Friday, November 18, 2016

Release Blitz: A Family for Christmas by Jay Northcote (Review)

Release Blitz: A Family For Christmas - Jay Northcote (Review)

Author: Jay Northcote

Cover Design: Garrett Leigh

Release: November 18

Length: 45,000 words

Buy Links: Amazon US | Amazon UK


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.

4* Sweet little Xmas tale that ends in the start of what I think is the leads' HEA.

This is short and sweet, a tale of Rudy, a guy with a big family who's starting to fall for his somewhat loner of a co-worker, Zac, and ends up inviting him home for the Xmas hols. Rudy's known nothing but love and support for his whole life, whereas Zac is a child of the system and hasn't ever belonged anywhere, or to anyone. 

The tale takes place mainly during the period between the invitation and build-up to Xmas, and the actual few days at Rudy's parents' home and the Xmas described is a pretty traditional British one, with lots of booze, some in vino veritas, family, great sounding food, love, games and with lots of good feels. It's a very ordinary tale, and by that, I mean that there are no unrealistic dramas, no 'will they/won't they' (because, even though they're there as friends, they both want to be more and actually talk about it, rather than clamming up) and no unnecessary angst. Both guys are real, believable and very British and I loved their romance. Add in a few furry friends and it's a lovely Xmas tale, and they end up with Holly, the pet who's for life, not just for Xmas.

ARC courtesy of the author and SignalBoostPR for my reading pleasure. 

Author Bio

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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