Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Book Brief: Alone for Christmas by Ashley John

alone christmasTitle ~ Alone for Christmas

Author ~ Ashley John

Published ~ 20th November 2016

Genre ~ Contemporary M/M Romance, Christmas





Noah expected to spend Christmas alone, but he never expected to spend it falling in love with his boss.
With his third divorce looming and his bank accounts frozen, Chip Harington was surprisingly okay with spending Christmas alone, even if he was living out of a suitcase in his office. He had already decided to skip the office Christmas party, until some surprising words from one of his employees makes him change his mind.
Noah always expected the crush for his boss to fade, but after two years working under Chip, his feelings are stronger than ever. With Chip’s personal life in tatters once more, Noah never expected his boss to show his face at the office Christmas party, so he was even more surprised when his drunken attempt to kiss Chip turned into so much more.
Chip assumed his encounter with Noah was nothing more than a one-night stand, but when his employee emerges from a snowstorm on Christmas Eve, they are forced to spend Christmas together in a London office block. With the lines between employer and employee blurred, will either man emerge from the snow the same, or will their Christmas encounter change the course of their lives forever, making them wish they had spent Christmas alone after all?


Freya’s Book Brief

Chip is on his third divorce. Due to his wife freezing his accounts, he is temporarily living out of the office. Noah has had a crush on his boss for a long time. Following a lustful encounter at the Company Christmas party, the boss/subordinate lines get blurred.

The blurb kinda gives the basics of this story, so I don’t want to say too much about the plot for fear of giving the game away. Suffice as to say it’s the classic Christmas office party story with a little bit of a twist. And what a perfect time to publish such a work. Any other time of the year it wouldn’t work, but now, it certainly does.

This yuletide ditty has some well-known characteristics. The handsome outwardly straight boss, the subordinate in love and the female best friend. Oh, and out of this world orgasms. Just what you want to read over the festive period – at least I do.

When Noah realizes that both will be alone during the Christmas break, he decides to visit Chip at the office, but they get snowed in. Let the fun begin.

I found this story extremely enjoyable. However, there were some body parts with their own brains, e.g. It twitched, pleading with Noah to take it into his mouth --- I can understand what the author is trying to say, but many editors would frown. For this to be correct in an editor’s eyes, it should read a variation of; It twitched, Noah imagined the cock was pleading with him to take it into his mouth. There is also no mention of butt preparation, not even in passing. Finally, I found a spelling mistake “Mine looks life, Africa.” – like?

All that aside, the leading men are adorable. There were some lovely phrases and many scenes that made me smile. There is good attention to detail that drew me in and allowed me to be a fly on the wall reader. I especially enjoyed the office games one only does when the boss is out of the office. Sometimes the man in the chair wants to play those games, too. Later, the story provides some crossed wires that made my heart skip, but you’ll have to pick up a copy of the book to discover what comes of it.

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ashleyjohnAshley John is a young gay author of gay romance novels. Living in the north of England with his fiancé and two cats, Ashley John spends his days writing down the voices he hears in his head. His books are primarily romance dramas with sprinklings of erotica and he has a knack for making you feel like you're living right beside the characters he creates. Ashley John is also a keen artist and he puts his artistic side to designing all of his own covers.

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