5 stars Age Group Angst Level Audiobook Author Provided Book Christmas coming of age Contemporary Friends to lovers Gay Heat Index Holiday m/m Mid level steam/heat Mild level angst Morgan New Adult Novella 20-160 pgs (20k-40k words) second chance at love

What Happens at Christmas Audiobook by Jay Northcote Narrated by Mark Steadman





(Book Reviewed Here Previously)

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-time 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?


Justin and Sean have been best friends forever. Justin came out to Sean early on and was crushed when Sean admitted to being gay only after they’d survived growing up. The two never crossed the line from being “just friends” though it turns out both had harbored romantic feelings for the other for a long time.

When Justin needs someone to pose as his boyfriend, Sean volunteers. Soon it’s hard to tell just where the “pretending” becomes reality. But when Christmas is over will the two go back to being “just friends”.


Jay does New Adult really well. Her boys are funny and sharp and sexy as hell. Sean and Justin have tremendous chemistry and it was fun watching it combust.

There is very little angst and lots of hot smexy times in this wonderful Holiday story.

I recommend this to fans of Jay’s work and anyone looking for some fun Holiday Frolicking!


Mark Steadman is wonderful! He’s got the delightful accent and a very good sense of timing a great sense of humor. He gives the women a fair pass at voicing, each of the MCs a different, discernable voice with their own personalities and he’s very easy to listen to. I very much recommend this as a way to enjoy this lovely book!

5 of 5 stars for both book and audiobook


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