- File Size: 1744 KB
- Print Length: 132 pages
- Publication Date: November 29, 2015
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B018RKHYMQ
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #53,753 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
The Stocking Was Hung (The Holidays #1) Kindle Edition
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Noel Holiday meets Sam Stocking and not only do the sparks fly but they quickly go from strangers to bedmates, all to save face and not hurt Noel's family. A family who treats Christmas like it was a once in a lifetime event with a dad who could put Clark Griswold to shame, a Auncle who may or may not see squirrels in sweaters and a mom who created mistletoe from pot leaves! I'm still chuckling just thinking of the absolute craziness this family creates at a moment's notice. It's a wonder Sam didn't go running after he was chosen to be a substitute for Noel's boyfriend who she ran away from.
This is just the story to make these stressful days feels lighter. I thoroughly enjoyed myself from the very first pages and the humor that is deep within Tara Sivec is always a welcome sight to behold. I'm completely amazed at her ability to make me laugh like no one else can...while reading. I literally had to wipe my eyes several times just to be able to continue.
I have to add that there are numerous editing and typos issues but they didn't detract from the story. Not sure if the author is using someone new but some were a bit of a surprise for someone as seasoned as she is.
A great surprise and true joy from beginning to end.
A very delightful 5 stars!
I. LOVED. SAM. He is so kind, patient, generous and loyal. He’s never had a family, so every time Noel’s family did something nice for him, he soaked it right up. Though it was a little sad to see that the smallest of gestures made him so happy. He may not have known what it was like to be part of a family, but he fit in with Noel’s perfectly.
I liked Noel, but I can’t say much about her because Sam stole the show in my opinion. I loved her first meeting with Sam, and you could tell from the start that nothing in her life ever seems to go right. Her family is definitely crazy, but they’re a very loving bunch.
While I liked this book so much that I quickly purchased the next book in the series, there were a couple of things that didn’t sit too well with me. As funny as Aunt Bobbie is, she s3xually assaults men and everyone considers it a part of her charm. There’s also a bit of dru9 usage, which is talked about like it’s not a big deal. I know this is supposed to be a funny and lighthearted read, and I only mention these two things because they might greatly bother some readers.
THE STOCKING WAS HUNG is told in dual POVs and comes with a HFN ending for Sam and Noel. It’s a novella and an insta-love, with the story taking place over just a few days. I’m normally not a big fan of insta-love romances, but this one was done really well and I really felt their connection. Sam and Noel’s story continues on in CUPID HAS A HEART-ON.
The main characters, Sam Stocking and Noel Holiday (unbelievably cheesy names that fit the humor style of the book) meet purely by happenstance as he's coming back from a tour of duty and she's drowning her sorrows. She hasn't told her family yet that her boyfriend, Logan, proposed and, by the way, she freaked out and ran off. Instead, she does the next best thing, and invites her new acquaintance, Sam, who happens to live not far away, to pretend to be Logan.
The story was wildly hilarious. The situations at times bordered on ridiculous, which is a sort of humor I'm fond of (but if you're not, you're probably not going to like this book). The characters were witty and sarcastic. The whole Holiday family had quite large personalities, and I loved Dad and his obsession with milk. I found myself laughing out loud quite a few times.
The plot seemed to take a back seat to the sex. When they weren't having sex, they were thinking about sex. But at least there was a plot, and there were several heartfelt moments that definitely made the characters more than just horny adults and gave them each a bit of death.
Another big pet peeve was the spelling/grammar mistakes. It clearly wasn't edited (or not well), since there are some really glaring typos like def instead of deaf and to instead of do, which was really annoying. Not a deal-breaker, per se, but I did expect more from a bestselling author.
All in all, I'd say this is like an R-rated Hallmark channel movie in word form. I'd recommend it as a good short read, especially this time of year, with some hot chocolate and a blanket. I paid $0.99 for it, and I feel like that was a good price. If the other stories were also this price, I'd probably continue the series, but as much as I liked it, I didn't like it enough to pay $7 for the three others, personally.