Thursday, December 14, 2017

Book Review: Secret Santa by Jay Northcote

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.

This is a sweet, relatively uncomplicated Christmas love story. I liked both of the main characters and their chemistry was, in my opinion, very believable. I did find myself a little frustrated with the misunderstandings and lack of communication, although I did appreciate the awkwardness of their first meetings, but once those issues were resolved, the story really took off. All in all, this is a nice read for the holiday season.

I received a copy of this book from the author and voluntarily provided my honest review.

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~ M

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