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The Mistletoe Effect

(One and Only Texas #.5)

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4.24  ·  Rating details ·  144 ratings  ·  64 reviews
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 greates ...more
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Published October 7th 2014 by St. Martin's Press
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Angela Carr (Under the Covers Book Blog)



I’m a bit behind on reviewing this book or call it early since it’s a Christmas themed story. I read this book early this month and is my first holiday themed book for the year. The Mistletoe Effect is a little naughty, a little nice and whole lot of Christmas love. Getting geared up for some holiday spirit? This is the novella for you!

The Texas Hill Country Resort is known for The Mistletoe Effect, A fifty-year record of divorce free marriages that takes place in the first twenty-five days
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Tina "IRead2Escape"
Hotness Rating 3 out of 5

Oh my goodness, The Mistletoe Effect is such a fun, crazy, romantic holiday read. Even though it has a holiday setting it very much can be read and enjoyed anytime of the year. The romance between our hero and heroine is just a sweet, feel-good relationship. The secondary characters are over-the-top crazy and driven. I can not tell you how many times in reading this book I was shaking my head and thinking "dear Lord, I thought my family was bad". Their bad is more of t
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Dianne
Carina remains aloof to most of the employees at her family’s destination hotel, which has the magical reputation of being THE place to hold a December/Holiday Season wedding for true bliss. But could this year be the one that breaks the spell? When her sister, of all people runs out on her own wedding, it’s up to Carina to save the day, the hotel’s reputation and the Mistletoe Effect. Number one problem? No groom. Enter the stable manager, hot and handsome Decker, Carina’s secret crush. Can the ...more
Cynthia
Oct 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance-westerns
I really enjoyed this story, at first I wasn’t so sure, then the story took off and pulled me in. It is a short read about two people who have wanted to be together coming together through family pressure. It starts off with a wedding that doesn’t happen to a wedding that did happen as part of a rouge.

Carina has had a crush on Decker since she was teenager, as a grown women she still would love to get her hot little hands on him, along with a few other parts. Her sister is getting married to, it
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Deborah Mingle
My review is gonna follow behind the blurb that the Author post when the book is .shown to the public for pre-.\release and on release day.Carina and Decker are awesome i'm gonna shorten the first of the book some .There's drama with a capital D . Carina sister is the one suppose to be getting married and at the alter a man she really thought she love turned out she didn't know so well so we have a runaway bride . Well if there is no wedding the Mistletoe Ranch will lose all its luck people that ...more
Patty McKenna Van Hulle
A Fairy Godma (with a SELFIE addiction) use a Texan sized dose of MISTLETOE PIXIE DUST to bring a undervalued heiress & a reformed BAD BOY cowboy many happy endings!

Carina Briscoe is a event planner extraordinaire for her family owned, Briscoe Resort Ranch. She can juggle events, calm down nervous brides, conquer monsters-in-law & pull apart hair pulling bridesmaids, but she can't do 2 things, stop being her self absorbed family's door mat & can't string 2 words together in the presence of BAD B
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Pam
Sep 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
I have enjoyed many of the books by Ms. Cutler and when I saw she had this Christmas book, I jumped at the chance to read it. This is a cute holiday themed story that gets you in the spirit of the season.

Carina is all about the family business, she works long hours to make others happy while they are staying at the Briscoe Ranch Resorts, guests are either enjoying a dream vacation or their dream wedding. There is something special about a Briscoe Wedding, a lasting legacy that many couples want
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Kimberly Rocha~ Book Obsessed Chicks

THE MISTLETOE EFFECT by Melissa Cutler is one exciting ride from the get-go, until the end.

The Briscoe Family are the elite in the event planning business, with The Texas Hill Country Resort as THE place to be. It's Christmastime and the wedding business booms in December due to the famous "Mistletoe Effect". Not one marriage in the last 50 years performed at the resort has ever ended in divorce. Things are about to get shaken up real good when to kick off the latest Christmas season, Haley Bri
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ItsAboutTheBook
Dec 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2shay
Review can be read at It's About The Book

4.5 stars

I was taken totally by surprise by this book. This is not one I would normally choose. I’m more of a mystery, thriller or romantic suspense fan. But, happily, I let some friends convince me to try, just once, a Western Romance with a holiday theme. I didn’t expect to fall head over heels in love with this story. But I did.

First of all, the writing captivated me before I had a chance to connect to the characters. Melissa Cutler takes all those
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Vania Nunes
Sep 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Vania by: NetGalley
The Texas Hill Country Resort is famous for a tradition: their weddings in full Christmas season. And now that the family business is doing great, nothing like celebrating the date performing the marriage of a family member, Haylie Briscoe.

Everything was going well until the votes time comes, and the groom, Wendell, in a moment of weakness or nervousness, confesses to the bride he had no time to prepare his votes because he drank too much the night before in the midst of his bachelor party with
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Christi Snow
Sep 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
My Review:
I'll admit that when I started this story, I wasn't too sure. It starts with a wedding that doesn't happen on this family ranch/hotel which is famous for its Mistletoe Effect and the 100% success rates of the marriages within the month of December. To not jinx the effect, Grandma states that someone has to get married. As the event planner for the family property and the one who rescued the thrown bouquet by her sister, Carina is the one chosen for sacrifice and James as the best man,
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Pat
Sep 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing

Briscoe Ranch Resort has a reputation for it's grand Christmas Weddings. For the last fifty years a phenomenon called The Mistletoe Effect has stood the test of time. June and Ty Briscoe, original owners of the resort were married there and since then every wedding performed at Christmas has never ended in divorce. The resort now run by her son Ty and his family is basking in the success of the Mistletoe Effect and Granny June is everywhere with her smart phone taking pictures for Facebook.

Carin
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JoAn
Jun 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
The Mistletoe Effect by Melissa Cutler is my first Christmas story this year and I enjoyed every minute of reading it.

Carina Briscoe is the family work horse, she thinks of herself as a "knight" who slays all of the dragons. She is the eldest and has already been announced as the "heir apparent" of The Texas Hill Country Resort. Although she is the events manager and does love putting on the weddings that this resort is famous for, she loves designing and making wedding dresses more. Unfortunate
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GraceMyBookSnack
Sep 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
In this story the Briscoe Ranch Resort is THE wedding destination for couples planning a wedding. Why? It’s because of the Mistletoe Effect. This ranch resort holds a history of couples marrying there in December and who are still happy and going strong. The Briscoe family wholeheartedly believes in the Mistletoe Effect; however, all that is threatened when one wedding turns into a disaster. What’s a family to do to keep the Mistletoe Effect alive? Stage a faux wedding, of course, and hope no on ...more
Toni
Jul 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
Cutler does not disappoint with this book. Featuring a marriage of convenience, with a bit of The Gift of the Magi thrown in, this book works on all levels. It is hard to write a good marriage of convenience story set in modern day and Cutler pulls it off. Carina and Decker are hot, sexy, and definitely meant to be together. The marriage push is simply fate stepping in to move things along

What starts out as an agreement to support a family tradition – the mistletoe effect ensures every bride to
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Under the Covers Book Blog
Oct 27, 2014 rated it really liked it

I'm a bit behind on reviewing this book or call it early since it’s a Christmas themed story.  I read this book early this month and is my first holiday themed book for the year.  The Mistletoe Effect is a little naughty, a little nice and whole lot of Christmas love.  Getting geared up for some holiday spirit? This is the novella for you!

The Texas Hill Country Resort is known for The Mistletoe Effect, A fifty-year record of divorce free marriages that takes place in the first twenty-five da

...more
KathyAnne
Sep 01, 2014 rated it liked it
A fun little Christmas romance that revolves around a superstition called the Mistletoe Effect. No marriage has ever ended in divorce when the nuptials take place at the Briscoe Ranch Resort!
When her older sister Haylie abandons her groom at the altar, the family is worried that their perfect record will be permanently jinxed. Carina and James agree to "pretend" to get married in an effort to save the ranch's reputation from their first failed match. But, the Mistletoe Effect works it's magic a
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Cocktails and Books
Oct 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
Carina Briscoe isn’t a fan of Christmas, which is amazing since her family is known for Christmas and weddings and a superstition that the couples who marry at their resort in December stay married forever. So when her sister, runs away at the altar, her family comes up with the ruse that Carina will marry the best man, James Decker to keep the Mistletoe Effect alive.

I adored this story, yes, they start out with a fake marriage, but they have chemistry that is off the charts, and they decide to
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Linda Dunn chilson
True Love Comes With The Mistletoe Effect

What a wonderful holiday read, I love a book that once in awhile does a fairly simple love without the hero and heroine don't have any real animosity towards each other. sometimes when you have the animosity the wonderful thing about gets lost. In this book it doesn't get lost, instead you have two people who really do care about what is best for the other person.
When Carina's sister bales on her wedding she and Decker are coerced into fake getting marr
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Jennifer Schultheis
Aug 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The Mistletoe Effect is another winner from the very talented Melissa Cutler. I love every single book I've read from Melissa Cutler and The Mistletoe Effect is no different. Actually, I do believe this book is my new favorite from her. I think the cover of the book is absolutely charming and I wish I had a paperback copy for my collection. Just thinking about this book puts a smile on my face. I was captivated from the very first page by this steamy, holiday treasure and I can't think of a bett ...more
Aly
Sep 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

The Mistletoe Effect starts off with a bang and captures reader's attentions. And it never really stops. It seems as if it's one thing after another. It was fun because of this and it kept things rolling.

I honestly spent a lot of this book laughing my head off, if I didn't have tears in my eyes. As I mentioned before it was one thing after another and I honestly had to fight to put this book down.

The characters as well as the plot l
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Lori Meehan
Oct 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014
I truly enjoyed this book!! It was a great feel good Christmas romance and a marriage of convenience story. Carina Briscoe and her family run The Texas Hill Country Resort an elite events and wedding destination that boosts "The Mistletoe Effect". Any marriage there during the month of December lasts forever. James "Decker" Decker Forman of the Briscoe stable has been Carina's dream and resident bad boy for ten years. Haylie, Carina's sister is getting married to kick off this years "Mistletoe E ...more
Margie
Sep 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Melissa Cutler has me convinced that The Mistletoe Effect is real. She proves it all throughout this story. This book is full of fun, well-developed characters such as hero, James Decker and heroine, Carina Briscoe. They may not have planned to get married but their getting together sure leads to some sweet and some sexy hot scenes. Granny June is a really unique character who lends a lot of fun to reading the story.

Melissa's storyline flows smoothly entertaining the reader with the story of th
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Talk Books To Me
Oct 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
Karia’s input…

Okay…it is true that I will read a lot of cheese…especially Christmas cheesy love stories…but even for me, it was a stretch to see a marriage, even a fake one, go off without a hitch. Carina is all about the business. The fact that she would go through with the sham is nuts, but the fact that she hooks up with her secret crush James is anything but crazy. James has crushed on her too, but out of fear for his job, he has stayed away. I loved their chemistry, but I didn’t like the ne
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Gwen
Jun 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Totally LOVED this story! From the beginning, our hero, James Decker, steps up and is protective of Carina, when her sister dumps her fiance at the altar. To make sure that their family resort doesn't lose face after being known for it's Mistletoe Effect(where no couple who has gotten married there has been divorced). James volunteers to marry Carina, and even though it starts out as an in name only marriage it quickly turns to more. Sparks fly and you get the perfect HEA. This is a hilarious st ...more
Sharlene
Sep 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
Reread 10/3/16. This was a cute story about a ranch foreman and the daughter the wealthy owner of the ranch. They are thrown together in a pretend marriage when Carina's sister and Decker's friend run out on their wedding. The ranch has a reputation for catering December weddings that last forever & the family is afraid the venue & the legend will be cursed if a wedding doesn't take place. Carina & Decker have been secretly attached to each other since they first met & this is their chance to ge ...more
Paula
Oct 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The Mistletoe Effect by Melissa Cutler is a charming holiday romance. The Texas resort, the so called ‘’Mistletoe Effect” and Granny June are delightful. Add the endearing couple of Decker and Carina, the story becomes a hit. Of course, the story premise is preposterous in this day and age, but who cares, it’s just such a fun read. I thoroughly enjoyed this tale of a quickly arranged marriage and the effects thereafter.

The Mistletoe Effect is a well-written story that swept me up along with Deck
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Maria
Oct 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
Carina Briscoe's family owns a resort. She will one day inherit it, since she is the oldest. Her sister is getting married and it is a big event for the family and community. Carina has had a secret crush over one of the Resort's employees.

James Decker works at the resort. He has worked his way up the ladder for the last 10 years. In that time he has matured. He used to be wild and inmature. No he is the successful manger of the resort's stables. Since arriving at the resort he has lusted after
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Cela Esqueda
Nov 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
At first I thought the mistletoe would have a more prominent role in the book and I would be bored. Boy was I wrong. I loved the concept of the 'mistletoe effect' and how superstitions help us achieve happiness. Both Carina and James live their lives in honor of their family, sacrificing what they truly love. Although each one sees the other as very different from themselves, they are truly the right match.

I think all the characters are well written. I truly find her sister annoying, her grandm
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Lea
Sep 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. The story focuses on a modern marriage of convenience and a family business. It is also a story about finding and chasing your own dreams, and you know finding love. I loved Decker and Carina! They have amazing chemistry and they are melt your kindle hot when they get together. I also loved how they communicated, especially how he encouraged her to always tell him what was on her mind and not hold back. I loved how they seemed to bring out the best in each other. This was a gr ...more
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