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  • What Happens at Christmas

  • By: Jay Northcote
  • Narrated by: Mark Steadman
  • Length: 3 hrs and 41 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (38 ratings)

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What Happens at Christmas

By: Jay Northcote
Narrated by: Mark Steadman
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Summary

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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this is the first audio book I've ever had and I loved it it really brings the story to life more than just reading it yourself and I loved the story line about 2 friends in love with each other but too afraid to say anything in case they were wrong

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An enjoyable Christmas story with a happy ending

I enjoyed this.

Great narration as usual from Mark.

A clever spin on a traditional Christmas romantic story.

I was worried that it would follow the now predictable Northcote “Will they won’t they poor communication” theme, that is often dragged out over too many chapters in many of his stories - but he managed to reign it in and the pace was maintained, and the story was all the better for it.

So, well worth a listen or a read.

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Friends-to-lovers at Christmas rings all the bells

Justin and Sean have been best friends since they were children, and have had the hots for each other for almost as long. The only problem is they’ve never told each other, and now they’ve decided to pretend to be boyfriends at a work Christmas party, to make Justin’s cheating ex jealous. I really enjoyed this friends-to-lovers story… these guys are sweet, randy, and surprisingly mature for their age… it’s a really fun novella-length listen with plenty of heat and very low angst. Mark Steadman’s characterizations are pleasant and his overall performance is top notch, and I would happily listen to him again.

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Finally Home

Sean and Justin have been friends since they were seven but Sean has been out of the country travelling for awhile, he's going to be staying with Justin till he gets a new job and it can't have come at a better time for Justin. He's newly dumped and its nearly Christmas.. A great friends to lovers...finally romance with some heat and fun. loved listening to their story and have previously read it also. Mark Steadman narrated wonderfully with every word Crystal clear.

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I loved this!

This is the first audiobook I've listened to by Mark Steadman and I really enjoyed his performance. The different voices he used for the characters made it easy to distinguish who's talking. I also found his voice very easy to listen to and pleasing as well.

Friends-to-lovers is one of my favorite romance tropes and Jay Northcote has written a really good one. There's also a bit of fake boyfriends trope going on, too.

The time never seemed to be right for Justin and Sean to get together romantically but this year Christmas provides the perfect opportunity for them to change that.

A complimentary copy of this audiobook was provided to me but my review was voluntary and not influenced by the author and/or narrator.

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Great festive book

A super cute friends to lovers Christmas story, lots of sweet moments and steamy fun in this novella.

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A sweet friends-fake BF-lovers holiday story :)

I really like Jay Northcote's stories - they're like warm hugs with fun characters, sweet emotions, a dash of angst, (the one's I prefer anyway), and steam. This is no exception - Sean and Justin are old friends who have kept up with each other even though Sean has been out of the country a fair bit. Justin, recently separated from his cheating ex, asks Sean to be his plus one to the office holiday party. As they fake being BFs, they realise that maybe it isn't all pretend after all.

Mark Steadman provides a solid performance and definitely adds to the enjoyment of the story. A nice way to enjoy the story :)

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Sweet Christmas story

I really enjoyed listening to this Christmas story about two childhood friends who have been secretly in love with each other for years. When they play fake boyfriends for a party they end in bed together which just highlights there feelings for each other. And when they end up spending Christmas together they can't hide their feelings anymore. I thought the narrator did a really good job as well.

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The perfect Christmas

Perfect Christmas when everthing comes together a love and friendship that had smouldered over the years another gem from Jay Northcote. 😘

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I loved it

I read the ebook when it first came out, so listening to the audiobook now is like listening to a new story. I loved it. The writing portrays normality and is unashamedly British. Justin and Sean are both so down to earth and it makes a pleasant change to find a book with no angst.

Mark Steadman is just right for this audiobook. He narrates in a matter of fact manner, yet manages to bring Sean and Justin perfectly to life. 5 stars all round.

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