Title: Where Love Grows
Author: Jay Northcote
Publisher: Jaybird Press (self published)
Length: 70,000 words approx
Genre: Contemporary m/m romance, hurt/comfort
Cover Artist: Garrett Leigh
Release Date: September 26, 2019
Series information: This book is a standalone
When two broken men look to each other for help, an unexpected romance blooms.
Stephen’s home, deep in the heart of the Welsh valleys, suits his reclusive nature. However, as he recovers from illness, he’s struggling to manage alone. As nature reclaims the land he’s poured his heart into cultivating, he becomes increasingly unhappy. His only outlet is his blog, where he documents the decline of the garden that had been his pride and joy.
Luke is more used to a concrete jungle. He was a high-flyer, living and working in London, until addiction sent him into free fall. Now on the road to recovery, he still wants to make some changes, but he’s unsure where to find the purpose and fulfilment he craves.
A mutual acquaintance suggests Luke visits Stephen to help him out for a while, and a seed of hope is planted. From prickly beginnings, shoots of friendship emerge, blossoming into a deeper connection when they act on their mutual attraction.
This was only ever supposed to be a temporary arrangement, and soon Stephen will be able to manage on his own again. But both men need each other in ways they’re afraid to admit. If their love is going to last for more than one season, they’ll need to find the courage to be honest.
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I always enjoy Jay’s stories and this was no exception. The character portrayal here is extremely well done, with just the right amount of angst that tugs on your heartstrings. Stephen and Luke have several personal issues and difficulties that are gradually revealed to each other as well as to the reader. Despite a shaky start, the two men grow to support and comfort each other and find love along the way. It’s not an easy path for them. I enjoyed all the garden and plant metaphors that symbolised their lives and growing love.
Being from the UK, I love stories set here and could picture the long, hot summer days from last year as Luke worked in the garden.
Jay’s writing flows easily, gripping you and making you want to read to the end. There’s lots of lovely ‘feels’ in this one. Highly recommended.
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 self-publishes under the imprint Jaybird Press.