Review: Wrapped Together (Portland Heat #5) by Annabeth Albert

December 9, 2016 Review 0

Review: Wrapped Together (Portland Heat #5) by Annabeth Albert

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 . . .

Title: Wrapped Together
Author: Annabeth Albert
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: Move Me, Unconditional Surrender, Served Hot, Baked Fresh
Series: Portland Heat #5
Other books in this series that we've reviewed: Served Hot, Baked Fresh, Knit Tight, Danced Close
Published by Lyrical Press
Source: Publisher
Published: December 6th 2016
Genres: Erotic Contemporary Romance, Erotic Romance, M/M Erotica, Male Male Romance
Pages: 112 pages
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Stars: four-half-stars
Flames: four-flames
I received this book for free from the Publisher or Author in exchange for an honest review, or I purchased it with my own funds. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
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Hollis owns the local stationary shop and dreads the upcoming holidays. Christmas is not a happy holiday for him ever since tragedy struck three years ago. Sawyer, whose brother is married to Hollis’ sister, takes it upon himself to drag Hollis from his annual bluesfest. The two make a bet. Sawyer intends to show Hollis what he’s been missing during the holidays and if he succeeds, he must attend Christmas dinner with the family. If he doesn’t, then he must paint the bathroom in Hollis’ store.

Hollis and Sawyer have grown up together so they have known each other for decades. Both are twins themselves, and their siblings are married. There has always been an attraction, but they never acted on it-except for a drunken moment at their siblings wedding. Hollis is simple and quiet, and loves the finer things in life. Sawyer has always been over-the-top, loud, very demonstrative, and he commands a room. This is definitely an opposites attract type of story which works well here. I also loved that it was around the holidays and there is no more magical time then Christmas time.

I loved how Sawyer starts slowly bringing Hollis out of his cave. Neither wants to lose the bet so they are both trying their darnedest. What they weren’t expecting is how hot their mutual attraction is! It becomes too much and they allow themselves to indulge a little-with no strings. Sawyer definitely kept at Hollis for more-that’s his nature. Hollis couldn’t hold back anymore. He’s kept these feelings bottled for so long, it felt good to let them out. Slowly Sawyer breaks through the icy walls surrounding Hollis’ heart. Before he knew it, he was in over his head. Can he continue on this path knowing Sawyer will leave him once he’s bored with him? Or can he trust Sawyer with the biggest gift he has-his heart?

Wrapped Together by Annabeth Albert is the fifth book in her Portland Heat series. I have loved this series and the men of Portland we get to spend time with. All have been fun to read, but my favorites have been Knit Tight-book four and now this one, Wrapped Together-book five. All can be read as standalones but there are some character overlaps, so I encourage you to start from the beginning!

 

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