister. I so enjoyed the first books in this series, so I was excited to get my hands on this one! Candice Gaines loves Christmas. She is involved with just about anything she can be in order to bring Christmas cheer to those in her hometown. She is able to focus on giving back due to the fact she inherited a large sum of money from her late mother and she's a very generous soul. On the flip side, Charlie Sullivan is not a fan of Christmas, yet his family owns a Christmas Tree Farm, so he has no choice but to be immersed in it! He much prefers to stay behind the scenes, to run the farm and avoid the commercial elements, yet his parents are getting to the age where they are wanting to turn over more of the responsibility to him and have him be more visible. Charlie's Mom decides to take matters into her own hands and enlists Candice to help get him more comfortable with being more in the public eye. As the two begin to spend more time together, will Candice be able to turn "the Grinch" into a Christmas loving guy or will it totally burn out like a string of Christmas lights? This was a quick, easy read, but it was really great. This is one instance where the old adage "opposites attract" really was the recipe for a fantastic couple and an engaging story!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Mari

    I love a good holiday romance story. Holidate has alll the makings of a Hallmark feel to it. I'm a secret sucker for those and I felt all the cheer of the season here. Starts out with Charlie the Grinch and Candice the lover of the season. Charlie's mom asked Candice to help with her son. Owning a tree farm is a perfect setting for this. Charlie is all about his work and not really the Christmas spirit and joyful feeling it gives Candice. They didn't get along first and Charlie is determined to I love a good holiday romance story. Holidate has alll the makings of a Hallmark feel to it. I'm a secret sucker for those and I felt all the cheer of the season here. Starts out with Charlie the Grinch and Candice the lover of the season. Charlie's mom asked Candice to help with her son. Owning a tree farm is a perfect setting for this. Charlie is all about his work and not really the Christmas spirit and joyful feeling it gives Candice. They didn't get along first and Charlie is determined to avoid his mom's efforts. They are opposites but Candice is determined to get the grouch and surly one to smile more and open up. Candice brings Charlie around introducing him to people that will benefit his family tree farm more. He reluctantly goes through her persistence in helping. Slowly he opens up a bit more and Candice can't help but be smitten by this new side. He does too more and slowly through all the holiday events hoopla. Candice is such a bright light and makes people happy and it's great Charlie sees that. His grumbling ways are better with her around. It's pretty sweet I think and makes you feel all the cheer and spirit of this time of year. Like any Hallmark movie there's a meddling mother who causes trouble. But a little communication solves the day. Holidate is tame on the steam but the holiday romance is a alive and well. It's got me emotional too. It's the perfect book for a movie with that ending.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Michelle Krystel

    I was given an advance readers copy of this book and have decided to write a voluntary honest review. I have to say holidate is my favorite book in this series. I love Candace she's just so outgoing and sweet I can't help but want to be friends with her. Charlie I love the brooding sexy type and Charlie definitely is all that. I love how blunt he can be. But also when you fif deep you see a little bit of softer side. Not to soft bits it's hidden well. Now I need to meet his brother Russ. Excited I was given an advance readers copy of this book and have decided to write a voluntary honest review. I have to say holidate is my favorite book in this series. I love Candace she's just so outgoing and sweet I can't help but want to be friends with her. Charlie I love the brooding sexy type and Charlie definitely is all that. I love how blunt he can be. But also when you fif deep you see a little bit of softer side. Not to soft bits it's hidden well. Now I need to meet his brother Russ. Excited to see who might be next I have feeling Stella maybe.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Lindsey Domokur of Crazy Reader Chicks

    I'm not going to lie to anyone, I don't love Christmas. I am pretty grinchy and I definitely share some of the same feelings as Charlie in this book. So when I saw the description of this book I was concerned, but as always, I trust Monica to give me something I love. This was no exception. I actually ended up liking this book WAY more than I expected and even got a little teary eyed at the end. It was the perfect holiday read. Candice loves Christmas and the holidays, but not for the reasons yo I'm not going to lie to anyone, I don't love Christmas. I am pretty grinchy and I definitely share some of the same feelings as Charlie in this book. So when I saw the description of this book I was concerned, but as always, I trust Monica to give me something I love. This was no exception. I actually ended up liking this book WAY more than I expected and even got a little teary eyed at the end. It was the perfect holiday read. Candice loves Christmas and the holidays, but not for the reasons you would expect, and I like that. Charlie is just a grinch and I LOVE THAT. Reading about the two of them together was pure magic and there were a lot of scenes that gave me butterflies in my belly.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Heather andrews

    Charlie can be quite smug at certain times, "he smirks at me, like he knew I was checking out his junk. “Jeans and a sweater? I can manage that.” Charlie is always trying to be helpful, “where’s he at? Want me to kick his *** for you? Call him out in front of everyone and humiliate him?” Charlie is sometimes shocked by his woman, “not really. I kept it long on top. Just for you.” His arms sneak beneath my coat to go around my waist, his hands making contact with my exposed back. “What the eff ar Charlie can be quite smug at certain times, "he smirks at me, like he knew I was checking out his junk. “Jeans and a sweater? I can manage that.” Charlie is always trying to be helpful, “where’s he at? Want me to kick his *** for you? Call him out in front of everyone and humiliate him?” Charlie is sometimes shocked by his woman, “not really. I kept it long on top. Just for you.” His arms sneak beneath my coat to go around my waist, his hands making contact with my exposed back. “What the eff are you wearing?” I liked this book, I loved Charlie.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Becca

    My Absolute FAVORITE out of the series so far. Candice and Charlie are so great together. He's the tall, dark and silent type and Candice, well, she's never met a stranger and has something to say about everything. A cute, sweet Holiday Treat for everyone. It can totally be read as a standalone. But once you read it - you'll want to go back and read the rest of the series.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Nicole Reads

    I was so excited for getting a holiday themed story in the Dating series. I couldn't wait to fall in love with the characters, because c'mon, it was bound to happen. I loved how opposites Candice and Charlie seem to be, but they both have such good hearts. I loved getting to know these characters, I loved reading about them falling for each other (slow burn, anyone?) and though their banter had me laughing out loud, I was pleasantly surprised to find that they two were giving me quite I was so excited for getting a holiday themed story in the Dating series. I couldn't wait to fall in love with the characters, because c'mon, it was bound to happen. I loved how opposites Candice and Charlie seem to be, but they both have such good hearts. I loved getting to know these characters, I loved reading about them falling for each other (slow burn, anyone?) and though their banter had me laughing out loud, I was pleasantly surprised to find that they two were giving me quite a few emotional moments. They had me giggling and swooning all over them. Sweet, so sweet.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Dora Ruiz Davalos Books and Tequila Blog

    Holiday Romance lovers rejoice! For everyone anxiously awaiting the season to start, rest easily. Holidate, a super cute and sweet standalone, is the perfect read to get everyone looking forward to the Christmas season. This is the third book in the Dating series, and anyone familiar with this series already knows, and loves, Candice Gaines. The young, sweet and altruistic heiress finds love when she least expects it, with the most unlikely candidate Charlie Sullivan, the original Grinch. This story is funny a Holiday Romance lovers rejoice! For everyone anxiously awaiting the season to start, rest easily. Holidate, a super cute and sweet standalone, is the perfect read to get everyone looking forward to the Christmas season. This is the third book in the Dating series, and anyone familiar with this series already knows, and loves, Candice Gaines. The young, sweet and altruistic heiress finds love when she least expects it, with the most unlikely candidate Charlie Sullivan, the original Grinch. This story is funny and adorable, and it feels like you’re slowly unwrapping a beautiful and thoughtful present. So sit back and enjoy this early gift! Candice Gaines has too much time and money on her hands. She inherited her wealthy mother’s estate (she died when Candice was eight) and Candice has made charity work her full-time job, as a way to honor her mother’s memory. She’s always willing to help everyone and is considered by all as a sweet, proper, and well-liked society lady, like her mother was, something Candice has always wanted to imitate. There’s also a very sad reason Candice keeps busy by volunteering, especially during the holidays, one that few people know. As a result she’s on the board of many of the local committees, in charge of fundraising and decorating, and this is the reason most of the women she sees often, and gets together with, are old enough to be her grandmother. That is until recently. Luckily her brother’s new girlfriend and her besties have included Candice into their group, but she’s often intimidated by them. “I may be good in crowds and parties, but I get a little freaked out when I’m with a group of women who are all around my age. Especially successful ones. I always feel like they look at me and think, What the hell is she doing with her life?” Charles ‘Charlie’ Sullivan’s family owns Sullivan Family Christmas Tree Farm, a very successful family business. But as the oldest, his mother, Isabel, expects him to be more involved in their charitable work and to be more well-known within their community. But Charlie has no time or inclination to be social. It’s not in his nature; he’s usually grumpy and overworked, especially during the holiday season something he actually hates. And more so now that he’s been informed Isabel has asked Candice to help, by accompanying him at various social events. He did not sign up for this! He hates women who talk too much and are intrusive, something he’s sure Candice will be. Charlie doesn’t want to find out so he’s going to have to figure out a way to avoid her. “I discovered that ever since I met Candice, I’m a person who really depends on a daily routine. She’s come into my life and ruined my routine completely. Yet for some reason—I’m happy.” I loved these too! They both made assumptions, based on wrongly assumed expectations, and despite getting off on the wrong foot, they discovered that these opposites actually had more in common with each other. This story is incredibly sweet, if you catch my drift! “You can be charming when you want to.” “My problem is I never want to.”

  24. 5 out of 5

    Harlie Williams

    Well, folks, this is my first-holiday book to review this season. And it was a good one to read. Ask anyone and I’m not big on Christmas anymore except for my son. It’s a long story and I don’t really want to get into right now. I used to love the holiday season, just like Candice, just not anymore. What really set this apart for me is that it was centered around a Christmas tree farm. While most people would find this funny, I don’t typically read holiday-themed books. I’m not a Grinch, just do Well, folks, this is my first-holiday book to review this season. And it was a good one to read. Ask anyone and I’m not big on Christmas anymore except for my son. It’s a long story and I don’t really want to get into right now. I used to love the holiday season, just like Candice, just not anymore. What really set this apart for me is that it was centered around a Christmas tree farm. While most people would find this funny, I don’t typically read holiday-themed books. I’m not a Grinch, just don’t get into it at all. I admit that I don’t watch the Hallmark Channel either. Candice has been popping up in the other books so I was excited to finally get her story. I just love her. Period. She could have come off as a spoiled little rich girl but she is the complete opposite of that. She has a heart of gold and will do anything for anybody. Christmas is her favorite holiday but she kinda hides behind it because of a loss that happened to her when she was young. I understand why she does it but what I don’t understand is why her family didn’t pick up on it. And don’t say that Jared should of because he didn’t spend too much time around the family anyway. Charlie was actually hilarious to me. Lumberjack cool, semi socially awkward but underneath all of that, he really is a good person. He just likes to be alone. Coming from a big, noisy family and having a lot of responsibility for the family business, it made sense that he would come off as a Grinch. I never saw him like that. I saw him as a man that didn’t like getting pushed into situations that he found uncomfortable. His mother had good intentions but in the end, she really messed up and it almost cost Candice and Charlie their relationship. I loved the slow burn of their romance. In fact, this book is kisses only and that’s the way it should be. Candice and Charlie have a bunch of relationship baggage to deal with before they can admit that they actually like each other. Their romance is built on friendship first and kisses later. At times, I thought it would never happen. Ms. Murphy lets you know that it is coming but I can be impatient, as usual. The payoff, in the end, is perfect. The secondary character that stood out for me was Stella. Oh my, she’s a feisty one. I can’t wait to see if Ms. Murphy has a book up her sleeve for her. It would be a hoot and a half for me. And I’m dying for a Gingerbread Latte. I fell out of favor years ago with Pumpkin Spice but Gingerbread…yes, please. I can’t wait until its on the menu at Starbucks. Of all of the books to date in the series, this is my favorite. Candice and Charlie had from the start. I loved watching them dance around each other, pushing each other out of their own comfort zone and then finding that middle ground. If I had one complaint, I wish there had been an epilogue. The ending was too abrupt for me and I felt it was unfinished. Otherwise, I can’t wait to see them in the other books. This is such a great series from Ms. Murphy. One of my all-time favorites and I would highly recommend it to anyone and everyone.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    I am one of those people who loves everything to do with Christmas. Everything. I set up my tree by November 1 and I relish every Christmas movie, commercial, song, and moment to come in the next two months. Despite that, in general I’m not a Christmas romance reader. I’m not sure why, I just typically am not. But I am pleased to say that Monica Murphy’s Holidate really broke the mold for me. It is straight up pure holiday joy, the kind of thing I revel in. Candice Gaines loves the ho I am one of those people who loves everything to do with Christmas. Everything. I set up my tree by November 1 and I relish every Christmas movie, commercial, song, and moment to come in the next two months. Despite that, in general I’m not a Christmas romance reader. I’m not sure why, I just typically am not. But I am pleased to say that Monica Murphy’s Holidate really broke the mold for me. It is straight up pure holiday joy, the kind of thing I revel in. Candice Gaines loves the holiday season. She is definitely filled with holiday cheer. She stays super busy during the run-up to Christmas so she can avoid thinking about the mother she lost to breast cancer when she was a young girl. Mostly, it works. But despite all the charity work she does during the holidays, she has never taken on a human as a project but that is exactly what Isabel Sullivan wants her to do. The Sullivans own the most well-known Christmas tree lots in the Monterey Bay area. Isabel is hoping that Candice will escort her oldest son, Charlie, around some holiday events and help him meet local business people. Charlie is a bit of a grump and has a tough time mingling, to put it mildly. Candice is all set to say no when she faints. She wakes up with a bump on her head and acquiescing to Isabel’s request, though she can’t quite remember what it is. So, the book starts off on a false premise admittedly, but it is not made by the hero. In fact, Candice and Charlie don’t get on super well at first… until they definitely do. They both come to better understand and respect the hard work that they are putting in during the holiday season. And Charlie is realizing that maybe he has a little more room in his life than he thought. And maybe Candice would fit right in. I really enjoyed this cheery holiday story! Much of it takes place on a Christmas tree farm, so the setting is already top-notch holiday perfection. But mostly I really enjoyed Charlie and Candice connecting. They are both lonely in their own way and being together, they find a nice way to connect without all the pressure their individual lives usually put on them. This story goes to kisses only action wise but it still feels incredibly romantic. I had a blast seeing these two start to fall for each other. Monica Murphy leaves the story at the perfect ending place, a happy-for-now place, with the potential for something more in the future. This is the third book in this series but it stands alone really nicely. Even though I have read all the books in this series so far, readers will have no trouble connecting with Candice and Charlie. Perfect holiday fare!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Laurie

    I loved Monica Murphy's "Holidate" and would certainly recommend it. At one point, Candice, the female main character, tells one of her friends that she thinks her life is "about to become a Hallmark Christmas movie," and I would have to agree with that assessment. I could definitely see this book translating to that type of movie! I loved Candice as a supporting character in the previous book in this series, and she really shines as the lead character here. She consistently comes acr I loved Monica Murphy's "Holidate" and would certainly recommend it. At one point, Candice, the female main character, tells one of her friends that she thinks her life is "about to become a Hallmark Christmas movie," and I would have to agree with that assessment. I could definitely see this book translating to that type of movie! I loved Candice as a supporting character in the previous book in this series, and she really shines as the lead character here. She consistently comes across as sweet, lovable, funny, and cute, but she's actually hiding a lot of complex emotions beneath that sunny personality. Candice misses her mother terribly, and she also suffers from serious self-doubt because she thinks people judge her for not having a job. She doesn't always recognize the important contributions she makes to the community through her charity work, so it was nice to see her recognized for those contributions in the end. As for Candice's love interest, Charlie, he didn't immediately come across as very likeable to me, but as the story progressed and I got to know him better, I came to realize that he was just an overworked introvert who didn't enjoy being pushed into social situations. I think he may also have been afraid of letting his family down if he let go of too much control over the family business, which might have suffered if he didn't keep a close eye on its operations. I can certainly empathize with those feelings, and that made it easier for me to like Charlie. He also seemed to be happier and more pleasant as he spent more time with Candice, which didn't hurt. She really seemed to bring out the best in him! Overall, "Holidate" was a super fun, cute, and sweet story, perfect for getting readers into the holiday mood. I hope that Monica Murphy plans to continue writing books in this series, but whether it's connected or not, I look forward to reading whatever book she comes out with next! (That said, for what it's worth, I'd really love to see Stella, Eleanor, and Kelsey get stories of their own...) *ARC provided by the author via Social Butterfly PR. All opinions expressed are my own.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Michele

    First of all, I have loved the entire "Dating" series by Monica Murphy. However, that said, you don't have to read the previous books to enjoy this one. It truly does read very easily as a standalone. Holidate gives us Candice, a young woman who received a trust fund when her mother passed away. Her mother wanted to be sure her daughter would always be taken care of. Instead of being the spoiled little rich girl one would imagine, she is very caring and giving. She is a supporter of s First of all, I have loved the entire "Dating" series by Monica Murphy. However, that said, you don't have to read the previous books to enjoy this one. It truly does read very easily as a standalone. Holidate gives us Candice, a young woman who received a trust fund when her mother passed away. Her mother wanted to be sure her daughter would always be taken care of. Instead of being the spoiled little rich girl one would imagine, she is very caring and giving. She is a supporter of so many charities that it may be to the point of "over-involvement". Candice is on numerous committees and not only gives generously of her time, but her finances as well. Candice is asked by one of her fellow committee members for a favor. Isabelle asks her to escort her son, Charlie, heir to the community's Christmas Tree Farm, to numerous events during the Christmas season. Her hope is that he will be able to network and make additional business connections to benefit the Tree Farm. But, you have to wonder if Isabelle's intentions all along are more of the matchmaking variety. Candice is a person who loves everything about Christmas. However, Charlie is the polar opposite, which is odd since it's his family's livelihood. Throughout the course of the story, you grow to understand why they each feel the way they do. Charlie is such a cranky man and he isn't the kindest to Candice. It's understood that he works a great deal but he still makes things difficult for her. Of course, their chemistry kicks in and muddies the waters. Candice has been attracted to Charlie since she first met him and he was to her as well, even though he tried to resist her. There's simply nothing more fun than seeing a grumpy man melt when he finally realizes he's met the woman of his dreams. This was a quick and easy read that made me feel warm and fuzzy inside. It's the perfect book for not just the holiday season, but anytime of the year. Thank you to NetGalley, the publisher and Ms. Murphy for this ARC in exchange for my honest review.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Michel Reinhard (Saucy Southern Readers)

    Holidate by Monica Murphy is the third book in The Dating Series. This fun, dynamic series is based on the complications of the modern day dating world, alpha heroes who are clueless with the world of relationships and romance but experts in the bedroom. It takes a strong willed woman to put up with these heroes. Candice Gaines may seem like a meek heiress spending her time working on one charity after another but that is only a general impression. Beneath the sugar and spice is a strong willed woman who is co Holidate by Monica Murphy is the third book in The Dating Series. This fun, dynamic series is based on the complications of the modern day dating world, alpha heroes who are clueless with the world of relationships and romance but experts in the bedroom. It takes a strong willed woman to put up with these heroes. Candice Gaines may seem like a meek heiress spending her time working on one charity after another but that is only a general impression. Beneath the sugar and spice is a strong willed woman who is compassionate, organized, and sensible. She’s very reluctant when she’s recruited to help introduce Charlie Sullivan from the Sullivan Family Tree Farm into the community holiday events and festivities for philanthropic purposes. After a hearing a lot of negative opinions from her “girl posse” she’s inclined to refuse her help. After an unfortunate incident she finds herself guiding grumpy Charlie through the holiday season. He makes the Grinch look cheerful and Scrooge seem generous. Spending his life working on the farm and making their fortune off the holiday season, the last thing Charlie wants to do is spend his free time celebrating the season. He would work through all the holiday festivities if it wasn’t for his deal with Candice and his mother. Here’s hoping there’s lots of spiked eggnog and an overabundance of mistletoe. What Charlie doesn’t know is it’s his season to fall head over heels in love. Holidate is another fun, charming romance by Monica Murphy. This book can be read as a stand alone romance or in series order. I thoroughly enjoyed this story and can’t wait for the holiday season. I only wish we had a sexy tree farmer in our community.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Sandra

    This was a sweet, very Hallmark-esque holiday story that was enjoyable. Both Candace and Charlie were great characters. Candace loves Christmas and I loved that about her. She was sweet, spunky, so kind to everyone and also a bit lonely. She devotes so much of her time and money for their community so she doesn’t think too much of what she had lost. Charlie on the other hand is the complete opposite, he is the equivalent to the Grinch. He is very jaded with the holiday season and just wants to b This was a sweet, very Hallmark-esque holiday story that was enjoyable. Both Candace and Charlie were great characters. Candace loves Christmas and I loved that about her. She was sweet, spunky, so kind to everyone and also a bit lonely. She devotes so much of her time and money for their community so she doesn’t think too much of what she had lost. Charlie on the other hand is the complete opposite, he is the equivalent to the Grinch. He is very jaded with the holiday season and just wants to be left alone. Unfortunately for him, he is to be taking over the family business, Sullivan Family Christmas Tree Farm and his mother wants him to become more social. During one of Candace’s many committee meetings, Charlie’s mother is present and requests Candace’s help. Next thing she knows, Candace and Charlie are attending holiday events together. Both are initially not too keen on this idea, but the more time they spend with each other emotions come into play. Overall, Holidate was a cute story and I did like the two main characters, but something about the way they were forced to work together didn’t mesh with me. I really did like Charlie’s mom, but the way she meddled was a bit off putting. And Charlie was a grump, I knew that going in, but I didn’t always like the way he treated Candace. And some of his reactions to what people thought about him seemed a bit off to me. But I did enjoy the holiday feel to the story, the happily ever after for Charlie and Candace and also because I actually live in the Monterey Peninsula so that was a nice connection. Thank you Netgalley and Social Butterfly PR for the complimentary copy of Holidate. All opinions are my own.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Anita Byars

    I loved this charming, Christmas romance. It was filled full of christmas wonder, parties, and cheer, as well as some cheesy christmas traditions, heartfelt moments, character vulnerability, and a sweet romance story. It will make you smile, mad, tingle, laugh and swoon and maybe shed a tear or two. I loved Candice. She is just so full of cheer and goodwill. Christmas is her favorite time of year. She is on all the charities committees donating her time and money to make them a success and to fi I loved this charming, Christmas romance. It was filled full of christmas wonder, parties, and cheer, as well as some cheesy christmas traditions, heartfelt moments, character vulnerability, and a sweet romance story. It will make you smile, mad, tingle, laugh and swoon and maybe shed a tear or two. I loved Candice. She is just so full of cheer and goodwill. Christmas is her favorite time of year. She is on all the charities committees donating her time and money to make them a success and to fill the void in her life. No one would know it but, she has been feeling lonely and bored, trying to forget about the her mother and the fact that she has no significant other to spend the holidays with. But this year she has been asked to help Charlie Sullivan. The Sullivan Tree Farm family’s new spokesperson. Candice is hoping that he could be a fun project. She can reform the grinch man into a smooth sophisticated gentleman who people will admire and respect. He could be on her arm at all the parties and functions, she could introduce him, help him make connections, and then he will be forever in my debt. Charlie Sullivan might be the future of the Sullivan Tree Farm but he is going into his mother’s request kicking and complaining. He doesn’t have time for such nonsense at their busiest time of the year. He is also afraid that he will ruin everything. Little does he know that the woman that would be helping him is the stunningly, beautiful woman he met outside of Sweet Dreams. These two have a sizzling connection from the moment they meet. But they are opposites in every way. So snuggle up tight and hold on for their christmas filled adventures. Because the ride has a few bumps in the road. If you want a story that will fill you up and make you happy, that’s entertaining, with a lot of christmas spirit, and just the right amount of spice and love, this is it.

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