My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I received a free copy of this book from the author, in exchange for an honest review.
4 solid stars to this lovely feel good christmas story.
Rudy is crushing hard on his distant aloof co-worker Zac, but he is shy and inexperienced and Zac is not only gorgeous and ripped, but also very standoff-ish and antisocial. A mandatory office christmas drink leads to a bit too much tequila, an embarrassing drunken kiss and an accepted invitation for Zac to spend christmas with Rudy’s large family, instead of being all alone.
When they arrive at the old farmhouse, miscommunication leads to everyone believing Zac is Rudy’s boyfriend and the two agree to play along in order not to disappoint Rudy’s family.
Rudy’s large welcoming family does christmas right and the beautiful old draughty farm house, the walks through the apple orchard and idyllic landscapes is balm to Zac’s lonely orphaned soul. Paired with Rudy’s very obvious crush on him, sharing a bed and everyone assuming they are together make the lines blur in Zac’s mind.
As always Jay Northcote’s writing is lovely, engaging and flows well. You are pulled into the story immediately and both main characters are sympathetic and nice, Rudy’s family is fantastic and the setting so idyllic and christmassy.
This is the kind of feel good story that’ll make you go ‘aaawwwww’ and hug your e-reader. Perfect holiday read. Warmly recommended.
A Family for Christmas will be released on November 18th.