Monday, November 28, 2016

Review Tour: A Family for Christmas by Jay Northcote

Review Tour: A Family for Christmas by Jay Northcote 

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.

5 Stars

*Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie by the author/publisher for my reading pleasure in hopes of an unbiased opinion, a review was not a requirement.*

Zac just recently started working at Rainbow Fractures, a small charity focusing primarily on LGBT youth and education. Rudy has been working there for a couple of years now. Rudy has a crush on Zac, but Zac is very closed off and anti-social. Rudy is a bit shy and awkward, but after an after-work outing and copious amounts of liquid courage, he invites Zac home with him for the Christmas holidays.

I love knowing what to expect when I open a book by Jay. I know there will be sweet and lovable characters you can root for that share an amazing chemistry. Zac and Rudy were no exception. The story is a bit instalust/instalove, but it's detailed enough that it works and though the relationship moves fast it never felt rushed. The characters are well developed and we really get to know them. The story is well-written and I adored getting to see what a traditional English Christmas entails. I loved Rudy's family. They were amazing characters that added a depth to the story. They accepted Zac into their fold with no questions asked. By the end of the story I was almost as in love with Rudy's family as I was with Rudy and Zac.

This was a quick and easy holiday read. It moved along at a steady pace and  kept me entertained and turning the pages. It's filled with a little heartbreak and angst, but also with laughter, family, friendship, some steamy sex and  of course, plenty of love!! Pick it up, you won't be disappointed. Highly recommended!!

*Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie by the author/publisher for my reading pleasure in hopes of an unbiased opinion, a review was not a requirement.*

Rudy has been crushing on Zac, his new coworker at Rainbow Fractures ever since they met, Zac seems to not be interested, though, at least until one of their coworkers kind of forces him to join them to have drinks. Unable to stop himself he invites Zac to spend Christmas with him and his family in the countryside. 

Zac has been alone most of his time. He was abandoned as a little baby and then went through several foster homes, so he is used to being alone. He's not too sure about going to Rudy's home for the holidays, but is unable to say no. When Rudy's family believes they're a couple, he just can't find it in himself to disappoint them, so they decide to keep up with the charade. Only the longer they stay there, the less Zac wants to put a stop to it. 

I loved both Rudy and Zac. Rudy was so adorable and innocent, with him wearing his heart on his sleeve, but at the same time, he knew what he wanted, in this case, Zac, and went after it. My heart broke so many times for Zac, however, it was lovely to see him falling for both Rudy and his family the longer they knew each other. The chemistry between them was both hot and sweet and while it was a bit of insta-something, it worked well for them and didn't feel forced at all. 

Their interactions with their coworkers and Rudy's family were brilliant and added a lot of depth to the story, which just made it even better for me. 

Overall, this was a sweet, hot, very well-written Christmas story, with just a sprinkling of angst and a whole lot of heart to keep things interesting! Very recommendable!

Rating: 5 Stars!!!

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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