Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Review Tour: A Boyfriend For Christmas by Jay Northcote

Cover Design: Garrett Leigh @ Black Jazz Design


Archie's posh parents want him to meet a nice girl--how can he tell them he's fallen for a bad boy instead?

Closeted, innocent and lonely, Archie Arandale longs for someone special in his life. A Christmas party organised by his wealth management company is the last place he expects to meet the man of his dreams.

With his leather jacket, tattoos, and piercings, Cal Turner turns heads the moment he walks through the door. He definitely isn't looking for a boyfriend, but Archie's hesitant charm captures his attention, and sneaking off during the party to have a little fun can only make a dull evening more interesting.

After their reckless and thrilling encounter, Archie is keen for more experience and Cal is happy to oblige. The need for secrecy means this can only be a casual fling, yet as they spend time together in the run up to Christmas, their feelings become more intense than either of them had bargained for. How can Archie find the courage to tell his family about Cal, when Cal's the exact opposite of the 'nice girl' they've been hoping for?

Contains: A closeted virgin, a tattooed biker, class differences, a dramatic coming out, a very inappropriate Christmas gift, and a happy ending (of course).

Dani's review:

If you want an utterly sparkly and SEXY holiday read featuring British boys and an opposites-attract theme, look no further. A Boyfriend for Christmas is all that and leather pants that unzip from the front AND back. Oh, hell YES, baby, talk about easy access.

Cal and Archie couldn’t be more different. Archie comes from a wealthy, posh family. His accent could cut glass. He’s polite and well-mannered, and completely repressed. Archie is a virgin because he doesn’t dare, but he has all kinds of dirty desires.

Enter Cal: tattooed, bad boy extraordinaire. Cal is Archie’s wet dream. He’s buff, wears leather, and rides a bike like the road belongs to him.

Initially, Cal and Archie agree that their make-out sessions are nothing serious. Archie wants to explore, and Cal is all about showing Archie how good a man’s touch can feel. Of course, the no-commitment rule doesn’t last long. Cal and Archie get on too well, and while there’s not a lot of relationship development, there’s enough that I was cheering these guys on, especially when Archie screws his courage to the sticking place and finally comes out to his family.

Cheers to Cal’s friend Danny who encourages him in all the right ways (and gives him penis confetti for Christmas cause that’s what friends are for); Archie’s sister Lottie who’s not nearly as snooty as she seems; Archie’s friend Fiona who serves as the perfect beard; and Cal’s mom who welcomes everyone in for tea (as it should be).

Special shout-out to gay virgin sex, because, DAMN, Archie is all about it, and Cal gives as good as he gets (in ALL the ways).

This is a low-angst, high-steam holiday story with two delightful MCs and a tentative HEA. I was a little miffed at how the epilogue kind of trailed off (where were the proclamations of love??), but I was satisfied nonetheless.

** A free copy of this book was provided by the tour organizer in exchange for an honest review. **

About the author:

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 self-publishes under the imprint Jaybird Press.

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