Friday, December 9, 2016

Review Tour: A Family For Christmas by Jay Northcote

Review Tour

A Family For Christmas by Jay Northcote

Cover Design: Garrett Leigh

Release: November 18

Length: 45,000 words

Buy Links: Amazon US | Amazon UK


Zac never had a family of his own, but Rudy has enough to share.

Shy, inexperienced Rudy has a crush on Zac from the moment his new colleague walks through the door. On an office night out before Christmas, Rudy finds the courage to make a move, and they form a tentative bond. When he discovers Zac will be alone at Christmas, he invites Zac to come home with him.

Zac prefers to keep people at arm’s length. Yet when Rudy offers him a family Christmas it’s impossible to resist. With no parents of his own, Zac is pleasantly surprised to be welcomed by Rudy’s. The only drawback is that everyone assumes they’re a couple. Unwilling to disappoint Rudy’s mum and make Christmas awkward, they decide not to deny it. 

It’s not a chore for Zac to pose as Rudy’s boyfriend, but the pretence makes him want things that scare him—things like a real relationship with Rudy. Zac’s suffered enough rejection in his life already and is afraid to risk his heart. If he can get over his past rejection and let Rudy inside his armour, he might get more for Christmas than he ever imagined.

Karen's review:

‘A Family for Christmas’ it’s an awesome way to start off the holidays and put a smile on your face. This one’s got it all family, love, the best holiday of the year, a pretty awesome dog and more than one epic cat…seriously one of these cats is named ‘Hardy’ and he’s a ginger…that’s right there’s a ginger…tabby cat in this story but still he’s a ginger and if you’re still holding out there’s more…
There’s Rudy, he’s shy and a bit nerdy. At 24 years old he may not a virgin but he’s pretty close.  His experience is limited to say the least, he’s just not a casual sex kind of guy, especially not now that he’s met Zac.
Zac’s the new guy in the office and Rudy’s got a crush on Zac. He’s hot and buff and keeps the world at arm’s length…or at least he tries to until a night out with some co-workers and a few shots of Tequila seem to lower his defenses and he lets it slip that he’s spending Christmas alone and Rudy’s right there to open the door for opportunity. He knows his loud, brash, loving family won’t object to one more mouth to feed on Christmas day so suddenly Zac’s spending Christmas with more family than he’d ever dreamed about having.
From start to finish ‘A Family for Christmas’ delighted me. When I started reading this it felt like I was opening a Christmas present. Everything started out interesting and intriguing and I just knew if I could get that gift wrap off…but without tearing it mind you because you don’t want to rip the pretty paper, right? Anyways, I just knew that inside that package was going to be the most amazing present and I was right because once I got that first layer of paper off it was the best present ever.
I got to share Christmas with Rudy and Zac and Rudy’s big ‘I love them all’ circus of a family, I got to watch Rudy and Zac as they danced around the Christmas tree going  from co-workers to something more that neither of them could really define, to two men in a full blown relationship. Both nervous and scared that they were going to mess things up but both wanting to try.
In spite of all their trepidation there was no angst or miscommunication or other sometimes frustrating contrivances. This was simply a sweet, lovely holiday romance with a beautiful ending that left me feeling good and wanting to celebrate the most wonderful time of the year.

I love Christmas stories and for me ‘A Family for Christmas’ was damned near sheer perfection. If you’re looking to start your holidays with a smile and feeling good than look no further because ‘A Family for Christmas’ is just what we all need.

** A free copy of this book was provided by Signal Boost as part of this review tour. A positive review was not promised in return. **

Author Bio

Jay lives just outside Bristol in the West of England. He comes from a family of writers, but always used to believe that the gene for fiction writing had passed him by. He spent years only ever writing emails, articles, or website content.

One day, Jay decided to try and write a short story—just to see if he could—and found it rather addictive. He hasn’t stopped writing since.

Jay writes contemporary romance about men who fall in love with other men. He has five books published by Dreamspinner Press, and also self-publishes under the imprint Jaybird Press. Many of his books are now available as audiobooks.

Jay is transgender and was formerly known as she/her.

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