Wrapped Together (Lili’s Review)

Title: Wrapped Together (Portland Heat #5)
Author: Annabeth Albert
Publisher: Lyrical Shine
Release Date: December 6th 2016
Genre(s): Comtemporary, Holidays
Page Count: 116 pages
Reviewed by: Lili
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 5 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 did I think about Wrapped Together?

Friends to Lovers + quirky introvert + fun loving guy + a little kink = Come to mama!

From the blurb, we’re told that how not only are Hollis and Sawyer store neighbors but practically family. They’ve known each other years and have always skirted around each other. After a tragic loss, Hollis has retreated into further into his shell, but this Christmas Sawyer is determined to bring Hollis some holiday cheer.

What I loved

– Hollis. He’s an introvert- like me. He made me smile, cry, and then smile some more. How could I not love him?

-Sawyer. Funny, lovable, and loyal.

-The story had a feel good vibe. Have you ever been reading a book and then realized you’re grinning like an idiot? I found myself doing just that while reading this book.

-Narration. I’m normally not a huge fan of first POV, but in this case, it worked. This book was about Hollis. We were on his journey to healing.

-Chemistry. These two were all kinds of funny and yummy together.

-Pace. It was easy and fast.

-And the end left me with warm fuzzies.

Do I have anything negative to report? Not a thing. I loved everything about this book.

Can this be read as a stand alone? Yes, but it’s a great series, so go back and read those too!

If you love stories that make you feel giddy and leave you smiling- then look no further. This one’s like chicken soup for the soul, my friends. My new favorite Holiday Book of 2016. 5 Stars!

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Galley copy of Wrapped Together (Portland Heat #5) provided by Lyrical Shine via NetGalley in exchange of an honest review.


I’m a romance junkie, who loves when books make her cry from heartbreak and happiness.

A few of my favorite tropes:

-Friends to lovers
-Age gap

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