Author: Annabeth Albert
Series: Portland Heat, #5
Genre: M/M Romance
Publisher: Lyrical Shine
Publication Date: December 6th 2016
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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 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 . . .
3.5 out of 5 stars
This was a sweet little holiday read. Sawyer is determined to get Hollis to feel a little holiday cheer this season and also put a stop to the circles they've been doing around each other over the years. They have a lot of history together, since they grew up together. This was a novella length so we don't spend too much time in the past.
Sawyer is one of those guys that everyone seems to like, except for Hollis. Hollis always pushes him away and is grumpy towards him. I absolutely LOVED Sawyer. He was kind of like an excitable puppy. lol! Hollis took me a little bit longer to warm up to. Hollis has emotional baggage that keeps him from enjoying his life and letting anyone close. Because Sawyer has been a bit of a flake about things in his past, Hollis doesn't want to trust him with his feelings so he doesn't become one of Sawyer's quickly passing interests.
These two had some steamy moments with a little bit of light kink involved. My only criticism is that I REALLY wanted Hollis to be the one to do the "big gesture" at the end and do something super amazing and sweet for Sawyer, since the whole story was pretty much Sawyer chasing after Hollis. It was also mentioned a few times that Hollis got jealous when they were growing up of the other guys that Sawyer mentioned he was "with" and I thought a cute confession of those feelings was coming but it never really happened.
** I received an ARC of this title via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. **
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