Review: Annabelle Jacobs – A Christmas Kiss

christmasAuthor: Annabelle Jacobs
Reviewer: Lucy
Publisher: Self Published
Genre: MM Holiday

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Summary: Keeping secrets from your best friend isn’t right, but it’s easier than admitting you’ve fallen in love with him.

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.
Review: This is a light, easy read that revolves around best friends Alex and Riley. They’ve been friends since their teens and while spending time with friends at a cabin in Wales Riley has finally gotten up the drunken nerve to kiss Alex. Who kissed him back, with definite interest. The problem? The next morning Alex has no recollection of the night before, including that (for Riley) life-changing kiss. Now it has made things definitely weird, since Riley can’t figure out if Alex actually doesn’t remember (bad) or if he does and regrets it (worse). These two are as close as can be, always in each other’s space and being together so this is making things very awkward.
They have a solid core of friends (Nick in particular I liked) and this group also notices that something weird is going on with Alex and Riley. Despite the urgings of Nick to just fess up to Alex what happened and how he feels, Riley isn’t feeling that. A return trip to the cabin might help clear Riley’s head, especially when he finds out Alex isn’t going. Since avoiding Alex has been Riley’s goal since “the kiss” he accepts.
I thought these two were adorable. Yes, they both needed to man up and just talk but I also understood why they didn’t, both past and present. It’s hard to reach out when that might mean the end of a friendship you treasure. I thoroughly enjoyed this holiday story (and yes, I am a sucker for the holiday ones, I anxiously wait for them and this year in particular, I needed some joy) and I completely loved Riley’s reaction to being confronted by Alex. Cowardly? Sure but knee jerk self preservation response. I loved it!
Sweet, light and easy little holiday treat.



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