A Boyfriend for Christmas (Lili’s Review)

Title: A Boyfriend for Christmas
Author: Jay Northcote
Publisher: Jaybird Press
Release Date: November 26th 2019
Genre(s): Holiday Romance
Page Count: 218 pages
Reviewed by: Lili
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5


Closeted, innocent and lonely, Archie Arandale longs for someone special in his life. A Christmas party organised by his wealth management company is the last place he expects to meet the man of his dreams.

With his leather jacket, tattoos, and piercings, Cal Turner turns heads the moment he walks through the door. He definitely isn’t looking for a boyfriend, but Archie’s hesitant charm captures his attention, and sneaking off during the party to have a little fun can only make a dull evening more interesting.

After their reckless and thrilling encounter, Archie is keen for more experience and Cal is happy to oblige. The need for secrecy means this can only be a casual fling, yet as they spend time together in the run up to Christmas, their feelings become more intense than either of them had bargained for. How can Archie find the courage to tell his family about Cal, when Cal’s the exact opposite of the ‘nice girl’ they’ve been hoping for?

Contains: A closeted virgin, a tattooed biker, class differences, a dramatic coming out, a very inappropriate Christmas gift, and a happy ending (of course).
61,000 words approx

A Boyfriend for Christmas by Jay Northcote has been one of my most anticipated holiday books- between that blurb and lush cover, how could it not be? And I have to say it lived up to my expectations. It was fun, sexy, heartwarming, and swoony.

Some highlights:

-The characters. I loved Cal and Archie, everything about them and their personalities complimented each other so well.

-Alternating POVs.

-Opposites attract, not only different personalities but different backgrounds.

-Hallmarkesque Holiday story rated M for Mature, contains sexual content. 😉

-No unnecessary drama.

-I love the friendship between Cal and Danny. I want to go out for drinks with them- they’re so much fun and care so much about each other.

-And the end made me feel warm fuzzies.

My only niggle is that I wish the book were a bit longer. I wanted to stretch the relationship development a little more. All in all, though, this was a great holiday romance.

A Boyfriend for Christmas is about acceptance, family, friends, and loooove. I truly enjoyed it, a lovely Christmas romance.

4 Stars

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Galley copy of A Boyfriend for Christmas provided by Jay Northcote 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 -Hurt/comfort/healing -Age gap NetGalley Member since 2015 2016 NetGalley Challenge 80% Professional Reader 2015 Challenge Participant