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 pretense 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?
©2015 Jay Northcote (P)2016 Jay Northcote
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"A delightful and very British story"
A wonderful friends to lovers and fake boyfriends Christmas story with oodles of feel good moments. It’s sweet, fluffy, and mostly angst-free. Another cracking and very British tale from Jay, with lots of sexy times for Justin and Sean.
Mark’s narration suits the age of the main characters and their London setting, plus he gave them a different voice so it was easy to distinguish the two guys. His long pauses were noticeable but not enough to detract from the whole story.
"Fun for the holidays!"
Justin and Sean have been best friends forever. Justin came out to Sean early on and was crushed when Sean admitted to being gay only after they’d survived growing up. The two never crossed the line from being “just friends” though it turns out both had harbored romantic feelings for the other for a long time.
When Justin needs someone to pose as his boyfriend, Sean volunteers. Soon it’s hard to tell just where the “pretending” becomes reality. But when Christmas is over will the two go back to being “just friends”.
Jay does New Adult really well. Her boys are funny and sharp and sexy as hell. Sean and Justin have tremendous chemistry and it was fun watching it combust.
There is very little angst and lots of hot times in this wonderful Holiday story.
I recommend this to fans of Jay’s work and anyone looking for some fun Holiday Frolicking!
Michael Steadman is wonderful! He’s got the delightful accent and a very good sense of timing a great sense of humor. He gives the women a fair pass at voicing, each of the MCs a different, discernable voice with their own personalities and he’s very easy to listen to. I very much recommend this as a way to enjoy this lovely book!
5 of 5 stars for both book and audiobook
this was a sweet little friends to lovers holiday read that ends with an awesome HEA.
Mark Stedman was delightful and did an amazing job bringing these characters to life.
I loved their little safe word. no, no it isn't kinky, it's something they came up with as children because Sean didn't know his own strength when they were smaller. It then reappeared in adulthood as somewhat of a cute joke.
Highly recommend this to get you in the spirit
"Gets you in a holiday mood!"
Mark Steadman does a good job with the character voices and keeps a steady pace for the narration. My only complaint for the narration was I felt like he got a little heavy on pauses.
One of the things I felt that was needed to really get the narration right was the relationship between Justin and Sean and Steadman does well with both the external and internal dialogue.
The story was well written, and the characters well fleshed out...but damn the miscommunication bugged the hell out of me. This was 90% miscommunication but luckily, Northcote writes interesting characters, and it's such a short novella that there really wasn't a whole lot of time to get really annoyed.
Overall, it's a fun story with some pretty hot sexy times, good narration, easy flow, and a sweet HFN/HEA that put me right into a sweet holiday mood.
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