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A No-Strings Noel by Annabelle Jacobs

A No-Strings Noel | Annabelle Jacobs


Release Date: November 18th, 2021

Cover Design: Natasha Snow

Length: 54,000 words approx

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A week of no-strings fun in a winter wonderland setting. No consequences, no expectations, no hurt feelings. Right?


Finding his boyfriend in a compromising position leaves him with a week off work and no holiday to go on.
A night of vodka, ice cream, and his sister’s sympathetic ear is the only way to deal with it.
It’s also how he finds himself on holiday alone a few weeks later, at an English holiday village in the countryside, surrounded by Christmas cheer and happy families.

He’s expecting a week of relaxing days and early nights, doing his own thing, and taking some time for himself. And hopefully finding some festive spirit along the way, because it’s sorely lacking at the moment.

What he’s not expecting is Dom.


Coming to somewhere so familiar soothes his broken heart after yet another failed attempt at finding someone to settle down with. He’s ready. They never are.

Seeing a lost-looking stranger on the first day of his holiday triggers his protective instincts, so he steps in to give him some helpful advice.
Who knew that advice would mean they end up spending the day and then the whole week together? But he figures a holiday fling is exactly what he needs to get through this slump: no expectations, no misunderstandings, no heartbreak.
Or that was the plan.
He knows Henry wants more, but he doesn’t trust himself where his heart’s concerned.
He doesn’t trust Henry not to break it.

A Christmas MM romance featuring a meet-cute, a sexy holiday fling, a meddling but awesome sister, a teeny bit of angst, and a festive HEA.

About The Author

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Annabelle Jacobs lives in the South West of England with three rowdy children, and two cats. An avid reader of fantasy herself for many years, Annabelle now spends her days writing her own stories.

They’re usually either fantasy or paranormal fiction, because she loves building worlds filled with magical creatures, and creating stories full of action and adventure.

Her characters may have a tough time of it—fighting enemies and adversity—but they always find love in the end.

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What happens after the holiday fling is over?

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Oh I loved that. Most romances start with two people meeting, getting to know each other and build up to the hot sex.

Here instead we have a holiday encounter which is jam packed with delicious sparking steamy chemistry-filled sexy times between two men who start off thinking it’s going to be a no strings fling.

Of course, it quickly becomes clear there’s loads more feelings involved than either expected but both Henry and Dom are still dealing with breakups that left each of them bruised.

What I liked the best about this was the lack of over the top drama or angsting. Both men go home knowing they want more but being afraid to ask for it.

Instead, there then starts a sweet section where they get to know each other over text messages, talking to family and friends about the situation and mostly acting like grown ups.

The tension point arises in a believable way and the solution, while perhaps a little convenient still completely works within the narrative.

For most of this book we are only with Henry and Dom but it never felt restricted, I loved reading about their activities outside the bedroom as much as those with no clothes on 😁

It’s also subtly funny too, never taking itself too seriously, and I loved the build up to their reunion and the Epilogue is fab.

It’d make a great Hallmark Christmas film #JustSaying

#ARC kindly received from the author in return for an honest and unbiased review.

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Truly delightful festive romance from Annabeth

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Annabeth Albert + a Military MC + a festive setting = complete win!

I knew going into this one that I would – more likely than not – end up loving it as it had all the hallmarks of the great formula which has worked so well in Annabeth’s Out of Uniform series (and if you’ve not read that yet, get on it!

This is magic, a lonely Sergeant Major being pushed into retirement after 28 years service, a younger man who lives in the town he grew up in, surrounded by his extended family and a support network but never taking risks.

They meet when Nick is cajoled by his Commanding Officer into taking over the role of Santa that her husband usually plays when he’s invalided out following a heart attack. Nick is not a jolly Santa at all, he’s a serious character whose really only ever known the Army life.

While there is tragedy in his past, it’s not dwelled upon, it’s something he’s pushed deep inside and so Teddy’s open and expressive way of life and the closeness he has with his own family, even though they too have had a similar painful experience, is something he’s not sure how to deal with.

I loved watching Teddy slowly break down all Nick’s walls, not even deliberately, he just is Teddy and Nick slowly realises there might be an alternative to living the remainder of his days alone in a Florida setting he’s only heading for because he promised an old Army buddy he’d invest in his tour business.

Teddy’s not all fluff though, he knows he’s got his own issues and the safety and security of his small hometown where he knows everyone is just one of the things which holds him back. Nick opens up a future he hadn’t thought was possible.

I love me a good Christmas/festive romance and I love me a good military romance, especially with an age gap and complete opposites attract, and Annabeth delivers on all three. Put this one at the top of your reading list, it’ll make a lovely present!

#ARC kindly received from the publishers Carina Press, via NetGalley, in return for an honest and unbiased review

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