Friday, November 18, 2016

Release Day Review: A Family for Christmas by Jay Northcote


Title: A Family For Christmas

Author: Jay Northcote

Release: 18th November 2016

Genre: M/M (Christmas)


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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.

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Lisa’s Review

A Family for Christmas is a stand-alone holiday tale by Jay Northcote. This book is a heart-warming gem about learning to open up and letting that someone special in, becoming vulnerable and learning to trust in love even when it happens with the last person you expect.

Rudy has worked in web design and copywriting for Rainbow Futures, a charity organization focused on LGBT+ youth, ever since he graduated two and a half years ago. He’s shy and does not have too much experience in the relationship department. When Zac is hired on at Rainbow Futures as the new social media and PR manager, Rudy is automatically smitten with the sexy and standoffish stranger. There’s nothing he’d like more than make a move on his new co-worker. If only he had the courage.

One office outing and Rudy finds his ever-lacking courage at the bottom of a tequila glass, actually a few tequila glasses. Rudy and Zac share a scorching kiss but nothing more than that. However, Rudy end up inviting Zac to spend Christmas with him and his family and Zac surprisingly accepts. Now the pair will be spending a few days with one another in the midst of Rudy’s crazy and loving family. Zac anticipates a Christmas full of awkward moments with strangers. What he gets is a warm welcome, a sense of acceptance and familial love and a small kindling of belief that maybe, just maybe, something more than friendship is possible with Rudy. Will the magic of Christmas be enough to bring the two young men together? Can Rudy penetrate Zac’s hardened exterior and work his way into his heart?

Zac certainly had some baggage to contend with, most of which came from the fact that he was abandoned by everyone that was supposed to love him. His insecurities just made me want to wrap him up in a big ole hug. Seriously. He simply melted my heart as he came to terms with his feelings for Rudy and finally accepted that he did deserve someone like Rudy and his own happily ever after. Those moments of vulnerability between our two protagonists played havoc on my romantic heart. I wanted so desperately for them to get their holiday-made happy forever. Such a sweet and cute romance that had my heart fluttering.

All in all, A Family for Christmas was a wonderfully executed holiday romance by Ms. Northcote. It’s is not bogged down with unnecessary over-the-top angst and drama. What you get is a sweet, fun and light-hearted love story that will leave you happily sighing and clutching your heart. Recommended read!


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Meet Jay Northcote


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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