Title: Better Place (Rainbow Place #3)
Author: Jay Northcote
Publisher: Jaybird Press (self published)
Length: 66,000 words approx
Genre: contemporary m/m romance
Cover Artist: Garrett Leigh
Release Date: February 22, 2019
Series title: Rainbow Place.
All stories will be standalones with new main characters in each book and satisfying happy endings.
Joe deserves better. Meeting Dylan helps him see that.
After a recent redundancy, Joe takes a few months off to try and make it as a writer. His partner, Harry, is less than supportive but Joe is used to that after ten years together, just like he’s used to Harry’s controlling nature and his drinking habit.
Dylan, a server at Rainbow Place, is fascinated by Joe as he sits in the café and works on his laptop. His attempts to flirt are met with awkwardness at first, but gradually Joe opens up. Dylan is disappointed when he learns Joe isn’t single. As their friendship develops he begins to worry about the nature of Joe’s relationship, especially when he witnesses Harry’s behaviour in person. Abuse isn’t always physical, and Dylan knows that from experience. His concern helps Joe see his relationship for what it is, and gives him the courage to end things with Harry.
Free to act on their mutual attraction, Joe and Dylan dive headlong into something that becomes serious fast. Joe revels in the passion and intimacy he’s been missing out on for so long, but Dylan is worried that Joe is on the rebound. He puts on the brakes, knowing that they need to slow down to make this last. For this new relationship to work, Joe needs to show Dylan that he’s ready to move on from the past.
Although this book is part of a series, it can be read as a standalone and has a satisfying happy ending.
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I enjoyed Jay’s third story set in and around the Rainbow Place cafe. This is an everyday romance, with nothing OTT or like a soap opera about this tale. There’s plenty of eating, drinking, working, and watching TV in this slow-burn, low-angst romance.
Dylan works in the cafe and that’s where he meets Joe, who’s attempting to write his first novel. I liked how they gradually get to know each other and how their tentative conversations blossoms into friendship. As readers, we know this will turn into something more. I don’t think Joe cheated on his current partner. We know that particular relationship was all but over. Kudos to Dylan for respecting Joe, remaining his friend and offering him advice. I liked how they move from friends to lovers, but didn’t rush their relationship. This is a gentle, sweet romance. Hopefully we’ll see how things have developed between them in future stories. It was great to see more of Seb and Alex and other familiar characters offering Dylan and Joe their support.
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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