Monday, December 12, 2016

Review Tour: A Christmas Kiss by Annabelle Jacobs


A Christmas Kiss - Annabelle Jacobs



Cover Design: Garrett Leigh

Release Date: November 18 

Length: 38,000 words

Buy Links: Amazon US | Amazon UK



Blurb

Keeping secrets from your best friend isn’t right, but it’s easier than admitting you’ve fallen in love with him.


Sharing a late-night kiss with his best friend, Alex, is Riley’s dream come true. Waking up to discover Alex was too drunk to remember anything is more like a nightmare. Scared the truth could destroy their friendship, Riley keeps quiet and pretends nothing happened.


Alex can’t shake the feeling that he said or did something stupid on their group’s drunken weekend away—why else would Riley be avoiding him? Although the explanation he finally gets sounds plausible, Riley’s still acting strange, and trying to figure out why that is unearths emotions Alex has worked hard to bury.


Riley knows not telling Alex how he feels is probably selfish, but he wants one last normal Christmas before he has to come clean and face the potential fallout. 

He should have known it wouldn’t be that easy.




Jewel's rating:




An upscale lodge in Wales, snow, mistletoe, and a few friends willing to do what it takes to make two best friends face their feelings for each other. A Christmas Kiss is a lovely friends-to-lovers Christmas story. I was definitely left with a smile.

Riley and Alex, both 23, have been best friends since they were 15 and have pretty much been inseparable since then. They're almost always touching and can practically finish each other's sentences. Riley has felt more than just friendship towards Alex for a couple years, now, but doesn't think Alex could possibly feel the same way. But, at a birthday bash weekend for a mutual friend, alcohol fuels a bit of courage for Riley to finally tell, or show, Alex how he feels. And it was glorious…until the next morning when Alex doesn't remember a thing.



My heart went out to Riley. He could use a bit more self-confidence, for sure. Everyone, except Alex could see how he felt, but he was afraid to rock the boat and possibly ruin a friendship. Riley, Riley, Riley. If you don't take the chance, there is only one guaranteed outcome. Besides, do you really think Alex won't want to be your friend anymore, even if he doesn't feel the same way? Even his brother thought told him that. Wise brother, that.

And Alex could be a bit oblivious, that's for sure. And maybe he holds a secret or two of his own. What he does know is that Riley is acting odd and avoiding him and since Riley is the other half of his soul (even if he doesn't quite realize it), Alex is feeling lost.

A Christmas Kiss is short and we don't get a lot of back story. But we do know that it has taken our boys way too long to see what has been right in front of them all along. I really wanted Riley to take a chance (and so did everyone else), but he was scared. And I wanted Alex to open his eyes. But when they do finally figure things out, I let out a big sigh and went "awwww". They're so sweet and that does my old cynical heart good to see.

I'd recommend A Christmas Kiss for that warm fluffy feeling, like snuggling up with someone you love on a cold winters night.

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ARC of A Christmas Kiss was generously provided by the author, in exchange for an honest review.



Author Bio

Annabelle Jacobs lives in the South West of England with three rowdy children, and two cats. An avid reader of fantasy herself for many years, Annabelle now spends her days writing her own stories. They're usually either fantasy or paranormal fiction, because she loves building worlds filled with magical creatures, and creating stories full of action and adventure. Her characters may have a tough time of it—fighting enemies and adversity—but they always find love in the end.


Twitter – https://twitter.com/AJacobs_fiction Website – www.annabellejacobs.com Email – ajacobsfiction@gmail.com
Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/ajacobsfiction




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