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Buck Up, Buttercup

(Montgomery Brothers #1)

2.66  ·  Rating details ·  190 ratings  ·  135 reviews
All’s fair in love and war.
With Randi and Buck, it’s hard to tell the two apart…

An uptight, self-contained college girl, Randi Becker just needed one thing: a room. Somewhere she could study, and keep away from the things that most confuse and frighten her: people.

Unfortunately, the “nice quiet place” she reserved turns out to be a room in the campus’ most raucous house. A
Kindle Edition, 345 pages
Published June 30th 2022 by Water's Edge Publishing
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Jun 18, 2022 rated it did not like it
I only request for this book because of the cover. Plus I wanted to read something with a cowboy… fucking never again. All I wanted was a good yeehaw feeling, but it didn’t happen. It’s just not good. The entire book just irritates me.

𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐓𝐡𝐢𝐧𝐠𝐬 𝐈 𝐋𝐢𝐤𝐞𝐝: The cover.

𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐓𝐡𝐢𝐧𝐠𝐬 𝐈 𝐃𝐢𝐝𝐧’𝐭 𝐋𝐢𝐤𝐞: Everything else.

This book is nothing short of a fuckshow. Drama started from the beginning and is pretty much the only plot in the entire book. Oh, and let's not forget about the drinking. This book is just
Jun 14, 2022 rated it did not like it
I got this ARC from NetGalley.

When I saw the cover of this book I was hit request copy so fast. It is just to cute. Unfortunately it ends there. I think this book had lots of potential but there was many times when I found myself wishing it was over. I didn't like that there was some comments that made me uncomfortable.

I didn't like any of the characters in the book. So it was very hard to push through. You had girls hating each other before any drama started. The main character seems a bit st
Nina Bryce
Jun 26, 2022 rated it it was ok
First, I want to thank NetGalley and the publisher for providing me with an advanced digital copy in exchange for an honest review.
Oh, my. I really really wanted to like this one. The first chapter started out really strong too. It just kind of went downhill from there. 😔
I usually do not like third-person romance, but that wasn’t the problem here. I actually enjoyed the writing, and I think it was an overall strength of this book.
There just seemed to be quite a few inconsistencies with the sto
Jun 14, 2022 rated it did not like it
Received a copy for review.*
This book may be the worst I’ve read this year. The characters were silly and flat. There were words that are unacceptable. I struggled to get through it.
Sadie Young
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Ilaria 🌸
Aug 11, 2022 rated it it was ok
I did choose this book for the cover and the plot
what I disliked Tjian’s Enemies vibes at the beginning same kind of nerdy heroine jumps on party house
She is a collection of cliches nerdy introverted good problem solver orphan and inexperienced
Athe Hero is extroverted gorgeous sexy with hordes of women throwing their thong at him no more to add
Sub plot with a evil roommate and racist
Said so the last part of the book defended itself I did enjoyed it so
2 stars Thanks for the arc
Jun 13, 2022 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2022, netgalley-arc
This book was so bad, I hated the writing style. It felt like I was being told things instead of shown them. There were also a few weird race comments and the author also used the r word which was not necessary.

I received an arc through netgalley.
Jun 21, 2022 rated it it was ok

Okkk a lot to unpack here. First, the plot is great. Our heroine grump Randi is tricked into living in a party house as she finished up her degree at a college in rural Oregon. Buck, our sunshine cowboy love interest has been Van Wilder-ing (elder millennial reference for the win) his grad degree, and ends up also living at the party house. Great. The romantic set-up here was fine- cute even. The characterization of Buck was actually pretty spot on for PNW cowboys- they’re a thing. It’s just pre
Katherine Ramos
Jul 24, 2022 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
When I thought my streak of bad books was going to go away, this book came and won by a million times.

This books is full of stereotypes and not in the cliché cute kinda way, it was in the annoying, irritating way.

The whole thing was drama, stupid drama, that I don’t know where it was supposed to go, like Randi was shamed so much for trying to be better at school when she didn’t want to get drunk, like?? And I don’t know how can someone still be friends with Angie and still think she is cool afte
Jun 23, 2022 marked it as did-not-finish  ·  review of another edition
I was going to read this, but after starting I noticed a bunch of negative reviews that pointed out some hurtful language and I really would not like to continue this review experience.

Thanks to Netgalley for the arc.
Tamara Lee
Jun 23, 2022 rated it it was ok
Thank you, Book Sirens for this eARC so I could share an honest review.

The cover really drew me in on this one, since I am a fan of modern romance.

The first 3/4 of this book drove me crazy. There was no character growth. No changing. The bullying for someone who wanted to focus on her school work instead of party was insane to me.

Parts of the relationship did not flow well for me.

Overall I enjoyed the last 1/4 of the book, but it’s not something I would go out of my way to reread.
Jun 13, 2022 rated it did not like it
* Received an ARC from NetGalley all opinions are my own*
*Trigger warnings*
Mention of rape, drinking, mental health

I really thought I would enjoy this book. However there were multiple times where the word choices were offensive. Derogatory words used towards those dealing with mental health issues as well as using the R word. I feel that those choices ruined the book for me.

Aug 03, 2022 rated it did not like it
Shelves: arcs-2022

This book was toilet paper. I only managed to finish it because I'm stubborn and I didn't need brain cells to focus on it. I'm giving it a 1.5☆ because, as my rating system goes, it's a really bad book, but not the worst.

God, where to even start?


The romance between Buck and Randi was almost as interesting as staring at the blank ceiling at the dentist. There was no substance to it and I just did not care about them and where their relationship went. The sex scenes between them also la
Jun 29, 2022 rated it did not like it
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Jul 11, 2022 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: booksirens
I received an advance review copy for free from BookSirens, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.

TLDR: so much potential but was ass

Before I get started wanted to go over some trigger and content warning: Attempted rape/mentions of date rape. Alcoholism, mentions of recreational drug use, use of the LITERAL R-SLUR and Racism: racial slurs towards a indigenous character and calling a random asian man keanu reeves was weird

This book was full of promise and I think Buck & Randi are very inter
Natalia Liste Colomina
Jun 27, 2022 rated it did not like it
Shelves: netgalley
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This was a surprisingly charmless and disenfranchising novel. The protagonists are unlikable and not even very realistic in their quirks. The story meanders from meanness to meanness and the main characters spend most of the book hating each other/everyone while being inexplicably secretly attracted to the other. It was a hard slog to get through.

Story: Hippie Randi just wants to put her head in the sand, do yoga, stu
Ashley Palmer
Jul 18, 2022 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc-reviews
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This is an adorable enemy to lovers Rom Com. In Buck Up Buttercup, we meet Randi and Buck. Randi is an uptight, self-contained college girl who needs a room. Somewhere she can study and hide from people (they're confusing and scary, in her opinion). She thinks she's found just that but alas the opposite it true. The room she's reserved is in the campus' most rowdy house. Insert, Buck, who appears to have it all (friends, fun, and a plethora of girls who admire him). Buck gets more than he bargai ...more
Jun 18, 2022 rated it did not like it
I really do hate leaving bad reviews, but this book had so many just horrible things in it. I sincerely wanted to DNF the book after its like 3rd chapter, but I refuse to DNF ARCs. I am honestly shocked that this book is being published and that multiple people read the book and didn't see any problems with the content. Within the like first three chapters, there are slurs thrown around to one of the only (or honestly the only) BIPOC characters who is Native American, sexist language, fat-shamin ...more
Jun 26, 2022 rated it did not like it
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Jun 26, 2022 rated it did not like it
Shelves: arc
I found it hard to find the positives in this book ultimately not being able to give it more than a single star. Besides the obvious, unnecessary "R" slur, I found the scenes of S.A. not really vital to the plot and seemed to be a poor attempt at a shock value to an otherwise bland story. The description sells the book so high to the reader, but I do not think it delivers. I personally would be open to trying again with the author or another book of this type as I was excited to try out this cow ...more
jessica ੈ♡˳
Jul 17, 2022 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
When I saw the cover of this book, I immediately requested a copy. It's just too adorable. Unfortunately, that is where it ends. I believe this book had a lot of room to grow, but there were times when I desperately wish it was over. I didn't like how some of the comments made me feel uneasy.

None of the characters in the book appealed to me. The characters were foolish and uninteresting. As a result, pushing through was extremely difficult.   There were some words that were inappropriate. It wa
Jul 08, 2022 rated it did not like it
DNF @ 15%

I wouldn’t normally DNF so early on in a book but I am incredibly bored and unengaged. The writing is almost as if it has ebbs and flows of parts that are making sense and parts I have to re-read 4 times because someone just came out of a cottage and there’s a pasture but her aunt is there too for a bit and I’m just a bit confused?

The characters are also grating on me quite a bit. We’ve got 24 year olds acting like 12 year olds and that’s a no from me. The cover was very cute and is t
Joanna Bennett
Jun 15, 2022 rated it did not like it

Thank you to the publisher and netgalley for a complimentary earc to review! All opinions are my own.

Oof. That’s all I have to say about this one, seriously.

The cover pulled me in but everything else pulled me out.

Before going in I added it to my “currently reading” on Goodreads and immediately saw the star rating. I was curious so I checked the reviews. There was some not-so-great things said about it, but I still tried it out for myself. By the way, spoilers are ahead.

This book starts off with
Hilary Barber
Jun 18, 2022 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc
This is a sweet and adorable little romance. An opposites attract, enemies to lovers type of book. This is the story of Randi who rented a room in a quiet little farm house full of other studious college goers. Or so she thought… turns out it was quite the party place and she wasn’t at all impressed with their poor house habits. Then a bossy cowboy, Buck, moves out back and adds to the chaos.

This was a sweet book and I loved the country charm. Thank you to Net Galley and Water’s Edge Publishing
Jun 18, 2022 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2022
*Received an arc from netgalley all opinions are my own

This book had a good concept a girl stuck in a bad situation and the guy who happens to be a cowboy swoops in. Unfortunately I was not a fan of this book. The characters felt flat and Randi was a super cliché main character. As well that were some offensive word choices in this book that ruined the book for me.

Jul 12, 2022 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
DNF!! Zero stars if I could put that in. 18% read and I just can’t finish this book! The way the main male character describes the main female character is just nasty and rude. I can’t stand any of the characters and I just don’t see where the story is headed and I’m not interested in finding out. I’ve read a lot of reviews that would turn me away from this book but since it was a free ARC I thought I’d try it anyway. Waste of time. Thanks NetGalley for the free ARC but I am not finishing this b ...more
Kaye Mac
Jul 11, 2022 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: did-not-finish
Uhmm... what did I just read? This is one hot mess of a book. Sorry but this is probably the worst I've read so far this year. The only thing that I liked about this book is the cover. Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher by the way for providing access to the digital ARC but... I really didn't like this book. Slut shaming, unacceptable language, flat characters, writing style was all over the place. Read at your own risk. ...more
Sadly, this one just wasn't for me. I wasn't connecting with the characters like I would've liked. Therefore, I couldn't finish the book. I would like to thank Net Galley and the Author for the copy to read and review.

Remember, just because a book isn't for someone doesn't mean it isn't for everyone.
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