Wednesday, 3 December 2014

COLD FEET by Jay Northcote

COLD FEET by Jay Northcote
Pages: 107
Date: 03/12/2014
Grade: 4+
Details: Copy received from author
Own / Kindle

The blurb:

Best friends snowed in together. When the heat rises, will they get cold feet?

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.

My thoughts:

Cold Feet is a wonderful holiday story with just the right balance of cute versus angst. Ryan and Sam are young and that leads to as many charming as frustrating moments. I was torn between indulgent smiles and infuriated frowns lot of the time with my my mood pretty much matching the way the characters felt. Which only goes to prove how much I lost myself in the story.

All of us have read this story before. We’ve seen the best friends who realise their feelings for each other run deeper than friendship, before. The lack of conversation out of fear of ruining a perfectly good friendship is nothing new either. And yet, nothing in this story felt rehashed or old. This book is special because Jay Northcote writes her characters, the setting they move in and the progression of their journey so very well and with a voice all of her own. Invariable I end up feeling I would love to know her characters in real life and Ryan and Sam were no exception to that rule.

Mari, the neighbour Ryan and Sam meet while stuck in Wales was a wonderful secondary character and had me grinning a lot, as had her cats. The descriptions of the snow fights and the lack of heat in the cottage they're staying in were so vivid they had me shivering in my chair. And the last few lines of this novella put a huge smile on my face. Jay Northcote certainly has a wonderful way with words.

In fact, Jay has firmly established her position as a go-to-writer for comfort reads for me. She drags me into her story within a few paragraphs, keeps me entertained from start to finish and always leaves me happy and uplifted by the time I finish the book. I really can’t ask for a whole lot more.

About the author:

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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