A Christmas Kiss - Annabelle Jacobs
Author: Annabelle Jacobs
Cover Design: Garrett Leigh
Release Date: November 18
Length: 38,000 words
Keeping secrets from your best friend isn’t right, but it’s easier than admitting you’ve fallen in love with him.
Sharing a late-night kiss with his best friend, Alex, is Riley’s dream come true. Waking up to discover Alex was too drunk to remember anything is more like a nightmare. Scared the truth could destroy their friendship, Riley keeps quiet and pretends nothing happened.
Alex can’t shake the feeling that he said or did something stupid on their group’s drunken weekend away—why else would Riley be avoiding him? Although the explanation he finally gets sounds plausible, Riley’s still acting strange, and trying to figure out why that is unearths emotions Alex has worked hard to bury.
Riley knows not telling Alex how he feels is probably selfish, but he wants one last normal Christmas before he has to come clean and face the potential fallout.
He should have known it wouldn’t be that easy.
4 out of 5 (very good)
A Christmas Kiss is a short read, telling the friends to lovers story of Riley and Alex. Riley has liked Alex for a long time, but feels that he is firmly in the "friend-zone". Then, during a stay as a friend's lodge near Snowdonia, Wales, Riley kisses Alex and thinks they've made a step forward. However, due to Alex being blindly drunk, he has no recollection of this event, much to Riley's hurt feelings. We have miscommunications, jealous tirades, plus 'helping' friends to make this book work... and it does.
It is low angst, full of backwards and forwards as Riley and Alex try to figure out just how to move forward, and just what exactly is wrong. With the Snowdonia and Bristol settings, it works perfectly.
This is a feel good Christmas novella, perfect to enjoy with hot chocolate and marshmallows! (Maybe with a spot of brandy or Bailey's if you're really lucky!!) 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 comments here are my honest opinion. *
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Author BioAnnabelle Jacobs lives in the South West of England with three rowdy children, and two cats. An avid reader of fantasy herself for many years, Annabelle now spends her days writing her own stories. They're usually either fantasy or paranormal fiction, because she loves building worlds filled with magical creatures, and creating stories full of action and adventure. Her characters may have a tough time of it—fighting enemies and adversity—but they always find love in the end.
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