What Happens At Christmas
by Jay Northcote
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Cover Artist: Garrett Leigh
Pages or Words: 37,000 words (approximate)
Release Date: November 19, 2015
Categories: Contemporary, Fiction, M/M Romance, Romance
When two friends pose as boyfriends, could what happens at Christmas turn into something more?
Justin is recently and unhappily single. Christmas is coming, and he doesn’t want to face his ex alone at their office party. So Sean—Justin’s best mate and long-time secret crush—volunteers to go with him and pretend to be his new flame.
Sean has always lusted after Justin from afar, but there’s never been a good opportunity to ask him for more than friendship. Posing as Justin’s boyfriend isn’t a chore, and if Justin wants to rebound onto him, Sean’s more than willing. At the party pretense and reality blur, and a kiss on the dance floor leads to a night of passion.
In the aftermath, they both assume it was a one-time thing until fate intervenes. Stuck together in London over the holidays, they give in to temptation again. But what happens at Christmas stays at Christmas… right?
Rating: 4 1/2 stars
What Happens at Christmas by Jay Northcote is like Christmas candy canes and romantic movies and warm, crackling fires all wrapped up in book format. Sweet, sexy, tender, and it just wraps you up in feel good emotions.
Justin has recently been dumped by a jerk of a guy that works in his office. The company holiday party is coming up and Justin doesn’t want to go because ‘the jerk’ will be there with HIS new guy.
Justin best friend Sean is coming back to town after a 9 month trip and has decided to be Justin’s ‘pretend boyfriend’ for the holiday party. Sexy party clothes, a little too much champagne, and some kissing on the dance floor lead them back to Justin’s place and a frantic ‘friends to lover’ moment that is real and hot and sexy and just all together perfect.
The days that follow their sexy little interlude are the perfect balance between ‘slightly awkward’ and ‘this is so much better than being just friends’. These two guys have been best friends since they were young…they KNOW each other. There are inside jokes and honest moments and honestly it was just sweet. There are definitely some ‘awkward communication’ moments between these two after they hook up and I found that totally believable. I wasn’t sure I was totally happy with how Sean’s dad reacted to their new relationship. Sean talks about how horrible his dad took the news that he was gay less than a year before and they hadn’t really talked about it since. When he admitted to his dad that he and Justin were in a relationship it seemed like he came around a bit too easily. But, his dad realized that Sean is a grown man and can make his own decisions, even if he doesn’t like them.
What Happens at Christmas by Jay Northcote is sweet and sentimental. I loved the Christmas gift exchange…it had me smiling at how perfect these two guys were for each other. They have an easy and natural camaraderie that comes from years of friendship mixed with smoking hot sexy times as they discover each other physically for the first time. Absolutely heart melting book!
Justin’s phone chimed with a text, interrupting Sean’s train of thought.
Justin picked up his phone to read the message. “Ugh.” He put the phone back down without typing a reply and ran his hands through his hair.
Justin sighed. “It’s our work Christmas party next weekend. I’ve already got a ticket, and nearly everyone in the office goes, but it’s for partners as well. One of my co-workers, Jess, is bugging me to come, but I can’t face it. I bet Andy’s going to bring his new boyfriend. I know he’s a shit and I shouldn’t let him get to me, but the thought of him parading around with my replacement, and me being there on my own, isn’t very appealing.”
“Is it too late to find someone to take?”
“No, they don’t need final numbers till Monday.”
“Well, then. Take someone else and flirt like crazy in front of him. Show him you can do better and that you’ve already moved on.”
“But I’m not ready to date. It’s only been two weeks, and I’m still at the feeling-sorry-for-myself stage.”
“I’ll go with you,” Sean offered. “I could be your date. We could pretend we’ve got together and are a couple now.”
“Yeah?” Justin looked thoughtful. “Are you sure?”
Duh. It would hardly be much of a sacrifice to flirt with Justin all night. It would actually be a relief not to have to hide the way he felt for a change.
“Sure,” Sean replied. “I think I can manage to fake that I’m arse-over-tit infatuated with you. As long as it’s only for a few hours.”
“Gee, thanks.” Justin rolled his eyes. “You really know how to make an already-wounded ego feel better. But if you’re up for it, we should totally do it. Andy was always jealous of you before you went away. He saw you as competition because we lived together and were so close. I’d love to see his face when I walk in with you on my arm. I think he’ll hate it even if he’s moved on.”
“Okay.” Sean rubbed his hands together, excited at the prospect of getting to piss off Andy. “Let’s do it! Text your friend Jess back and tell her you’re in—with a hot date.”
Meet the author:
Jay lives just outside Bristol in the West of England, with her husband, two children, and two cats.
She comes from a family of writers, but she always used to believe that the gene for fiction writing had passed her by. She spent years only ever writing emails, articles, or website content. One day, she decided to try and write a short story–just to see if she could–and found it rather addictive. She hasn’t stopped writing since.
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