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25 Reasons to Hate Christmas and Cowboys

4.38  ·  Rating details ·  65 ratings  ·  44 reviews
Reason 17 - The year Nana drank too much eggnog and threw up in my Gucci’s.

Isabel hates Christmas. She’s got a Christmas disaster for each of her 25 years. When her boss sends her from the sun-kissed beaches of Australia to snowy small-town Wyoming, it’s just another thing to add to her ‘do not like’ list. Snow sucks. Christmas sucks. And cowboys suck most of a
Published November 7th 2019
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Jolie Vines
Oct 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Oh. My. God. You guys, you have to read this.
Thorpe brings the heat AND the funnies in this snowy romance. I burst out laughing so many times while reading and, not only is it hilarious, with all the delicious chemistry you could ever want, but Johnny and Isabel are just the cutest.

One of my all-time favourites in romances is where the hero is 100% certain that the heroine is his. Cowboy Johnny is this guy. He sets out to change grumpy Isabel's mind about Christmas, and on the way m
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Isabel has twenty-five reasons why she hates Christmas. And if I were in her shoes, I might just feel the same way. It won't be easy to change her mind after so many years of disappointments. But then again, she hadn't met Johnny West yet. Once Johnny meets Isabel, to say he is interested is an understatement. There is something about her that draws him in close. Johnny is determined to give Isabel twenty-five reasons of his own why she should love Christmas. And if he should get her to love him ...more
Tara Lee
Nov 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this story. Johnny was sweet and charming and I fell in love with him. I love that they had chemistry right from the start and all the things Johnny did to show her how to love christmas again.

A true love story with christmas mixed in and with a hot cowboy.
I loved that Isabel was an aussie and how she reacted in the book to the cold and their winter.
It made for a real life story with everything mixed in together.

A sweet romance about finding love again and having amazing che
Nov 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Super fun and cute Christmas book. Fast paced, vey light romance with lots of humor and sexy times.
Loved the mountain setting.

A Book Obsessed Brit
I am a big fan of Elle's writing so when I saw she was writing I cowboy book mixed with Christmas I was super excited to she what she was bringing my way. This is the first Cowboy romance I have ever read and I loved it.

Johnny and Isabel are the main characters in the story, Isabel is a beach loving Aussie who has taken a designing job for a couple of months in the USA and it's here she meets Johnny. Johnny helps his father run his families ranch/farm, a true Cowboy, with a big heart
Oct 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I’m still smiling.. I absolutely love it.

25 Reasons To Hate Christmas and Cowboys by Elle Thorpe is the perfect way to start the holiday season. This small town romance will truly warm your heart

It was fun, charming, entertaining, and completely swoon worthy. Some parts I died laughing. This is a definite must read

Isabel is originally from Australia but was hired by a department store in Wyoming to set up displays for Christmas.
Being away from her family and friends dur
Nov 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What a delightful holiday story. The author has written a funny, romantic storyline with characters that I simply fell in love with. I can easily see this being a holiday read for years to come. It made me laugh, smile and honestly fall in love with Christmas a little bit more, if that’s even possible.

Johnny stops by the local store in their little country town, and sees the most beautiful woman he’s ever seen - Isabel. He learns she hates Christmas. She even gives him a list with a
Nov 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
25 Reason to Hate Christmas and Cowboys by Elle Thorpe

I was lucky enough to receive an ARC of 25 Reason to Hate Christmas and Cowboys, and for that I’m very grateful. Release Date is 7th November 2019!

“It wasn’t his fault Christmas Carols made me want to puke. Or that hokey holiday movies made me what to poke my eyes out with a fork. Or that it was really lonely being away from home and in a strange town where cowboys weren’t just an act at the local strip club.”
Angela's Book Addiction
25 Reasons to Hate Christmas and Cowboys by Elle Thorpe is a contemporary, small town, holiday romantic comedy told in first person, dual POV.

Aussie, Isabel, hates Christmas and she has many reasons - 25 to be exact. When her boss sends her to the U.S. on a work assignment over the holidays, she finds herself freezing her butt off in Wyoming.

Cowboy, Johnny, loves Christmas and he's smitten the moment he sees Isabel. When he finds out that she hates Christmas, he can't believe it. Afte
Karen Sedgman
Nov 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
25 Reasons to Hate Christmas and Cowboys was a really enjoyable and fun read with all the heat this Christmas story needed! Loved Johnny the sweet sexy cowboy & the gorgeous Isabel together! Looking forward to reading more by Elle Thorpe!
Nov 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
[ I received a digital arc for an honest review]

25 Reasons to Hate Christmas and Cowboys
is hands down one of the most adorable Christmas books I have read in a while. I completely devoured it in one sitting and enjoyed every second.

"I'm gonna make her fall I love with Christmas. And with me."

Isabel hates Christmas because for the past 25 years of her life she has had one bad experience after another that stuck with her and has turned her into a grinch. However, her work takes her from Australia to Wyoming for work, so she has to esecond.
Nancy Reads
Nov 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
25 REASONS TO HATE CHRISTMAS & COWBOYS should really be re-titled 25 REASONS TO HATE CHRISTMAS & LOVE COWBOYS. The Cowboy is named Johnny Aaron West. He has a face so handsome, is very tall & fit, but best of all a heart of gold. He is a man any woman could fall in love with, and her mother & grandma, too. He lives in a small town: Two Creek Plains, Wyoming. His favorite time of the year is Christmas.

Isabel Hale is from Sydney, Australia. Where I might add, it “NEVER”
Kathy Rouchelle
Nov 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What an absolutely sweet as southern iced tea this story is, even if it didn't take place in the South! I loved this story and the characters, that capture your heart and do not release it until you reach the end of their sweet and torturous story. Torturous only in that Isabel will only be in Wyoming until the day after Christmas, and the way Johnny is beginning to feel about the lovely Aussie, someone is going to be left with a broken heart when she boards that plane to return to Australia. Bu ...more
Karen Hrdlicka
Nov 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Cowboy romances are my guilty pleasure, and Elle Thorpe's 25 Reasons to Hate Christmas and Cowboys definitely fills that pleasurable vice. This is the first book I've read by Ms. Thorpe and I definitely want to read more. This book has all the feels: part greeting card channel romance, part rom-com and a dash of sexy spice, rolling it all into a great read.
Isabel is a short-term transplant, sent by her boss from Australia to snowy Wyoming to help a store through the Christmas rush. She hates Ch
Amy [Book Addict Reviews]
Nov 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Cowboys and Christmas?! You can’t go wrong with that. 25 Reasons to Hate Christmas and Cowboys is a steamy, hilarious, and sweet holiday romance. This book will warm you up on those chilly winter nights and make you fall in love with Christmas and the cowboy.

Isabel is in Wyoming setting up Christmas displays for a department store when Johnny see’s her and is instantly attracted to her. However, she is just visiting from her home country of Australia and really wants nothing to do with him. I l
Caz May
Nov 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
A cute, swoonworthy Christmas romance!

Aww...I really enjoyed this cute, sweet and a little bit steamy Christmas romance. I loved Isabel from the start. Her character was very relatable and she had a great voice. But it took me a little to warm up to the hero Johnny. I thought he came across as naive at the start, but his love of Christmas and all things nice (and steamy) won me over in the end, just like he won Isabel over by showing her Christmas isn't all that bad.
This story kept me wanting
Nov 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Holiday love

Being across the country for work on Christmas is no fun for Isabel, especially when everyone around her is into the festive holiday. Wanting nothing to do with the holiday spirit, she wasn’t expecting a gorgeous cowboy determined to lift up her grumpy & sour mood while she’s in town. Johnny finds the town’s newcomer beautiful & intriguing. When he finds out the reasons she hates Christmas, he makes it his mission to turn her frowns upside down. With the deadline to retu
Louise  O
Nov 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is my first ever Christmas book and what a great one to start with!

Johnny falls hard and fast, his heart is big and he knows that he has found the one when he meets Isabel and he is going to change her mind about Christmas 1 reason at a time.
Isabel is an Aussie, she isn’t used to the snow and cold and now she has to endure all of that during her most hated time of the year.

When Isabel’s heart is on the line will reason number 25 be the downfall of her and Johnny?

I personally loved this
Becky Baldridge
Nov 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
25 Reasons to Hate Christmas and Cowboys is equal parts sweet, sexy, and loads of fun. This couple is just too darn cute, and Elle Thorpe's writing makes it easy to fall into their story. Johnny is almost too good to be true with his combination of cocky and sweet, and it's impossible not to love him as he whittles away at Isabel's reasons for hating Christmas, some laugh out loud funny and some a little more serious. The story is well-written, fast-paced, and a great combination of hilarious an ...more
Nov 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
The perfect holiday read to get you ready for Christmas! The storyline was cute, the heroine was sassy, the hero was swoon worthy and the chemistry and sex scenes were on fire! Plus who doesn’t love a cowboy determined to right all your past Christmas nightmares and make it one you will never forget? I would classify this an insta-love story, but extremely satisfying watching them truly fall in love. Isabel and Johnny had me laughing at their hilarious banter and I was definitely charmed by John ...more
Debbie Caswell
Nov 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Did I love this book because I am also an Aussie who thinks of blazing hot sunny weather prawns and the beach at Christmas. Yep probable but it was also a great fun read that drew me in and kept me engaged

Isabel hates all things Christmas and she isn't impressed that her job as sent her to the heart of country Wyoming at this time of the year She isn't ready for snow and wilderness and definitely not for small town Christmas Then she meets Johnny West and falls in instant lust with t
Randi (randi_reads)
Nov 08, 2019 rated it liked it
This is a cute, Christmas romance. It’s a novella, so the story and romance is fast paced. Isabel is an Australian sent to help out a store in Wyoming over the Christmas shopping season. She meets Johnny one day in the store when she is not in the best mood and proceeds to give him her list of 25 reasons why she hates Christmas.

Johnny is smitten and proceeds to make her fall in love with Christmas (and him.) Johnny is an adorable, sweet, flirty cowboy that Isabel can’t resist and the chemistry
Nov 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019
Isabel really does have the worst luck when it comes to Christmas and now she is stuck on the other side of the world where she doesn't know anyone and it snows all the time. Johnny is a hot blooded guy who always sees the good in things as well as a bit of a skirt chaser so when he meets Isabel and her list of reasons to hate Christmas he feels the need to make Christmas right for her and the adventure to making Isabel love Christmas and him begins. Be ready for super cute gestures, laughs, lov ...more
Nov 09, 2019 rated it liked it
Johnny – a small town cowboy obsessed with everything Christmas - falls for Isabel at first sight and sets out to turn this Australian grinch into someone who loves Christmas and him. Embarking on a quest to right every wrong on the list of why Isabel hates Christmas Johnny does everything he can to change her mind about the holidays winning both Isabel and the reader over with his charm. If you’re looking for a read full of romance, swoon worthy moments, festive cheer and an insta-love type rel ...more
Nov 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
My word, I love Johnny. He is so sweet, so tender and so loving. He is really a good guy. A great person all around. I love Isabel but Johnny made my heart beat so fast. The storyline is absolutely perfect. I love the uniqueness of the whole thing. I love the characters and the small town, the setting. I love the friends and family that support Isabel. This is truly a heartwarming Christmas story.

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
Heather Wamboldt
Nov 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
25 Reasons to Hate Christmas and Cowboys is a funny, sweet, and entertaining holiday romance. I loved this book and was laughing out loud as I was reading Isabel's disastrous reasons to hate Christmas. Maybe Johnny can give her a few reasons to love Christmas... and him.

This is the first book I have read by this author and I cannot wait to read more.

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
Lisa H
Nov 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
She’s the grinch and he’s gonna change her mind.

Isabel dislikes Christmas and even made a list as to why. She’s visiting America.

Johnny is an American cowboy who falls in love all the time and loves Christmas. He sets out to make Isabel fall in love with Christmas and him.

But he’s got his work cut out for him cuz she’s leaving soon.

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
Maria G
Nov 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed Johnny and Isabel's story. I liked the way they meet in the store and she gives him her list of reasons she doesn't like Christmas. I loved how sweet Johnny was by trying to replace her bad memories with good ones. There were quite a few parts that I just smiled at how sweet and parts that I laughed about. I am glad they were able to be together.

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
Nov 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
I so enjoyed Isabel and Johnny' story! It does read like a Hallmark movie and I enjoyed every minute of it. Two opposites attract in this small town romance. Isabel is from Australia and hates Christmas. You cannot blame her, she definitely has some good reasons. Johnny is a Montana cowboy who loves Christmas. These two meet and the fireworks and fun begin. I thoroughly enjoyed their journey it was entertaining.
Debra Richardson
Nov 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Amazing and fantastic! This book met all of my expectations and then some and I had so much fun reading it! It is well written with a well-developed storyline that is consistent, realistic, and emotionally deep. It is funny and the dialogue is absolutely amazing. The characters are really loveable, deep, and sincere; the chemistry is intense, instant, and off the charts hot! Definitely recommended!

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
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Elle Thorpe lives on the sunny east coast of Australia, about an hour out of Sydney. When she's not writing stories full of kissing and chemistry, she's a wife, and Mummy to three tiny humans. She's also official ball thrower to one slobbery dog named Rollo. Yes, she named a female dog after a male character on Vikings. Don't judge her. Elle is a complete and utter fangirl at heart, obsessing over ...more