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Thursday, October 9, 2014

Made the Grade: The Mistletoe Effect by Melissa Cutler

- This is an ARC book - Available Formats through Amazon.com: Kindle Edition - File Size: 1953 | Expected Release Date: October 7, 2014 | Publisher: St. Martin's Press : Paperbacks | Obtained: NetGalley

"The Mistletoe Effect" by Melissa Cutler

Author's Book Description : A cowboy and an heiress find themselves a pretend marriage—and a very real passion—in THE MISTLETOE EFFECT, a delightfully sexy Christmas e-novella from Melissa Cutler.

It’ll be a Christmas to remember when hotel heiress Carina Briscoe falls for cowboy James Decker, the bad boy stable manager of her family’s Texas resort, after they’re roped into pretending marriage. The marriage might be a sham but the sparks between them are anything but. Still, with a little help from the heroine’s interfering family, they might end up with the greatest Christmas gift of all: true love.

My Book Review : 3.5 out of 5 stars! After lusting after each other from afar over the past few years, Decker & Carina finally get a chance to see what a relationship between them would be like ... if only it didn't start out with them having to pretend. Will they be able to over come the lies that Carina's family forces them to agree too or will they decide to part ways once everything is said and done?

This was a sweetly humorous romance that has slight erotic tendencies. I really liked how Decker encourages Carina to step up and become the woman she's meant to be (in more ways then one). It was nice seeing these two get together, especially since they already care about each other at the beginning so it was nice to see that "care" grow into something more over the course of this novel. In addition, once you include Carina's quirky family and her friends it'll keep the reader guessing the whole way through!

The only thing I had a hard time with was how it seemed to drag a bit in the middle. Yet otherwise, I would definitely recommend this novel to anyone looking for a comedic contemporary holiday erotic romance!

-- On a side note --
I loved Carina's holiday undies ideas, especially when she wears them as a rebellion against the Christmas theme. Also, I can totally see this novel being turned into a series. I mean it just has all the makings for a series, I'd be interested to see where Ms. Cutler could take it and these characters!

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Author's Novel Extras : The Mistletoe Effect - Overview | The Mistletoe Effect - Chapter One


Book Teaser(s) :
Carina whirled on Decker. "If you'd thrown Wendell a bachelor party with strippers, this never would have happened."
Her face was instantly hot. What a ridiculous thing to say. It was amazing how easy it was to get sucked into her parents' vortex and let her concern for the business overshadow her concern for Haylie's well-being, but screwed-up priorities were her parents' gig, not hers. Haylie was better off without marrying Wendell, even if it cost the Briscoes' business hundreds of thousands of dollars in lost revenue and irreversibly changed the course of the resort's growth.
Decker seemed unfazed. Crossing his arms over his chest, he rocked on his boot heels and arched a brow. "This must be one of those damned if I do, damned if I don't arguments you women are so fond of." ~ within Chapter 1

"Nice apron, too."
"Yeah? You should probably know I'm not naked under this thing."
Bummer. But before she could voice her disappointment, he spun, showing off his butt in the pair of Halloween-themed cotton boxers she'd sewn for him. The sight made her laugh, it was such a nice surprise. ~ within Chapter 8
For more information on this book and/or any other books by Melissa, then please check out her website.

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