Title: Safe Place (Rainbow Place #2)
Author: Jay Northcote
Publisher: Jaybird Press (self published)
Length: 48,000 words approx
Genre: contemporary m/m romance, bisexual, coming of age
Cover Artist: Garrett Leigh
Release Date: Friday 31st August 2018
Series title: Rainbow Place.
All stories will be standalones with new main characters in each book and satisfying happy endings.
Where do you go when your home is no longer a safe place?
Alex is about to turn eighteen and is firmly in the closet. He’s been biding his time, waiting to escape to uni, and finally come out away from the oppressive influence of his homophobic father. When he flunks his exams, he’s stuck in the small town of Porthladock—and what’s worse is that he’s working for his dad. The only thing that makes it bearable is Cam.
Cam’s comfortable with his bisexuality, but he doesn’t broadcast it. Young, free, and single, his social life revolves around playing rugby and hanging out with his mates. He’s attracted to Alex, but with the six-year age gap, Cam’s wary of getting involved. Plus, he thinks Alex needs a friend more than he needs a lover, and as their friendship grows, Cam decides he’s not willing to risk ruining it for casual sex.
When Alex’s dad finds out about his sexuality, Alex is suddenly both jobless and homeless. He finds work at Rainbow Place, the local LGBT-friendly café and Cam lets Alex stay in his flat for a while. But Alex would rather be sleeping in Cam’s bed than on his sofa. With them both living under one roof, their feelings for each other grow stronger, and the sexual tension is hard to ignore. Will giving in to it ruin their friendship and complicate things for Alex even more?
Although this book is part of a linked series, it has a satisfying happy ending, and can be enjoyed as a standalone.
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Review – 4*
Alex and Cam were introduced towards the end of Rainbow Place and I was hoping we’d get their story next.
This is an enjoyable slow burn romance and a coming of age story. The two men are attracted to each other from the word go, but Cam soon puts the brakes on any intimate relationship when he discovers Alex’s controlling father is also the homophobic politician who caused a lot of the disruption in book 1. There’s plenty of UST between these guys as they attempt to remain friends. Alex also has the worry of his future education, his job prospects and his bigoted parents. Cam eventually provides a safe place for Alex, as do their friends at the Rainbow Place cafe. There’s some sweet moments, a few sexy scenes, and several episodes that will make you laugh out loud.
About the Author
Jay lives just outside Bristol in the West of England. He comes from a family of writers, but always used to believe that the gene for fiction writing had passed him by. He spent years only ever writing emails, articles, or website content.
One day, Jay decided to try and write a short story—just to see if he could—and found it rather addictive. He hasn’t stopped writing since.
Jay writes contemporary romance about men who fall in love with other men. He has been published by Dreamspinner Press, and also self-publishes under the imprint Jaybird Press. Many of his books are also available as audiobooks.
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