Thursday, December 14, 2017

Secret Santa by Jay Northcote Blog Tour

Keeping secrets is never a good way to start a relationship…

Theo hardly has time to date. Between work and caring for his four-year-old son there aren’t many hours left over. He’s lonely though, so he joins a hook-up app and starts chatting to a guy called Luke. Luke seems friendly and they arrange to meet. Theo doesn’t mention that he has a child. It’s early days and he’s worried about putting Luke off before they get to know each other.

Luke is currently working as Santa at the local shopping mall. He figures Theo never has to know. Christmas will be over soon and Luke will move on to a new, less embarrassing job. He’s surprised when Theo and a little boy visit Santa one afternoon. Theo doesn’t recognise Luke, and Luke realises he’s not the only one with a secret.

Despite misgivings on both sides, they start dating, and the chemistry is amazing. But as Christmas approaches their secrets pile up like colourful packages under the tree. If they’re not careful, they’ll lose the best gift of all—each other.

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

So when you meet a guy on Tinder and go out for a first date, how honest are you? Do you let it all hang out or do you hold back a few things, maybe lie by omission, not wanting to rock the boat? What about on the second date?

Well Theo and Luke are probably an example of what not to do. Their inability to be honest about their lives causes angst and awkwardness right at the wrong moment and puts their budding romance in jeopardy. Luke holds back about his job and Theo about his 4-year-old son.

This isn't a long story, but we still get the time to know the characters and to see them go from strangers to much more. The Christmas setting is perfect for romance and adds an extra layer of sweetness, as does Theo's son, Archie, who is very cute. The most memorable part of the story, for me, is their discussion about the best and worst Christmas songs because more than 24 hours later, I've still got Mistletoe & Wine stuck in my head.

Secret Santa is a good read and if you are after a little romance this Christmas, it is worth checking out.

3.5 stars

This is a sweet holiday romance. There’s a sprinkle of holiday magic – Luke happens to be the Santa at Theo’s son’s favourite Christmas grotto – and two men who hope their dating app will bring them something more than a hookup for Christmas.

This is a pretty simple romance. Neither Luke or Theo feels like a fully developed character and the plot is built around chance happenings and exaggerated miscommunications. It’s a lovely holiday story and there are a few steamy moments.

This isn’t my favourite Jay Northcote book. It’s quite a departure from the sexy college hookups in the Housemates series, but it doesn’t have the emotional resonance I’ve felt from some of his stories about older men. It’s a cute, feel-good read. There’s a “happy families” vibe to it that doesn’t quite work for me but will probably work for anyone wanting a light and festive read.

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 has five books published by Dreamspinner Press, and also self-publishes under the imprint Jaybird Press. Many of his books are now available as

Jay is transgender and was formerly known as she/her.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Secret Santa by Jay Northcote to read and review for this tour.

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