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Dipped in Holly by Dana Isaly: FAQs + Books Like It

Updated: Aug 14, 2023

Picture this. It's eight in the morning on a snowy Sunday. You have nowhere to go and a brand-new Kindle, so you cuddle up on the couch with a nice little Christmas romance book.


But you choose Dipped in Holly by Dana Isaly and in the first couple of pages realize it isn't going to be a sweet or sentimental holiday read. It's 66 pages of smut. It's one long spicy chapter. (Kindle | Paperback)


In the following article, I'll answer a few of the most commonly asked questions about the book, as well as provide you with a list of books like Dipped in Holly to read next. (Warning: This article contains spoilers)

Dipped in Holly by Dana Isaly

What Is the Book Dipped in Holly About?

Just five days before Christmas and dressed as slutty Mrs. Claus, Holly finds out that her boyfriend of five years has been cheating on her for two of them. After they break up in a bar in front of all his friends, Holly takes refuge in the bathroom. Upon exiting, she meets the owner of the bar and hot silver fox, Nick, who invites her to have drinks with him. While the two expect it to just be a kinky one-night stand, literally overnight it becomes something more.


Is Dipped in Holly Spicy?

Yes - Dipped in Holly is spicy! It's spicy from beginning to end. In fact, there are more spicy chapters than non-spicy chapters.


Can Dipped in Holly be Read As a Standalone?

Dipped in Holly can definitely be read as a standalone given that there's next to no plot. However, it is also the first book in Dana Isaly's Nick and Holly series, which currently has four books:

  1. Dipped in Holly

  2. Claimed by Cupid

  3. Bound in Cabo

  4. D*cked by Daddy


How Long Does It Take to Read Dipped in Holly?

If you want to read something smutty that's kinda-sorta Christmas-themed in just about an hour, then this is the novella for you. According to How Long to Read, it will take the average reader approximately 1 hour and 5 minutes to read Dipped in Holly.


How Old Are Holly and Nick in Dipped in Holly?

In Dipped in Holly, it is confirmed that Nick is 50 years old. While we never get confirmation on how old Holly is, Nick guesses she is half his age which would make her 25 years old. That would mean there is a 25-year age gap between the two.


Does Dipped in Holly Have a Happy Ending?

After round two the morning after their one-night stand, Nick invites Holly to go for breakfast. At the diner, he tells Holly he wants to explore their connection beyond sex, to which Holly agrees if they take things slow seeing as she just ended a five-year relationship the night before.


5 Books Like Dipped in Holly by Dana Isaly

Despite how short Dipped in Holly is, there's a lot to love about it. Whether it's the silver fox lead, the age gap, the daddy kink, or just how spicy it is, it makes sense that you'd want to find another book like it. Fortunately, I felt the same and went out looking so you don't have to. Based on what I found, here are five books that are similar to Dipped in Holly in some way or another.


Santa Baby by Cassie Mint

1. Santa Baby by Cassie Mint

If you want almost an exact dupe for Dipped in Holly, then check out Santa Baby by Cassie Mint. It's described as a "Short and steamy age gap instalove story, where the hottest holiday wishes come true." In other words, this isn't the book to turn to if you want a genuine plot or honest character development. Like Dipped in Holly, Santa Baby is 59 pages of smut, so as long as you go into it with that expectation, you should have some fun.


The Naughty List by Ellie Mae Macgregor

2. The Naughty List by Ellie Mae Macgregor

Like Dipped in Holly, this spicy Christmas-themed novella is under 100 pages which means that it can be read in about an hour. The Naughty List also seems to be similar to Dipped in Holly in other ways by the sounds of this description: "Kate isn’t sure if Nikolai is the real deal, but this silver fox with big hands and thick thighs might just make her believe in Christmas miracles. See if Kate has been naughty or nice in this light, fun, and steamy holiday romance with a guaranteed happy ending."


Christmas on the Thirteenth Floor by Lee Jacquot

3. Christmas on the Thirteenth Floor by Lee Jacquot

If you want another spicy Christmas-themed novella like Dipped in Holly, then you should read Lee Jacquot's, Christmas on the Thirteenth Floor next. While this is about a boss-employee, the leading man sounds a lot like Nick in the dominance department, which as any spicy book reader knows, translates into great spicy scenes.


Window Shopping by Tessa Bailey

4. Window Shopping by Tessa Bailey

If you've ever read a Tessa Bailey book, you know her spicy chapters always deliver. So, in that way, Window Shopping is like Dipped in Holly. That's about where the similarities end though. I include this for those of you who liked the spice of Dipped In Holly but now want to read a full-length book with stronger Christmas vibes and a more robust plot.


A Merry Little Meet Cute by Julie Murphy and Sierra Simone

5. A Merry Little Meet Cute by Julie Murphy and Sierra Simone

If you're looking for a spicy full-length Christmas-themed book, then according to BookTok, A Merry Little Meet Cute is the way to go. Plus, compared to so many other Christmas-themed romance books that seem to repackage the same plots over and over, this one stood out to me a truly unique. Just read the description: " "A steamy plus-size holiday rom-com about an adult film star who is semi-accidentally cast as a lead in a family-friendly Christmas movie, and the former bad-boy pop star she falls in love with."

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