Today I am so pleased to welcome Leta Blake to Joyfully Jay. Leta has come to talk to us about her latest release, Mr. Jingle Bells. She has also brought along a great giveaway. Please join me in giving Leta a big welcome!
“Sorry to interrupt,” Nicole said, poking her head into Walker’s office with a small smile. “But, uh, have you seen Ashton’s Facebook post?”
“It’s just… Typical Ashton, you know,” Nicole said with a fond grimace as she entered and closed the door behind her. “But maybe this time it’s a little too much?”
“Ashton? Going too far? Who’d have thunk?” Walker had told Casey before they’d created SRS that Ashton was as much of a branding liability as an asset, but Casey had just given him a penetrating look implying he knew far too well what Walker’s hang-ups were about Ashton—and Walker had decided not to say anything additionally incriminating.
“Here, just have a look,” Nicole said, passing Walker her phone. “I mean, I get that Ashton’s a jokester, and I understand he’s out and proud. That’s fine. That’s what we’re all about. Refreshing honesty, etc. But some things do reflect back on our company, and I don’t know about this post. It’s likely to upset some clients, don’t you think?”
Walker decided to reserve comment until he’d read it for himself. He skimmed it once and then, blinking away his disbelief, he read it more closely. Why he was surprised, he didn’t even know. Everything about the long-winded post was one hundred percent pure Ashton.
Ho ho! Merry Christmas! Ashton here! As you know, I blew up my homophobic fam three years ago by bringing a muscled, shirtless, Grindr hookup as my date to the family Christmas party. Getting disowned was never so easy! A+ experience! Do recommend!
This year, in an effort to spread the holiday joy, I’m making a generous offer. For the low price of a place to stay for three days while they fumigate my entire apartment building, I’ll help you turn your seasonal family gathering into a shitshow of epic proportions! If you’ve got homophobic parents, asshole aunts, ugly uncles, and aggressively insensitive cousins, you too can experience the joy of blowing up their holiday!
Hire me as your fake boyfriend and your nosy Aunt Karen won’t ask you when you’re getting married or if you’re ever gonna give your mom some grandkids. She’ll be too busy wondering about why you’re dating a gay man (if you’re a woman), or when you suddenly turned queer (if you’re a man). You’ll be the talk of the family for months to come!
With two years of university theater classes under my belt, I can pretend to love anyone. That’s right! Even you. And I can play it however is most likely to cause your family to implode/explode/breakdown. I can do serious and committed, or casual and slutty. I come in two modes: butch and hyper-masc, or glorious femme-queen covered in glitter. Okay, that was a lie. I only come in femme-queen mode. Just call me Mr. Jingle Bells! And for the right price (I honestly need a place to stay for three nights only! I swear!), I’ll be at your service!
PM for more info!
(No, but seriously, help! The hotels near my office are TOO EXPENSIVE! Who said Knoxville could grow up all fancy like this? What marketing whiz branded these places as super posh? Oh, that was me. Anyway, please. Three nights. Save my wallet.)
Walker read the post again, a small smile fighting its way onto his lips. From a business perspective, it wasn’t really funny. But from a personal one, it was hilarious. Only Ashton would even think to post something like this instead of just asking his friends for a place to stay. His post already had over sixty reactions and twenty responses.
This was the sort of absurdity that Casey said made Ashton special—the kind of unexpected behavior that would draw attention to their firm. But was this really the attention they wanted? The replies were getting more and more ludicrous by the second. Someone had only just now commented asking if Ashton charged extra for platonic blow jobs in his Fake Boyfriend package.
“Thanks for bringing this to my attention,” Walker said, rising from his desk. “I’ll take care of it, Nicole.”
Home for the Holidays, Book 3
Opposites attract as frosty business partners become fake boyfriends in this Christmas gay romance!
Playing fake boyfriends starts their sleigh ride into love!
After an emergency forces Ashton Sellers from his apartment, all he wants for Christmas is new lipgloss, zero contact from his abusive family, and a place to stay for the holidays. Cue his business partner begrudgingly taking him in.
Walker’s a fuddy-duddy with no sense of fun, but he does have a safe, warm home with four adorable dogs and delicious food on the table.
If it turns out Walker’s also a secret softy with a tender side and a hot body beneath his endless parade of golf shirts? Great, good, cool. And if Walker wants Ashton to pretend to be his boyfriend for his sister’s Christmas-themed wedding? Awesome, amazing.
Could Walker be the safe haven Ashton missed out on as a child? Could they be falling in love for real?
But when Ashton uncovers a painful mistake in Walker’s past, it hits too close to home. As the jingle bells quiet and the snow settles, will Ashton be able to forgive Walker, or will their relationship be over before it ever truly begins?
Mr. Jingle Bells is a gay Christmas story by Leta Blake featuring forced proximity, opposites attract, fake dating, office romance, steamy scenes, and a taffy-sweet happy ending. It’s set in the Home for the Holidays universe, which began with Mr. Frosty Pants, but can be read as a standalone.
Content warnings for childhood abuse, past addiction issues, PTSD episodes, and gambling.
Author of the bestselling book Smoky Mountain Dreams and the fan favorite Training Season, Leta Blake’s educational and professional background is in psychology and finance, respectively. However, her passion has always been for writing. She enjoys crafting romance stories and exploring the psyches of made up people. At home in the Southern U.S., Leta works hard at achieving balance between her day job, her writing, and her family.
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