ARC Review: If Santa Were a Cowboy (Melissa Cutler)

~*~*~ SPOILER-Y REVIEW ~*~*~

I think all the ratings I have for this novella are reserved for both Paul and his dog, Sadie. Because the heroine, Kelly, just annoyed me to the point where I thought Paul was definitely better with someone else who could appreciate him.

The thing is, while it said that Paul and Kelly were childhood friends, Paul had been having a crush on Kelly for forever … it seemed Kelly knew it but she dismissed it. So they were never anything… Now, when her whole life went to crash, she decided to come visit Paul, to seduce him? OMG, how that rubbed me the wrong way!! To me this make Kelly coming to town only to use Paul because she knew how he felt about her! I disliked this idea outright …

In addition that, of course Kelly kept her reasons for coming as secret, and then had the balls to walk away later on (stealing his truck!), being the coward that she was. URGH!!! Paul, you are totally better off without her. Oh, and Kelly’s reason for not acting on Paul’s feeling was just TOO LAME!! She was afraid because he put her on pedestal? WTF was that?!?

Paul was a sweetheart; he actually liked being Santa Claus, so sweet on kids, and of course that dog of him, Sadie was adorable. Too bad he was not having enough smart to choose the right woman for himself.

RATING: 2.5 out of 5
25stars

 

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The ARC is provided by the publisher via Netgalley for an exchange of fair and honest review. No high rating is required for any ARC received.

 

BOOK INFO:

9781250108401Title:
 If Santa Were A Cowboy
Author: Melissa Cutler
Series: One and Only Texas, #2.5
Genre: MF Contemporary Romance / Novella
Length: 100 pages
Publisher: Swerve (St. Martin’s Press)
Release Date: Oct 25, 2016

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ARC Review: Friendly Fire (Cari Z.)

I think I have good record track with Cari Z. — which was why I asked for the ARC from Riptide/Netgalley for this one. I deliberately didn’t re-read the blurb before I started, so I was going in blind. Well, turned out that I really enjoyed it. Most especially because of the suspense/mystery element.

Cari Z. writing is good, I was entertained the whole way through, even if I was guessing where the story would go from the beginning. I think the moment that Lennox and Elliott met, then the threats towards Elliot was escalated, the mystery fan in me was rejoicing. Oh yes, the mystery … sure, we knew the players and their identity might not be too surprising but I enjoyed how Cari Z. added the slight twist to it. If you like your mystery in romance, this should be in your consideration.

However, if you want to get more straightfoward romance … I might be slightly tentative to fully recommend it. The thing is, while I thought Elliot and Lennox had the right amount of chemistry, but there was potential of some hurt/comfort elements that never fully materialized. Lennox was suffering from PTSD after the friendly fire that he experienced in Afghanistan. But he never really opened up to Elliot about it. We did have scenes of him talking to therapist, but never exactly with Elliott.

So the emotion that came from them was slightly lacking and I never really certain on how they reached to the point of that lovey-dovey epilogue. Did they ever touch the issue of Lennox’s nightmares. Did Lennox finally share that part of his life to Elliot? Because to me that is also important …

In any case, this was another solid book from Cari Z. for me. Heck, I even enjoyed the sex scenes!! They were not plenty and I thought they were pretty HAWT. Just right amount of sex scenes made me so very happy ^^

RATING: 4 out of 5
4stars

 

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The ARC is provided by the publisher via Netgalley for an exchange of fair and honest review. No high rating is required for any ARC received.

 

BOOK INFO:

30799159Title:
 Friendly Fire
Author: Cari Z.
Genre: MM Contemporary / Suspense
Word Count: 82,800 words
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Release Date: October 17, 2016

ARC Review: By Firelight (Janice Maynard)

** SPOILER REVIEW **

By Firelight: 1.5 stars

I rarely gave a book below 2-stars (simply because 2-stars is my benchmark for “dislike”) but MY GOD, this novella just made me want to rant. I’m sorry but this story was ATROCIOUS. I couldn’t find anything good to say about it. The dialog was ridiculously bad. The heroine was supposed to be this murder mystery author but she didn’t have any sense of danger, being trapped in a cabin with a STRANGER. The hero tucked her hair within minutes of meeting, called her with endearments like sweetheart, honey, or baby — she proposed sex, and within 48 hours they were ENGAGED. Oh, and she supposedly didn’t believe in love because her parents of 35-years just got divorce.

WHAT THE HELL IS THIS STORY!?! I was fuming mad after I finished.

Stupid, STUPID romance. HMPH.

Hot Arctic Nights: 2.5 stars

This was slightly better but still not good. The heroine arrived in Alaska, for a job, and she didn’t even research the place?! Seriously, she came to me as incompetent!! It was getting better as the story went, at least there was some relationship development, although everything was also rushed. But then again, this was a novella, so I kinda expected that. Oh, except when Daniel also ended up proposing to Hallie, and then bought the whole B & B as wedding present. WTF? People might think it was romantic, but me, I prefer to be ASKED when it come to BIG present like that!

RATING: 2 out of 5

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The ARC is provided by the publisher via Netgalley for an exchange of fair and honest review. No high rating is required for any ARC received.

 

BOOK INFO:
byfirelightTitle: By Firelight
Author: Janice Maynard
Genre: MF Contemporary Romance
Length: 200 pages
Publisher: Lyrical Shine
Release Date: October 11, 2016