Beth and Dawn review Cold Feet by Jay Northcote (Published on December 8th,2014).
Why Beth read it: I am a huge fan of Jay’s ever since I devoured her book, Nothing Serious, last year. I was thrilled by the opportunity to co-review this sweet Christmas novella with Dawn. It was either co-review or arm-wrestle her for the honor. We politely settled on the co-review. 🙂
Why Dawn read it: I have read Jay Northcotes’ other books, and have really enjoyed them, so jumped at the chance to read this one – obviously as Beth says above to co-review. Thanks Beth for co-reviewing with me. 🙂
This book was offered to RGR by the author, free of charge, in exchange for an honest review.
Getting snowed in at a remote cottage in Wales with someone he’d fancied for ages isn’t exactly how Sam expected to spend Christmas. His feelings for Ryan are pointless. Ryan’s straight—or so he thought.
Until now, Ryan’s kept his feelings for Sam buried. Why ruin a friendship over what might only be gay experimentation? Playing it cool seems safer, until a cold snap makes sharing body heat vital. In their Welsh safe haven, anything seems possible.
As Ryan’s reserve melts away, Sam wants more than stolen kisses under the mistletoe. But a sudden thaw means making decisions. They could face the New Year together—unless one of them gets cold feet.
This is a lovely story about two friends forced to sort out their feelings for each other due to circumstances beyond their control. Meaning, they got snowed in, at Christmastime. Together, in a small cabin in the countryside. Does it get any more romantic than that?
The entire story was very appealing to me. The main characters, Ryan and Sam, are complete opposites, but still, both charming and delightful. There are some angsty moments in the story, as Ryan has to deal with his family, and also as the boys initially avoid their feelings for each other, in acknowledging that they may be more than just “best friends.”
I don’t want to reveal too much, but as I said, I loved everything about this novella. If you are looking for a sweet story to put you in the Christmassy mood, you should definitely check it out. You won’t regret it!
I really did enjoy this book. We meet two friends Ryan and Sam, who have been best friends since starting university. Sam has already come out, and he fancies Ryan, but he believes that Ryan is straight, so he keeps his feelings hidden. Unbeknown to Sam, Ryan is confused by his feelings for Sam. When Sam hugs anybody, Ryan felt himself getting jealous but would not admit to himself why.
The two are then in a remote cottage alone – there should have been another couple, but car trouble prevented them arriving. Then the weather decided to play a helping hand in marooning the two alone at the cottage. As it is so cold, they share a bed to try and keep warm, and Sam loves the fact that he is cuddling with Ryan. Ryan doesn’t seem to mind either, so is he straight or is he actually gay too??
Things seem to be going well for the two boys…… until it is time to come home, and then everything changes.
Does this signal the end of Sam and Ryan??? Buy this Christmas novella and find out, you will not be sorry.
Jay lives just outside Bristol in the West of England, with her amazing, occasionally ridiculous husband, two noisy-but-awesome children, and two cats.
Jay comes from a family of writers, but she always used to believe that the gene for fiction writing had passed her by. She spent years only ever writing emails, articles, or website content. One day, she decided to try and write a short story–just to see if she could–and found it rather addictive. She hasn’t stopped writing since.
Jay writes contemporary gay romance, usually set in or near her home town of Bristol. She enjoys the challenge of bringing the men in her head to life through her words.
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