[Review] If Santa Were A Cowboy by Melissa Cutler

About the book

If Santa Were A Cowboy
(One And Only Texas #2.5)
by Melissa Cutler

ebook
Publication Date: October 25th 2016 by Swerve
ISBN: 1250108403

This Christmas, Santa wears a Stetson.

Paul Savage loves Christmas at Briscoe Ranch Resort, when he gets to take a break from being a back country guide to play Santa in the resort’s lobby and talk to kids about toys. The last thing he expects is his high school crush to come waltzing in as his new assistant photographer, wheeling a suitcase that’s more naughty than nice.

Kelly Walker is a disaster. All she’d wanted was spice up her life by saying ‘yes’ to every opportunity, which is when the universe started pelting her with ‘no’s. So when she comes across a job listing for a holiday photographer working with the sweet, scrawny boy whose advances she’d laughed off in high school, she jumps on the chance to turn her bad Karma around by giving Paul a second chance.

Trouble is, Paul’s anything but scrawny anymore, and his cowboy swagger throws her grand plans for a loop—especially when he tempts her with a red hot proposition of his own. Kelly’s in way over her head, but as she gets swept up in the magic of Briscoe Ranch’s holiday charms—and Paul’s—could Kelly’s year of ‘no’s be leading up to the ‘yes’ of a lifetime?

review~ Book provided by NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinion

I really loved Melissa Cutler’s Bomb Squad series, so when I saw If Santa Were A Cowboy on NetGalley I had to request it, even though these two series have nothing to do with the each other.

I started it right when I got it, back in September, but I couldn’t get into it. I blamed it on me not feeling christmas feelings yet. So I pushed it a bit back in my reading schedule. I started it again yesterday, but even now – with Christmas right around the corner – I couldn’t get invested into this book and that’s really sad. Maybe I would be more interested in this story and its characters if I actually read the previous two book in this series, but I honestly don’t think so.

The main reason why I couldn’t get into this book: Kelly. I didn’t like Kelly much. I didn’t agree with her choices. She was just …. a bitch. Paul deserved a much better girl for himself.

If you’re in the mood for a romance book with a christmas theme and you don’t care for a bitchy heroine, this might be it for you. For me it was ok, but I could have done without it. I guess I stick with Melissa Cutler’s Bomb Squad series.

Rating: 2 stars

[Review] Mechanic by Alexa Riley

About the book

Mechanic
(Breeding #2)
Alexa Riley
ebook, 175 pages
Publication Date: November 6th 2015
ASIN: B017OZY752

Everything was fine until that innocent little rich girl walked into my garage. Since the second I laid my eyes on her, all I’ve wanted to do is get my dirty hands on her pure body.

There’s one minor obstacle standing in my way, but I’ve got a plan. All I’ve got to do is claim her, and she’ll be mine forever.

Warning: This book is over-the-top, insta-love. There’s nothing but steamy scenes, babies trying to be made, and an obsessed bearded alpha hero claiming a virgin who will be his forever. If you want it hot and dirty, this is it!

*whispers* There’s a sweet smutty surprise at the end!

reviewThis was my first Alexa Riley book and I won’t touch anymore of her books. Not even for money.

Let me tell you right now that I don’t like books about breeding, but I gave this one a chance anyway because a lot of my Goodreads friends like it and I thought that it couldn’t be that bad (also it was for free). Boy, was I wrong. I don’t even know how I finished it – or the little extra at the end. I have no idea how I made it through all of the 175 pages of Mechanic. It was so bad. I wish I could go to the past and knock some sense into my past self.

Warning: This book is over-the-top, insta-love. There’s nothing but steamy scenes, babies trying to be made, and an obsessed bearded alpha hero claiming a virgin who will be his forever.

The synopsis pretty much says what this book is about and though those things above favour into the factor of me ending up not liking it, those weren’t the main problems I had with Mechanic.

I had three even bigger problems. Can you believe it? I hated something more than it being a insta-love.

#1: Where the heck was the story? I know the synopsis says “nothing but steamy scenes”, but how about just a little bit of story? They have absolutely no ground to why they fall in love with each other, not even for an insta-love. I don’t understand their relationship.

#2: The first time they meet the hero clearly nearly rapes her. You can’t tell me otherwise! And after running out out from him, the heroine comes back around and just let’s him do what he wants. I can’t deal with so much stupidity.

#3: The hero Paine himself. He was not hot, not sexy or anything you can associate with those words. No, he was a jerk, dick, douchebag and as much other words you and I can think of. He didn’t care for…. what’shernameagain? *looks it up* Right, Penelope…. I did NOT like him nor her. Not one bit.

The only positive thing I can say about this book is that it’s quite short (thank god) and the sex scenes were kind of tolerable.

Rating: 1,5 stars

About the authorAlexa Riley is two sassy friends who got together and wrote some dirty books. They are both married moms of two who love football, donuts, and obsessed book heroes.

They specialize in insta-love, over-the-top, sweet, and cheesy love stories that don’t take all year to read. If you want something SAFE, short, and always with a happily ever after, then Alexa Riley is for you!

[Review] My Sweet Demise by Shana Vanterpool

~ My Sweet Demise by Shana Vanterpool ~

(Demise #1)
Genre: New Adult, Romance
Date of Publication: January 5th 2016 by Limitless Publishing
Source: Author

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Synopsis:

Desperation makes a girl do crazy things…

When twenty-one year old Raina O’Connor is kicked out of her room on short notice, she’s thrown into a frantic search for a new place to stay. As the situation becomes more urgent, her choices have dwindled to her least favorite option—ladies’ man, Kent Nicholson.

Kent Nicholson loves women, just not as a roommate…

When a gorgeous blonde with big hazel eyes answers Kent’s ad for a roommate, his red flags start flying. He’s looking for a wingman, not a chick who will put a damper on his game or drench his apartment in pink. It’s clear she’s in a bind, and something about her makes him break his own rules. But when he reluctantly accepts, it’s with four concrete conditions.

Be his wingman. Don’t get in his way with other girls. No bitchy attitudes. And most importantly, she can’t fall for him.

Pretty sure this was the world’s worst idea—ever…

Trust is something earned. Raina learned that the hard way when her father broke her heart as a child, making it easy to steer clear of relationships. But living with Kent somehow stirs emotions Raina has always forbidden herself to have. Plus, he’s everything she never wanted—untrustworthy, pigheaded…and gorgeous. Something tells her Kent isn’t free of his own secret scars…

Love can drag you down and spit you out, and be worth every second.

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[Review] Kiss Kill Love Him Still by Jamie Blair & Dawn Rae Miller

~ Kiss Kill Love Him Still by Jamie Blair & Dawn Rae Miller ~

Genre: Young Adult
Date of Publication: November 10th 2015
Source: NetGalley

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Synopsis:

Jackson Landis kept secrets. It’s how he got girls into bed, the grades he wanted, and a reputation for being the life of the party.

But now he’s dead, and no one knows how or why. Especially not the four girls whose secrets he protected. Secrets so scandalous they could cause each girl to lose something valuable. Secrets so dark, someone may have killed for them.

The four girls – a campus drug dealer, an overweight bookworm, a closeted lesbian, and a spoiled princess have one thing in common – they’re terrified the things Jackson knew may not have died with him. As Reggie, Haddie, Val, and Livie try to piece together her own role in Jackson’s death, each girl realizes Jackson had some not-so-pretty skeletons of his own.

Which makes a girl wonder, who really wanted Jackson Landis dead?

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[Review] You And Me And Him by Kris Dinnison

~ You And Me And Him by Kris Dinnison ~

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
Date of Publication: July 7th 2015 by HMH Books for Young Readers
Source: NetGalley (288 pages)

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Synopsis:

“Do not ignore a call from me when you know I am feeling neurotic about a boy. That is Best Friend 101.” —Nash
Maggie and Nash are outsiders. She’s overweight. He’s out of the closet. The best of friends, they have seen each other through thick and thin, but when Tom moves to town at the start of the school year, they have something unexpected in common: feelings for the same guy. This warm, witty novel—with a clear, true voice and a clever soundtrack of musical references—sings a song of love and forgiveness.

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[Review] Wicked by Jennifer L. Armentrout


Synopsis: Twenty-two year old Ivy Morgan isn’t your average college student. She, and others like her, know humans aren’t the only thing trolling the French Quarter for fun… and for food. Her duty to the Order is her life. After all, four years ago, she lost everything at the hands of the creatures she’d sworn to hunt, tearing her world and her heart apart.
Ren Owens is the last person Ivy expected to enter her rigidly controlled life. He’s six feet and three inches of temptation and swoon-inducing charm. With forest-green eyes and a smile that’s surely left a stream of broken hearts in its wake, he has an uncanny, almost unnatural ability to make her yearn for everything he has to offer. But letting him in is as dangerous as hunting the cold-blooded killers stalking the streets. Losing the boy she loved once before had nearly destroyed her, but the sparking tension that grows between them becomes impossible for Ivy to deny. Deep down, she wants… she needs more than what her duty demands of her, what her past has shaped for her.
But as Ivy grows closer to Ren, she realizes she’s not the only one carrying secrets that could shatter the frail bond between them. There’s something he’s not telling her, and one thing is for certain. She’s no longer sure what is more dangerous to her—the ancient beings threatening to take over the town or the man demanding to lay claim to her heart and her soul.

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Genre: Paranormal Romance, Adult
Series: Wicked Saga #1
Date of Publication: December 08th, 2014
Cliffhanger: Yes
HEA/Happy End: No

Rating: 2 Stars ✶ ✶
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[Review] Cursed by Fire by Jacquelyn Frank

eARC provided by NetGalley.

Synopsis: For centuries, Dethan has been trapped in a fiery inferno for defying the gods and snatching the power of immortality. Condemned to have his battle-hardened body licked by flames only to regenerate and be consumed all over again, Dethan has lost all hope—until the Goddess of Conflict appears. She will release him from torment—if he’ll use his power and strength as a warrior to raise an army and defeat a fierce enemy faction of gods.

Free to live as a man once again, Dethan meets Selinda—heir to the throne of Hexis—and his thoughts quickly turn from the conquest of cities to the conquest of this headstrong beauty. Betrothed to a cruel, calculating powermonger, Selinda needs a champion, and so Dethan enters into another bargain: If she will share her bed—and her body—with him, Dethan will save her city from destructive forces within and without. As the lovers ignite a searing passion, Dethan will risk all—even the wrath of the Goddess of Conflict—for a chance to make Selinda his forever.
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Genre: Paranormal-Romance
Series: Immortal Brothers #1
Date of Publication: February 24th 2015
Cliffhanger: No idea
HEA/Happy End: Probably
Rating: 2 Stars ✶ ✶
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[Review] Seven Years by Dannika Dark

Synopsis: Seven years ago, my world ended. Seven years later, my new life began.
It’s been seven years since Lexi Knight lost her brother in a tragic accident. On the anniversary of his death, her brother’s best friend shows up unexpectedly – a man she hasn’t seen since the funeral. He is no longer the boy Lexi once knew, but a dangerous-looking man with tattoos and dark secrets. He broke her trust and abandoned her family, yet what he reveals makes it impossible to stay angry. Lexi has been secretly infatuated with Austin since childhood, so finding out he’s a Shifter just makes him sexier. Dammit.
Austin Cole has returned to the city where he grew up, and just in time. He’s lived a hard life these past seven years, and the shadows of his past are threatening to destroy Lexi’s family. It’s time that she learned the truth about her brother, but there is a shocking twist that Austin never saw coming. Now he must protect her family when her mother and sister wind up in mortal danger. Will Lexi learn to accept the truth about who he is, and can Austin salvage a relationship from the ruins of their past?

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Genre: Paranormal Romance
Series: Seven #1
Date of Publication: October 20, 2013
Cliffhanger: No
HEA/Happy End: No

Rating: 1,5 Stars ✶ ✶
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[Review] Hotter Than Helltown by SM Reine

Book provided by NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinion.

Synopsis: A killer is mutilating bodies in Los Angeles. Agent Cèsar Hawke is on the case, but the murderer is ahead of him–way ahead of him.
Wiping the memories of the dead so that the team’s necrocognitive can’t talk to them? Done. Preventing magical reconstruction of the crime scenes? Oh yeah. And the murders keep getting more brutal while Cèsar struggles to catch up.
The best way to heat up a cold case is to go to Helltown, where Los Angeles’s most powerful evil hides out, but even those demons are afraid of the murderer. Their fear adds one more question to the growing pile of unknowns:
What kind of bad guy is too hot for Helltown?

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Genre: Urban Fantasy
Series: Preternatural Affairs #3
Date of Publication: June 27, 2014
Cliffhanger: No
HEA/Happy End: Yes

Rating: 2 Stars ✶ ✶
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[Rezension] Fallen Crest High von Tijan

Blurb: Mason and Logan Kade are two brothers who did their own thing. They were rich and expected to attend her school, Fallen Crest Academy. They chose public school and now Samantha has to live with them. The problem is that she doesn’t care at all: about them, about her friends, about her cheating boyfriend, or even about her parent’s divorce. But maybe that’s a good thing. Maybe change is a good thing.

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Genre: New Adult
Serie: Fallen Crest High #1
Erscheinungsdatum: 31. Oktober 2012
Cliffhanger: Nein
HEA/Happy End: Fühlt sich nicht wie ein Happy End an

Bewertung: 2 Sterne ✶ ✶

review in english: here on goodreads
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