Length: 38,000 words approx.
Cover Design: Garrett Leigh @ Black Jazz Design
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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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 audiobooks.
Jay is transgender and was formerly known as she/her.
Facebook profile: https://www.facebook.com/dellamere
Facebook author page: https://www.facebook.com/jaynorthcotefiction
Jay’s books: http://author.to/JayNorthcote
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I don't normally go for Christmas stories as I've found them in the past to be sicky-sweet and mostly fluff that a unicorn vomited. That's not to say that there aren't any good ones out there, because I'm sure there are and I'm probably doing them an injustice by not reading them.
Case in point: Secret Santa. When I was first approached about reviewing this story I balked. But, as I always do, I read the synopsis and blurb I received before making an actual decision on whether to review it or not. This one intrigued me so I decided to give it a shot. I'm glad I did.
It's a great story. I like the story line in that it was quite refreshing and the way that the characters interact is really good.
There wasn't anything I didn't like or was iffy about, yet I can't seem to pinpoint what made me like Secret Santa. I just do.
Well done, Mr. Northcote, well done.
I give Secret Santa a 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it to anyone looking for a light, enjoyable read.