Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Review Tour: Secret Santa by Jay Norhcote

Title: Secret Santa
Author: Jay Northcote
Genre: M/M Holiday Romance
Release Date: November 24, 2017
Cover Design: Garrett Leigh at Black Jazz Design
Keeping secrets is never a good way to start a relationship

Theo hardly has time to date. Between work and caring for his four-year-old son there aren’t many hours left over. He’s lonely though, so he joins a hook-up app and starts chatting to a guy called Luke. Luke seems friendly and they arrange to meet. Theo doesn’t mention that he has a child. It’s early days and he’s worried about putting Luke off before they get to know each other.

Luke is currently working as Santa at the local shopping mall. He figures Theo never has to know. Christmas will be over soon and Luke will move on to a new, less embarrassing job. He’s surprised when Theo and a little boy visit Santa one afternoon. Theo doesn’t recognise Luke, and Luke realises he’s not the only one with a secret.

Despite misgivings on both sides, they start dating, and the chemistry is amazing. But as Christmas approaches their secrets pile up like colourful packages under the tree. If they’re not careful, they’ll lose the best gift of all—each other.

After joining a dating app Theo and Luke begin chatting and after a canceled coffee date they finally meet.  The connection is there but both men are keeping a secret.  Theo has a son and Luke is a store Santa.  They both have valid and understanding reasons for keeping their secrets, but when the truths come out will Christmas bring cheer or coal to the men?

Secret Santa is a fun and entertaining holiday read.  I loved how the connection between the two men is instant and yet the element of "is it enough for another date?" is hanging in the air.  Theo and Luke are both very likable characters that you just want to give them a giant bear hug to let them know how much you love them.  They may be fictional characters and the situation they find themselves in is not something you would likely find yourself in but at the same time the writer has written it in a way that you could easily believe you are sitting there listening to a friend tell you that is how they met their partner.

Its that blend of fiction and possibility that makes Secret Santa so enjoyable, so heartwarming, and just plain fun.  It may not be right away next holiday season but I am definitely looking forward to revisiting Theo and Luke's journey again.  Jay Northcote has another winner on his hands with Secret Santa, a true holiday treat.


Author Bio:
Jay lives just outside Bristol in the West of England. He comes from a family of writers, but always used to believe that the gene for fiction writing had passed him by. He spent years only ever writing emails, articles, or website content.

One day, Jay decided to try and write a short story—just to see if he could—and found it rather addictive. He hasn’t stopped writing since.

Jay writes contemporary romance about men who fall in love with other men. He has five books published by Dreamspinner Press, and also self-publishes under the imprint Jaybird Press. Many of his books are now available as audiobooks.

Jay is transgender and was formerly known as she/her.

EMAIL: jaynorthcote@gmail.com

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