Title: Cold Feet
Author: Jay Northcote
Pages/Word Count: 107 Pages
Rating: 4.5 Stars
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.
Review: Jay Northcote’s Cold Feet takes a warm-hearted look at one of my favorite themes: best friends falling in love, something that seems like it should be the easiest thing in the world to do, yes? But no, the author makes sure to throw a few obstacles in the path of Sam and Ryan’s snowbound holiday; the highest hurdle being that Ryan is straight. Or he’s always played at it pretty well, at least.
Home from uni for the Christmas holiday, Sam and Ryan find themselves together in a Welsh cottage through the glad tidings of holiday fate, when a broken down car and the weather keep their friends from joining them. Proximity and opportunity and a little mistletoe help to season the simmering feelings the two have for each other, feelings that have been on a slow burn for some time now, though neither of them knew about the other’s attraction. But, what comes to feel so right in their little corner of a winter wonderland might not survive their return to the real world. Especially when neither Sam nor Ryan want to make the wrong move, say the wrong thing, and risk ruining a perfectly good friendship. Not to mention that Ryan’s only just now coming to terms with the fact that he’s Sam-sexual to the extreme.
Jay Northcote throws in just enough angst to temper the joy Sam and Ryan only begin to tap into before they’re forced to face reality. Missteps and misperceptions throw a gray cloud over their relationship, both as friends and lovers who are star-crossed by their own uncertainty and inability to articulate what it is they truly want. They wear their hearts on their sleeves and keep their words close to the vest, and were it not for the perceptible affection the two of them have for each other, they might have been able to make a good show of being just friends, but it’s their misery without each other that speaks volumes. What would a holiday romance be without the romantic conflict part of the story? For that matter, what would a Jay Northcote holiday story be without two guys we want so much to be together?
Sweet and sexy and peppered with just the right amount of conflict, Cold Feet is a savory treat for your seasonal reading. It’s a warm blanket with a hot cocoa chaser for the romantic in all of us.
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