Rating: 4 stars out of 5
From the first chapters, the animosity between Kyle and Patrick intrigued me. Patrick is Kyle’s mentor at their job, and the slightly older man is the responsible type—very serious and focused. Kyle, on the other hand, is good at his job but dresses a bit more outlandishly, flirts, and seems to take life a lot more lightly than Patrick. When the two get stuck in the snow on their way back from a business trip in the Lake District, their differences are much more apparent.
Patrick gets out his winter coat, hat, gloves, and boots, while Kyle has to make it to the nearest village in a lightweight dress jacket, no hat or gloves, and his dress boots. After Patrick saves his butt—literally—as he falls a few times on the trip to the nearest village, the setup of their basic differences is sealed.
And yet, the two strangely connect, and when Patrick threatens to spank Kyle, and Kyle’s brows rise in anticipation, the storyline takes a positive turn. Though they have sex that night in the small rental shed (former pigsty) they located, the relationship and ultimate romance takes a while to build. And though the story takes place over the course of several days, the author takes the time to allow them to get to know one another and to develop feelings that go beyond attraction. There’s not much else to do but talk…and spank…and…celebrate Christmas together with the elderly landlady and her dog.
This is quite a heartwarming tale, with a focus on togetherness and family of choice during the holidays. It’s also interesting, with great characters, beautiful scenery, and an easily believable story. Jay Northcote always delivers a smile to my face and a warmth to my heart. This one is no exception.
The cover by Garrett Leigh features a photo of a blond young man lying in bed, arms above his head. The perfect depiction of Kyle, and the attractive photo makes a nice cover.
Amazon US: https://amzn.to/2R8QXwe
Amazon UK: https://amzn.to/2AewoqS
Published November 21st 2018 by Jaybird Press
Edition Language English