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PRE-RELEASE REVIEW: “What Happens At Christmas” by Jay Northcote


When two friends pose as boyfriends, could what happens at Christmas turn into something more?

Justin is recently and unhappily single. Christmas is coming, and he doesn’t want to face his ex alone at their office party. So Sean—Justin’s best mate and long-tme secret crush—volunteers to go with him and pretend to be his new flame.

Sean has always lusted after Justin from afar, but there’s never been a good opportunity to ask him for more than friendship. Posing as Justin’s boyfriend isn’t a chore, and if Justin wants to rebound onto him, Sean’s more than willing. At the party pretence and reality blur, and a kiss on the dance floor leads to a night of passion.

In the aftermath, they both assume it was a one-time thing until fate intervenes. Stuck together in London over the holidays, they give in to temptation again. But what happens at Christmas stays at Christmas… right?


Title: What Happens at Christmas

Author: Jay Northcote
Publisher: Jaybird Press
Pages: 113
Release Date: November 19, 2015
Pre-order Purchase Links: Amazon


You’ve read that book before that felt real, right? It pulsed with such a solid heartbeat that you didn’t doubt for a second it was genuine.
But what about that book that you wanted to be real? The one that your heart pleaded with your brain, “just tell me it’s real, I don’t care if it’s not, let’s just pretend it is!
This book.
I want this book to be real. An honest to goodness true life tale. I want Justin to exist. I want Sean to exist. I want every morsel of this story to exist. I wish with my whole heart that it is factual and actual and….simply true. Why? Because it dazzles with charm, twinkles with joy, and glistens with passion….it’s the perfect package and I LOVED it.

Justin never actually ‘came out’. He didn’t have to, he was constantly ‘called out’. Everyone knew he was gay, there was no denying it. His best friend Sean though, well, he was a late bloomer with his sexuality and he danced with denial for years. The force driven behind Sean’s realization and acceptance of his sexuality was his underlying attraction to his bestie. Justin was a serial monogamist and never single long enough for Sean to act on his hidden desires. Little did Sean know that Justin felt the same and kept bouncing from one boyfriend to another to avoid idle hands and make a move that might cost him his best friend. 

I’m a firm believer in ‘everything happens for a reason’ and sometimes the time is just not right. But when the time is right, it can be a beautiful gift.
It’s nearly Christmas when Sean returns from his adventurous travels. He took his backpack and trekked across the world for most of the year and needs a place to crash. Considering how his father handled his coming out, he’s not keen on going back home, so he turns to Justin. Justin is recovering from a recent break up and is eager for the distraction of a house guest, especially since it’s his favorite mate.

Justin wants to skip out on the holiday office party to avoid his ex. He is certain he will arrive with his latest arm candy and he just can’t bear to watch. When Sean suggests that he attend as his ‘plus one’ and pretend to be his boyfriend Justin is game. Maybe this will turn out to be fun after all. Pretending to be Sean’s boyfriend won’t be difficult but what happens when it doesn’t feel like pretending anymore?

Jay has fine tuned the art of ‘friends-to-lovers’ and she creates the most amazing holiday tales. From monkeying around and abominable snow dicks to dreamy first kisses and sultry wall sex, she nails it with this holiday treasure. One of my favorite books this year and must add to your wish list.

AND! You can open this glorious gift early…it’s out THIS WEEK! Go on, go get it…Christmas just came early.

2 comments on “PRE-RELEASE REVIEW: “What Happens At Christmas” by Jay Northcote

  1. Angela
    November 17, 2015

    Thanks for the review. I look forward to reading this one :)

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Sheri
    November 18, 2015

    My pleasure! And I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. Tomorrow!! It’s out tomorrow. :D


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