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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?

©2014 Jane Jensen Holmes (P)2015 Jane Jensen Holmes

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The Gift That Keeps On Giving

I love all books by Ms. Easton; this is no exception. Tristan really captures the essence of both Sloane and Hank. I really like the interaction with Hank's family - Grinch stole my heart 😍. I hope that there is a plan for Micah's audio book very soon.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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I really, really liked this story!

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I really, really liked this story! The slow build-up, moving to a slow burn, then BAM! One of the best wow-I-didn't-see-it-coming sex scenes I've read in a long, long time.

The chemistry between Hank and Greg is palpable even on the page. I thought Easton did an excellent job conveying Hank's struggle with wanting Greg. Though I thought, considering Hank's "struggle" takes over three-quarters of the story, he seems to get over it really, really quickly. It just felt a bit fast considering it is such a slow build-up.

Regardless, 4 stars, two thumbs enthusiastically up! It's a great Christmas-themed book I'll enjoy re-reading again at the holidays.

Tristan Wright does a perfectly good job with the narration. There's nothing really wrong with it, but if I'm being honest it didn't blow me away. While I found the sexual tension and UST is really palpable on page, I didn't feel it conveyed as grandly while listening.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Loved it!

I've never read the ebook but with this audiobook I don't think I lost anything. Loved Hank, Sloanne, Micha, Lilith and Kar. Even loved the dogs. It's filled me with Christmas spirit and a sudden longing for pie. So be warned. Only read Unwrapping Frank when there's pie nearby.

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Loved this!

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I’ve never read, or in this case listened to, an M/M romance before. “Unwrapping Hank” is my first and I thoroughly enjoyed it!

I loved Hank & Sloane. I really enjoyed following their journey to finding each other. They were both such endearing and funny characters. Especially Sloane. I found myself laughing out loud several times after listening to some of his internal monologues. ;)

There was only one love scene at the end of the book. It was quite descriptive and deeply romantic.

I also want to acknowledge the vocal talent of Tristan Wright. He has a great speaking voice and I enjoyed his artistic interpretations of the characters.

I highly recommend “Unwrapping Hank”. It’s an enjoyable holiday romance. I would definitely read (or listen to) another book by Eli Easton. :)

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Cute and funny

Would you consider the audio edition of Unwrapping Hank to be better than the print version?

I like both. I am a big fan of Eli Easton

What did you like best about this story?

The witty snark between Sloane and Hank was hilarious.

Which scene was your favorite?

When Sloane and Hank must Hank organize the Frat House Christmas party together.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Had me laughing many times.

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Unwrapped & loving it

I truly have enjoyed this story. The narration was well acted and genuine. Loved it.

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Sweet story - really enjoyed it

What made the experience of listening to Unwrapping Hank the most enjoyable?

I almost let the cheesy cover-art turn me off and I'm so glad I didn't. In typical Eli Easton fashion, this is a very sweet story with great likeable (lovable!) characters. The story evolved naturally - nothing felt rushed. I enjoyed the current story as well as the backstories. In fact, I wish I could hear even more about Sloan's days in Europe and Hanks life growing up too. The brother and parents were also wonderful characters. I enjoyed it from beginning to end.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Unwrapping Hank?

There were lots of them - I just loved some of the laugh-out-loud inner dialog of Sloan. So cute and so funny.

Have you listened to any of Tristan Wright’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I don't think so, but I really enjoyed him in this.

If you could rename Unwrapping Hank, what would you call it?

I don't think I would rename it, but I would definitely update the cover-art! It looks so cheap and outdated, which is a shame for such a wonderful story. I hope other listeners can get past that and put this one on their wish list.

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Unwrap a fantastic Christmas story!

What made the experience of listening to Unwrapping Hank the most enjoyable?

Tristan Wright's narration. My first time with this narrator but I'll be looking for more. He did an amazing job of making sure each character had their own distinct voice.

What did you like best about this story?

It was very much '10 things I hate about you' with the whole, this is why I hate you when I don't really hate you at all. Oh, and the shenanigans that ensued early on between Hank and Sloane... turned out to be foreplay after all.

What does Tristan Wright bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Having not read the book I'm not sure, I just loved the different tones and voices he brought to the story though.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

It was and I did, and I can't wait to listen again if I'm being honest.

Any additional comments?

Eli Easton is really a pretty fantastic Author and I'm so happy that she chose a good narrator for this short Christmas story. It's laugh out loud fun with just a touch of angst and drama, wrapped in shiny paper with a big red bow!

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Great NA story and narration

Sloane is the new guy. He studied abroad for high school but has always longed for a more “normal” educational experience. What can be more normal than pledging a fraternity? At the urging of the uber-hip Michah, he pledges the Delts and is accepted by all of the brothers unanimously except one – Hank.

Hank is Micah’s muscle bound, more conservative brother. Hank doesn’t like how Sloane makes him feel and resents him being in his frat. When Micah forces him and Sloane to work together on making the Holiday Party the “best ever!” he’s pissed and frustrated at being manipulated into spending time with Sloane.

But… over time Hank begins to realize that finding ways to torment Sloane is more fun than pretty much anything else in his life and when the two realize they both love mysteries, things begin to thaw between them.

Sloane’s glob-trotting parents ditch him for Christmas and Micah ivites Sloane to the family farm for the holiday. Spending all that time up close and personal with Sloane forces Hank to seriously re-think his stance on the whole “I’m not gay” thing in a big way.

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Everything Eli Easton writes is so well done, from her story line to her metaphors. Her book, Blame it on the Mistletoe is one of my all time favorites and this joins it’s ranks. Not only is she good at telling a romantic, heart-tugging story, but she’s funny and better than that, she’s witty. I love that! She writes with intelligence, heart and humor.

Eli is one of the few authors who can tell a thousand page story in 50 pages and you still feel the impact.

She also excels at building tension. Slowly, over the course of the book, we see Hank begin to accept and unfold and trust his feelings. When he and Sloane do finally get together it’s natural. The scene in the barn is OMG HOT and the way she linked it back to the first back rub they shared was masterful.

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So… I was hoping for Jason Frazier – he did Blame it on the Mistletoe and it ranks as one of my all time favorite audiobooks of all time – but… Tristan Wright really did a great job with this. He gives Hank a suitably beefy/jock voice and Sloane a lovely but more snarky voice. I didn’t love his Micah, but I’m hoping that it all gets sorted before Micah’s story gets to audiobook.
All in all, it wasn’t Jason Frazier, but it was good and a really enjoyable way to experience this book.

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Aww

It was really cute, and seriously funny. I loved Sloane and Hank as a couple, and Micah and they're parents were a hoot.

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  • choccygrl
  • 02-10-17

Excellent

Excellent story made even better by a top class narrator. Despite being in dual first person POV the voices and reading were so completely different that there was never any confusion whose POV you were in.

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