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Summary

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 writer is the star.

There are little nuances in the author's style that bring this to life. It is well written, and therefore it works.

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a Christmas cracker

This is a lovely Christmas romance from Eli Easton, who can always be relied upon to deliver sweetness and spice for the holidays. It's charming with lots of great ensemble characters who are developed really well in their own right. The story holds lots of interest and the slow burn is a delight. Sloane and Hank are perfect for each other and when they finally get together, sparks fly. HEA guaranteed.

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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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  • Belen
  • 18-12-15

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.

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  • Libros Lover
  • 05-12-15

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.

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  • Zell Oakley
  • 08-12-19

DNF

So about 30 minutes into this audiobook the following exchange took place:

"You're going to drive me crazy, aren't you?"

"Crazy is an ambiguous term with no clinical meaning, and it's insulting to mental health patients."

And that's when I decided to return it.

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  • 808CatLover
  • 11-10-19

A cute story with a slow build.

The relationship that blossoms between Hank and Sloane is cute but a little slow. I would have liked to see a little more tension between them at the beginning stages of their relationship but it was a good easy read.

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  • ShannonVM
  • 30-11-18

Sweetly endearing!

This was a very sweet and engaging little holiday story!
Sloan and Hank were both endearing characters- Sloan's quite adorable and Hank's an intriguing mystery! I really got a kick our of their relationship and how it progressed through the story- it felt very natural and realistic.
There were a few scenes that really tugged at my heart, in the midst of all the college antics and Christmas fun.
I may have to listen to this again as Christmas gets closer!

I enjoyed Tristan's narration- he gave each character their own distinctive voice.

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  • Tammy
  • 07-12-16

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.

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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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  • Alec
  • 18-12-15

Another adorable entry

Just absolutely in love with Eli Easton's work at this point. Her representation of modern gay culture is the one I find closet to heart and most relatable and each novel makes me gush more than the last. Narration was charming and effusive.

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  • Sandra E.
  • 16-12-15

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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  • Lisa
  • 09-01-21

Eli Easton never misses

Audio reread December 2020

The perfect last sweet holiday treat to read, I loved it just as much the 2nd time. ❤

The reader Tristan Wright was new to me, but he did a great job with the story, I enjoyed his performance. 😊

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First read November 2015

4.5 stars and I loved this just as much, and maybe a tiny bit more, than Blame It on the Mistletoe. There was a little more angst but not enough to kill the happy buzz the story gave me. I loved Sloane and Hank and the addition of Micah and Hank's parents just made it that much better! Micah & Hank's parents really were a little weird but in the best way.

You can always count on Eli Easton for stories for stories with heart, heat and humor and her holiday stories never miss! ❤

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  • Susan Bauer
  • 09-10-20

Very cute

This was a enemies to frenimes to lovers book that was really cute. For it being such a short story the characters were really fleshed out and the storyline was entertaining.