Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5
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 .
Annabeth Albert swings her wonderful Portland Heat series into the holiday season with Wrapped Together, a joyful mix of twins, seasonal angst and hot sexy romance with a kink!
It all starts with the mournful Hollis of course. A twin himself, unlike his sister with her family to anchor her, he finds himself unable to move forward after the death of their parents. All Christmas does is remind him of his loss and its quietly had devastating effects on what little social life he had. Now there’s none. Albert does a beautiful job of painting the portrait of this grieving man with his spare elegant shop of pens and stationary. Then the boisterous Sawyer Murphy comes bounding in with all the enthusiasm of a golden retriever and I could see him just as clear as he deliberately barges into Hollis’ isolation.
While you might want to peg this as a enemies to lovers, its not quite that simple (it never is in an Annabeth Albert story). These two men and their siblings have long been intertwined and remain so to the present day as Sawyer’s twin brother is married to Hollis’ twin sister. Oh what a marvelous tangle Albert has to unwrap here.
Of course its not just the pain of the deaths of the Alcott twins parents, but much more to take into account. There’s a holiday bet, holiday store windows and a gradual emotional thawing that hits so close to the heart that you will find yourself clutching the Kindle or whatever device tight in happiness.
The sex scenes are hot, a cat who answers to the name Bunny to Hollis’ consternation and so much more. Its a jam packed literary stocking just for all lovers of contemporary romance, fans of the Portland Heat series and Annabeth Albert, all rolled into one.
Do I recommend it? Absolutely. I love this series and wish I was sitting in the Peoples Cup getting ready to wander the streets of Portland looking at the store fronts and gazing at the window displays. Tis the season for holiday stories! Put this into your holiday reading pile as soon as possible!
Cover art is an absolute delight.
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Kindle Edition, 112 pages
Expected publication: December 6th 2016 by Lyrical Shine
Original TitleWrapped Together
Series: Portland Heat #5