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Title: Wrapped Together
Author: Annabeth Albert
Publisher: Lyrical Shine
Cover Artist: Fiona Jayde/Kensington Art
Genre: Gay Romance, Winter Holiday
Release Date: 12/06/2016
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 . . .
Thank you so much for having me! I’m here celebrating the release of WRAPPED TOGETHER, my holiday story about two competing shop owners whose long-running frenemy relationship is about to heat up… I brought along an EXCLUSIVE excerpt for you today featuring a one of their first kisses. I can’t WAIT for you to meet Sawyer and Hollis and all their holiday #PortlandHeat fun!
I was filling the sink with hot water for the dishes when I heard someone else come in. I could tell it was Sawyer without turning around because the air always seemed to crackle when he was nearby. Maybe it was his scent or the heaviness of his tread, but regardless, I’d always been able to sense his presence that way.
“Here, move over,” he said, coming to stand next to me at the sink. “I’ll wash and you can dry.”
“I’m fine. You go mingle with your family.”
“Oh, they can spare me.” Sawyer laughed. “And you hate the washing part. So let me, and we can be done doubly quick.”
“Fine. I’ll empty the dishwasher while you get started.”
“You know where everything goes.” Sawyer rolled his sleeves up. His forearms were a thing of beauty, but for once his words distracted me more.
“That I do.”
There must have been something in my voice that tipped Sawyer off. “Oh, Hols, I wasn’t thinking.”
“Nothing to think of,” I said and stacked the bowls neatly in the same cupboard my mother had put them my whole childhood.
“You got a haircut,” Sawyer observed. I didn’t think he’d ever noticed my hair before. Or anyone’s hair really.
“I did.” I carefully slid Grandma Rose’s cake platter into the cupboard above the fridge.
“Are we going to talk about last night?” Sawyer asked as I finished up the silverware.
“Nothing to talk about,” I said. “I am sorry for running off, though. You…went to a surprising amount of effort.”
“Hollis. I don’t want an A for effort here.”
“Yes, well, what do you want?” I regretted the question almost as soon as I said it.
“Right this minute I’m debating between throttling you and kissing you. Can I have both?”
Sawyer moved, trapping me against the cupboards. This was an old house, with the kitchen tucked in the rear of the place. From where we were standing, no one in the dining room or living room could see us. I still shivered.
“If I kissed you right now, you wouldn’t scream, and we both know it.” Sawyer’s voice was full of challenge.
I blinked. “I never scream. I might bite you, though.”
“Yeah?” He came in alarmingly close. “Prove it.” He glided his lips over mine. He tasted like chocolate and Char’s strong coffee and like the worst kind of temptation.
I didn’t scream. I didn’t bite. I didn’t quietly endure. Instead, some alien impulse took over my body and I kissed him back like I’d seldom kissed anyone. Kissing always seemed like such a messy, intimate business, but with Sawyer it was different. His tongue was less invasion and more welcome invitation, and he seemed to know how to keep things from getting too moist and sloppy—a big bonus. Actually, Sawyer seemed to know a lot more about kissing than I, and he used that knowledge—and teeth, tongue, and lips—to tease and torture and work me up until I was rocking into his embrace.
Want more? Check out WRAPPED TOGETHER!
About the Author
Annabeth Albert grew up sneaking romance novels under the bed covers. Now, she devours all subgenres of romance out in the open— no flashlights required! When she’s not adding to her keeper shelf, she’s a multi-published Pacific Northwest romance writer.
Emotionally complex, sexy, and funny stories are her favorites both to read and to write. Annabeth loves finding happy endings for a variety of pairings and is a passionate gay rights supporter. In between searching out dark heroes to redeem, she works a rewarding day job and wrangles two children.
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