Saturday, January 2, 2016

ARC Review: What Happens At Christmas by Jay Northcote

What Happens At Christmas
From the blurb:

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?

Heather's rating:

Okay, here's the deal with Jay Northcote: I like her stuff, just not nearly as much as everyone else seems to. Yes, this story was an easy, adorable holiday read, but I had a hard time remembering the details only a couple days after I finished it.

I've read more fake boyfriends ---> real boyfriends stories than I can count, but it's a trope that never seems to get old. Sean and Justin have been friends since they were kids, and though both are gay, they have always kept their friendship platonic. Now, Justin wants Sean to pretend to be his boyfriend to make an ex jealous... despite the fact that Justin has real feelings for Sean.

Now, this book had a lot of positives, especially when the two guys FINALLY get down and dirty, but *gah*, it killed me that the only thing keeping these guys apart all that time was a lack of communication. I like a good friends-to-lovers story as much as the next gal, but when all problems could have been resolved with a simple chat, EVEN AFTER THEY STARTED HOOKING UP, it made me want to bash my head against the wall.

Positives: cute monkeys, holiday snuggles, and a sweet HEA.
Negatives: communication fails, not much tension.

I'd recommend this book to Jay Northcote fans, for sure, because this story just happened to touch upon a pet peeve of mine.

**Copy provided in exchange for an honest review**

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