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.
©2014 Jay Northcote (P)2015 Dreamspinner Press
Sam and Ryan are best “mates” (I love the British!) from university planning on a holiday in the country when the snow comes. Instead of being a casual thing with four roommates – now it’s an intimate stay between the two.
Sam is openly gay and has known he’s had feelings for Ryan forever. Sam knows those are pointless as Ryan is straight. (We’ve heard that before, right?!)
Ryan has had feelings for Sam pretty much since Sam came out and made Ryan look at sexuality in a different light. But Ryan doesn’t have the fearlessness Sam does, so he hesitates from jumping in the “gay” pool and watches for a while. Being snowbound forces those feelings to the surface and he and Sam begin to explore their feelings (and each other!).
This is a lovely short-story perfect for the holidays. The set-up for forcing Ryan to confront his feelings felt natural and their easy, slow start into moving things physical also fit the age and the setting. There is a bit of steam and smolder, but most of this is about their changing feelings and their emotions. Though we do get a very HEA ending, it also left us feeling that this was really the beginning of their relationship and we were just glimpsing its origins.
This isn’t as angsty as some of Jay’s other novels, certainly not as steamy, but it is every bit as sweet and sentimental – full of all the wonderful “feels” that she is great at delivering.
Of course, I’m always a sucker for the GFY theme, coupled with the British and the friends to lovers… it hit all my buttons in a big way!
Matthew Lloyd Davies is wonderful! He does all the voices so well, including the women! I love the varieties of accents he uses to give the speakers a local flavor. Very nice narration.
I highly recommend this holiday treat and give it 4.5 of 5 hearts!
Nice book and nice story, really short though, the storyline had some potencial but I like it overall. The only thing I did not like was the English accent, I found it hard to understand some times but I was a fun and lovely read sadlly it was too short.
I’m proud to confess that I was converted from a person that didn’t like Christmas books to a person that loves them!!!
So, as a new addicted to Christmas books and audiobooks, I jumped at the chance to review Cold Feet from Jay Northcote (the fact that I had just finished “The little things” and loved it was a bonus - hehehe)
We meet Ryan and Sam while they get snowed alone in a remote cottage… They are best friends, they share a house, and Sam is out and proud… What Sam never confessed to anyone, was his interest in his straight best friend…
Ryan, on the other hand, never though that he would have the guts to act on his secret attraction to Sam… or to confess that he’s not as straight as anyone thinks.
But their isolation and a cold cottage, will make wonders to get them together… even if they need the excuse of warming each other while sleeping to act on their attraction.
This is an extremely sweet story and I loved to see how Sam and Ryan tried their best.. first to avoid their attraction, then finally, how they gave themselves to it.
And those two can melt snow with their passion… ;)
I can’t forget to mention the amazing job Matthew Lloyd Davies did with this book’s narration - Thank you Matthew for giving life to this great book…
I really liked this story - if anything it was a bit to short :P u don't really get a strong grip on the characters (although sufficiently to keep u satisfied), but the story is really nice and makes you feel good and glad for the two boys. I can definitely recommend this book to everyone that look for an easy read (I listened to it all in one day) and aren't afraid to get a bit nasty sometime ;)
I love Jay's books and have read most of them, but this is the first one I have heard on audio.
This is a sweet engaging friends to lovers tale. Ryan and Sam are student housemates who plan to spend a few days with friends in a cottage in rural Wales, but get snowed in before their friends can arrive! Stuck over Christmas Day, they make friends with Mari after rescuing her cat. Their attraction to each other ends in kisses and questions and thankfully ends in fireworks on New Years Eve - in a good way!!
The narrator, Matthew Lloyd, was English and his tone was charming. But, I did have a couple of niggles: I didn't like how he portrayed Ryan, he sounded simpleminded, which he plainly wasn't!! I also felt his Welsh accent needed some work, it sounded like he threw in a little Irish and Scottish lilt too, making it a rounded Celtic twang!
Overall, it was an enjoyable story, warm and fluffy and ideal for a cwtch up on the sofa.
I was gifted a copy of this book by the author for an honest review.
heartwarming, enjoyable, resolutions
I haven't read many friends to lovers or Christmas stories, so I'm not sure I can pick a comparable one
after getting over the shock of hearing a British voice, the best part was hearing a British voice!
it was enjoyable but I didn't have any extreme reactions
I received a copy of this audiobook from the author for an honest review
I enjoyed this book for what it was, a friends to lovers Christmas story that was easy to listen to and has a HEA.
"Cold Feet will warm your heart."
A sweet story of friends to lovers. The narrator gives an excellent performance as usual.
I really like the Matthew Lloyd Davies as a narrator. I adore his 'Englishness' and I enjoyed Sam's voice but I had real problems with a lot of the others, I especially didn't like Ryan's voice, it made him sound gormless and Mari's accent was really...strange.
The story I absolutely adored, as I did when I read it. It's sweet and cute and fluffy. Hot and horny and brimming with sexual tension. It left me with a case of the warm fuzzies.
Unfortunately the voices just didn't work for me and distracted me from the story.
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