Wrapped: All I Want for Christmas Is You by Rebekah Weatherspoon
Not even the Grinch could resist Rebekah Weatherspoon’s ‘Wrapped’, a delightfully smutty Christmas novella.
Romance novels often have a bad reputation – people (mainly men, let’s be real) insult them and the people who read them, saying that they aren’t ‘real’ literature, and act as sheer escapism. But I ask you – what’s so wrong with escapism? After a truly difficult year, I think that December is a brilliant time to indulge in some sweet treats like a mince pie and a holiday romance novel.
‘Wrapped’ follows Shae, a divorced baker, as she starts dating again via an app. She quickly matches with Aidan, a hot ex-colleague, and things seem to be going great. But is Shae’s fear of commitment going to sabotage the best Christmas present she’s ever received?
What I love about this novel is that the characters so quickly feel like your long-lost friends. After the first chapter, I was genuinely invested in Shae’s bakery Sweet Creams, her search for a man nothing like her ex-husband, and her anxieties about modern dating. And while I must sing Aidan’s praises (He’s so sensitive! And sweet! And HOT!), I felt that it was Shae who was the heart of ‘Wrapped’. A plus-size black woman with anxiety, her sudden crises of confidence and her complicated relationship with herself felt so very realistic, particularly when it came to sending nudes and diving into new relationships.
The plot mainly focuses on Aidan and Shae’s relationship, with a holiday background. On their first date, they decorate a Christmas tree together, and on their second, they go ice skating. And I certainly won’t be forgetting anytime soon the steaming hot sex scenes in front of the twinkling Christmas tree lights. There is a real emphasis on maintaining each other’s boundaries, as well as Shae’s pleasure, that I really enjoyed. And I’m not going to lie, the descriptions of a nerdy, ripped redhead were pretty pleasing, too.
Although this is technically part of the Fit Trilogy universe, there is no need to have read the Fit books beforehand. I am very seriously considering picking the trilogy up…as well as her fat-positive series Sugar Baby Novella…and, of course, her multitudes of queer romances, too.
Feeling a bit chilly this December? Never fear – read ‘Wrapped’ and you’ll start warming up right away.
Trigger warnings: post-divorce relationship anxiety, male infertility
About the author:
Rebekah was raised in Southern New Hampshire and now lives in Southern California with an individual who is much more tech savvy than she ever will be.
Her interests include Wonder Woman collectibles, cookies, James Taylor, quality hip-hop, football, American muscle cars, large breed dogs, and the ocean. When she’s not working, writing, reading, or sleeping, she is watching Ken Burns documentaries and cartoons or taking dance classes. If given the chance, she will cheat at UNO.