Review: The Mistletoe Effect by Melissa Cutler

Review: The Mistletoe Effect by Melissa CutlerThe Mistletoe Effect by Melissa Cutler

Genres: Contemporary Romance, Holiday Romance
Published by St. Martin's Press on October 7, 2014
Pages: 200
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher
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three-half-stars  

Christmas on a Texas guest ranch brings a surprise fake wedding for a workaholic and a cowboy. This humorous, passionate and moderately heartwarming read is a nice little afternoon distraction to get one in the mood for the holiday season.

Carina Briscoe’s family runs the most successful resort of the holiday season because of the Mistletoe Effect. Every wedding taking place at the resort during the holiday season is successful so people pour in and book their weddings for the chance at a happy life together. Carina is the wedding planner for all this and its a stressful time of long days and nights. She doesn’t need her own sister ruining it all by walking out of her own wedding right in front of all those bridal magazine journalists. Carina will do anything for her family and the family business so she goes right along with her dad and gran talking her into a fake marriage with James Decker the man she has been secretly fantasizing about since she was a teen.

Decker works as the stable manager for the Briscoes and he has watched Carina push herself hard to keep her dad and his expectations happy. He hates it that she won’t stand up for herself and even in this instance when her princess sister runs out on her obligations, she steps into the gap. Decker agrees to be the other half of the fake marriage with Carina provided that they really live as husband and wife for a month. He has his own plans to pursue after that, but he wants to take the time to persuade Carina to follow her own dreams, learn to enjoy Christmas and not just continue to bury herself in Briscoe responsibility.

The plot isn’t meant to be taken too seriously and I didn’t. It was cute and I had fun with the story, but I only felt a mild connection. I liked the characters- Carina’s eccentric gran with her thing for selfies was a hoot- though I was really cheering along with Decker for Carina to grow a backbone. I enjoyed watching them both go from focused on their careers to being focused on each other. And the hanky panky they got up to with that Naughty Honeymooners Holiday Themed Gift Basket and Carina’s holiday undies was a riot.

It was cute and offers a handsome Cowboy to fancy. Contemporary Romance fans who like a little distraction read full of spice and holiday fun should give this one a try.

My thanks to St. Martin’s Press and Net Galley for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.
  • Oh this sounds adorable and perfect for the holidays..plus I love cowboys:)

    • It is a nice choice when you want something light and distracting with a holiday theme.

  • hey, a cute Christmas read and you got a sexy cowboy..not bad, not bad 😉

    • Cowboy heroes are like a Christmas gift in and of themselves for sure, Sharonda!

  • Oh Sophia. I didn’t need to go past the first sentence before knowing I would need this one. That’s like…all my favorite things packed in one tiny little read. *swoons* lol