A Christmas Kiss (Lili’s Review)

Title: A Christmas Kiss
Author: Annabelle Jacobs
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: November 18th 2016
Genre(s): New Adult
Page Count: 1798 kindle locations
Reviewed by: Lili
Heat Level: 2.5 flames out of 5
Rating: 2 stars out of 5

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.

approx 39,000 words

I’m sad to say that A Christmas Kiss by Annabelle Jacobs brought out my inner Grinch. I’m sure I looked like this from the second chapter on.


The gist of the story is that Riley and Alex share a kiss after a night of drinking. Riley finally took the plunge and kissed his best friend, and was excited for the next day so they could talk about their feelings. The problem is- Alex doesn’t remember what happened the previous night. The start was promising and full of feels. I was all like:


But those feelings would turn to frustration.


Why? Well:

1. I’m not a huge fan of lack of communication nor miscommunication. I can deal with it for a little bit, but for 72% of the story… it was too much. Almost the entirety of the novella consisted of Riley upset, Alex wondering what was wrong with Riley, and their friends and loved ones trying to nudge both of them in the right direction. Then repeat. And repeat.

2. Riley’s and Alex’s inner monologues were repetitive as well.

3. And to be honest, I never warmed up to Riley. I found his character immature.

After a while the story became stagnant. We were getting nowhere, and my frustration took over.

But you know, it’s probably me. All the other reviews are positive. I can see why others enjoyed it, but it wasn’t for me.

2 Stars.

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Galley copy of A Christmas Kiss provided by Annabelle Jacobs in exchange of an honest review.


I’m a romance junkie, who loves when books make her cry from heartbreak and happiness.

A few of my favorite tropes:

-Friends to lovers
-Age gap

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