• How to Ruin the Holidays

  • By: Becky Monson
  • Narrated by: Holly Warren
  • Length: 6 hrs and 55 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (33 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

After a disastrous family Thanksgiving, all I wanted was to avoid anything holly and jolly this year, so an unexpected business trip seemed like the perfect escape plan...until I landed smack-dab in the middle of a freaking winter wonderland, otherwise known as Carole Cove, Montana. It’s merrier and brighter than the North Pole. The town even comes with its own Mr. Holiday - Noel Holiday, that is. Not only is he holly and jolly, but he’s hotter than the lattes he sells at his café. And for some reason, he would love nothing more than to share the magic of the season with me.

Unfortunately, this little trip of mine isn’t exactly filled with good cheer. But Noel’s kisses have a way of making me believe in Christmas miracles. And a miracle might be exactly what it takes to keep the holidays from being ruined forever.

©2021 Becky Monson (P)2021 Becky Monson

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"Merry Christmas to me! I'm still swooning! Five beautiful stars!" (Jennifer Peel, USA Today best-selling author)

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Merry Christmas to me!

I’m still swooning over Mara and Noel’s story. I’ve met my holiday book boyfriend. If you are looking for a fabulous Christmas story, look no further!

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Delightful holiday romance

I adored this entertaining, witty, and delightful Christmas love story. If you love Hallmark Christmas movies, you will absolutely love this fun story! I was hooked from the first line, and listened to the entire book in one day. I love Becky Monson’s writing style; she has the best sense of humor. I’m happy Holly Warren’s narration did justice to Becky’s writing, and this book adapts so well to the audio format. I loved this audiobook! Highly recommend!

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Enjoyed both a new to me author and narrator

I enjoyed listening to this story today. Love how Holly brought the story to the next level. The story came alive from the first page until the end. Bonus that I can increase the speed and easily understand all of it. I plan to look into more of what is in their collection.

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Good Story and Narration

An excellent story with good narration once again by Holly Warren . The plot and with good narration one will enjoy. Well done
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A wonderfully fun holiday read

Mara Scott tries to escape her crazy, dysfunctional family by taking a business trip to Montana but gets snowed in. Not only can't she fly out, but she's trapped in a real live Hallmark Christmas movie and finds herself falling for Noel Holiday. Yes, that's his real name and besides being holly and jolly, his hotness could melt away all that snow.

This is such a fun book, and I'm not just saying that because I share a name with the main character. I laughed so much, and I don't mean I giggled. I laughed out loud. Oh how I wish I were more like Mara Scott. She channels her anger into her "rage crochet" projects! "I've made some beautiful pieces in my anger. Like the scarf I'm currently wearing. It's got perfectly chained rows of delicious hunter-green yarn. And it's full of my hate." Not only did I love her rage crocheting, but I found her inner dialogue and the titles she gives her "holiday movies" like A Real Crap Christmas for Mara hilarious. Mara hates those cheesy Hallmark holiday movies, so when she finds herself in one she can't quite believe it.

I felt for Mara because she's best friends with Cami, who has the most awesome family, and hers is quite the opposite of that. I can definitely see why she's Cami's best friend--I think Mara could be pretty scary if you cross her. She's got a good heart and wanted to do the right thing for the small town of Carole Cove while not letting down her father. I was so proud of her when she left her father's real estate company and hoped it would be the wake-up call her father needed.

I loved Noel, he is definitely book boyfriend material. He and Mara have the best meet-cute which involves mistletoe! Noel is a great brother and always there for everyone. I worried if he ever took time for himself.

This book takes place around Christmas but can be enjoyed anytime you want to read a fun clean rom-com. I received a complimentary audiobook for review, and I think the narrator is awesome. She really got Mara's personality across. All thoughts expressed in this review are my own.

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A sweet holiday romcom

I loved how this played on all the clichés of Hallmark movies! Tha narration was really good. Becky had me laughing out loud with some of the dialogue of this story!

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Loved it!

This was such a fun, well written story! The narrator did a fantastic job too.

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the holidays

Wow just wow - Mara had lots of things going on in her life. Mara and Noel have that instant chemistry but secrets could cause trouble. Liked seeing them work together professionally and personally. I listened to this book on audible and loved the narrator. Her family had issues, her friend was adorable -hoping she gets her own book - Noel's family was so amazing. This book kept me on the edge of my seat until the very end. Sweet sweet ending.

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Cute Christmas story

I feel like the narrator made this novel come alive. She was perfect for this book. I liked Mara right away. Her friendship and skepticism about the Hallmark town was funny and engaging. The townspeople were quirky in the best way. Noel and Mara together were perfect. A really fun Christmas read or listen in this case.

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Lovely! Funny, gripping and amazing!

I loved how this book made fun of Christmas movies and stories while fulfilling so many of those tropes. I love the length of this audiobook and it was Brilliant!

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  • Rae West
  • 01-08-22

A fun sendup of Hallmark Christmas movies

The premise of this book is pretty amusing. Mara dislikes Christmas and ends up in a town full of Hallmark movie clichés. She's a rather odd mix of snarky cynicism and willful naiveté, at least toward her dad. Being surrounded by those clichés makes her conscious of her own wished for happily-ever-after that keeps being denied her.

The cliché with her dad would have worked better if we'd been given some sort of explanation and support for it. And I would have liked for the author to do more with the movie clichés concept, but it was still quite entertaining & worth a listen!