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Unwrapping Noel

4.32  ·  Rating details ·  69 ratings  ·  41 reviews
Noel Calabrese hates the holidays as much as she hates her life. Overweight, insecure and heartbroken, she retreats into a world of misery.
While in the Silicon Valley on a business trip, she meets Leon Hallas. Could he be her ticket to happiness? Can she learn to trust men again? Are second chances at happiness even remotely possible?
Unwrap this steamy little contemporary
Kindle Edition, 94 pages
Published December 8th 2015 by Self/Amazon
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Kristina Applegate
Apr 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
In this world there are givers and there are takers, and Noel Calabrese just happens to be the biggest giver there is. Giving all her free time helping her unfaithful, uncaring, good for nothing ex who happens to have cancer get back on his feet while he’s off taking care of his secretary (if you know what I mean.) With Christmas coming faster than she’d care for, Noel is at a complete loss of what to do with her life. Taking an invitation from an old friend and customer, Noel takes a business t ...more
T.M. Payne
Mar 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Book: Unwrapping Noel
Author: Jennifer Theriot
Publication Date: 12/8/2015
Reviewed by: Tammy Payne- Book Nook Nuts
My Rating: 5 Stars


*May contain spoilers *

This is a fantastic love story.
We have Noel who is a public relations specialist. She has done very well for herself. Noel had a crap marriage though and finally divorced her husband Dave after 13 years of marriage. But he reeled her back in at least to get her help after being diagnosed with cancer. Do you think that changed him? Nope
Renegade ♥
3 to 3 1/2 stars
Feb 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is the first book by this author I have read, I am hoping there is a second part to this story I could not put it down ! Noel Calabrese’s husband Dave had cheated on her so they got a divorce, but when he gets cancer she moves in with him to help him through it. She decides to surprise him with lunch, well the surprise is on her ! He is found with another woman , but the worst thing is that he did not tell Noel his cancer was in remission for awhile, so she could move on with her life. Noel ...more
Jan 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
Unwrapping Noel presents a story about learning to break
free of the past while being willing to walk into the future.
The story is well paced with adventure, intense romance,
twist and turns with interesting characters.
Checkout the play on names…until it was explained in the
story, I missed it.
It is a short, power packed read.
Jan Mcclung-short
Jan 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I understand Noel's unhappiness at Christmas. How do you survive a marriage that has torn your self-esteem from you, made you feel unloved for years, and thinking that life isn't ever going to change for you. Until she gets dragged to California and meets the sexy silver fox. Can Leon change my life? ...more
E.G. Manetti
Enjoyable holiday read with some nice twists to keep it interesting. One nit, and it might not bother others -- the main characters are both well educated but use 'wanna' and 'gonna' when speaking. I found it distracting. ...more
Dec 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Unwrapping Noel by Jennifer Theriot
Narrated by Sara Gordon
Five Stars

Unwrapping Noel is hands down the best holiday story I read/listened to this year. It made me laugh and cry, which is how I like to judge my books. This one brought awareness to being happy with yourself no matter your size. Noel and Leon are wonderful characters with a real connection. The witty banter was extremely entertaining. If you're looking for a good holiday romance, I highly recommend this book.
This is the first book
Dec 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This audio book had me laughing within the first chapter. Noel is hilarious and real I can feel myself in her. She's a true inner womens dialogue. A women scron is not one to be messed with.
Dave what a dickhead. He is what you call a despicable human been. If your ears are delicate you may need an adjustment. Leon is amazing I love his character. The narrative who does this book both female and male do. It very well.
I have throughly enjoy all the voices who have done this audio book. I listen
Jul 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Unwrapping Noel is a wonderful story about hope and healing. Noel owns a Public Relations Firm in Texas. Her client and long time friend Tony is getting married in California and he asks her to fly there a few weeks before the wedding. She thinks the trip is to help him with the wedding plans, but he wants her to run the public relations for his new business venture. She was having troubles at home with her ex-husband and is having doubts about her own self worth. It's Christmas time and she wan ...more
Anna Salamatin
Mar 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I really Liked the cast of characters in this story. They developed into true to life people. These are adults, with adult issues and all the good or bad that implies. I like it when I "know" who they are, and I really idenified with Noel and her struggles, within herself and in her life... Like, being "curvy," she can't see how beautiful she really is. And coming out of a toxic, 14 year marrage to a cheating husband hasn't helped. Now, being single for about a year she is starting to develope s ...more
Kathy Heare Watts
I enjoyed this emotional story of two people in a second chance romance. Noel Calabrese was married to Dave for thirteen years but caught him cheating and divorced him. Then he finds out he has testicular cancer and who does he call to help him through it, yes, Noel. Dave is a user and player and some things in life never change. Noel is called to Silicon Valley by Tony, former Nascar driver, her friend, and client for a new project that will offer services for c
Holly Bargo
Feb 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
Nicely written, mature romance

I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

This romance is more realistic than many and I like that the main characters are mature adults, not teeny boppers. Noel has baggage: insecurities and a manipulative ex-husband who uses her as an unpaid nurse and housekeeper. She's a successful businesswoman professionally and a doormat personally. Sexy silver fox Leon has just enough of assertive alpha male tendencies to make a woman swoon and he is perfect for
Dec 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Noel has her own Public Relations Firm. She and her cheating ex husband Dave still live together due to Dave needing her help after he was diagnosed with Cancer. A long time client of hers asks her to come out to California to help with a secret project. Noel is undecided until she uncovers a secret that Dave has been keeping from her.
In California, she meets Leon.... a gorgeous, caring perfect man. Feelings of insecurity arise as their relationship progresses. Her ex really did a number on her
Jennifer Roche
Jan 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Sensually Descriptive Read!

Unwrapping Noel by Author Jennifer Theriot is a sensually, intricately described piece of literature that shows women can be sexy at any size as long as they have good self-esteem and self-confidence. The word choices Jennifer Theriot uses to set her scenes in this book help create vivid images in the reader's mind. The character of Noel becomes more empowered as the story takes shape gaining confidence. This character is an excellent choice of role model for young gir
Jennifer Garcia
Apr 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, audible, 2016
Unwrapping Noel was a short story jam-packed with a lot of feeling. One of them was anger, I seriously wanted to knock Noel's ex-husband out. He was so selfish, taking advantage of Noel's kindness. I saw her kindness, in the beginning, as weakness because I wished she would have had more self-value to be someone else's doormat.
But it's when she meets a gorgeous silver fox of a man that she starts to see how much she's worth and she grows a backbone. Yes!!
Noel and Leon (look, their names are th
Mary Williams
Dec 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I think this is Jennifer Theriot's best book so far.  It is a view of real life.  Noel has been divorced from her cheating husband for a year.  She delayed moving on with her life for a year to care for her ex while he is treated for cancer,  only to find out he is still cheating and lying to her. 

Noel owns her own company and is asked to come to California for a special project by her best client.  She meets Leon on her arrival in California, neither know they are there for the same meetings.

Love Africa Book Club
This is a lovely story about a woman who's had to put up with deceit and betrayal from her ex. She isn't exactly full of the Christmas spirit until she meets a man who makes her feel good about herself again. Noel and Leon (nice play on words) sizzled together and I really wanted them to get a happy ever after. But there is so much left unresolved at the end of this book. I really wanted so see/hear more of these two on the page and it's a shame that we waste so much time on the ex at the start ...more
Jun 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
this is a really late review and i do apologize for that . this was given to me in exchange for an honest review i also used my KU to read it .
so what do you do when you live with your now ex husband but because of something that turns out is no longer existent . and what if you are called to help a friend who knows someone who is a stranger but becomes so much more . and can she believe in christmas as she once had . can she find the one man who can mend her heart or will he break her heart an
Dec 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Just in time for the holidays! The Story of Noel and Leon was wonderful and very insightful! Noel has had a rough few years where her husband cheated on her, she divorced him, but then he became sick and she got suckered into taking care of him and still living with him. Time and again the guy abuses her trust and she keeps catching him in one lie after another. Then she meets Leon, but is she willing to open up and trust another man after being so abused by the last one. Will Leon realize in ti ...more
Ashley Hedden
Dec 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I loved reading Noel and Leon's story. First off I absolutely loved the play on their names. It was something that I didn't catch until it was mentioned. I loved this story and as you read it, you want Noel to experience great things. She has been through hell and has become a better woman for it. Leon and Noel make a couple that you completely root for. I loved this story and can't wait to read more of it. ...more
Rachel- Goodbye Borders
Nov 20, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2017
Noel has been divorced from Dave for a year. They were married for 13 years before that. Dave's an asshole and was cheating on her. Then he was diagnosed with cancer, and being the nice person she is, Noel moved back in with him and helped him through his treatments.
This was a good story of a doormat, who finds her self-worth again. And someone who loves her. Just. As. She. Is. Nice that Leon is Noel spelled backwards.
Mar 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I couldn't put it down once I started. Strong characters and story line. The things that Noel has to endure with her Ex makes her hesitant to move on with low self esteem. Will she be able to stand up and move on with her life? ...more
Danielle Goodwin
Jun 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
Jennifer Theriot's "Unwrapping Noel" is a standalone read. It's gritty and real. Poor Noel, we have all been someone's doormat. Very realistic and the characters are very well written. The sexy stuff is hawt! I will definitely see what else this author has out there. ...more
Hunter Jones
ARC reader & I LOVED this sweet romance!
Gale Stanley
Aug 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is steamy novella about love and second chances. It's an entertaining read, well written with interesting characters. ...more
Nov 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audible-read
Fresh off a nasty divorce with her cheating husband, Noel isn't looking forward to the holidays. When a client invites her to California to help with the PR for his new business venture, Noel is happy to jump on a plane and escape her ex. She meets a handsome silver fox at her hotel and sparks fly and passion blooms. But can she leave her insecurities behind and enjoy her holiday fling?

This is a steamy read with explicit sex scenes and some cursing. If you like your heroines meek and mild, Noel
Brad (AudioShelf)
Nov 25, 2017 rated it liked it
Of course this wasn't my favorite book, it's not really my favorite genre--it's a sexcapade that made me cringe at the language at times. However, I found myself really invested in the story.

Noel is a big ole' girl who finds herself in this horrible relationship rut with her ex-husband who treats her like garbage.

She gets flown away for work and meets this hot silver fox, Leon.

Obviously, things get steamy and Noel gets to spend a glorious Christmas in the arms of a real man.

Yasssssss!!!! 👏🏼👏🏼
Mar 06, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: listened-to
If Noel wasn't such a negative human being, screaming, bitching, yelling a lot of the book I might have given it 4 stars. I just couldn't stand her, she goes from angry to whiny when the man she falls for leaves her. It also seems to end on a cliffhanger.
Okay entertainment for a day.
I received this audiobook for free from the author or narrator in exchange of an honest review.
InD'tale Magazine
“Unwrapping Noel” a very hot and steamy short listen that is sure to get you into the holiday spirit.

Read full review in the 2017 December issue of InD'tale Magazine.
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USA Today Bestselling Author Jennifer Theriot (pronounced 'Terrio') hails from the Great State of Texas. She is a career woman, working as CFO for a Texas based, female-owned real estate investment firm. She felt something was missing and discovered her passion for writing novels–mostly at night and on weekends.

Jennifer took a chance that there could be an interest in romance with middle aged coup

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