Holidays: Secret Santa by Jay Northcote

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

Jay writes great stories and this Christmas one is no exception. Secrets and misunderstandings are no way to start a relationship but that’s the position Theo and Luke find themselves in. Both of them make decisions based on past experiences which could have sunk this new relationship before it has a chance to flourish. What I loved was that the two of them were open and honest about it and it was all sorted out quickly. No need for drama here. Another big tick for me is Archie, Theo’s four year old son. He was beautifully written as a child and not some mini adult. Jay also knows to write hot sex scenes. All I’m going to say is what a Christmas present! I’ve read a lot of really good Christmas stories so far this year and this one is right up the top. Perfect comfy Christmas read.

4.5 stars out of 5


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