Title:A Christmas Kiss
Author: Annabelle Jacobs
Publisher: Self published
Release Date: November 18, 2016
Genre(s): Self publishing, gay contemporary romance, best friends to lovers, short story
Word Count: approximately 39,000 words
Reviewed by: Natosha
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 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
This book was a good quick read. There was ups and downs in it and bumps along the way for the two main characters but in the end things worked out just how they should.
Riley and Alex have been best friends for seven years and Riley has been in love with Alex for the past two years. The problem is he does not know how to tell him that he has feelings for him and honestly Riley does not know if that would be the wisest thing to do because it is a risk that Alex does not feel the same way. If Alex does not see Riley in the same way as he views him then what will happen to their friendship. Will it survive his feelings? Would he be able to go on being Alex’s best friend and watching him hook up with other people if Alex did not return his feelings or would it ruin their friendship if Alex did not feel the same way and still hooked up in front of him knowing it would be killing him on the inside? There was just too many uncertainties for Riley.
One night while both was drinking heavily Riley decided to take a risk and let Alex know how he felt about him. At the time everything seemed somewhat perfect if for no other reason then the fact that Alex recuperated the kiss and acted as if he wanted more. But like most drunken sexcapades, they was both too drunk to be able to really do anything other make out a little. Both went to sleep that night with the promise of more to come the next morning. But that is not how it turned out. Alex woke up with a drunken blackout and does not recall what went down the night before between the two of them. Riley is heartbroken and does not know if he can get the courage up to let Alex know again how he feels about him.
This may be a short story but it was very emotional. There was hurt, heartache, fear, lust, love, and anger in this book. I was uncertain at some points on if they would be able to get over the crush confession and if they would even make it as friends. Emotions was high in this book and it did not look like it was going to have a favorable outcome for a while. Annabelle Jacobs did a great job making this short story seem like a full length book with all the emotions going on and how she made me wonder just how things would turn out. This really was a good read.
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