Another brilliant Christmas romance to add to the collection
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
This is another brilliant Jay Northcote Christmas romance to add to the collection.
It’s perhaps a little more angsty than some of his previous ones, but it works all the better for it.
One of my favourite tropes is friends to lovers, there’s just something inherently special I think about that moment when you realise feelings have changed.
Add in a fake relationship sub plot and a close proximity setting and you have all the necessary ingredients for a thoroughly enjoyable read.
I wasn’t sure I was going to be happy at first. I was a bit peed off at Nick when he was behaving like a petulant child in spite of his dad’s obvious efforts to try and patch things up.
But then I figured he’d got enough reason stored up from his previous strained relationship with his dad to allow him a bit of leeway.
I was glad it didn’t linger though and I appreciated the gentle nudge from Jackson to take the olive branch while it was available.
The steam level is on the lighter side, but they have such a wonderfully strong friendship, I didn’t find myself obviously missing it.
I also appreciated the way the fact Jackson is black wasn’t made into a big deal. The information is given to the reader almost as an aside and there’s no heavy lifting given to that element of the narrative.
There’s a nice rounding out of both location and plot with the secondary characters and an Epilogue which is very sweet and funny at the same time.
Definitely one to add to the festive reading list.
#ARC kindly received from the author in return for an honest and unbiased review.