Review: A Christmas Kiss by Annabelle Jacobs

Keeping secrets from your best friend isn’t right, but it’s easier than admitting you’ve fallen in love with him.

Sharing a late-night kiss with his best friend, Alex, is Riley’s dream come true. Waking up to discover Alex was too drunk to remember anything is more like a nightmare. Scared the truth could destroy their friendship, Riley keeps quiet and pretends nothing happened.

Alex can’t shake the feeling that he said or did something stupid on their group’s drunken weekend away—why else would Riley be avoiding him? Although the explanation he finally gets sounds plausible, Riley’s still acting strange, and trying to figure out why that is unearths emotions Alex has worked hard to bury.

Riley knows not telling Alex how he feels is probably selfish, but he wants one last normal Christmas before he has to come clean and face the potential fallout.

He should have known it wouldn’t be that easy.

Thank you, Annabelle Jacobs. I needed this. I needed this book at the exact moment I read it. A Christmas Kiss is an angst-free, flufftastic, best friends to lovers romance. I needed escapism and that's exactly what I got.

Everything started on a drunken night, when Alex and Riley took their friendship to the next level. There was kissing and touching and snuggling. Riley thought that was it. He thought they would wake up and be in lurrrrrrrve for the rest of their days. Unfortunately, Alex was a little too drunk and when he woke up, he didn't remember a thing.

So Riley was back to pining for his best friend, only things were way more awkward. Of course, poor Alex had no idea why everything was weird between them. Maybe if he didn't just up and forget about kissing his bestie, he wouldn't have been so clueless. But I digress.

Both of them were head over heels for each other, but never wanted to say anything and risk their friendship. So typical, right? I mean, how many times have we read his trope? So many. But I never, ever, ever, ever get tired of it. Ever. Their friendship, their chemistry and their tension all mix together to make the best OMG-they-finally-had-sex! scenes. The fact that the story was told from dual POV really drove up the sexual tension between the guys. Yeah... I loved them together.

There was a lot to love about this book, aside from Alex and Riley. The setting was perfectly Christmas-y. They spent the holidays at a cabin in Wales with some friends. Decorated with a tree and lights and mistletoe. So cute and cozy. Their friends were awesome. Fun and 100% supportive of Alex and Riley's potential romance. Their friends mostly tried to stay out of their business, but did give occasional push when they two guys were too dense to just make a move.

But the guys finally got a clue and all the waiting was worth it. Not that I waited all that long, since I gobbled this one up in one sitting. 

It's November. It's time for some sweet holiday reading and I highly recommend adding A Christmas Kiss to your list.

A copy was provided in exchange for an honest review.

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