The Dating Game
by Jay Northcote
Narrated by Matthew Lloyd Davies
It’s no secret that I love Jay’s stories and this is one of my favourites. Two guys and the offer of five dates without sex—a perfect recipe for UST. This is sweet and hot with a little angst mixed in—yummy. And set in the UK too, so I was looking forward to listening to the audio version. Knowing there’s a limited choice of narrators with a suitable British accent, I wondered how Matthew would approach and present this sexy tale.
It took me until the end to adjust to Matthew’s voice and narration. I think it’s a personal thing because I’ve been listening to quite a few American narrators recently and it took me a while to adjust even though I’m from the UK. I was expecting a younger, less sophisticated voice to suit the characters. The performance was professional and the production is of a high quality. I enjoyed Matthew’s narration of this story, and after the second listen, I now think he suits the characters and the plot very well. Highly recommended.
When they were at uni, Owen always had a bit of a crush on Nathan. But Nathan was apparently straight, and Owen was too busy with other guys to take his crush seriously.
When Nathan moves back to Bristol after a year away, Owen hears that Nathan has come out of the closet, and he propositions him. Nathan doesn’t want to be just another notch on Owen’s bedpost, though, so he challenges Owen to prove he can be serious: five dates before they have sex.
Owen doesn’t think that sounds too difficult. He’s expecting Nathan to find his charms irresistible anyway. But as they grow closer, Owen begins to care more about proving himself to Nathan than he does about getting him into bed.