Reviewed by Ami
Title: O Hell, All Ye Shoppers
Author: Louisa Masters
Series: 2017 Advent Calendar Daily – Stocking Stuffers
Genre: MM Holiday
Length: 28 Pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: December 1, 2017
Available at: Amazon
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: 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..
Review: Ethan plans to enjoy his lazy Saturday on December 23rd when his younger sister begs him to pick up Christmas gift for their older sister at Chadstone, the busiest shopping center in Melbourne. With internal grumblings, Ethan goes through crazy late-shoppers, enters a female specialty item store to get his sister’s order.
That’s when he meets Ty, the only other man in the store, who apparently also needs to get ‘something else’ than a blender thing, for his sister. Ethan and Ty hit it off – misery loves company, and all – and things might even go further for the two of them.
Louisa Masters is a new-to-me author, and I am quite happy with this one to introduce me to her writing. I sympathize with Ethan and Ty who must go through hell to get their presents. I might not be a big fan of name-calling from either Ethan or Ty towards the shoppers or sales people (“that salesgirl was one bitchy customer away from a killing spree”, “the wicked witch has to get home and bake some children for supper) … but on the other hand, I know how VICIOUS women can be during shopping event. I guess it’s true everywhere *laugh*.
Since this story happens within the Christmas weekend, it ends on a happy-for-now note. But I thought Ethan and Ty had just enough chemistry to make me see them as potential couple.
Masters writes with ease and a touch of humor. Sure, some things happen off page, including their sexy time, also I would’ve like it better if their conversations (in which Ethan and Ty find themselves ‘clicked’) are not summarized but I’ll chalk it up to length limitation.
Overall Impression: I liked it!
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*