• The Christmas Deal

  • By: Keira Andrews
  • Narrated by: John Solo
  • Length: 8 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Categories: Romance
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (122 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

Will fake boyfriends become the real deal this holiday? 

It’s the most wonderful time of the year - except ex-Marine Logan is jobless and getting evicted. Worse, he’s a new single dad with a stepson who hates him. A kid needs stability - not to mention presents under the tree - and Logan’s desperate. 

Then he meets lonely Seth and makes a deal. 

Can Logan temporarily pretend to be live-in boyfriends to increase Seth’s chances at a promotion? If it provides a roof over their heads for the holidays, hell yeah. Logan considers himself straight - he doesn’t count occasional hookups with guys - but he can fake it. Besides, with his shy little smile, Seth is surprisingly sexy. 

Make that damn sexy. 

Shocked that Seth has only been with one man, Logan can’t resist sweetening their deal to teach him the joys of casual sex. No strings attached. No feelings. No kissing. 

No falling for each other. 

Easy, right? 

The Christmas Deal is a steamy holiday gay romance from Keira Andrews featuring fake boyfriends, bisexual awakening, a clueless single dad with an angry preteen, and of course a happy ending.

©2019 Keira Andrews (P)2020 Keira Andrews

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Incredible Story

The Christmas Deal by Keira Andrews is one of my favorite holiday stories. These men could not be more lost as they enter the holiday season. What begins as fake boyfriends by chance… quickly becomes a bisexual awakening, with a holiday miracle, for two men who desperately need something to fulfill their lives. What neither expects is for the other to possess the allusive need that comes with another… forever.

John Solo’s narration of this incredible story only serves to amplify its intensity. His ability to capture the situation appears seamless and his voice gives amazing clarity to the individual characters. The sign of a truly great narrator is when you are drawn into the story and the feelings of each and every moment resonate through you, which is absolutely what Mr. Solo creates here.

Logan Derwood was involved in an unfortunate train accident where the blame was unjustly placed upon him. This has limited his ability to find steady work and, on top of that, he is the sole guardian of his angry teenage stepson following his wife’s death. Logan has always considered himself straight. Never mind the “get off” sessions with other men, they were just a means to fulfill a need. He just never envisioned himself in a relationship with another man no matter how hot the blowjobs were... that is until Seth Marston.

Seth Marston is the adorable quintessential strait-laced buttoned up geeky gay. Tarnished by a bad breakup he is reluctant to put himself out there again. Combined with the fact that he was tossed out by his ultra-conservative homophobic family, he is lonely with only his career to focus upon. He desperately seeks a family of his own.

The premise behind The Christmas Deal isn’t new or overly complex but it stands apart from others, since neither man concocts the scheme. They are being bamboozled into playing along, as the conspiracy quickly becomes known as “the caper” and snowballs out of control. Jenna, Logan’s sister and Seth’s co-worker, hilariously throws Logan and Seth together to provide Seth with the means to achieve the promotion he deserves, and at the same time inadvertently provides temporary reprieve from homelessness for Logan and his stepson Connor.

Forced to play “family”, Seth opens his home to Logan and Connor and in return Logan helps Seth complete the home renovations Seth abandoned after his breakup. They have a dinner to host, pretending to be the perfect family for Seth’s family-oriented boss to secure his promotion. The resulting feelings are hidden behind some no strings attached fun. Who are they trying to fool? And maybe Logan isn’t as straight as he once thought.

Unfortunately, it takes a tragedy for walls between not only Logan and Seth to collapse, but to bring down the barriers between Connor and Logan as well. It is a tearjerker scene that solidifies Seth, Logan, and Connor as a family in a manner where you know they will survive the tough times, while reveling in the joy they bring each other, as they let go of the past and look forward to the future.

The Christmas Deal is what I refer to as a “Hallmark Holiday” but with significantly more depth. The holidays are in full swing with plentiful decorations, snow, sledding, holiday music, you name it. Seth and Logan may not have planned all of this, but the enchantment of the season gives it to them anyway. Additional intensity is provided by perfect timing that brings two vastly different men together, forcing discoveries that give them hope, with a reason to evaluate who they are and what they seek. And… I’d say the epilogue is one of the best presents one could ever receive.

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Loved it!

While I have been OD'ing on mm Christmas romances, I have to say this was one of my favorites. I loved the two MCs, even though I was on the fence early on when it came to Logan. But in the end, he didn't disappoint. Seth was easy to love - even if he was OTT a bit (no swearing, "clean"). But it's kind of decadent for a good boy being so into dirty talk.

And my guilty pleasure is a very satisfying epilogue really showing a strong HEA.

The narration was spot on.

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A BIt different... 😉

A bi-themed single parent love story with some interesting twists and turns. Being a x-mas book, it doesn't dig too deep into characters or story, but it had it's moments and I enjoyed it very much and the narrator did a very good job of bringing it to life.

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Keira Andrews and John Solo, you can’t go wrong

Lovely feel good Christmas story. Romantic and hot sex scenes like only keira andrews can write. I’ve listened to this book four times! And counting 😍😍😍

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The Christmas Deal had everything going against it for me to actually like it. I'm not such a big fan of Christmas books or the Fake boyfriend trope but I should have known Keira Andrews would find a way to make me fall in love with Seth, Logan, & Connor. I had the biggest smile on my face from the first page all the way through the last page. This was my first book listening to a book narrated by John Solo and it won't be my last.

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great and amazing story

this book was amazing so real and so down to earth . I loved every minute and I know I could not put this book down until it was done
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Perfectly balances emotion and steam!

I enjoyed this fake fiance/fake relationship Christmas M/M Romance so much! This is my second time reading this book, the first was in e-book, and I had forgotten how emotional it was. John Solo narrated it beautifully, bringing out the emotion in every syllable and character. I was so excited when I heard he was doing this Keira book as well, he has become one of my favorite narrators.
It had a lot of depth I was not expecting, The author managed to pack in a lot into these characters and I loved it! It had: friends-to-lovers, fake relationship, bi-awakening, OFY, a kid, found family- all of my favorite romance tropes and themes.

Logan, the straight single step-dad has a lot on his plate, he is desperate, and so is Seth. They end up in a fake relationship so fast it takes them some time to understand what it going on. Dealing with an angry teenager and looking for a job, Logan is sort of gruff, yet he is so gentle with Seth and really helps him blossom into a proud man. Seth was so endearing, his life was in a stand-still after he broke up with his ex, and his unfinished house is a true metaphor for his life. Logan helps him finish the renovation, makes the house a home, and makes Seth accept himself too.
Their romance is steamy and super satisfying with their wonderful HEA.

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love this book

I read the book before thinking about giving audible a try. Decided to hear it acted out. loved it.

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enjoyed it

📖 Took me a while to warm up to Logan's character, but overall I enjoyed The Christmas Deal. The pace was good, the characters felt real and the story was well written. 😊 I'd be happy to listen to it again. 🎧 John Solo did a good performance with the characters, he has good inflections and intonations and it was easy to feel the emotions of the story. I did find times when the rhythm was slightly off and the narration felt a little stilted, but it was only a minor thing and not enough to pull me from the story.

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Oh,my!

What a great heartfelt and endearing Christmas story. It doesn’t even need a Christmas theme, it’s just so good.

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  • Michael
  • 11-21-21

Heart warming and a little blush-making

I loved this story. I became so invested in Seth, Logan and Connor. I devoured the whole thing in one sitting. If you want to lose yourself in a story that tugs on your heartstrings and occasionally makes you blush, then cancel your plans in this world and allow Keira to transport you to another. She has built a world so convincing, inhabited by characters so perfectly flawed, believable and relatable that you'll find yourself happy to have lived it and sad when it comes to an end. The only thing that stopped me from thumping out an email to demand a sequel be written immediately was the epilogue that satisfied many of my burning questions for the future of the characters that I'd taken entirely into my heart. Also, and very importantly, thank you to John Solo, who brought this book to life with his great narration. His voice was a pleasure to listen to for a solid, unbroken 8 hours - the wrong narrator can break a story. You're in safe hands with John.

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  • Lydia Devlin
  • 02-09-21

Beautiful Christmas Romance ❤️

I absolutely loved this audiobook and I have no hesitation in recommending it!
John Solo's narration effortlessly breathes life into this heartwarming beautiful romance.
I don't want to give spoilers for this audiobook,I want to urge listeners to dive in and immerse themselves in this Christmas delight.

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  • Erryn Barratt
  • 11-17-20

Found Family for the Holidays

I’m on a tear through fake boyfriend romances these days. When they’re done well, they’re a joy to read and I have to say, this was done well. Because I believed Logan was desperate enough to enter into the arrangement. He’s beyond down-on-his-luck. He has no job – or even prospects. He’s in the process of being evicted, and his truck broke down. He was unceremoniously fired from his previous job for something that wasn’t his fault and he lost his friends due to that and his health suffered because of what happened. He has his sister and his new stepson. He never planned to be a father but Connor landed in his lap and aside from the kid’s surly nature, he’s kind of growing on Logan. But Logan can barely survive for himself, let alone meet the needs of a grieving preteen who’s outgrowing his clothes.

Enter Seth. The set-up for his need for a fake boyfriend was…. interesting. But Seth wants the promotion and with a new family-oriented boss who is LGBTQ friendly, it’s all about portraying that he’s a family man. Logan and Connor turn up at the perfect time. And maybe Seth won’t be so lonely, living in that big house with only himself as company. Oh, and there’s the little bonus of sex without strings. Logan is straight, writing off those few whatevers as just scratching an itch. You know, when women aren’t handy. But when he discovers Seth’s only ever been with one man – and that man was a jerk – he’s determined to teach the devout religious man that it’s okay to have sex just for pleasure.

Seth’s family have rejected him and he’s done okay on his own, but between the colleagues at work and now Logan’s overtures, he’s able to see all that he’s been missing out on. So he invites Logan and Connor to stay. So he can portray himself as a family man, he tells himself. So he won’t be alone is the subconscious reason.

But things aren’t smooth sailing, especially with a surly preteen who is missing his mom desperately during this first Christmas without her. The conflict culminates in a near-disaster and it’s a moment of reckoning for everyone.

I loved this book. Just perfect for this time of year. I’m not a big Christmas fan so any book that puts me in the holiday spirit is a good one. I’ll also take a moment to mention John Solo. I think he does a great job of narrating Keira Andrews books and this book is proof of that. I look forward to more books written by Ms. Andrews and narrated by Mr. Solo.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 11-13-20

Lovely book

I really enjoyed this book, the narration was excellent. I will definitely put it in my favourites and enjoy listening to it again.

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  • Ronald Betts
  • 10-24-20

A Christmas story to warm the heart

Just the thing to give you that Christmas cheer with a good dise of love and romance.

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  • Book addict
  • 10-14-20

Delightful book

I really enjoyed this. Great story and narration, and heart warming without being cheesy. I felt connected with the characters and absorbed in the story.