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Liz Loves Books

I love to read and to talk about books. I review many of the books I read. I do not accept any author/publisher submissions for reviews. I do not read or review ARCs. I do not enter any giveaways or contests. I obtain the books I review by purchasing them at the same price they are offered to the general public at the time of purchase. My reviews are intended for the use of my fellow readers. They are not advertising or promotion. They are not beta reads or constructive criticism or editing or advice to the author. My only obligation to the author is to pay the price charged for the book at the time of purchase. My reviews are sometimes critical and I will not stop posting critical reviews just to spare delicate authors' feelings. I am happy to make new friends, but friend requests from authors or promoters who have few or no books (and/or friends) in common with me and write or promote categories I do not read (especially new adult) will be ignored. I used to read more self-published books. After recent meltdowns by self-published authors, I now only read self-published authors I've previously read or who have been recommended to me by fellow readers I trust. I also used to read young adult/new adult books but rarely do so now.

Unwrapped - Ellen Fisher Unwrapped is a set of two holiday-themed short romance stories. Both stories pack a pretty good emotional whollop, especially for their short length. The first story, which is actually titled Unwrapped, is a second chance story about a couple who broke up on Christmas Eve three years prior. It is funny and hot and made me want to smack tbe hero and heroine silly until they finally do communicate and get their hea. Fortunately it is more funny than frustratingThe second story, Christmas Carol, is more bittersweet but is definitely still a romance. The hero has returned to his childhood home upon his father's death just before Christmas. I've had a death in my immediate family shortly before the holidays a couple of years ago so this hit me pretty hard but I still felt it was a good story. And it has a great cat in itBoth stories are pretty intensely focused on the main couple (partly due to their short length) so they can feel a little claustrophobic. I found they hit the spot, though as I was in the mood for an angsty but romantic holiday read.