Title: Nothing Ventured
Author: Jay Northcote
Narrator: Matthew Lloyd Davies
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Length: 04 hours 39 minutes
Genre: Contemporary, Gay Fiction, M/M Romance
When Aiden agrees to run the Mad Mucker—a twelve-mile muddy slog over an obstacle course—he’s expecting it to be a bit of a laugh. The training will be tough, but Aiden could use the motivation to regain some fitness.
Matt is the sexy cousin of one of Aiden’s coworkers and a last-minute addition to the team. When he agrees to train with Aiden, Aiden suddenly finds the prospect of regular workouts a lot more appealing.
Soon attraction flares, and they embark on an intense physical relationship. Matt doesn’t want to fall in love with a man, and Aiden doesn’t want to fall in love at all, but despite their insistence on no strings, they grow closer. As the day of the race approaches, time is running out for them to work out how they feel about each other.
Story Rating: 5/5 Stars
Narration Rating: 4/5 Stars
Overall Rating: 4.5/5 Stars
I previously reviewed the ebook (see below) and loved this story. I’ve only listened to one of Jay’s audiobooks and am still adjusting to Matthew Lloyd Davies’ voice and narration for her characters. His voice is clear and well spoken, and although he has a British voice to fit the British story, I feel a more youthful and less sophisticated voice would have suited the characters I’d pictured in my mind. The narrator made a clear distinction between Aiden and Matt’s voices, as he did with the other characters, and this made for easy listening. Once again, the performance was professional and the production is of a high quality.
My 5* Review of the ebook
FABULOUS! I LOVED IT!
Aiden and Matt have agreed to enter a charity race as part of a team and will have to face a rather wet and soggy challenge course. They have twelve weeks to train and get in shape. Or rather, Aiden is the one who reluctantly admits he needs to get fit. Fortunately, the thought of a super hot fitness instructor helping him every step of the way is the right incentive to build up his stamina and strength and to get Aiden back into his shorts and running shoes.
Aiden, a self-professed couch potato, and Matt, a fitness fanatic, seem unfairly matched at the start, but as the story unfolds, it is clear the two men make ideal training partners. They become gym buddies and progress to ‘friends with benefits’. Matt and Aiden enjoy the physical connection in and out of the shower after working out together, and are both perfectly happy to steer clear of any commitment. But as the weeks pass, it becomes apparent there is more to their friendship than sex and training.
Don’t you just love a story that makes you smile and feel warm and fuzzy inside as you read? Jay admits she writes “fluffy” romance and that is what you get with this story. No major angst and lots of “feelz”!
I loved the banter between Aiden and Matt from the start and empathized with Aiden each time he went out in the cold, rain and mud. I’m sure I was panting and stretching out my muscles alongside him. The build up of their relationship was perfect and I was willing the guys to kiss and get down to some serious loving. You’ll be pleased to know that Jay delivers! She writes smoking hot and frequent sex scenes—always a plus for me!
Nothing Ventured is a well-rounded and thoroughly enjoyable story with sexy main characters. You will end up cheering Matt and Aiden along as they undertake the challenge course, not just in the race itself, but also as they confront the many obstacles in their developing relationship.
If you enjoyed reading Nothing Serious and Nothing Special you will, without a doubt, love this book. For me, this is Jay’s best story so far.
Jay lives just outside Bristol in the West of England, with her husband, two children, and two cats.
She comes from a family of writers, but she always used to believe that the gene for fiction writing had passed her by. She spent years only ever writing emails, articles, or website content. One day, she decided to try and write a short story–just to see if she could–and found it rather addictive. She hasn’t stopped writing since.