Author: Jay Northcote
Cover Design: Garrett Leigh
Release: November 18
Length: 45,000 words
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.
5 out of 5 (exceptional)
A Family for Christmas has got to be THE most feel-good book I've read this Christmas season! Zac had a rough upbringing, was in the system, and now he refuses to let anyone get close in an attempt to keep from being hurt. Rudy has everything that Zac could ever want, but Zac doesn't want anything to do with him. Until, that is, they go out with the office for Christmas drinks and tequila is involved! Rudy manages to get under Zac's skin, but Zac is still confused and terrified of what happens next. Rudy is shy and slightly awkward, Zac is more wordly in some ways, but not others. Together, this pair make their Christmas bright, for themselves and everyone else.
I loved these two - it's a simple as that. Now, don't get me wrong, this is definitely a Christmas book, and because of that I can enjoy things that I would normally find irritating. This book is hot in places, but it is also sugary sweet. Normally I don't do this amount of sweetness, but here, it works. There is no angst or misunderstandings between Zac and Rudy. Instead, the misunderstanding comes from Rudy's mum and family.
I will just say that from a personal point of view, the idea of playing games is my idea of hell. Luckily Zac is happier to join in than I would be!!!!
Exceedingly well written, with no editing or grammatical errors to disrupt the reading flow, this is a story to read every Christmastime to get into the mood! Definitely recommended by me.
* A copy of this book was provided to me with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read this book, and my comment here are my honest opinion. *
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Author BioJay 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.