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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 Tree Farm 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 Tree Farm 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. 4 out of 5

    Kelly (and the Book Boar)

    Find all of my reviews at: http://52bookminimum.blogspot.com/ 2.5 Stars Alright, let’s do another one. If you are so basic of a white girl that your family thinks your Pinterest only consists of things like the following when it comes to Christmas gifts you might wish for . . . . . This is the book for you. It is 100% a Hallmark Christmas movie in written format. Gorgeous curmudgeon (whose family just so happens to own the local Christmas tree farm) gets paired with a Christmas loving Find all of my reviews at: http://52bookminimum.blogspot.com/ 2.5 Stars Alright, let’s do another one. If you are so basic of a white girl that your family thinks your Pinterest only consists of things like the following when it comes to Christmas gifts you might wish for . . . . . This is the book for you. It is 100% a Hallmark Christmas movie in written format. Gorgeous curmudgeon (whose family just so happens to own the local Christmas tree farm) gets paired with a Christmas loving philanthropist via way of some convenient amnesia, attend various holiday functions together and fall in love. Pick your favorite Hallmark hunk to picture or, if you’re like me, focus on your favorite leading lady . . . . She is the Queen of Christmas, after all.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Kat

    Candace volunteers as a decorator and event planner for charitable organizations in memory of her mother. It’s Christmas, and one of the donors, who owns a Christmas Tree farm, begs her to help her socially awkward son navigate the social scene for Christmas so he can assume his role at the helm of the family business. Charlie was super cute and an awkward “I just want to be out on the farm with my trees” lumberjack type. I completely loved this one and their enemies to friends to lovers romance Candace volunteers as a decorator and event planner for charitable organizations in memory of her mother. It’s Christmas, and one of the donors, who owns a Christmas Tree farm, begs her to help her socially awkward son navigate the social scene for Christmas so he can assume his role at the helm of the family business. Charlie was super cute and an awkward “I just want to be out on the farm with my trees” lumberjack type. I completely loved this one and their enemies to friends to lovers romance. So cute and Christmasy. Please excuse typos/name misspellings. Entered on screen reader.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Syndi

    Oh wow! This book is that perfect hallmark christmas movie. So sweet and full of that toes curling swooning. And there is no steamy, dirty sex. Just a cute warm kissing. There is that how Candice turns Charlie into a warm vulnerable hero. I adore Charlie. He is the Grinch. He really is. The romance is not cheesy OTT. Gosh, I like it very much. 4 stars

  4. 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.

  5. 4 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 of them has ma 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.

  6. 4 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! 🎄 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! 🎄

  7. 4 out of 5

    Nursebookie

    What a perfect setting to fall in love in - the Monterey Peninsula! One of my favorite places to visit in the world. Surrounded by Christmas tree farms and of course the world famous Carmel By The Sea. Cue, the ever so fashionable Candice Gaines who at 28 yo chairs a few committees raising money for various local charities. She has a huge heart and generous with her wealth. What is a cute romance without the doting mother who takes advantage of Candice’s generosity and introduces her son Charlie What a perfect setting to fall in love in - the Monterey Peninsula! One of my favorite places to visit in the world. Surrounded by Christmas tree farms and of course the world famous Carmel By The Sea. Cue, the ever so fashionable Candice Gaines who at 28 yo chairs a few committees raising money for various local charities. She has a huge heart and generous with her wealth. What is a cute romance without the doting mother who takes advantage of Candice’s generosity and introduces her son Charlie Sullivan, the antisocial heir to the Sullivan Family Christmas Tree Farm, the main provider for Christmas trees on the Monterey peninsula, who despises everything about the Christmas holiday! As the two tackle the festivities and Candice’s social calendar, their attraction for each other was simply undeniable. There were plenty of laugh out loud and tender moments that will surely make the heart flutter! Guaranteed!

  8. 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.

  9. 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 w 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

  10. 4 out of 5

    Tracy C

    I was definitely underwhelmed. The characters came across as YA to me, including Isobel. Who was supposed to be a grandmother! I ended up skimming a good part of the story and never really felt like I missed anything. Candice and Charlie don't really get together until almost the end and then the conflict was pretty stupid, IMO. It could have been cleared up in 2 seconds.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Brittiany

    3.5 Stars

  12. 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 company of trees. 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!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Sarah - Musings of the Modern Belle

    ***AUDIOBOOK*** 3 Okay CROWNS I’ve really enjoyed this series, but this one underwhelmed me. The heroine was very over-the-top Christmas and very naive, but it wasn’t developed enough to seems authentic. I really enjoyed the hero. Their relationship is enjoyable but there is zero steam, making their relationship seem very YA. The conflict, while fitting their characterization wasn’t substantial. I just needed more overall. Monica Murphy is a really great author, and I’ll be reading more of her. Th ***AUDIOBOOK*** 3 Okay CROWNS I’ve really enjoyed this series, but this one underwhelmed me. The heroine was very over-the-top Christmas and very naive, but it wasn’t developed enough to seems authentic. I really enjoyed the hero. Their relationship is enjoyable but there is zero steam, making their relationship seem very YA. The conflict, while fitting their characterization wasn’t substantial. I just needed more overall. Monica Murphy is a really great author, and I’ll be reading more of her. This one just happened to be a miss for me. I will say the narrators were fantastic!

  14. 5 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.

  15. 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. First off, I am obse *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. First off, I am obsessed with this plot. A meddlesome mother arranges Candice to help her son network and socialize within the community...over the course of these parties and events, Candice and Charlie fall in love. *Insert all the heart-eyed emojis.* Candice is wholesome and good to a fault. She is just a good girl, who wants to give back and do her mom's memory justice. In comparison, Charlie is harsh edges, unrefined, and would rather spend his days surrounded by trees than people. He is a rugged outdoors man but don't let that fool you, he can turn on the charm and clean up really well when he wants to. These two had so many giggle worthy moments, I found myself blushing and laughing out loud throughout the course of the story. Candice and Charlie are both stubborn and determined. Charlie doesn't want Candice's help and Candice is determined to help Charlie, what could possibly go wrong? Their chemistry was off the charts, talk about a slow burn, I thought I was going to die before they finally kissed. And while the romance doesn't go past kissing, all the tender moments and heartfelt words make the story that much better.  These characters just get each other. And I love it when that happens, the characters are relatable and I felt like I was in the middle of every Christmas tree lighting ceremony with them. This book truly captured the magic of Christmas and in doing so, the love story captured my heart. I will definitely re-read this every year at Christmas time.

  16. 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 holiday events, Candice hopes to change his mi 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.

  17. 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.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Rozzberry(Roz)

    2.75 Aside from the last few chapters(which is mostly why I'm even giving it the rating I'm giving.), I found most of the writing flat throughout. Idk. The style of writing just didn't match the previous books in the series & it oddly felt like a less experienced writer. I'm sort of puzzled by it from that standpoint. I didn't dislike Candice, but she wasn't really my jam either most of the time. She often seemed so unrealistically naive for a teen, let alone a 23 yr old young woman. I don't thi 2.75 Aside from the last few chapters(which is mostly why I'm even giving it the rating I'm giving.), I found most of the writing flat throughout. Idk. The style of writing just didn't match the previous books in the series & it oddly felt like a less experienced writer. I'm sort of puzzled by it from that standpoint. I didn't dislike Candice, but she wasn't really my jam either most of the time. She often seemed so unrealistically naive for a teen, let alone a 23 yr old young woman. I don't think we got to know Charlie enough & imo, more than a few times the examples to show off his grouchy behavior in the beginning hardly seemed to match the reactions of others to him & more or less seemed like they were the ones overreacting. So basically not terrible. Just kinda meh.

  19. 5 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 Monterey peninsula. He’d 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

  20. 4 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.

  21. 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 understated chemistry t 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.

  22. 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 looking for a Christmas love story make -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.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Penny

    3.5 to 4 stares

  24. 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. So Candice devotes her t 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.

  25. 4 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. And soothes her “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/

  26. 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 so many chari 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.

  27. 4 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. She is able to focus on **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!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Vanessa ♛Queen Alchemy ϟ Novel Nerd Faction♛

    4.5/5 Stars Disclaimer: I received an Advance Reader Copy at no cost from the publisher/author. All opinions in my review are my own. I will be honest. Holiday romances are not usually my thing, but I loved this! I knew that I had to read it the moment I saw that it was a part of Monica Murphy's Dating series. I have loved each book in this series and many of her other books so I knew that I had to take a chance on it. I'm sure glad that I did. My favorite thing about Murphy's books is the charac 4.5/5 Stars Disclaimer: I received an Advance Reader Copy at no cost from the publisher/author. All opinions in my review are my own. I will be honest. Holiday romances are not usually my thing, but I loved this! I knew that I had to read it the moment I saw that it was a part of Monica Murphy's Dating series. I have loved each book in this series and many of her other books so I knew that I had to take a chance on it. I'm sure glad that I did. My favorite thing about Murphy's books is the characters. Her characters are ones that I always connect with. I am pulled into the characters' worlds and live through them. I also love how down to earth and realistic her characters always are. Like they aren't just characters in a book but people that could be pulled from the pages. Candice and Charlie are pretty much opposites. They really don't get along based on the assumptions that each has made of the other. While they spend time together they find that there is more to the other and that they actually are kind of perfect for each other. Overall, this is an adorable holiday romance that will definitely put you in the holiday spirit. If you are a fan of Murphy's books then this is one that you won't want to miss out on. I can't wait to see what will be next from this author! I'm totally hooked on her stories!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Kari Hansen

    Candice’s mother passed away when she was a child so although she was looked after financially it left an emotional void in her life that she has never completed healed from. She has chosen to follow her mother’s example and devote herself to her charity work which is how she is convinced by Charlie’s mother that she needs to be his plus one as he attends social events. Charlie has taken over the family Christmas tree business, but he hates the holiday and everything that goes along with. Attendi Candice’s mother passed away when she was a child so although she was looked after financially it left an emotional void in her life that she has never completed healed from. She has chosen to follow her mother’s example and devote herself to her charity work which is how she is convinced by Charlie’s mother that she needs to be his plus one as he attends social events. Charlie has taken over the family Christmas tree business, but he hates the holiday and everything that goes along with. Attending the social events that his mother has arranged is the last thing he wants especially now that she has arranged a date for him as well. He is more comfortable with trees than people so the last thing he needs is to spend time with a demanding socialite. These two couldn’t have been more different or more perfect for each other. They see each other as they truly are and against all odds, she brings happiness to his life and he shows her that she is no longer alone. This is a sweet and sexy story that is sure to put you in the holiday spirit.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Sofia Lazaridou

    Holidate is the third book in the Dating series by Monica Murphy. If you follow the series you will already know the heroine, Candice. She is Jared's sister and she appeared quite often in his book (Fake Date, book 2 in the series). Charlie, our hero, is a new face and he is not the kind of person I would consider a book boyfriend. He is actually one of the two reasons I went for the 4-star rating instead of 5. Three books into the series and I still cannot find a likable hero. My biggest proble Holidate is the third book in the Dating series by Monica Murphy. If you follow the series you will already know the heroine, Candice. She is Jared's sister and she appeared quite often in his book (Fake Date, book 2 in the series). Charlie, our hero, is a new face and he is not the kind of person I would consider a book boyfriend. He is actually one of the two reasons I went for the 4-star rating instead of 5. Three books into the series and I still cannot find a likable hero. My biggest problem with Charlie is that in the epilogue he seemed so cheap and it left a bad taste in my mouth. I tried for most of the story to like him and be on his side, but something did not work for me. Candice was more likable and it helped that I already knew her. The second thing I wasn't a big fan of was how little we saw Jared and Sarah. I was expecting it, but it still wasn't to my liking. The book overall wasn't bad and I found myself enjoying it, hence the 4 stars. The books in the series keep getting better in my opinion and that's a huge plus for the book and the series.

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