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Sloane loves a good mystery. He grew up as the son of two psychiatrists, so he finds most people tediously easy to figure out. He finds his way to Pennsylvania State University, longing for a rural experience, and ends up being lured into joining a frat by Micah Springfield, the hippest guy on campus.
Nothing in Sloane’s classes is as intriguing as Hank Springfield, Micah’s brother and fellow frat house member. Hank looks like a tough guy—big muscles, tatts, and a beard—but his eyes are soft and sweet. He acts dumb, but he’s a philosophy major. He’s presumably straight, but then why does Sloane feel such crazy chemistry whenever Hank is around? And why does Hank hate Sloane so much?
When Sloane ends up stuck on campus over Christmas, Micah invites him to spend the holidays at their family farm in Amish country. It’s a chance to experience a true Americana Christmas–and further investigate the mystery that is Hank Springfield. Can Sloane unlock the secrets of this family and unwrap the heart hidden inside the beefcake?
Beards, muscles and tattoos, all for me? Here’s a secret, Eli Easton: you had me at beard. Meeeerry Christmas, ho, ho, ho! ;-)
Unwrapping Hank seriously has it all: East Coast college/frat boys, the holidays, food, snow, adorable dogs and, well, I already mentioned the beard…
MCs Hank and Sloane aren’t exactly a match made in heaven. Out and proud Sloane is prim and proper and preppy and new to the frat lifestyle. Hank, on the other hand, is the quintessential college stud: he’s tough and muscly and manly-man, ROAR.
Together, Sloane and Hank have to plan the holiday frat party to end all holiday frat parties. Trouble is, these two guys don’t really get along, and Hank might be teensy bit homophobic. Uh-oh.
Unwrapping Hank is funny and fun–the guys do end up finally coming together to pull off the perfect party. And they form a tentative friendship along the way, too. But things go off the rails when Sloane is stranded at the university over Christmas break and Hank’s brother, Micah, invites Sloane to their place in the country to enjoy the holidays. There’s also that itty bitty problem of Hank being attracted to Sloane. I mean, Sloane might be cool with that, but Hank’s straight, right???
Pass the tinsel and eggnog; things just got a little angsty!
Hank and Micah’s family were divine. The description of their parent’s farm in Amish country pretty much made me wanna pack up my sleigh and move north. From the pies, to the menagerie of animals, to Hank’s free-love hippy folks, I was feeling a holiday high. But…what didn’t work for me at this point was just the push and pull of Sloane and Hank. Their friendship/love connection stalled, and I kept thinking: GET ON WITH IT and GET IT ON, BOYS. ;-)
The guys finally do make it through their baggage–Hank’s baggage, really–and the story had a sweet little ending. I loved the peace Hank got in the form of a super sweet and incredibly thoughtful gift from Sloane, and I loved the prologue once Sloane and Hank headed back to college after the holidays. If you’re in the market for a short and yummy (and bearded!) holiday treat, open this present a.s.a.p., and Happy New Year, too!