Friday, November 23, 2018

Review Tour: Stuck With You by Jay Northcote

Buy Links: Amazon US | Amazon UK  

Exclusive to Amazon and Available to Borrow in Kindle Unlimited

Length: 53,000 words approx.

Cover Design: Garrett Leigh @ Black Jazz Design

Two clashing colleagues stuck together for Christmas—will opposites eventually attract?

Patrick has been single since he broke up with his cheating ex almost a year ago. With Christmas looming, he’s resigned to spending it alone with only memories of happier times for company. When a business trip with a co-worker leaves them stranded in the Lake District due to heavy snow, it seems Patrick will have company for Christmas after all. It’s a shame his companion is Kyle, who’s undeniably attractive, but annoying as hell.

Aware of Patrick’s reluctant admiration, Kyle basks in the attention even though Patrick isn’t the type of man he normally goes for. Averse to relationships after being hurt in the past, Kyle enjoys the occasional hook up, but has given up on seeking anything more meaningful.

Stuck together, their antagonism escalates along with a heavy dose of sexual tension until it finally ignites. What starts as a Christmas fling soon feels like something special; but will their tentative connection melt away as the snow thaws? If they’re going to take a chance on finding happiness together, they’ll have to put their differences aside and learn to trust one another.

Contains: enemies-to-lovers, snowball fights, bickering, spanking, a cute dog, a wise old lady, mistletoe, and a happy ending (of course).

Dani's review:

Patrick and Kyle are new colleagues, but there's no love lost between them.

Patrick is messy to Kyle's orderly. He's seven years older than Kyle and despises Grindr, of which Kyle seems inordinately fond.

Kyle is snarky, high maintenance, and flirty. Patrick is not.

Patrick dresses for the weather. Kyle does not.

On the surface, the men are nothing alike, but they've both been betrayed. They understand hurt and loneliness.

When they get snowed in on a business trip, they make do with wine, cheese, biscuits, and dinner at a pub. They help out an elderly woman (who lends out her cottage, a remodeled pigsty, so they have somewhere to stay until the weather clears) and realize that sometimes opposites do attract.

The weather may be cold, but the sex is HAWT. Hello, spanking kink! Patrick is obsessed with Kyle's arse and puts his Christmas present to good use.

This is not a complicated story; it's filled with quiet moments, awkward moments, and moments of utter contentment.

I'm a fan of the snowed-in trope, and it's done well here. The MCs are forced to share a bed and kiss under a mistletoe. Is there a better recipe for romance?

These guys bring out the best in each other, even if they're afraid to try. Kyle's attempt at making Patrick jealous backfires big time. And Patrick jumps to false conclusions. Can they kiss and make up?

I read this book in one sitting, like I do most of Jay's stories. His writing style really appeals to me. It's breezy and effortless.

I adored Mrs. Wilcox and Dex, her German shepherd. The ending is a heartwarming HEA, complete with family found and promises kept.

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

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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 been published by Dreamspinner Press, and also self-publishes under the imprint Jaybird Press. Many of his books are also available as audiobooks.

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