A Family for Christmas by Jay Northcote | Review

a-family-for-christmas-jay-northcoteNow that it’s December, I’m fully prepared to embrace the Christmas spirit and a great way to do that is with this wonderful novella! Jay Northcote warmed my heart and my–er, just my heart–with A Family for Christmas.

Rudy’s family was hilarious and I loved them all. All of these secondary characters really made the story for me. Their interactions with Rudy and Zac were sometimes heartfelt and at other times awkward, but it all came across as real.

Zac’s troubled past is given just enough meat to fill in his backstory without bringing down the tone of the whole novella. Jay did a great job balancing the length of the story with fleshing out the characters.

I really connected with Rudy. While in a lot of ways we’re quite different, Rudy fiercely loves his family and that I can relate to. He didn’t want to disappoint his mom during the holidays and things spiraled out of control from there.

Fake boyfriends/husbands/lovers/whatever is such a fun trope! I loved this simple, yet completely believable take on it.

If you are looking for a low-angst holiday read, then look no further! A Family for Christmas by Jay Northcote will put a smile on your face from beginning to long after the end.

This review is based on a review copy.

Rating: ★★


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.

Publisher: Jaybird Press
Release Date: November 16, 2016
Length: 136 pages
Purchase: Amazon (KU)

Ciao, darlings.


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