I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Christmas Leap by Keira Andrews
Published by KA Books on November 10, 2022
Genres: Fiction / Romance / LGBTQ+ / Gay, Holiday Romance
Format: eBook, Kindle Unlimited
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Fake romance shouldn't feel this real...
Will: I've never been with a man.
Sure, I've thought about it. Wondered. Daydreamed. Imagined. But I wasn't ready to take the leap.
I have a reputation as a "ladies' man." No one has any idea how curious I am about men-not even my openly bi best friend. Make that former best friend. Michael ghosted me, and I have no idea why.
Michael: The man I love is straight.
It hurt like hell when I had to distance myself from Will. I've tried desperately to grow up and get over him, but my carefully constructed life just fell apart-and Will rushes to my rescue.
Now we're pretending to be a couple to impress his boss at a holiday retreat. We're holding hands and hugging.
We're sharing a bed.
And Will just kissed me.
Is my best friend falling in love with me after all?
The Christmas Leap by Keira Andrews is a Christmas romance featuring friends to lovers, bi awakening, first times, and of course a happy ending. This standalone novel takes place in the same universe as The Christmas Deal.
I enjoyed this book, but it didn’t have the depth I expect from this author and that was disappointing. ~ Sharon – Simply Love Books
A friends-to-lovers, bi-awakening, holiday romance? Yes, please! I was excited to get another book in this series and I did enjoy The Christmas Leap, but not as much as I enjoyed The Christmas Deal. This book lacked the emotion that was so prevalent in that first book and while I was happy for these two, I didn’t feel the chemistry that I was told they had.
Best friends since college, Michael and Will haven’t spoken in two years when Michael put distance between them because it hurt too much to be around Will. Michael knew Will was straight and feared if he confessed his love to him it would strain their friendship so he just ghosted him and while he didn’t mean to the longer he stayed away the harder it became to reach out. After breaking up with his boyfriend who had planned to string him along through the holidays because “he felt sorry for him,” and his car breaking down in the middle of nowhere Michael calls the one person he knows will answer and when Will does he can’t believe how much he’s missed his voice.
So much unrequited love on Michael’s side but when they arrive at Will’s company Christmas retreat and are mistaken for a couple they deal with it even when a few of Will’s friends know the score. The entire time I read this book I felt like something was missing and it boils down to that we never really get to know these characters very well. There is so much about Will’s confusion over his sexuality and how they both keep referring to their fake boyfriend status and the weekend turns into Christmas in Australia when Will’s boss asks him to accompany her there for business and invites Michael along. The book just wasn’t cohesive, I wanted more time with them enjoying the holiday but it was just busy networking, spending time with Will’s boss and her family, and them having s*x and that’s all well and good but I needed more depth.
To me this book felt chaotic and I just never felt completely immersed. It wasn’t a bad book, I enjoyed reading it but it really isn’t one I’d read again.