Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Xmas in October: The Mistletoe Effect by Melissa Cutler

Presenting: Christmas in October!

Each day this week, I will be reviewing a Christmas-themed book, reviewing how well the book embraces the holiday as well as giving my two cents on the book as a whole. Join me in celebrating the holiday a wee bit early and post your holiday book reviews to comments of any of this week's reviews!

The Book:


The Mistletoe Effect by Melissa Cutler
St Martin's Press
Contemporary Romance
Published October 7, 2014
Source: Received via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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It'll be a Christmas to remember when hotel heiress Carina Briscoe is roped into a pretend marriage with cowboy James Decker, the bad boy stable manager of her family's Texas resort. 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.
Christmas Component:

The Mistletoe Effect scores a full five out of five trees for Christmas content. It takes place during the month of December, with holiday themed weddings galore! We've got carolers, fake and real snow, Christmas trees, decorating and Christmas receptions. There's even a carriage ride! What the book lacks is the morning of/present bits and bobs, but believe me when I say that you won't miss this at all. It's an excellent book for getting into the holiday spirit!

My thoughts:

I think that what I liked most about The Mistletoe Effect was that Decker and Carina have a history of secretly crushing on each other. They've got all of this pent-up, pent-up and it's kind of awesome when they finally get to explore this new, fake relationship.

Now, Carina's family was unbelievably overbearing. Her mother's practically absent. I don't even understand her at all. Her sister, also, pretty flaky. It's easy for Carina to shine as 'the responsible one' by comparison to these two poor examples in her family. The expectation - nay, demand - that Carina step in when her sister runs out on her own wedding is incredibly hardhearted. Putting the responsibility for preserving the resort's famed Mistletoe Effect onto Carina's already overworked shoulders was unkind at best. 

I love that Decker walks this line between wanting to see Carina stand up for herself and getting overly protective and pushing her a bit too much. His frustration and desire to help is really sweet and believable.

This book is very sexy, and I was very entertained by Decker and his honesty (at least with himself) about being surprised by Carina. Given that she'd been pretty tongue-tied around him for the past ten years or so, having her suddenly happily thrusting her tongue in his mouth was bound to be shocking. 

Bottom line:

The Mistletoe Effect is really focused around the romance, and the future of it. I absolutely enjoyed the story: Carina and Decker make for a sweet, sexy couple. I loved the idea of the resort and it's over-the-top Christmas-themed weddings!

5 stars
For fans of Christmas-themed books, contemporary romance

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