A big welcome to Annabelle Jacobs as part of her review tour with Signal Boost Promotions for Not Just For Christmas.
This is the first book I’ve read by Annabelle Jacobs, and I’m looking forward to reading more. Not Just For Christmas was a very sweet read, just the thing for the lead up to Christmas, although I’d read it at any time of the year!
The story is told by both Ben and Jason and it was fun getting both their perspectives on what was going on. I loved the way they both check each other out, but each man convinces himself the other isn’t, and that they’re both so in denial of their own feelings. Ben and Jason are both very likeable, and writing style sucked me in quickly, and I had to keep reading to make sure they’d finally get together. I also have a weakness for anything set in the UK, so that part of the story hit the spot nicely too.
One of the strengths of this story is the supporting cast. I particularly loved the friendly family atmosphere over dinner. Those scenes were easy to visualise, and left me with a relaxed fuzzy feeling, as it spilled over, and past, the pages of the book. Liam—Jason’s brother—plays a good sized part in the story, and I really liked his character.
However, the animal cast really stole the scenes they were in. Daisy, Jason’s dog, and the rescue shelter cats Tom and Socks all did their bit to play matchmaker, and stole this reader’s heart. I also enjoyed seeing Jason in his role as a vet, rather than just being told he was one.
I’d recommend Not Just For Christmas to readers who enjoy a fun romantic feel good read, which as the title says, isn’t just for Christmas. 5 out of 5 stars.
Ben has Christmas, cats, and mistletoe on his side…. Jason doesn’t stand a chance
For Ben Slater, moving back to Bristol means being closer to his family, living with his best mate, and volunteering at the local animal shelter. But there’s also Jason, his best mate’s eldest brother. Ben’s had a crush on Jason for as long as he can remember, but the eleven-year age gap has always seemed insurmountable.
Jason Armitage works as a vet at his uncle’s practice. He owns a cute cottage on the outskirts of the city, and a loving dog. The one thing missing is someone to share it all with. His brother’s best friend seems a bad choice, but Jason can’t help taking a second look. Ben’s changed a lot since Jason last saw him; both in appearance and attitude. Gone is the shy young boy, replaced with a confident, twenty-four-year-old man.
In the run up to Christmas, the festive period gives Ben the ideal opportunity to show Jason what he has to offer. But concerns for his brother’s feelings hold Jason back. If they have any chance of making this work, Ben must convince Jason that he’s old enough to know what he wants, and Jason needs to believe that a relationship with his brother’s best friend won’t ruin their friendship.
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Ben tried not to look, but inevitably his gaze was drawn to Jason still sat on the sofa. He stood as Pete stepped back, and Ben got a proper look at him. Ben wasn’t the only one who’d changed a little over the past couple of years. The last time he’d seen Jason, his hair had been short, like an army cut, and he’d had a beard. He’d looked hot then, but now…. Ben had to forcibly shut his mouth so he didn’t gape.
Jason’s thick dark hair, still shaved at the sides, was now a good couple of inches longer on top. And he was clean shaven. Ben kind of missed the beard, but without it Jason looked much younger, and his strong jawline was a thing of beauty. He looked thinner, too. Ben frowned because Jason ate like a horse and had always been bulkier than his brothers. That thought somehow made its way out of Ben’s mouth.
“Have you lost weight?”
Jason laughed softly, one hand immediately going to his stomach. He patted his belly and sighed. “God don’t you start. Mum’s already been on at me about not eating properly.” He pulled Ben in for a quick hug. “It’s good to see you, even if you do put the rest of us to shame.”
Oh God, that voice. As smooth and deep as Ben remembered.
Annabelle Jacobs lives in the South West of England with three rowdy children, and two cats. An avid reader of fantasy herself for many years, Annabelle now spends her days writing her own stories. They’re usually either fantasy or paranormal fiction, because she loves building worlds filled with magical creatures, and creating stories full of action and adventure. Her characters may have a tough time of it – fighting enemies and adversity – but they always find love in the end.
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