A warm & cozy hello, my lovely readers,
I hope you are you ready for Christmas yet. Or are you more like Ebenezer Scrooge and don’t care for the holidays at all?! I hope not. But well, maybe I have something for you – even if you do or don’t like Christmas. 😉
Let us celebrate the the release day of Annabelle Jacob’s Not Just For Christmas. See this post for my review, an excerpt and be also sure to visit the other blog tour participants listed here and what they think of the book.. 🙂
See my release blitz post for a giveaway.
Happy reading. 🙂
*~~*ARC kindly provided by the author to me in exchange for an honest review *~~*
I really liked the sweet and emotional topic the book had. I am really thrilled to read books where the main characters know each other for a long time. This book is especially thrilling because Ben is in love with his best friend’s older brother for almost 10 years but Jason doesn’t know any of it – at least that what’s Ben thinks. Next to thinking it’s impossible to have a real relationship there is the fact that Jason is eleven years older and has seen Ben for a long time as a third brother.
When I started the book I was right from the start hooked by the charming characters, the nice and cozy behaviour. It’s clear they know each other for years, the familarity, the close relationship, the trust is there. And although there is the huge age gap between Ben, Liam and Jason they visit each other often and enjoy the other’s company.
The book is a bit emotional due to the animal shelter topic and the rescue of the small cat, but it’s so sweet enwinded in the whole book that you can’t help yourself and swoon while reading the scenes. You are as bewitched as Ben and Liam when you read about the sweet cats or Jason’s dog later in the book.
Jason is as the older brother displayed as a mature guy, one who’s responsible for the well-being of his baby brother, or at least he think he is. He is really family centered and that’s what makes him charming. On the other hand it’s Liam and Ben, including Pete, who tickle Jason’s joyful side and “force” him to socialize more. 🙂 I really cracked up at the dry tone and sometimes fatherly behaviour of Jason. XD
He is also pretty often rethinking his actions, something which makes some scenes unnecessary complicated and with his thoughts about Ben and Liam he is making more trouble than needed.
Ben is, for his 24 years, more mature than you would actually expect and it’s one thing Jason notices. I really liked how he was displayed as a charming, calm guy without being boring or too shy. He is also described as a sweet, kinda nerdy looking guy (when he wears his glasses) and has a boyish freshness with his messy hair and huge eyes. Totally a sexy boy from next door. 😉
I really liked how Ben is pretty sure what he wants when he sees an opporunity with Jason in risking a move it getting closer to him. 🙂 Their switch from friendship to love is pretty natural, but due to the constructed obstacles it takes a time till both are getting closer. But when they do it’s sweet, hot and really emotional. ❤
A great Christmas story, full of love, friendship & close relationships, being a family without being related. ❤ Also full of charming animals, and let us be honest: who can resist those? XD
I give this story 4.5 out of 5 stars. :3
Take a look at the wonderful cover. Are you feeling the Christmas vibe? :3
Title: Not Just For Christmas
Author: Annabelle Jacobs
Genre: M/M Romance, Contemporary, Christmas/Holiday
Release Date: November 28, 2017
Cover Design: Natasha Snow
Lenght: 48.000 words
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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.
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.
See the other blog tour participants and read their posts. 🙂
November 28 – The Blogger Girls, Gay Book Reviews, My Fiction Nook, Gay Media Reviews, Mikku-chan
December 2 – Making It Happen
December 4 – BooksLaidBareBoys, My Book Filled Life, V’s Reads
December 6 – OMG Reads, Fannatality
December 8 – Valerie Ullmer, Au Boudoir Ecarlate, The Geekery Book Review
December 11 – Mirrigold: Mutterings & Musings, Scattered Thoughts & Rogue Words, Nicole’s Book Musings
December 13 – Hearts On Fire Reviews, A Book Lover’s Dream Blog, BFD Book Blog, Sexy Erotic Xciting, Wicked Faerie’s Tales & Reviews
December 15 – Drops Of Ink, Bayou Book Junkie, Diverse Reader, Book Lovers 4Ever, Lelyana’s Book Blog
Author bio – Annabelle Jacobs
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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