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Wrapped Together

(Portland Heat #5)

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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
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Kindle Edition, 127 pages
Published December 6th 2016 by Lyrical Shine
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~✡~Dαni(ela) ♥ ♂♂ love & semi-colons~✡~
Awww! There is a lot of cuteness going on here!

We have Hollis, uptight, introverted owner of a paper/stationary store and daddy to a cat named Bunny, and Sawyer, fun, boisterous, and an all-around good guy.

Everyone loves Sawyer. EVERYONE.

Except Hollis. Because. It's COMPLICATED.

Hollis wraps himself in scarves and grief, and he's particularly grouchy around the holidays because the cheer reminds him so much of what he's lost. Hollis avoids Sawyer, but Sawyer is everywhere.

Sawyer is also a
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Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
*4.5 stars*

Annabeth Albert brought the goods with a heart-melting holiday story in her awesome Portland Heat series! Wrapped Together really delivered, and it even made my little Jewish heart yearn for mistletoe and Christmas trees. Oy vey!

I adore holiday stories, but they can be tricky to pull off in novella format. There is a lot of expectation there because a holiday romance has a double whammy of having to make you crave specific holiday nostalgia and also pull off a believable romance. But
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Nicola
Nov 23, 2016 rated it liked it
Having read and enjoyed a full length offering from Annabeth Albert, I decided to add this to my festive read list. I haven't read any of the previous books in the Portland Heat series but I don't think that was much a problem.

"I swear to God, I’m going to find you some holiday spirit this year if it kills me."

Festively sweet with a good splash of sexy, Hollis and Sawyer had chemistry and their story was enjoyable however if I'm honest I did struggle to become fully invested in the story and
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BWT (Belen)
What a great holiday story!

Told from introvert Hollis Alcott's POV, Hollis has been without any holiday spirit since a tragic accident killed his parents years ago. Unlike his more extroverted twin sister, or her husband's twin brother, Sawyer, Hollis prefers to keep his own company and head down.

But this year Sawyer convinces Hollis to accept a bet in order to try and melt Hollis's icy attitude, which leads to some of the hottest sex of both their lives. Hollis likes sex with some dominance and
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Denise H.
Jan 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
*** This is a lovely series with great characters. ***
We see Hollis, 29, a stationary shop owner, who has been a scrooge since his folks died. Sawyer, 29, who's grown up with Hollis, has a collectibles shop. Sawyer has an abundance of holiday cheer, and vows to make Hollis cheerful once more.

I loved the cover...

Amidst the sightseeing, revisiting fun childhood memories, Hollis is getting doses of warmth and happiness. We see the attraction grow and the hot sexy times begin. There is family and
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* A Reader Obsessed *
4.5 Holiday Stars!!

Now that’s what I call a holiday story!

I've got to say that this is my favorite read of the season thus far!

For Hollis, tragedy has unfortunately held him back from fully living these last three long years, where guilt has increasingly tethered him to a more isolated existence. He’s been using his grief as an excuse to avoid the holidays, as it brings just too many painful memories to bear. However, this year he can’t escape, as his childhood friend Sawyer, who’s also his
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Gigi
Dec 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mm-kinky
Hollis had to really, really grow on me, but he eventually did. I loved the surprise kink here too!
.Lili.
Dec 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing


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What did I think about Wrapped Together?



Friends to Lovers + quirky introvert + fun loving guy + a little kink = Come to mama!

From the blurb, we're told that how not only are Hollis and Sawyer store neighbors but practically family. They've known each other years and have always skirted around each other. After a tragic loss, Hollis has retreated into further into his shell, but this Christmas Sawyer is determined to bring Hollis some holiday cheer.

What I loved

– Hollis. He’s an introvert-
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Linda ~ chock full of hoot, just a little bit of nanny ~
DNF - review here:
https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...

And now I don't have eleventy-one DNFs on my shelf anymore. Darn you, book! I dislike you every bit as much as you deserve.
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Adam
4.25 stars

Check out the blog tour stop HERE. There's a giveaway!



I’m a fan of opposites-attract romances in any case, but even better is a romance between a holiday grinch and someone who can’t get enough of Santa. It’s bound to be a funny and heart-warming ride!

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I immediately liked Hollis. Sure, he’s a bit short with most people and his self-isolation wasn’t doing him any favours. But reading the book from his POV, it was clear that underneath that hard exterior was a big old softie. And I could
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Meags
4.5 Stars

My personal favourite of the series so far and a great Christmas read to boot!
Ami
Well, it was a nice holiday read. It has the formula of a little Grinch, tons of holiday-extravaganza, and some sexy times.

Unfortunately, I had trouble to form an empathy and rooted for the couple. Despite it being said that Hollis and Sawyer have been friends for almost two decades -- get this, Hollis and Sawyer are both sets of twins; in fact Hollis' twin sister is married to Sawyer's twin brother! -- I felt like I didn't have enough backstory about the two of them. Interspersed between the
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Renée
My first holiday read of 2016, and it was a fair start. In this installment of the Portland Heat series, Hollis and Sawyer are the featured couple.

Wrapped Together gives us Hollis's POV, and he was the "Scrooge" of the story, if you will. He suffered a great tragedy in being present for the death of his parents just a couple years prior, around the holiday season. This clouded his mood, his thoughts, and his actions still. I got a little tired of Hollis, if I'm being honest. He was such a
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Ele
Dec 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: holidays
Annabeth Albert is a big hit with me lately. I loved this!

Although I never managed to completely warm up to Hollis, I understood his idiosyncrasies and I loved that he stood his ground regarding his tastes in sex. Also, his shop would be my haven, as I'm a big fan of fancy paper and pens! Man, that was as good as porn....

Very nice holiday read. Recommended!


Leta Blake
Nov 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Loved this.
Susan
Dec 10, 2016 rated it liked it

Cute.

I love Annabeth Albert's stories. They're always perfectly satisfying.

I think I would have loved this one if it weren't for the (mild) kinky sex. I'm just really not into any kind of kink in my books and that threw me out of the story. Even when it ended, I wondered if it added anything, and it really hadn't, in my opinion.

Still...this story of opposites attract, childhood friends to lovers was a lovely holiday read.
Amanda
This is such a great holiday read that filled me with all the warm and fuzzy feelings. I can't wait for Christmas to arrive! It might be a short read, but still have so much character development, the romance is just swoon worthy and definitely not lacking the the feels department.

Hollis is an introvert, a homebody and a total Christmas party pooper. He prefer his privacy and solitude and never wanted to celebrate Christmas for years. So what if the delectable Sawyer wanted to help him embrace
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Beebs
Awwww, happy, happy, fuzzy feels.

Novella about the warring shopkeepers from previous books in the series, Sawyer and Hollis. Turns out their family have been friends forever and everyone has just been waiting for them to sort themselves out and admit their feelings for each other.

I loved the effort Sawyer put into making Hollis feel the Christmas spirit and when they finally get together, HAWWWWTTTTT. Another great read from Annabeth Albert.

*Received from NetGalley in exchange for an honest
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Trio
Nov 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
That was excellent! I almost never give five stars to sweet and fluffy romance stories, but this one totally deserves it. Just perfect from start to finish, the set up and the characters - everything about it. Plus the kink factor was just right.

I'm sure this is the first AA book I've ever given five stars, but hopefully not the last.
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My favorite Holiday read so far. Annabeth never disappoints me! This was such a cute story. It was really good. I loved the tone of the story, and ZOMG Hollis was Kinky Boots big time. This is a Christmas Story part of her Portland Heat Series. (Which I adore big time).

Hollis isn't a fan of Christmas, he's still grieving over the death of his parents. He's anti-Christmas at this point, and doesn't want to be forced to celebrate or be cheery. Wrapped Together is a friends to lovers story.
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I have loved Annabeth Albert's Portland Heat series from the start and I've enjoyed this all but this book...sigh, this book is simply fantastic. Wrapped Together is liked being bundled up in my favorite blanket, with a mug of my favorite hot chocolate while sitting in front of a toasty fire; it's comforting, it's heartwarming, and it is exactly the type of gay romance that should be made into a holiday movie.

Friends since childhood and now
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Emily Seelye
Feb 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: m-m, own, holiday
Favorite of the series. I really enjoyed watching Sawyer break down Hollis' defenses. They've been best friends since high school, though they have drifted apart a little through the years. This Christmas Sawyer decided he's tired of dancing around their attraction and becomes proactive in wooing him. Told entirely through Hollis' POV, I enjoyed watching his defenses crumble as he falls in love.
Apolishedreader
This is book 5 of the Portland Heat Series, but itt can definitely be read as a standalone.

I always say that friends to lovers are my jam, but this frenemies to lovers story - I think this may really be my jam. Add in the Christmas factor and I am all over it. A story element that totally worked for me, as I am sure other reviewers have warned, was the light BDSM kink. Very mild IMO.

Hollis and Sawyer have known each other for years. They grew up together, each a part of a set of twins who were
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Tatiana
A sweet and very steamy Christmas story about Hollis, who is a bit of a Scrooge during the holidays and generally in life, and outgoing, happy-go-lucky Sawyer who's trying to instill some Christmas spirit into Hollis.

I have to admit that Hollis's aloof manner tired me out, and I just couldn't buy his sudden change of heart at the end of the book, but the kinky sex scenes involving bondage and orgasm denial made everything better.

All in all, this novella is a nice start to the holiday season.
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Notorious Book Tease
Apr 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was a quick read in the Portland Heat series. While the businesses were mentioned before the characters haven't previously been introduced. Hollis is a business owner on Alberta Street who prefers the quite dignity of his stationary store to the chaos of the stores around him. He is an introvert who prefers quite nights at home with his cat. Especially at Christmas time. Hollis has avoided the hustle and bustle of Christmas since a tragic event several years ago. Hollis even avoids his ...more
namericanwordcat
3.5 Stars

A lovely addition to the series with a Christmas flare. I adore this street in Portland and love Hollis Alcott and Sawyer Murphy in this friends to lovers opposites attract romance.

Hollis is a great uptight hero who it turns out is uber sexy in bed. Sawyer is a wonderful sunny hero.

I wanted a little more on the issue of Sawyer just not being read for a relationship with Hollis until recently. It would have given the book more depth to explore this topic but it is a enjoyable romance
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Maria Rose
Wrapped Together by Annabeth Albert is the latest entry in her Portland Heat series that centers on small shop owners in Portland, Oregon. Each story has been a delight (it’s the series that put Annabeth on my fave new authors in 2015 list) and this Christmas themed romance is already destined for a reread as it’s a sweet, hopeful, and very sexy friends to lovers story that is uplifting and full of holiday spirit.

Hollis Alcott and Sawyer Murphy have been friends since they were young. When
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Hollis
"Sawyer, are you really using your night to try to.. infuse me with some sort of holiday spirit? Don't you have something I could.. I don't know, alphabetize instead?"
"You'd enjoy that too much."

I don't want to say I'm biased but WRAPPED TOGETHER is told from the perspective of an introverted, cranky, caustic, scarf-loving dude, who is single and routinely makes plans to stay home with his cat in order to avoid people. Oh, and we also both like guys. This Hollis is basically me but with male
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Christi Snow
Dec 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
My Review:
I've loved this entire series, but hands down this has been my favorite book in the group. I loved getting to know Hollis and Sawyer and watching their story unfold.

The thing that made it so good was that they've known one another for a long time. They are both twins and grew up being pretty infamous for that. They were always thrown together, but have never had anything in common besides being gay. Sawyer is outgoing and gregarious and Hollis...is not. Hollis is actually pretty much a
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Frequent tweeter, professional grammar nerd, and obsessive reader, Annabeth Albert is also a Pacific Northwest romance writer in a variety of subgenres.

Emotionally complex, sexy, and funny stories are her favorites both to read and to write. In between searching out dark heroes to redeem, she works a rewarding day job and wrangles two toddlers.

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