Wrapped with a Beau

Books on Tape. Sept. 2023. 10:02 hrs. ISBN 9780593787670. $76. CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE
Piney Peaks, PA, is a picture-perfect Christmas town, so much so that the beloved 1970s holiday film Sleighbells Under Starlight was filmed there. Elisha Rowe grew up loving the movie and has convinced Hollywood that the sequel, 50 years in the making, should also be filmed in Piney Peaks. The only hold-up is Ves Hollins, the new owner of the town’s iconic Christmas House, where the original movie was filmed. Ves inherited the house from his great-aunt, and he has come to Piney Peaks to sell it. After a disastrous first meeting with Ves, Elisha decides to do whatever it takes to convince him that he should hold off on selling until they can film the sequel there. Unfortunately, he is being a total grinch about the whole ordeal; with Elisha’s job and reputation on the line, she has to try to convince the stone-faced hunk to change his mind. The audio is fantastically narrated by Keylor Leigh and Sean Patrick Hopkins, whose dual narrative is festive, cute, and hot.
VERDICT This holiday rom-com is a little on the steamy side while also bursting with Christmas cheer. Readers will cheer the couple on while also wishing the movie were a real holiday classic they could watch.
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