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Billie is reeling after working out her future, buying the house of her dreams and getting to work on the renovations with her now ex boyfriend deciding to leave her to it and walks out of her life. She has spent a lot of time getting it to just how she likes it and will finally be spending it Man free.
Well her mother is now single as her husband Billies’s Dad has remarried. So she is packing up the family home and staying with Billie until her new home is ready to move into. Billie can just about cope but her mother has had cosmetic surgery and looks more like her sister than her mother. Then her sister Jess wants to stay until she decides what to do next. Billie can still cope as it’s only for Christmas. Next her Dad phones her mum and the next thing he and his new wife who no one has met are going to be staying. This is not the Christmas Billie wanted.
Fed up with the conveyor belt of people in her house Billie decides she will tap into her dating app and she blindly accepts everything going on for a week of singles nights in her area. Maybe this will be the perfect distraction but things take a hilarious turn with the different events and it does have some silly moments but great escapism and misunderstandings too
I really do adore Portia’s books; they are fun and charming and leave you with all those feel-good feelings. Just Date and See is her latest holiday romance, and if you are a fan of The Twelve Dates of Christmas by Jenny Bayliss, then you will love this book.
Our heroine Billie wants a quiet Christmas in her newly renovated house, but the universe (or her family) has other plans for her. This book is full of quirky and fun characters that will have you laughing and smiling for the entire story. Billie’s holiday plans go out the door as more and more family members appear at her front step, looking for a place to stay for the holiday season. Her home becomes a bit of a mad house with her mom, sister, dad and his wife living all under one roof. Throw in a few other unexpected guests, and you have got lots of fabulous drama and awkward family situations that I just devoured. All this craziness at home pushes Billie to participate in a series of festive dates with strangers arranged through a dating app. While on one of these dates, she meets the gorgeous Rocco. Sparks fly between these two, but Rocco is only in town for a short time, and Billie has sworn to have a man-free Christmas, so is there any reason to pursue a relationship that won’t last past Christmas?
I flew through this book! I could not put it down and read it all in one day (while sitting on a beach in Greece). The story is fun, with just the right amount of holiday and craziness to hook you in and leave you wanting to read more. Even though this is an easy read, there is still plenty of depth to the characters and their relationships. The family dynamic in this book is complex and full of drama and heart. Portia did a fabulous job at showing readers how complicated family life can be. Families are constantly changing, and sometimes it can be hard to deal with these changes. I thought she dealt with those serious issues by putting a positive spin on them.
I love Billie, she is fun and sweet, and I love how disaster tends to follow her wherever she goes. Whether dealing with her family or going on these festive dates, I knew I would be laughing alongside her as she struggled to get through the holiday season. The series of dates that Billie went on were hilarious! Because Billie didn’t decide to join this festive dating series with the intent of finding her one true love, it meant she approached these dates in a more fun and playful manner.
I adore Billie and Rocco as a couple! Their banter was perfect, and I loved every moment they had together. I loved how they were able to joke around with each other, and I loved their antics at these dating events. The chemistry between these two was believable, and even though there were lots of light cute moments between them, I still felt like their relationship had lots of depth.
Just Date and See is one of my favourite holiday rom-coms!
Highly enjoyable feel good read. Loved the story lines and the interplay between all the characters. Would recommend this to anyone who enjoys putting their feet up and relaxing with a good, easy-to-read book.
You always know when you've read a great book when you feel sad because you've finished it. It's been a while since I found a book I couldn't down. A good funny book with great characters. Just what you need on a gloomy February to cheer you up. Would highly recommend.
I’ve really been loving all of the Portia Macintosh novels I’ve been reading recently - sweet and swoony (aka clean romance), with strong female leads and very sweet and lovable male leads. Where do I find myself one of her fictional men in real life?!
Just Date and See is yet another very special book that I adored and definitely recommend everyone picks up - a great holiday (Christmas) read that doesn’t focus so much on the holiday itself, but rather on unexpected family gathering and unintended new friendships formed, leading to a very mixed up relationship coming out of nowhere!
(Crazy thing is, it was not the only book I read this week with a similar familial tie!)
This is really a bit over a 4⭐️ and has the potential to be more… but would need to be longer, throw in some steam and some more angst/conflict and resolution and then it would be a full-fledged 5 in my opinion - but it’s darn near close to earning that bump-up!
I received an advance copy from NetGalley and Boldwood Books, and this is my honest feedback.