Aaron's Story is the book that precedes what happens in Braden's Story, that I blogged…
What Happens at Christmas is the latest novel by Jay Northcote. It was send to me as an ARC and I gladly provide a review for this book. Christmas has always been a special time of the year for me and what could be better than this sweet story to match it. I am sure everyone will love this story just as much as I did.
Justin is recently single and not happy about it. The company Christmas party is coming up and he is sure his ex will be there with his new lover. And he has no one to go with. That is, until Sean, his best friend and long time secret crush offers to go with him and pretend to be his new lover.
Sean has always been in love with Justin but never told him about it. Not because he doesn’t want to, but because there has never been a good time to do so. So he has kept his distance and tried to be just friends. So he cannot believe he offered to be Justin’s fake boyfriend, but he is even more surprised that Justin accepts.
So what could go wrong? They both know it is fake and will never lead to anything more. But when they arrive at the party and they both drink a little bit to much, a night of heated passion follows. The next morning they both assume it was a one time thing.
Suddenly they find themselves stuck in London for the holidays and it doesn’t take long before they give in to temptation again. But what happens at Christmas stays at Christmas….right?
Now we all know I absolutely love Jay Northcote stories, but with this one she has done it again. Very sweet, very romantic and very very sexy, I just could not put this story down until it was finished. Predictable maybe. but that doesn’t matter at all. It is just one fantastic story. And it will make you feel good and have faith in love again.
Justin’s phone chimed with a text, interrupting Sean’s train of thought.
Justin picked up his phone to read the message. “Ugh.” He put the phone back down without typing a reply and ran his hands through his hair.
Justin sighed. “It’s our work Christmas party next weekend. I’ve already got a ticket, and nearly everyone in the office goes, but it’s for partners as well. One of my co-workers, Jess, is bugging me to come, but I can’t face it. I bet Andy’s going to bring his new boyfriend. I know he’s a shit and I shouldn’t let him get to me, but the thought of him parading around with my replacement, and me being there on my own, isn’t very appealing.”
“Is it too late to find someone to take?”
“No, they don’t need final numbers till Monday.”
“Well, then. Take someone else and flirt like crazy in front of him. Show him you can do better and that you’ve already moved on.”
“But I’m not ready to date. It’s only been two weeks, and I’m still at the feeling-sorry-for-myself stage.”
“I’ll go with you,” Sean offered. “I could be your date. We could pretend we’ve got together and are a couple now.”
“Yeah?” Justin looked thoughtful. “Are you sure?”
Duh. It would hardly be much of a sacrifice to flirt with Justin all night. It would actually be a relief not to have to hide the way he felt for a change.
“Sure,” Sean replied. “I think I can manage to fake that I’m arse-over-tit infatuated with you. As long as it’s only for a few hours.”
“Gee, thanks.” Justin rolled his eyes. “You really know how to make an already-wounded ego feel better. But if you’re up for it, we should totally do it. Andy was always jealous of you before you went away. He saw you as competition because we lived together and were so close. I’d love to see his face when I walk in with you on my arm. I think he’ll hate it even if he’s moved on.”
“Okay.” Sean rubbed his hands together, excited at the prospect of getting to piss off Andy. “Let’s do it! Text your friend Jess back and tell her you’re in—with a hot date.”
Jay lives just outside Bristol in the West of England, with her husband, two children, and two cats.
She comes from a family of writers, but she always used to believe that the gene for fiction writing had passed her by. She spent years only ever writing emails, articles, or website content. One day, she decided to try and write a short story–just to see if she could–and found it rather addictive. She hasn’t stopped writing since.