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Wrapped Up with You by Claire Marti is a Christmas in July Fete pick #steamy #holidayromance

Title: Wrapped Up with You

Author: Claire Marti

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Book Blurb:

♥2021 RONE Award Winner Best Novella♥ 2021 CRWA Stiletto Award Best Contemporary Short♥

When cocky financial genius Rafael Cruz is forced to partner with his snarky office rival Phoebe Hollingsworth to land a prestigious new client, nothing goes as planned.

At work, they ignore each other, but at the Jingle Ball, their unexpected chemistry changes the game.

Will their secret holiday hook-up ruin the deal or is it the start of a deeper connection?


“I almost didn’t recognize you tonight.

Her eyes widened. “Seriously? Because my hair is down?”

Damn it, he hadn’t meant to insult her. “It’s not just your hair. You look stunning.” Mouthwatering even.

“At least you got to the compliment eventually. And you look very handsome.” Her tongue flicked out and moistened her plump red lips before setting down her glass.

He fingers gripped his glass hard and he tamped down the arousal surging through him. She’d basically called him shallow, and he still wanted to wrap his hands in all that hair and see if she tasted as delicious as she looked. But he hadn’t achieved his pinnacle of success by acting like a reactionary teenager. Tonight was business.

“Thanks. Now should we divide and conquer with the Samuels and Levines or play it by ear and let it unfold naturally?” He asked.

“Let’s focus on building relationships. The Blakes invited them and I’m sure the prospects have done their due diligence on the firm. At this point, let’s just make sure they have a good time tonight and if they bring up business, we go there.” She inclined her head.

He flashed a grin. “Look at us, agreeing and everything. This truce isn’t too tough.”

Her lips curved upward in the first genuine smile she’d ever bestowed on him. “We’re regular besties now. And who knows, maybe we can even extend it to work on Monday.”

He held up his hands and laughed. “Don’t get all wild and crazy on me now. One evening at a time.”

She rolled her eyes, but grinned back. “Anyways, should we head downstairs?”

Rafe pulled out his money clip and tucked some cash underneath his wineglass. “Let’s do this. This one’s on me.” He rose from the table.

She gracefully stood, almost eye to eye with him in her strappy stilettos.

Business, Cruz, don’t forget tonight is business.

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What I love most about the holiday season:

I love decorating for the holidays. It’s so fun to get a fresh Christmas tree, hang stockings for our pets on the mantle, and hang pretty lights on the front of the house. I enjoy checking out our neighbors’ decorations as well.

Why is your featured book a must-read to get you in the holiday mood?

It’s a steamy novella sure to keep you warm…even if it’s Christmas in July!

Giveaway –

One lucky reader will win a $75 Amazon US or Canada gift card:

Open internationally.

Runs July 1 – 31, 2023.

Drawing will be held on August 1, 2023.

Author Biography:

Claire Marti is an award winning and USA Today Bestselling author ​of swoonworthy Contemporary Romance novels set in Southern California, including the California Suits series, the Pacific Vista Ranch series, and the Romance in Laguna Beach series. She lives in San Diego with her husband, silly dog and three clever cats. Claire started writing stories as soon as she was old enough to pick up pencil and paper. After graduating from the University of Virginia with a BA in English Literature, Claire was sidetracked by other careers, including practicing law, selling software for legal publishers, and managing a non-profit animal rescue for a Hollywood actress.

Finally, Claire followed her heart and now focuses on two of her true passions: writing romance and teaching yoga.

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Jul 29, 2023

Spending time with family is my fave part of holiholidays


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Jul 14, 2023

Thank you, Claire, for sharing your delightful book in our Christmas in July Fete!

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