Title: Not Just For Christmas
Author: Annabelle Jacobs
Publisher: Self published
Release Date: November 28, 2017
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 207 pages
Reviewed by: Tosha
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 5 stars out of 5
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.
Approx 48000 words
This was a really good quick read about unrequited love. Annabelle Jacobs did a fabulous job on this book. I was caught up in it from the moment I started reading it and could not put it down. Annabelle is an amazing author in the way of being able to write a book that will stick with a reader and though this was a quick read, this book is one of those.
Ben has been in love with his best friend Liam’s older brother Jason since they were young. But he knew he never stood a chance with him for different reasons. First Jason is 11 years older than Ben and two Ben is not too sure how Liam would actually take it if they did hook up and he would not want to hurt Liam in any way nor would Jason. So Ben has always just loved Jason from afar.
Now years later after graduating college and living out of town for several years Ben is moving back to town and moving in with Liam. Both Liam and Ben are excited about Ben being back and moving in together. They are even excited about fixing up the place that Liam bought together.
What Ben does not expect is to still have his crush on Jason but I guess some things never die. But even more unexpected is that Jason seems to be interested right back now that Ben is older.
Can two men that have so much at stake wade their way through the waves of the two of them getting together or will their hooking up turn into the mess that they feared?
I truly enjoyed this read and believe that Annabelle did an incredible job on this book. It was captivating with some humor and she even throws in the love of animals into the mix. This is definitely a book I would recommend to others. I look forward to more books by Annabelle in the future.
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