Monday, November 21, 2016

Review Tour: A Family For Christmas by Jay Northcote

A Family For Christmas
by Jay Northcote
Genre: M/M
Release Date: Nov 18, 2016

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.

This novella needs a more festive cover. This read definitely put me in a mood for the holiday and it sucks that I have to read this in between my lunch break.

Rudy is a shy and awkward guy who had a big crush on his new colleague, Zac. Rudy is such a sweetheart and his fail attempt at seduction is too funny, but I don't want to laugh at his expense. During one of their company's drunken night out, Rudy accidentally invited Zac back to his hometown for the upcoming celebration after realizing the poor guy didn't have anyone to spend it with.

Zac is an antisocial at work and even his private life is mundane with the prerequisite daily workout. He grew up without a family and didn't have many friends. Zac had long given up of dreaming for a place he could call home. The last thing he want is to spend the holiday with a big group of strangers making small talk, but he can't find himself to reject the invitation.

There are a lot of details on the Christmas activities within the family from Christmas Eve to Boxing day. There are tons of cooking, bickering and interesting family games. Although I find that the conversation between the family members are rather stilt, I'm totally immerse in the atmosphere. Of course within the few days, Zac and Rudy grew closer together and Zac starting to realize he actually enjoy being with Rudy's family even though they are not his own. Despite the short time frame, I didn't feel the romance is rush. It was able to develop slowly and naturally and when the epilogue took place, I spot the biggest grin on my face.

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.