Wrapped Together by Annabeth Albert
Review by Lauren
source: copy from Netgalley; all opinions are my own
Official Summary: 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 . . .
Review: This is the 5th novel in the Portland Heat series, but I think it's only the second one that I've read. I definitely need to read the others though, because Albert is a fantastic writer and creator of characters that you just grow to love. The only small, tiny negative I'd have about Wrapped Together is that it's just not long enough! Alas...I did love what I was given.
This book is about Hollis Alcott and Sawyer Murphy. Hollis' twin sister is married to Sawyer's twin brother, and people have been pushing these two together for years. Despite growing up as friends, they are very different people and Hollis mostly keeps to himself, especially after the tragic death of his parents. Sawyer, on the other hand, is more out and proud, bringing around guys all the time. Hollis tries to squash any feelings he has for Sawyer, but it's difficult.
When Sawyer makes it his Christmas mission to bring the joy of the season back into Hollis' life, Hollis realizes that he really does want to be with Sawyer, not to mention all the happiness he's been missing. However, Hollis thinks he knows Sawyer. Anything the two of them have will just end, because Sawyer can't stay committed to anything.
I loved both of these characters, despite their vast differences. I thought it was wonderful how Albert showed aspect of these men that the other hadn't realized existed. It just goes to show how pre-conceived notions aren't always right, no matter how long you have known someone.
Wrapped Together was such a sweet novel, and perfect for the holiday season! Definitely worth reading!
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