Wrapped With a Beau by Lillie Vale
Published: September 26, 2023 by G.P. Putnam’s Sons
Date read: September 26, 2023
Elisha and Ves
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The Plot (from Goodreads):
As a successful film liaison, Elisha Rowe has her heart set on one thing and one thing only: putting her hometown back on the map. So, when she gets the chance to secure a sequel to Sleighbells, she’s willing to do whatever it takes to make sure everything goes smoothly. Unfortunately, that includes claiming to have already secured permission to film at the historic Christmas house—permission she was very much denied by the gorgeous new owner.
Ves Hollins is only back in Piney Peaks long enough to sell the house he inherited from his great-aunt. The holidays have always been tough for Ves, and it’s not any easier when he’s distracted by memories of a Christmas long, long ago, and the undeniable charm of neighbor Elisha. Ready to return home to New York as quickly as possible, he has no plans to put down roots or fall in love…even if Elisha unravels his hesitations like a bad Christmas sweater.
There’s no question the two are opposites in every way. Ves is unquestionably frosty. Elisha is brimming with warmth. He doesn’t do commitment. She never runs from a challenge. But as the two grow closer, they quickly realize that the growing spark between them may be just what the season calls for.
We love a Christmas-obsessed small town! This one, Piney Peaks, got its claim to fame from a Christmas movie filmed there years ago. Our MC Elisha needs to win over grumpy Ves to allow a sequel to be filmed in his great-aunt’s house.
I love a grumpy/sunshine romance, and Ves and Elisha’s relationship was so much fun. It’s a bit of a slow burn, but the anticipation makes the wait worth it.
The townspeople in this book were incredible. The best character was Elisha’s grandfather, but everyone was so wonderful. Wrapped With A Beau was a great addition to my holiday reading list.
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