A Christmas Kiss - Annabelle Jacobs
Cover Design: Garrett Leigh
Release Date: November 18
Length: 38,000 words
Sharing a late-night kiss with his best friend, Alex, is Riley's dream come true. Waking up to discover Alex was too drunk to remember anything is more like a nightmare. Scared the truth could destroy their friendship, Riley keeps quiet and pretends nothing happened.
Alex can't shake the feeling that he said or did something stupid on their group's drunken weekend away-why else would Riley be avoiding him? Although the explanation he finally gets sounds plausible, Riley's still acting strange, and trying to figure out why that is unearths emotions Alex has worked hard to bury.
Riley knows not telling Alex how he feels is probably selfish, but he wants one last normal Christmas before he has to come clean and face the potential fallout.
He should have known it wouldn't be that easy.
I loved this quick and sweet holiday romance. I'm a sucker for stories where best friends fall for each other, then throw in the holiday aspect and you've got me hooked.
I really enjoyed all of the characters in this story. Poor Riley is too skittish to tell Alex outright how he feels, and Alex has feelings from a couple of years locked up tight as well. Their friends see it and try to nudge them along, but Riley is determined that he doesn't want to lose Alex's friendship-even if that means keeping his feelings to himself after that one try.
After that one night-that Alex doesn't remember-things get pretty strained between Riley and Alex, and when you add to the the attraction they both have for each other...that neither tells the other about aside from that drunken night...the tension level gets pretty high. But you know how these things go-sooner or later things are going to come to a head, and when they do, sparks definitely fly!
This is a wonderful, light read and even though it is a fast read time-wise, the story itself never felt rushed. It helps that Riley and Alex have already been best friends for years, setting the stage for something more right from the start.
A Christmas Kiss was a 4.5-star read for me, and I definitely recommend this to all M/M romance fans-whether or not you're looking for a holiday read. The holiday part just adds an extra bit to smile about (like the mistletoe their friends leave behind for them...). This story is meant for readers 18+ for adult language and some M/M sexual content.
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.