A Family For Christmas – Jay Northcote
Zac never had a family of his own, but Rudy has enough to share.
Shy, inexperienced Rudy has a crush on Zac from the moment his new colleague walks through the door. On an office night out before Christmas, Rudy finds the courage to make a move, and they form a tentative bond. When he discovers Zac will be alone at Christmas, he invites Zac to come home with him.
Zac prefers to keep people at arm’s length. Yet when Rudy offers him a family Christmas it’s impossible to resist. With no parents of his own, Zac is pleasantly surprised to be welcomed by Rudy’s. The only drawback is that everyone assumes they’re a couple. Unwilling to disappoint Rudy’s mum and make Christmas awkward, they decide not to deny it.
It’s not a chore for Zac to pose as Rudy’s boyfriend, but the pretence makes him want things that scare him—things like a real relationship with Rudy. Zac’s suffered enough rejection in his life already and is afraid to risk his heart. If he can get over his past rejection and let Rudy inside his armour, he might get more for Christmas than he ever imagined.
Review by Lucy – 4 Hearts
Zac is the new guy at Rudy’s work, Rainbow Futures, and he’s standoffish (sometimes to the point of being rude) and wants nothing to do with being friends with his coworkers. He brings a lunch, refuses invitations and is short with his answers. He goes to work, goes to the gym and goes home. This makes Rudy’s unrequited crush very awkward. He’s very shy and he himself probably wouldn’t have friends at work if not for his BFF there, Takara, who doesn’t take no for an answer.
When Zac finally agrees to go out with the group, tequila makes an appearance and walls come down a little. Zac and Rudy kiss, Rudy pukes and Zac has to walk him home, then takes care of him a bit. All Zac feels is guilty and more sure than ever that associating with people just ends badly. Zac was in foster care and has no family and he just knows it’s easier to keep people at arm’s length. No way of getting hurt then.
The two end up going to Rudy’s family for Christmas and things get a little bedazzled for Zach. Family, real family with quirks and bickering and a lot of love. It’s so sweet and fun (nipple tassels on mom’s apron, anyone?) and it’s what holidays and family should be. The question is both whether Zac will allow himself the joy of being with a family and more importantly, whether he wants Rudy or just Rudy’s family.
This is a sweet story of a man afraid to let anyone in and a family who refuses to keep anyone out.
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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.