Archie’s posh parents want him to meet a nice girl–how can he tell them he’s fallen for a bad boy instead?
Closeted, innocent and lonely, Archie Arandale longs for someone special in his life. A Christmas party organised by his wealth management company is the last place he expects to meet the man of his dreams.
With his leather jacket, tattoos, and piercings, Cal Turner turns heads the moment he walks through the door. He definitely isn’t looking for a boyfriend, but Archie’s hesitant charm captures his attention, and sneaking off during the party to have a little fun can only make a dull evening more interesting.
After their reckless and thrilling encounter, Archie is keen for more experience and Cal is happy to oblige. The need for secrecy means this can only be a casual fling, yet as they spend time together in the run up to Christmas, their feelings become more intense than either of them had bargained for. How can Archie find the courage to tell his family about Cal, when Cal’s the exact opposite of the ‘nice girl’ they’ve been hoping for?
Contains: A closeted virgin, a tattooed biker, class differences, a dramatic coming out, a very inappropriate Christmas gift, and a happy ending (of course).
There are many things that the holidays bring that I look forward to; Northcote’s annual holiday story is definitely one of them. I can count on sweet ‘n sexy with a dash of charm. A Boyfriend for Christmas was all that and more. From the surface it may appear to be just another opposites attract romance, but Jay takes us deeper. Yep, we navigate differing family dynamics, insecurities, and acceptance. When Cal Turner shows up in all his leather glory at his financial investments company’s Christmas party the last thing he expected was to meet someone. Flip the coin, and Archie could say the exact same thing. Their attraction is instantaneous and scorching but they are simply too different. Besides, Archie is deeply caught in the closet and has no intention of rocking his family’s…yacht. But as Cal helps Archie nudge the doors open, Archie suddenly realizes what he’s missing. Dipping his toes into the well of self-discovery brings him into a place he doesn’t want to leave. But will he lose his family while embracing his true self?
I always enjoy how Jay balances lighthearted moments tinged with serious tones. Archie has never felt confident in his family’s acceptance of his heart’s true desires. And it’s not just the charmed life he’s accustomed to and his job that could be on the line, but he could lose their love and respect. And he’s just not sure it’s worth it. Then again, he’s never had anything or anyone to risk it for. Then Cal walks into his orderly life and everything shakes and rattles. Cal couldn’t really be interested in Archie, but he might as well have some fun. Or could it possibly be more than a hot holiday fling for Cal after all? Hmmmm….what do you think?
I loved Archie from the moment he graced the pages. Bonus! I also adored Cal from the start. I could see they were a perfectly imperfect fit and couldn’t wait to see how Jay was going to make all my wishes come true. On target with Northcote’s reputation, it was H.O.T. but it was also sweet and tender. I was so smitten with the secondary cast, I don’t think I can pinpoint a favorite. I love surprises and was thrilled Jay slipped in a few. Captivated from the beginning, I didn’t stop until my face was split from the ending. If you have holiday traditions as I do, add JN’s Christmas stories to your list. I have no doubt you’ll be looking forward to next year’s story too!
More adorable moments than angsty moments. A delectable discovery. And the conclusion that swanky and inky do indeed work well together.
If you’re a fan of opposites attract that delivers the full package, I’d highly suggest you snag this lovely Christmas tale.