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Review - Wrapped Together by Annabeth Albert

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Wrapped Together

Wrapped Together
by Annabeth Albert

Volume 5 of Portland Heat

Tagged: Contemporary

Hollis and Sawyer have known each other since high school, and it would be hard to imagine two more different people. Hollis is a typical introvert: quiet and serious, he carefully considers each decision, avoids frivolity as well as crowds, and constantly over-thinks everything, especially when it comes to Sawyer. By comparison, Sawyer is outgoing and cheerful, quick to develop new passions, whether it's a hobby or a new boyfriend, but, at least in Hollis' eyes, just as quick to lose interest. Hollis has always had a bit of a crush on Sawyer, but he's kept it well under control, since he knows he would be crushed when Sawyer eventually moved on if they ever got together.

Unfortunately for Hollis, Sawyer seems to have made it his mission to get Hollis out of the funk he's been in since his parents' death three years before and into the holiday spirit. Only, it seems Sawyer has more in mind that just getting Hollis in the holiday mood.

“Wrapped Together” is another installment in the author's Portland Heat series. Like the other books in the series, this one stands on its own. While a few characters from previous books pop up in the story line, it's not necessary to know their full background to enjoy this book.

The main characters Hollis and Sawyer are quite well drawn. They're very realistic characters, far from the perfect specimens usually depicted in most romances. Both men have their flaws, which makes them all the more three-dimensional as real people rather than cliché cardboard cut-outs. Sawyer and Hollis may be polar opposites in terms of personality, but they actually make a convincing couple. That's most evident in bed, where they seem to surprise and delight each other — and yes, get a little kinky. It's very sweet watching Sawyer carefully learn what Hollis needs from a lover, and do his best to give it to him.

The Portland depicted in this installment is probably based more on the city of the past rather than the present. If you attempt to track down some of the holiday attractions described in the book, you might be a little disappointed. However, they are all real things you'll find around the city at this time of year, so it's not entirely inaccurate.

“Wrapped Together” is available from Amazon.

Posted in Book Reviews on Dec 27, 2016

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