Saturday, December 2, 2017

O Hell, All Ye Shoppers by Louisa Masters – Stocking Stuffers

Ethan Hall plans to fill Saturday, December 23, with junk food and bad TV, a day just for him amid the holiday chaos… until his baby sister calls and begs him to go collect a present for her. At the biggest shopping center in Australia. On the busiest shopping day of the year. Hell no. Right?

Ethan’s soft heart gets the best of him. He battles through the parking lot, and in the main shopping concourse, he’s trampled, elbowed, and bombarded with terrible holiday music. Then he enters hell itself, a specialty store aimed at women… where he meets Ty. They bond in a sea of estrogen and manic shoppers, fighting together to attain freedom, only to find they’re not quite ready go their separate ways.

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

I was pleased and surprised to see this short story is set in my city, Melbourne, and to read a Christmas story set in summer rather than winter.

Ethan meets Ty when he agrees to head to Chadstone Shopping Centre at the behest of his sister to pick up a last-minute Christmas present. I loved the realistic portrayal of the craziness of the shopping centre, it was spot on. The Chadstone Shopping Centre car park is notorious.

O Hell, All Ye Shoppers is a fun story of two guys meeting by chance and hitting it off. Since this is a short story we don't get to see more than their Christmas and I hope the author writes more stories with Ethan and Ty. Maybe an Easter story perhaps or another one next Christmas?

LOUISA MASTERS started reading romance much earlier than her mother thought she should. While other teenagers were sneaking out of the house, Louisa was sneaking romance novels in and working out how to read them without being discovered. She’s spent most of her life feeling sorry for people who don’t read, convinced that books are the solution to every problem. As an adult, she feeds her addiction in every spare second, only occasionally tearing herself away to do things like answer the phone and pay bills. She spent years trying to build a “sensible” career, working in bookstores, recruitment, resource management, administration, and as a travel agent, before finally conceding defeat and devoting herself to the world of romance novels. Louisa has a long list of places first discovered in books that she wants to visit, and every so often she overcomes her loathing of jet lag and takes a trip that charges her imagination. She lives in Melbourne, Australia, where she whines about the weather for most of the year while secretly admitting she’ll probably never move.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Stocking Stuffers: O Hell, All Ye Shoppers by Louisa Masters to read and review.

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