Author: Jay Northcote
Publisher: Self Published
Cover Artist: Garrett Leigh
Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 11/16/2016
Length: Novella (~ 15K-50K)
Genre: Contemporary, Gay Romance, Winter Holiday
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.
A little bit sweet, a little bit sappy, and a whole lot of Christmas cheer. That is the best way I can describe Jay Northcote’s 2016 Christmas offering, A Family for Christmas.
I can’t say that there was much in this novel that came as a surprise. It is a fairly typical entry into the “fake boyfriend” trope. However, as Jay is famous for, you can’t help but love bumbling, down on himself Rudy and broken, “unlovable” Zac. You also can’t help but want the Christmas holidays to work their magic.
Add in an entertaining, but not over the top cast of supporting characters, you have an entertaining few hours that will warm your Christmas seaking heart.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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