Wednesday, November 18, 2015

ARC Review: What Happens at Christmas by Jay Northcote

When two friends pose as boyfriends, could what happens at Christmas turn into something more?

Justin is recently and unhappily single. Christmas is coming, and he doesn’t want to face his ex alone at their office party. So Sean—Justin’s best mate and long-time secret crush—volunteers to go with him and pretend to be his new flame.

Sean has always lusted after Justin from afar, but there’s never been a good opportunity to ask him for more than friendship. Posing as Justin’s boyfriend isn’t a chore, and if Justin wants to rebound onto him, Sean’s more than willing. At the party pretence and reality blur, and a kiss on the dance floor leads to a night of passion.

In the aftermath, they both assume it was a one-time thing until fate intervenes. Stuck together in London over the holidays, they give in to temptation again. But what happens at Christmas stays at Christmas... right?

Dani's rating:

This book is a burst of sweetness and sparkle and JOY.

Justin and Sean have been best mates since grammar school, but Sean didn't come out until uni, and at that point Justin decided his unrequited crush would remain just that.

Newly single after dumping his cheating boyfriend, Justin is beyond thrilled to have his friend visit, even more so when Sean promises to be his pretend boyfriend for the company Christmas party.

I do love me some pretend boyfriend action, especially when it ends with frantic kisses and handjobs against the front door. Patience. Who needs it?

This story has it all:

~ BFFs to lovers (totally believable and totally HOT)

~ serious CUTENESS (Sean and Justin know each other so well, every conversation is filled with inside jokes and teasing banter; throw in the Britishisms, and I was a GONER.)

~ slow burn (Both Sean and Justin are reluctant to share their true feelings in case they aren't reciprocated; frustrating, yes, but it made for some intensely ramped-up sexual tension.)

~ plenty of sexy times (And I mean SCORCHING, all the more so for being real, a little bit awkward, but completely unscripted & raw)

~ holiday spirit(ness): Christmas lights, movie marathons, snow penises ... you know, the usual

~ HEA (Love & family, y'all; what else is there?)

~ gibbons (Yes, gibbons, and they're adorbs; go Google them now.)

I may be Jewish, but I eat the holiday feels up with a spoon, and this is the perfect feel-good holiday romance.


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~Dumbledore (J.K. Rawling)

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