Twelve Dates of Christmas by Jenny Bayliss
Steam Level: Sweet
When it comes to relationships, thirty-four-year-old Kate Turner is ready to say “Bah, humbug.” The sleepy town of Blexford, England, isn’t exactly brimming with prospects, and anyway, Kate’s found fulfillment in her career as a designer, and in her delicious side job baking for her old friend Matt’s neighborhood café. But then her best friend signs her up for a dating agency that promises to help singles find love before the holidays. Twenty-three days until Christmas. Twelve dates with twelve different men. The odds must finally be in her favor . . . right?
Yet with each new date more disastrous than the one before–and the whole town keeping tabs on her misadventures–Kate must remind herself that sometimes love, like mistletoe, shows up where it’s least expected. And maybe, just maybe, it’s been right under her nose all along. . . .Goodreads
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The Twelve Dates of Christmas was a cute holiday romance. It reminded me a lot of a Hallmark movie. It was light and fun. While there was a little bit of drama, you knew it was going to end up okay.
I really enjoyed the idea that Kate, the main character, signed up for twelve dates. It was fun seeing her go on these dates and get out of her comfort zone. I really enjoyed Kate and seeing her grow through this story.
My one complaint about this book was Matt. I would have liked a little more from him. Like I just didn’t get him. He was a fine guy, but I didn’t see any romantic chemistry between him and Kate. I totally got them as friends, but I would have liked a little more exploration of their romantic relationship.
This was told from the third person, which made sense from the story, but I would have liked to get more into the characters’ heads, especially Matt. Overall this was a cute rom-com that I really enjoyed, but the romance fell a little flat for me.
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