Ben has Christmas, cats, and mistletoe on his side…. Jason doesn’t stand a chance
For Ben Slater, moving back to Bristol means being closer to his family, living with his best mate, and volunteering at the local animal shelter. But there’s also Jason, his best mate’s eldest brother. Ben’s had a crush on Jason for as long as he can remember, but the eleven-year age gap has always seemed insurmountable.
Jason Armitage works as a vet at his uncle’s practice. He owns a cute cottage on the outskirts of the city, and a loving dog. The one thing missing is someone to share it all with. His brother’s best friend seems a bad choice, but Jason can’t help taking a second look. Ben’s changed a lot since Jason last saw him; both in appearance and attitude. Gone is the shy young boy, replaced with a confident, twenty-four-year-old man.
In the run up to Christmas, the festive period gives Ben the ideal opportunity to show Jason what he has to offer. But concerns for his brother’s feelings hold Jason back. If they have any chance of making this work, Ben must convince Jason that he’s old enough to know what he wants, and Jason needs to believe that a relationship with his brother’s best friend won’t ruin their friendship.
A sweet holiday story, even if it might not stand out in a sea of Christmas reads.
I liked Not Just For Christmas. I mean, who doesn't love a childhood-crush-to-lovers story?! I could read about a BFF's hunky older brother noticing a guy for the first time any day of the week. All. Day. Long.
The story was a slower-paced one, which isn't necessarily a bad thing, but it doesn't grab you and force you to read all night. The romance was like that too: just sweet and there, but more comfortable than passionate. It was a nice matchup, but I didn't get that explosion of tension and chemistry that I was hoping for.
If you like British stories of unrequited loves turning into requited loves (score!) with lots of cute animals to boot, then pick this one up.
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