Length: 48,000 words approx
Cover Design: Natasha Snow
For Ben Slater, moving back to Bristol means being closer to his family, living with his best mate, and volunteering at the local animal shelter. But there’s also Jason, his best mate’s eldest brother. Ben’s had a crush on Jason for as long as he can remember, but the eleven-year age gap has always seemed insurmountable.
Jason Armitage works as a vet at his uncle’s practice. He owns a cute cottage on the outskirts of the city, and a loving dog. The one thing missing is someone to share it all with. His brother’s best friend seems a bad choice, but Jason can’t help taking a second look. Ben’s changed a lot since Jason last saw him; both in appearance and attitude. Gone is the shy young boy, replaced with a confident, twenty-four-year-old man.
In the run up to Christmas, the festive period gives Ben the ideal opportunity to show Jason what he has to offer. But concerns for his brother’s feelings hold Jason back. If they have any chance of making this work, Ben must convince Jason that he’s old enough to know what he wants, and Jason needs to believe that a relationship with his brother’s best friend won’t ruin their friendship.
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Ben tried not to look, but inevitably his gaze was drawn to Jason still sat on the sofa. He stood as Pete stepped back, and Ben got a proper look at him. Ben wasn’t the only one who’d changed a little over the past couple of years. The last time he’d seen Jason, his hair had been short, like an army cut, and he’d had a beard. He’d looked hot then, but now…. Ben had to forcibly shut his mouth so he didn’t gape.
Jason’s thick dark hair, still shaved at the sides, was now a good couple of inches longer on top. And he was clean shaven. Ben kind of missed the beard, but without it Jason looked much younger, and his strong jawline was a thing of beauty. He looked thinner, too. Ben frowned because Jason ate like a horse and had always been bulkier than his brothers. That thought somehow made its way out of Ben’s mouth.
“Have you lost weight?”
Jason laughed softly, one hand immediately going to his stomach. He patted his belly and sighed. “God don’t you start. Mum’s already been on at me about not eating properly.” He pulled Ben in for a quick hug. “It’s good to see you, even if you do put the rest of us to shame.”
Oh God, that voice. As smooth and deep as Ben remembered.
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Not Just For Christmas by Annabelle Jacobs
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Back home and meet again with his childhood crush, is something Ben expected or not. Considering Jason still thought that Ben is his baby brother's best friend. But Ben is determined to get to know Jason again (even he's still shy when it comes to Jason). This time for better and he didn't want to steo back again. Good thing is, Jason finally realized that he found Ben is kind of 'different'. Of course, more attractive, and 'not a boy anymore'.
So, it's kind of hard to avoid Ben at some point. They're also have the same love for pets and one particular cat glued them together.
Ben also a little more bold this time, to test the water with Jason, so...one kiss under the mistletoe, leads to another.
I can say it's a little bit a slow burn between Jason and Ben. I was kinda pissed a little with Jason for running away from Ben that night because of what Liam's said (when he's drunk!).
Okay, he'd worked it out to win Ben's heart.
Thanks to Liam who sorted it out between Ben and Jason.
But this is a sweet and adorable Christmas story with the pets and not so much complicated like I used to like in my holiday reads.
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