Release Blitz ~ A Christmas Break by Annabelle Jacobs (Reviews + Giveaway)

Cover Design: Natasha Snow
Length: 54,000 words approx.

Christmas is a time for giving, not lusting after your brother’s best mate.

Finn’s never had the Christmas of his dreams, and this year isn’t shaping up to be much better. Then he rents his spare room out to Jasper, and life begins to look up.

Laid back Jasper is nothing like Finn expects. He’s hot, sweet, and easy to talk to. Finn could easily fall for him. But, he’s his brother’s best friend. He’s off limits, and Finn would never break that sacred rule…right?

Jasper’s carried a torch for his best mate’s brother for years. Living with him sparks an old flame to light, and the more time they spend together, the brighter it burns. Finn is gorgeous and kind. He’s everything Jasper has ever wanted.

But he’s also scarred by old wounds, and reluctant to let his guard down again. Friendship blooms, and for a short while, it’s enough. But the fire between them is undeniable. Finn can fight it as much as he likes.

He won’t win.

A Christmas Break is a festive MM romance. Expect: a swoony best friend’s brother, old friendships that fast turn to love, sweet roommate romance, and lots of naughty rescue cats.

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5 Stars

I love a good Christmas book as much as, if not better than, a Christmas movie. After the year we’ve had, it’s extra nice to snuggle up, under a blanket, with a book that puts a smile on my face. I stopped counting the times I caught myself grinning while reading this book.

Timing can be very important, and takes the credit for bringing Jasper and Finn, together, under the same roof. Coming out of a bad break up, Finn isn’t quite able to pull off his house payment alone, and Jasper needs to move out of his mom’s house. Neither of them is too keen on it, but with some prodding by Finn’s brother, Cole (who is also Jasper’s BFF), it comes to fruition. As it turns out, they make good roommates. They may even have the potential to make good partners in a relationship, if only the hurdles Finn has, in his head, can be moved.

The UST leapt off the page! I wanted to shake Finn, but also hug him. His ex did a number on him, and his confidence was seriously rattled. Jasper was indeed an old soul, and he showed Finn a lot of patience and understanding. As much as they fought it, more so Finn than Jasper, it came to a head one night—but now what? Do they have the courage to pursue it? Do they even know what it is they really want? Watching their love story play out was enjoyable.

This story was well written. I loved the characters Jacobs developed. They had depth and dimension, and were likable. It was easy to get attached to them. I loved Finn and Jasper together. I felt their connection was genuine, and not forced.

This book was a delight, and I’d absolutely recommend it to anyone wanting a low angst, feel good, but not over the top fluffy, holiday romance.

***Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie for my reading pleasure. A review wasn’t a requirement.***

4 Stars!

I really liked this best friend’s brother’s story, it was actually refreshing that the BFF wasn’t trying to sabotage the relationship between his friend and his brother, but actually pushing for them to finally get together.

Jasper was lovely, earnest and hardworking, very mature for his age. I liked Finn, although I didn’t particularly enjoy him wavering for so long before he finally gave in to his attraction for Jasper. Jasper and Finn had great chemistry, but I would’ve liked to see them as a couple for longer.

I really liked Cole and Christian, they were fun. I also liked Finn’s parents and Jasper’s mom. I wasn’t too sure about Jasper’s father, but he made a good effort to become a better father in the end.

Overall, this was a sweet, fun, delightfully British, low-angst holiday read. It was enjoyable, albeit a bit frustrating at times, but still recommendable.

*** Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie for my reading pleasure, a review wasn’t a requirement. ***


Annabelle Jacobs lives in the South West of England with three rowdy children, and two cats. An avid reader of fantasy herself for many years, Annabelle now spends her days writing her own stories. They’re usually either fantasy or paranormal fiction, because she loves building worlds filled with magical creatures, and creating stories full of action and adventure. Her characters may have a tough time of it—fighting enemies and adversity—but they always find love in the end. 

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