Title: What Happens at Christmas
Author: Jay Northcote
Release Date: November 19th 2015
Genre: M/M Romance, Contemporary, Christmas
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 pretence 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?
This year Jay Northcote has become a must-buy author for me and though I have previously had some reservations about Holiday stories in general, I completely fell in love with What Happens at Christmas.
This is a perfect example of a friends to lovers story. Not only does London get covered in snow, but the bad guy gets his comeuppance and our wonderful main characters, Justin and Sean, finally admit their long-standing feelings for one another.
If the chance of our two young men not being each other’s fairytale prince wasn’t enough to keep us hooked on the story, Jay Northcote manages to engage our interest and emotions further with Sean’s back-story, his difficult ‘coming-out’ and relationship breakdown with his father. We recognize that Sean’s friendship with Justin is one of the only constants in his life and this makes us fear the consequences of their ‘pretend’ date.
What Happens at Christmas is sexy and intense, but Jay Northcote does not let the passion between Sean and Justin overtake the story’s warmth and romance. This is a must read!