Can a fake relationship between best friends turn into the real thing?
After years of estrangement from his parents, Nick is finally going home for Christmas, but not without backup. He wants moral support, so his best friend and flatmate, Jackson, agrees to pretend to be his partner so he can go with him.
It’s easy for Jackson to be convincing when his feelings for Nick are as genuine as ever. He put his crush on the back burner long ago, but acting out a role he’d love to play for real is harder than he imagined. Holding hands, kissing under the mistletoe, even sharing a bed for the sake of the charade… He can’t help wondering what he’s let himself in for, and whether his heart can take it.
Emotions run high as Nick grapples with family issues, and the sexual tension between him and his best friend becomes difficult to ignore. But if he and Jackson give into the temptation to be fake boyfriends with benefits over the holiday, what will it mean for their future as friends once Christmas is over?
Contains: best friends to lovers, pretend boyfriends, daddy issues, mistletoe, and a happy ending—of course.
~ * ~ Jo‘s Review ~ * ~
I love Christmas.
I love fake boyfriends.
I love best friends to lovers.
I love Jay Northcote for putting all of these into a sweet, light, sometimes funny and always emotional story.
Jackson and Nick are a perfect example of two people who can’t see what’s in front of them. They are too worried about losing what they have, that they aren’t ready to really look. Nick’s past has a big impact on him. His difficulties with his father means that going home for Christmas is not something he can face alone. So he asks the one person he knows is always there for him, his best friend, Jackson. Jackson has been developing feelings (for Nick) for a while, but the timing, and the fact he knows Nick shies away from relationships, means that he’s never taken a risk. He’ll do anything for Nick, and if it means getting a taste of what he’s missing, who can blame him?
Watching these two, pretend to be boyfriends, was the perfect antidote to the current climate. All of the pda, and kisses, are leading to more. I loved these two together; they are seriously cute, but also, so much more. Jackson is such a great character. He gives Nick the support he needs while he’s sorting out his emotions over his family. I wanted to just hug him, and I’m so happy he gets his man.
I’m not going to write the longest review, as the only thing left to say is that this is a short, sweet story I really enjoyed, and would definitely recommend.
***Copy was provided to Bayou Book Junkie for my reading pleasure. A review wasn’t a requirement.***
~ * ~ Annie‘s Review ~ * ~
Longtime friends and roommates, Nick and Jackson, find themselves pretending to be a couple when visiting Nick’s estranged family for the holidays. I enjoyed both characters, though I have to admit Jackson came across a bit more likable to me, especially considering the way he supported Nick throughout the book. The romance between Nick and Jackson was effortless, in some ways, because of their solid friendship, but I wish I could have seen a bit more of the building attraction between them on page, particularly on Nick’s part. That said, I did like these two together, and enjoyed how natural their connection felt.
While the writing was smooth and the romance good, it was the magic touches and moments in Operation Fake Relationship that made this book truly special. I loved that this holiday romance tackles difficult familial relationships, while maintaining the seasonal spirit. If you’re a fan of the fake relationship trope like I am, I definitely recommend this title.
*** Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie for my reading pleasure. A review wasn’t a requirement. ***
Jay lives just outside Bristol in the West of England. He comes from a family of writers, but always used to believe that the gene for fiction writing had passed him by. He spent years only ever writing emails, articles, or website content.
One day, Jay decided to try and write a short story—just to see if he could—and found it rather addictive. He hasn’t stopped writing since.
Jay writes contemporary romance about men who fall in love with other men. He self-publishes under the imprint Jaybird Press.
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