Thursday, November 30, 2017

Book Brief: Secret Santa by Jay Northcote

secret santaTitle ~ Secret Santa 

Author ~ Jay Northcote

Published ~ 24th November 2017

Genre ~ Contemporary M/M Romance, Holiday





Keeping secrets is never a good way to start a relationship
Theo hardly has time to date. Between work and caring for his four-year-old son there aren’t many hours left over. He’s lonely though, so he joins a hook-up app and starts chatting to a guy called Luke. Luke seems friendly and they arrange to meet. Theo doesn’t mention that he has a child. It’s early days and he’s worried about putting Luke off before they get to know each other.
Luke is currently working as Santa at the local shopping mall. He figures Theo never has to know. Christmas will be over soon and Luke will move on to a new, less embarrassing job. He’s surprised when Theo and a little boy visit Santa one afternoon. Theo doesn’t recognise Luke, and Luke realises he’s not the only one with a secret.
Despite misgivings on both sides, they start dating, and the chemistry is amazing. But as Christmas approaches their secrets pile up like colourful packages under the tree. If they’re not careful, they’ll lose the best gift of all—each other.


Lisa’s Book Brief

Secret Santa is a stand-alone holiday tale by Jay Northcote. There’s always a little magic in the air when it comes to the Christmas season and sometimes it’s that winter magic that can help two strangers find their way to each other.

Theo and Luke are two strangers who are brought together by a hook-up app. Despite the fact that they “meet” on an app that is essentially an avenue for lust-filled encounters, both men are looking for more than no-strings hook-ups. There is no denying that Theo and Luke connect on more than a physical level. They definitely share a sweet connection and some sizzling chemistry. However, both men have some secrets they are not sure how to share. With Christmas around the corner, will our two protagonists be brave enough to come forward with the truth and take a chance on love?

This was certainly a feel-good tale about two men who find that special someone during a magical time of year. Theo and Luke were simply so lovely to watch as they fell for each other. 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, Secret Santa was a wonderfully executed holiday romance by Jay 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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