BOOK REVIEW: WRAPPED UP IN YOU BY TALIA HIBBERT

William Reid is nothing special, except for his billion-dollar acting career and his, you know, face. (Apparently, it’s a good one.) Winning ‘Sexiest Man Alive’ was nice, but this Christmas, he has more important goals in mind… like finally winning over his lifelong crush (and best friend’s twin sister), the super-smart and kinda-scary Abbie Farrell.

When a blizzard leaves Will and Abbie alone at Grandma Farrell’s house (if bunking with 27 pets counts as ‘alone’), it’s the perfect opportunity to pull off a Christmas miracle. Convincing clever, frosty Abbie to give Will a chance will take more than mistletoe, but hiding his lifelong crush on her is no longer an option.

Wrapped Up In You is a gorgeous, diverse, Christmas romance novella, featuring two best friends who happen to be holding on to a lot of unsaid feelings towards one another. Will and Abigail’s story is short and sweet, allowing you to devour it within only a couple of hours. 

Can we all agree that childhood best friends to lovers is definitely one of the superior book tropes? I love them! The fact that the characters have known each other for life, can read one another inside and out and have secretly been in love with each other for as long as they can remember… so swoon worthy! Talia provides us with a short snippet of how Will came to become such an important part of Abigail and her family’s lives, also being Abigail’s twin brother’s best friend. Whilst Will being a part of the family does cause for some risks when expressing feelings, Abi’s family couldn’t have been more obvious in shipping the two together, sort of already having an idea that it was going to happen in the near future. 

Despite the shortness of Wrapped Up In You, the yearning between Will and Abi was stretched out enough to have you yearning as well, for these two love birds to finally come clean with their feelings and let themselves be happy! That being said, it only happened to be one of them that couldn’t seem to open up their hearts and that was Abi. After going through a rough marriage, she didn’t believe love was in the cards for her again, nor did she want to risk any type of love she had for Will, especially with them being best friends, first and foremost. Will was a heart-on-his-sleeve type of man, not afraid to express his feelings and welcoming them with open arms. 

Overall, this is a must-read, at any time of the year – don’t let the Christmas plot line put you off from reading it until November/December! Not only were Will and Abi the most darling of characters, the side characters also had the power to make you smile in their little appearances, especially Gran! Christmas, kittens, family & best friend to lovers romance… what more could you possibly want!? Talia Hibbert is such a remarkable and talented author, so much that her writing within a novella was still so in-depth. I definitely wish that this had been written as a full novel, however am grateful for what we was given as well! It would be lovely to reunite with these characters in the future, for sure, maybe a novel/novella on Abi’s brother, Jason? We can wish and dream! 

Shelby x

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