Wrapped Together (Belen’s Review)

Wrapped TogetherTitle: Wrapped Together (Portland Heat #5)
Author: Annabeth Albert
Publisher: Kensington Books / Lyrical Shine
Release Date: December 6th 2016
Genre(s): M/M Contemporary Romance Holiday Novella
Page Count: TBD
Reviewed by: Belen
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5

In the bustling restaurants, shops, and cafés of Portland, Oregon, things really heat up for the hard-working men behind the scenes when the holidays come into town…

For a stationery store owner, the holidays are great for business. But for Hollis Alcott, Christmas reminds him of the tragic events of three years past, and the last thing he wants to do is take part in Portland’s over-abundance of festive cheer. But Sawyer Murphy, a hunky gift shop owner whose brother is married to Hollis’s sister, has made it his mission to pluck Hollis out of his holiday blues. And his plan is beginning to work. Wrapped in the warm glow of newfound passion, the former business rivals hit up Portland’s finest holiday traditions—and Hollis’s icy attitude begins to melt like snowflakes on his tongue. But he isn’t sure he can trust anyone with the only gift he has—his heart—without breaking it like an antique ornament. Unless he can find the courage to take a leap with the one lover he never expected…

What a great holiday story!

Told from introvert Hollis Alcott’s POV, Hollis has been without any holiday spirit since a tragic accident killed his parents years ago. Unlike his more extroverted twin sister, or her husband’s twin brother, Sawyer, Hollis prefers to keep his own company and head down.

But this year Sawyer convinces Hollis to accept a bet in order to try and melt Hollis’s icy attitude, which leads to some of the hottest sex of both their lives. Hollis likes sex with some dominance and knots, and Sawyer is more than happy to learn all of Hollis’s kinky little secrets. But the biggest secret of all, is that Hollis has always secretly been in love with Sawyer.

“Why do you put up with me?”
“Hmmm.” For once Sawyer didn’t make a quick joke. “I think it’s because no one my whole life has ever listened like you do. Everyone else is always oh that’s Sawyer just joking around or Sawyer’s the funny one, but you’ve always listened. Always cared. You…think about what I say. And even when you don’t agree, you hear me like no one else does.”

This super sexy holiday novel was sweet, heartwarming, and scorchingly hot with wonderful romance and a lovely HEA.

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I am an unapologetic book addict/lover. I'm happiest when reading and I spend most of my time with my Kindle, which is never far from my hand. I love to be told a good story! I mostly read fiction: Romance, Erotica, Young Adult, New Adult, Paranormal (shifters? Yes, please!), a little BDSM when I'm in the mood, and I love a good ménage story. I DEFINITELY PREFER A HFN/HEA! My biggest no-no's are cheating, miscommunication / misunderstanding plots, unnecessary angst, and cliffhangers.

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