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New Audiobook – Where Love Grows by Jay Northcote

AUDIOBOOK REVIEW

Where Love Grows by Jay Northcote

Narrated by Hamish Long

Length: 6 hrs and 54 mins

Unabridged Audiobook

Release date: August 11, 2020

Audible UK  |  Audible US

 

Review

I enjoyed reading this story last year and the audio version is superb. Hamish Long does a fantastic job of narrating and the two distinct voices he created for Luke and Stephen are spot on—a lovely deep Welsh accent and a soft London accent that didn’t sound like it had come straight out of Oliver Twist.

The character portrayal in this story is extremely well done, with just the right amount of angst that tugs on the heartstrings. Stephen and Luke have several personal issues and past heartbreaks that they don’t feel inclined to discuss at first, but they gradually reveal to each other and the reader. Despite a rather reluctant and shaky start to their relationship, the two men grow to support, comfort, and trust each other, finding love along the way. It’s not an easy path for them. There are some sizzling massage scenes and other sensual times, plus there are two heart-tugging ‘break-ups’, which I always love.

I liked all the garden and plant metaphors that symbolised their lives and growing love. I’m glad Jay still sets his stories in the UK and could picture the days they spent working and relaxing in Stephen’s garden. Jay’s writing flows easily, gripping you, and making you want to read to the end. There are lots of lovely ‘feels’ in this one.

Hamish Long has become one of my favourite narrators. His soothing voice is easy to listen to, making stories easy to follow. He did a great job of portraying the differing personalities, the heartache, and the range of emotions in this story. Highly recommended.

 

New Release and Review – A Boyfriend for Christmas by Jay Northcote

NEW RELEASE

Title: A Boyfriend for Christmas

Author: Jay Northcote

Publisher: Jaybird Press (self published)

Length: 61,000 words approx

Genre: Contemporary m/m romance, holiday story, feel-good read

Cover Artist: Garrett Leigh

Release Date: November 26, 2019

Series information: This book is a standalone

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Blurb

Archie’s posh parents want him to meet a nice girl—how can he tell them he’s fallen for a bad boy instead? 

Closeted, innocent and lonely, Archie Arandale longs for someone special in his life. A Christmas party organised by his wealth management company is the last place he expects to meet the man of his dreams.

With his leather jacket, tattoos, and piercings, Cal Turner turns heads the moment he walks through the door. He definitely isn’t looking for a boyfriend, but Archie’s hesitant charm captures his attention, and sneaking off during the party to have a little fun can only make a dull evening more interesting.

After their reckless and thrilling encounter, Archie is keen for more experience and Cal is happy to oblige. The need for secrecy means this can only be a casual fling, yet as they spend time together in the run up to Christmas, their feelings become more intense than either of them had bargained for. How can Archie find the courage to tell his family about Cal, when Cal’s the exact opposite of the ‘nice girl’ they’ve been hoping for?

Contains: A closeted virgin, a tattooed biker, class differences, a dramatic coming out, a very inappropriate Christmas gift, and a happy ending (of course).

 

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MY REVIEW

This is a lovely low-angst, opposites attract, Christmas romance.

I adored Cal, the tattooed ‘working class’ biker. Visually, he may have appeared intimidating to Archie’s parents and others at first sight, but he had a heart of gold. There was nothing nasty about him.

I sympathised with Archie for having overbearing parents who imposed their social commitments and politics on him and for making the prospect of coming out a frightening one.

Jay brought these two ideally-matched characters together and, from the start, the chemistry is smouldering despite their social differences. The two lovebirds enjoyed plenty of sizzling moments. The more time they spent together, the more Archie’s confidence grew.

An uplifting and fun Christmas read with a great cast of secondary characters who add to the enjoyment of the story.

 

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.

 

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New Release Review – Where Love Grows by Jay Northcote #KindleUnlimited

NEW RELEASE

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

 

Blurb

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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*REVIEW*

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.

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New Release – Mud and Lace Rainbow Place #4) by ay Northcote #review

NEW RELEASE

Title: Mud & Lace (Rainbow Place #4)

Author: Jay Northcote

Publisher: Jaybird Press (self published)

Length: 60,000 words approx

Genre: contemporary m/m romance, bisexual, gender fluidity

Cover Artist: Garrett Leigh

Release Date: Thursday 25th April 2019

Series information:

Series title: Rainbow Place.

All stories will be standalones with new main characters in each book and satisfying happy endings.

 

 

Blurb

When Wicksy falls for drag queen Charlie, they discover that both sexuality and gender can be fluid.

Simon Wicks—Wicksy to his rugby teammates—has only ever been interested in women. But when he sets eyes on Lady Gogo, a drag queen who performs at Rainbow Place, he can’t stop thinking about her. He knows there’s a guy behind the fishnets and make-up, but he’s ready to explore his fantasies, and Lady Gogo is game for making them come true.

Charlie adores performing in drag. It allows him to indulge in his love of cross-dressing while earning some extra cash. Fooling around with a mostly straight guy in secret seems like a fun diversion, and gives him the chance to explore his feminine side. He feels safe wearing the mask of his confident alter ego, because the real Charlie is hidden from view.

When Wicksy sees more of the guy behind the make-up and glitter, his attraction to Charlie persists, and he realises he’s bisexual. In turn, Charlie begins to understand and accept his gender fluidity. As their mutual journey of self-discovery brings them closer, the secrecy becomes increasingly hard to deal with. If they’re going to have a future together, they both need to find the courage to show people who they really are.

Although this book is part of a series, it can be read as a standalone and has a satisfying happy ending.

 

REVIEW

5*

I enjoyed reading the previous three books, but this story is definitely my favourite in the series. It was a real page-turner. I loved the overall storyline, the main characters, the writing, and the ‘kinky’ sex between ‘straight’ hunky rugby player, Simon, and Charlie, who is in the process of exploring his feminine side and dresses accordingly.

Their relationship development is well-paced. The initial sexual attraction and steamy encounters are hot, but gradually this moves beyond the physical as the two men fall in love and at the same time learn more about themselves. Bravo, Jay. This is a wonderful addition to the series.

 

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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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New Release – Better Place (Rainbow Place #3) by Jay Northcote

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 information:

Series title: Rainbow Place.

All stories will be standalones with new main characters in each book and satisfying happy endings.

 

Blurb

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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REVIEW

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.

 

Author Links

Website: https://jaynorthcote.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Jay_Northcote

Facebook profile: https://www.facebook.com/jaynorthcotewriter

Facebook author page: https://www.facebook.com/jaynorthcotefiction

Facebook author group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/jaysplayground

Newsletter: http://tinyurl.com/JN-readers

Jay’s books: http://author.to/JayNorthcote

 

Safe Place (Rainbow Place #2) by Jay Northcote

SAFE PLACE

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 information:

Series title: Rainbow Place.

All stories will be standalones with new main characters in each book and satisfying happy endings.

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Blurb

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.

 

Author Links

Website: https://jaynorthcote.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Jay_Northcote

Facebook profile: https://www.facebook.com/jaynorthcotewriter

Facebook author page: https://www.facebook.com/jaynorthcotefiction

Facebook author group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/jaysplayground

Newsletter: http://tinyurl.com/JN-readers

Jay’s books: http://author.to/JayNorthcote

 

 

New Release ~ Rainbow Place by Jay Northcote

NEW RELEASE

Title: Rainbow Place (Rainbow Place #1)

Author: Jay Northcote

Publisher: Jaybird Press (self published)

Length: 54,000 words approx

Genre: contemporary m/m romance

Cover Artist: Garrett Leigh

Release Date: June 15, 2018

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Series Information

Series title: Rainbow Place.

Book Two will be out later this year.

All stories will be standalones with new main characters in each book and satisfying happy endings.

 

Blurb

Everyone deserves a second chance.

Nate and his teenage daughter need a fresh start, so they move back to the village where he grew up. Nate’s transgender, and not used to disclosing his history, so it’s hard living where people knew him before. When Nate reconnects with Jack—his best friend from school and unrequited crush—his feelings return as strong as ever.

Jack’s returned home to get his life in order after an addiction to alcohol caused him to lose everything: his job, his driver’s licence, and nearly his life. He’s living with his parents, which is less than ideal, but rekindling his friendship with Nate—or Nat as Jack once knew him—is an unexpected benefit of being back home. Jack is amazed by Nate’s transformation, and can’t deny his attraction. Trying for more than friendship might ruin what they already have, but the chemistry between them is undeniable.

Doubting his feelings are reciprocated, Nate fears he’s risking heartbreak. Jack’s reluctance to tell his parents about their relationship only reinforces Nate’s misgivings. With both their hearts on the line and their happiness at stake, Jack needs to make things right, and Nate has to be prepared to give him a second chance.

 

Review

A great start to a new series. It was both intriguing and inspiring. I liked the set up in this Cornish community, the emergence of the new cafe/bar, and the introduction of the key players who will no doubt play a role in future stories.

I particularly liked the two main characters, Seb and Jason, and how they moved from their initial attraction to flirting to f-buddies to a relationship. There were some super hot scenes between these guys.

Jason’s insecurity and struggle with his sexuality provided some angst as did the negative feedback the cafe received from a few narrow-minded locals. I think the conflict between Seb and the haters, and the one between Seb and Jason was nicely done. I loved how both were resolved.

I always enjoy reading Jay Northcote’s well-written stories. His Housemates series is a favourite of mine with the six varied storylines and the six pairs of fabulous characters. I think the Rainbow Place series has the potential of developing along these lines. I’m certainly looking forward to seeing Seb and Jason again.

 

Buy Links – Available on Kindle Unlimited

NB: This book will be exclusive to Amazon for 90 days, after that it will be available at all major retailers.

 

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 five books published by Dreamspinner Press, and also self-publishes under the imprint Jaybird Press. Many of his books are now available as audiobooks.

Jay is transgender and was formerly known as she/her.

 

Links

Website: https://jaynorthcote.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Jay_Northcote

Facebook profile: https://www.facebook.com/dellamere

Facebook author page: https://www.facebook.com/jaynorthcotefiction

Facebook author group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/jaysplayground

Newsletter: http://tinyurl.com/JN-readers

Jay’s books: http://author.to/JayNorthcote

 

New Release – Pretty in Pink – Jay Northcote #review #bisexual #newadult #mmromance

NEW RELEASE

 

Title: Pretty in Pink

Author: Jay Northcote

Publisher: Jaybird Press (self published)

Length: 58,000 words approx.

Genre: Contemporary m/m romance/erotica, bisexual, new adult

Cover Artist: Garrett Leigh

Release Date:  21st February 2018

Series info: Housemates #6

 

The Housemates Series is a collection of standalone stories set around a student house in Britain. Each book focuses on new characters, with themes of self-discovery and sexual awakening.

 

Blurb

Ryan isn’t looking for a relationship with a guy—and Johnny isn’t looking for a relationship at all.

Ryan’s always been attracted to tall, leggy blondes—normally of the female variety. When Johnny catches his eye at a party, Ryan’s interest is piqued even though he’s never been with a guy before. The attraction is mutual, and the amazing night that follows opens Ryan’s eyes to his bisexuality.

Experience has taught Johnny that love hurts. Staying single is safer, and there’s no need for complicated relationships when hooking up is easy. When he moves in next door to Ryan, they’re both interested in picking up where they left off, and it seems like an ideal arrangement: convenient, mutually satisfying, and with no strings attached.

Despite their best intentions to keep things casual, they develop an emotional connection alongside the physical one. Both begin to want more from the relationship but are afraid to admit it. If they’re going to work things out, they need to start being honest—first with themselves, and then with each other.

Although this book is part of the Housemates series, it has new main characters, a satisfying happy ending, and can be read as a standalone.

Review

4.5*

Another fab story from Jay.

I’ve thoroughly enjoyed each of the books in this series and the variety of characters that Jay creates. His stories always gives me the warm fuzzy feels that I crave from M/M romances and this story worked well for me. It was also great to catch glimpses of the other couples in the student houses and see they’re still happy and together.

Ryan and Johnny were introduced in the previous book with hints that there was something going on between them, and there’s a sort of recap of their first meeting at the beginning of this story. Ryan explores his bi-curious side by hooking up with Johnny, the gorgeous, leggy, eyeliner-wearing, androgynous blond.

They continue with no strings hookups once they become neighbours. It’s all about the sex and the moment, so they don’t spend much time talking or really getting to know each other well. We are treated to some super hot scenes, some a little kinky, each time they meet up.

Ryan is still coming to terms with his bisexuality and Johnny is reluctant to risk his heart again after being hurt in the past. They are sexually compatible and their arrangement is convenient for them. Except feelings do develop on both sides. It takes time for them to truly admit it to themselves and neither are in a position to tell the other as these feelings grow. Wrongly assuming the other doesn’t want anything more than sex, they are reluctant to be the one to talk about all this. Yes, it causes problems and some lovely angst in the story because of their lack of communication, but that happens in real life. Many people keep their thoughts to themselves and just go along with the status quo. Personally, I loved the tinge of jealousy Ryan exhibited when he saw Johnny with another guy. I didn’t take it as cheating because they weren’t in an agreed relationship at that point.

The resolution is great and the epilogue gives a lovely happy ending for the couple. I was left wanting more ‘boyfriend’ time and to see them getting to know each other more. I was also hoping for more ‘pink’ episodes after the earlier deliciously steamy one.

A highly recommended story. It’s well written, quick-paced, super hot, and with a little angst.

 

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Series Information and Links

 

The Housemates Series is a collection of standalone stories set around a student house in Britain.

This new adult series focuses on themes of self-discovery and sexual awakening.

 

Helping Hand (Housemates #1)

Like a Lover (Housemates #2)

Practice Makes Perfect (Housemates #3)

Watching and Wanting (Housemates #4)

Starting from Scratch (Housemates #5)

 

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 five books published by Dreamspinner Press, and also self-publishes under the imprint Jaybird Press. Many of his books are now available as audiobooks.

Jay is transgender and was formerly known as she/her.

 

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Review ~ Starting from Scratch

Title: Starting from Scratch

Author: Jay Northcote

Publisher: Jaybird Press (self published)

Length: 57,000 words approx

Genre: Contemporary m/m romance/erotica, transgender, new adult

Cover Artist: Garrett Leigh

Release Date: Wednesday 12th April 2017

Series info: Housemates #5

 

The Housemates Series is a collection of standalone stories set around a student house in Britain.

Each book focuses on new characters, with themes of self-discovery and sexual awakening.

 

 

Starting over isn’t easy, but Ben is ready to live his life as the man he was always meant to be.

Ben is transgender and back at university after hormone treatment and chest surgery. His new housemates have no idea about his history and Ben would prefer to keep it that way. He’s starting from scratch and his life is finally on track, except in the romance department. The idea of dating guys as a guy is exhilarating but terrifying, because if Ben wants a boyfriend he’ll have to disclose his secret.

Sid is drawn to Ben from the moment they meet. He normally gets what he wants—in the short term at least. Ben’s guarded at first, and Sid’s not used to guys rejecting his advances. He eventually charms his way through Ben’s defences and helps Ben on his journey of sexual awakening.

It doesn’t matter to Sid that Ben is trans. He’s attracted to the whole person, and isn’t worried about what is—or isn’t—in Ben’s pants. They’re good together, and both of them are falling hard and fast, but Ben’s insecurities keep getting in the way. If Sid can convince Ben he’s committed, will Ben finally be able to put his heart on the line?

Although this book is part of the Housemates series, it has new main characters, a satisfying happy ending, and can be read as a standalone.

 

 5*

I’ve been a fan of this fabulous series from the start and Starting From Scratch is another great installment. Each story features ordinary young men who are exploring their sexuality and entering into their first serious relationship while studying at college and living away from home for the first time. I like how the established couples from previous stories play a role in the subsequent stories. Ben and Sid were introduced in the previous book, Watching and Wanting, and now it’s their turn to fall in love. Ben was the quiet and rather reserved new housemate and Sid was Jude’s ex, who frequently made Shawn jealous. And the friction continues on and off during this story.

The main focus of this story is on Ben and his blossoming relationship with Sid. I adored how Sid helped Ben feel at ease with his body and gave him the confidence to be himself, both in and out of the bedroom. The reader gains an insight into the emotional and physical issues facing many transgender men through Ben’s experience in this story.

There’s no unnecessary drama or angst. I liked the ‘ordinariness’ of their everyday lives. There’s plenty of eating and watching TV. Nothing major happens. It’s all about Ben and Sid getting to know each other, how they respond and how they feel as their relationship develops. The reader experiences the anxiety and doubts as well as the warm, fuzzy feelings of happiness as they fall in love.

The story finishes with a positive happy ending and a strong hint at the next couple. I’m looking forward to reading about this sexy guy who wears eye-liner and lacy panties, and has gained the attention of another supposedly straight guy.

 

 

 

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Series Information and Links

 The Housemates Series is a collection of standalone stories set around a student house in Britain. This new adult series focuses on themes of self-discovery and sexual awakening.

 

Helping Hand (Housemates #1)

Like a Lover (Housemates #2)

Practice Makes Perfect (Housemates #3)

Watching and Wanting (Housemates #4)

 

 

 

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 five books published by Dreamspinner Press, and also self-publishes under the imprint Jaybird Press. Many of his books are now available as audiobooks.

Jay is transgender and was formerly known as she/her.

 

 

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Review ~ Watching and Wanting

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Title: Watching and Wanting

Author: Jay Northcote

Buy Links: Amazon US | Amazon UK | Amazon Global

Cover Design: Garrett Leigh

Length: 52,000 words

Housemates Series – though a series, each book can be read as a standalone. 

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Helping Hand (Book #1)  Amazon US | Amazon UK

Like A Lover (Book #2) Amazon US | Amazon UK

Practice Makes Perfect (Book #3) Amazon US | Amazon UK 

 

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Watching Jude’s cam show stirs desires Shawn’s always denied…

Shawn is adrift. Recently graduated, he’s stuck in a dead-end job that barely pays the bills. His girlfriend dumped him, his friends have moved on, and he’s still in Plymouth—going nowhere.

Jude is a student living in the same shared house. Out and proud, he’s everything Shawn’s been running from since he hit puberty. When Shawn discovers Jude works as a cam boy, he can’t resist the urge to watch one of his shows. It makes Shawn want things that scare him, yet his fascination forces him to confront his attraction.

Keen to explore his bicurious side, Shawn suggests they do a show together. Jude agrees, and things get complicated—and kinky—fast. But Jude isn’t looking to get involved with someone so deep in the closet. If Shawn’s going to get what he wants, he needs to find the courage to stop hiding from himself and be honest about who he is.

 

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five-stars

This has been a very enjoyable series with four hot and dirty storylines so far. Yes, each book can be read as standalones, but it’s great to get a feel for the various main characters that pop up as housemates by reading the previous stories. And definitely worth going back to check up on Shawn again if you’ve already read them! No wonder he was always grumpy! He’s certainly different in this story and now we find out why.

Much of this story takes place in the house (and bedroom) these guys share. The focus is on Shawn and Jude this time and we get both points of view as they fall for each other and share some sizzling scenes together on and off the camera—with a little bondage and domination mixed in. These are some of Jay’s hottest to date and with an added edge to them. Shawn eagerly lets Jude guide him in the joys of gay sex, along with plenty of dirty talk and exhibitionism. Phew!

I liked how the tension built around Shawn’s denial and gradual self-awareness of his sexuality and the need to keep their relationship secret. Both characters are endearing as they try to work out if, and how, they can be together outside of the bedroom. Although I thought Jude became a little too pushy too soon for Shawn with regard to coming out as bi. I could appreciate how Shawn was torn and felt fearful. I always like the angsty times, but they didn’t go on for too long here.

I liked that previous characters were involved—Mac and Jez especially, and also Dev and Ewan—not only to see how their relationships have developed, but also for their interaction with Shawn and Jude and the humour they add to the story.

The story flowed effortlessly and kept my attention throughout. All scenes and dialogue are there for a reason and nothing felt superfluous. The ending works well and is HFN. I hope we revisit this pair in the next instalment.

This story has now overtaken Like A Lover as my favourite in the series. Loved it!

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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 five books published by Dreamspinner Press, and also self-publishes under the imprint Jaybird Press. Many of his books are now available as audiobooks.

Jay is transgender and was formerly known as she/her.

 

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Review ~ Practice Makes Perfect

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Author: Jay Northcote
 
Release Date: June 22 2016
 
Length: 54,000 words
 
Cover Artist: Garrett Leigh 
 
Genre: Contemporary Gay Romance 
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Getting experience with the guy next door seems like a great idea—until the lines blur.

Dev, a geeky first year physics student, has zero sexual experience and he’s determined to change that ASAP. After a bad time in halls of residence, he’s starting the summer term with different housemates and a new plan of action.

Ewan lives in the house next door to Dev. He’s young, free and single, and isn’t looking to change that anytime soon. When awkward circumstances throw them together, Ewan offers to help Dev out in the bedroom in return for maths tutoring, and Dev jumps at the chance.

They work their way through Dev’s sex-to- do list, but what starts as a perfect no- strings arrangement gets more complicated as their feelings for each other begin to grow. If they’re going to turn their lessons in lovemaking into something more permanent, they need to work out how they feel about each other—before they get to the end of Dev’s list.

NB: Although this book is part of a series, it is a complete story with different main characters and can be read as a standalone.

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 Sitting on his bed, Dev yawned, his full stomach making him sleepy. He stared at his phone as he contemplated calling home but decided he couldn’t face it tonight. He loved his mum, but she did tend to bang on. Once she got him on the line, she’d end up talking for ages and asking him a million questions he was too tired to answer. Instead, he sent his mum a quick text.

All moved in, everything’s good. I’m shattered now so I’m going to have an early night. I’ll call you tomorrow.

She replied within seconds as though she’d been waiting for him to call.

Okay sweetie, glad you’re settled. Sleep well xxx

He picked up his notepad and crossed off phone home. Texting counted. He also crossed off everything else on his list for today.

That was Saturday done. Dev set his notepad aside, opened his laptop, and pulled up his lists app. He liked his notepad for day-to- day organisation; it gave him a certain satisfaction to cross out the things he’d done and to get to the end of the day with all the tasks completed. But for longer-term planning, he kept his lists on his Mac, synced to his phone.

For the first time in six months, Dev could breathe again. Finally he had a safe place where he could get back on track and look to the future. He began to type.

Things To Do This Term

Make some friends

Learn to cook

Research sex stuff

Join Grindr

Get some experience

Find a boyfriend

He stared at the words on the screen and sighed. That seemed like a lot of things to aim for. But it was good to have goals, right? Jez and Mac seemed really nice, so hopefully Dev was already on his way to achieving the first objective. And that bloke Ewan… Dev’s mind conjured up the image of the flame-haired hunk who lived next door. Ewan had been friendly.

Maybe there was potential there too.

Housemates

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 4.5*

This is the third book in the Housemates series. Each story focuses on a couple who are brought together through a ‘friends with benefits’ type arrangement. In this case, Ewan teaches Dev ‘how to do’ the various sexual acts on his ‘to-do’ list.

Dev is different from most characters I’ve read. For an eighteen year old, he is extremely mature, as are all the Housemates characters—think teenage bodies with men’s heads.  Dev has set ways of doing things and is well organised. He is very logical, down to writing lists of things he has to do. He is a socially awkward and rather geeky guy, susceptible to bullying, and struggling to find his way during his first year at uni. All these things make him adorable.

Ewan is the gorgeous ginger hunk of a neighbour who volunteers to help Dev gain experience with sex in exchange for some Maths tutoring.

Of course, they soon fall for each other and give the impression they are only going through the motions so Dev is ready for his first boyfriend—which Ewan is at pains to point out he doesn’t want when they first meet.

And herein lies the problem. Neither has the nerve to admit their arrangement has led to feelings developing for the other, nor do they have the confidence to ask the other out on a date. One partially overheard conversation almost leads to the end of their budding friendship. I particularly enjoyed the angsty scenes that followed this miscommunication, though. I just love all those tingles. And no worries, it’s all resolved pretty swiftly.

There are plenty of cute moments between the two guys along the way. Plus their inhibitions seem to disappear during their very steamy and hot sex scenes together. We are treated to recipe tips too as Ewan teaches Dev how to cook. They make a captivating couple, although I would have liked more dialogue to show them getting to know each other and what they liked about the other person rather than focusing mainly on the actions of what they do.

I liked that we get glimpses of  the previous happy couples—Jez and Mac and Josh and Rupert—and see they are still very much in love as well as contributing to this storyline.

Overall, another enjoyable sexy and very British story from Jay.

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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.

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Review ~ The Law of Attraction by Jay Northcote

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Title: The Law of Attraction

Author: Jay Northcote

Publisher: Jaybird Press (self published)

Length: 62,000 words

Genre: Contemporary gay romance

Cover Artist: Garrett Leigh

Release Date: 5th of February, 2016

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When a professional relationship turns personal, it’s impossible to resist the law of attraction.

Alec Rowland is a high-flying lawyer in a London firm whose career is his life. He doesn’t have time for relationships and his sexuality is a closely guarded secret. After picking up a cute guy on a Friday night, Alec’s world is rocked to its foundations when his one night stand shows up in the office on Monday morning—as the new temp on his team.

Ed Piper is desperate to prove himself in his new job. The last thing he needs is to be distracted by a crush on his boss. It’s hard to ignore the attraction he feels, even though Alec’s a difficult bastard to work for.

Both men strive to maintain a professional relationship, but tempers fray, passions ignite, and soon they’re both falling hard and fast. If they’re ever going to find a way to be together, Alec needs to be honest about who he really is because Ed won’t go back in the closet for anyone.

 

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4.5*

Another winner featuring all the hallmarks of a wonderful story from Jay. Well written and easy to read, this is a definite page-turner with fabulously hot sex scenes, sizzling chemistry, along with sexual tension between Alec and Ed. I loved it and them together. Their interaction felt real as did the awkward situation they found themselves in. At one point, though, I thought we were going to get a repeat of a previous plot point from Like a Lover when Alex visited  his parents, but I need not have worried as the story went in a different direction. I loved the low angst and the uncertainty over their relationship status as they dealt with their feelings and the difficulty caused by Alec having wedged himself firmly in the closet.

***I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review***

 

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Review ~ Like a Lover by Jay Northcote

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 Falling in love isn’t part of Josh’s life plan—especially not with a client.

Title: Like a Lover

Series info: Part Two of the Housemates series*

Author: Jay Northcote

Publisher: Jaybird Press (self published)

Length: 49,000 words

Genre: Contemporary gay romance

Cover Artist: Garrett Leigh

Release Date: Friday September 4th 2015

*Helping Hand is the first in the series. This story is a spin-off and both books can be read as standalones.

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Josh has a plan: get through uni with a good degree and no debts. Focused on his goals, he’s working as an escort to pay his way. He enjoys the no-strings sex and doesn’t have the time or inclination for a relationship. Falling in love definitely isn’t part of the deal—especially not with a client.

When Rupert meets Josh in a bar, he’s smitten on sight. He’s never paid for sex before, but when Josh propositions him, he can’t resist. He should have known one night would never be enough. Luckily for him, he has an inheritance to support his addiction to Josh, because his job in IT wouldn’t cover the cost.

With each appointment the lines get increasingly blurred. Something is developing between them that feels more like a relationship than a business transaction, but they come from different worlds and to go from client-and-escort to lovers seems impossible. If they want a future together, Josh and Rupert have a lot to overcome.

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“I like your lip ring,” Rupert said. His gaze dropped lower to Josh’s collarbones. “What are your tattoos of?”

“Swallows.” Rupert would just be able to see the wing tips that showed in this low-necked T-shirt. “Two of them.”

“Have you got any other tattoos?”

Josh gave a slow, teasing smile. “Maybe. Do you want me to show you?”

Rupert met his eyes again. There was a flicker of uncertainty before he answered. “Yes. I’d like that.”

Josh turned over the possibilities in his mind. It had been a long time since he’d had sex for anything other than for money. He usually saw clients at least three nights a week. They scratched the itch for him, and he didn’t have the time or inclination to hook up with other guys. He hadn’t dated since he’d started working as an escort. Josh didn’t like lying about his job, but most guys didn’t want to date escorts.

It would be easy to pick Rupert up tonight, though, and have no-strings sex with him for fun rather than cash. But Josh’s rent was due.

“Me too. But it’ll cost you,” he finally said.

Rupert frowned, obvious confusion crossing his features as he tried to make sense of Josh’s words. “What? I don’t—”

“You’re hot, and I wish I could do this without asking you for money. But a client let me down this evening. I have a hotel room booked and paid for next door, and I need someone to cover the cost for me.” The lie came smoothly. “I can’t afford to have sex for free tonight.”

Rupert’s mouth dropped open. Shock was evident on his face, but there was something else that was harder to read. His cheeks flooded pink again and his eyes went dark. “You’re….” His voice came out husky, and he cleared his throat. “You’re a….”

“A sex worker. An escort, to be precise. Hooker, rent boy, you get the gist. I’m an expensive one too. But my clients think I’m worth the money.” Josh waited, tension making a muscle tick in his jaw as he forced himself to stay still and hold Rupert’s gaze. On the occasions he’d tried picking up clients face-to-face, their reactions had varied. Interest, anger, excitement, disgust… he’d seen them all. He steeled himself, ready for rejection.

Rupert licked his lips. “How much?” he finally asked.

 

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five-stars

Like a Lover is a spin off from Helping Hand and tells Josh’s story. Josh is Jez and Mac’s housemate. He helped get the two of them together in book one. Like a Lover can be read as a standalone, but if you want to read both books it’s better to start with Helping Hand. Jez and Mac also feature in book two.

I know I’ve written this before, but I think this is now my favourite Jay Northcote book. I loved Josh. I loved Rupert. And I LOVED their fabulous story! Their bedroom encounters are sizzling and yet somehow sweet at the same time. Once I started reading I continued reading all day until I was finished. I was willing the boys to work out how to be together and for them to find their HEA. Jay’s writing gripped me throughout and my heart tugged as they fell in love and with just how much they wanted each other. This book has so many ‘aww’ moments and lovely ‘feels’—exactly what I look for in an m/m romance. Josh and Rupert are hot and sexy, but they are also nice guys you are rooting for from the beginning. Another great read from Jay.

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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.

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Review ~ Helping Hand by Jay Northcote

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Title: Helping Hand

Author: Jay Northcote

Publisher: Jaybird Press (self published)

Length: 33,000 words

Genre: Contemporary gay romance

Cover Artist: Garrett Leigh

Release Date: Friday June 26th

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Wanking with a mate isn’t gay—as long as you keep your hands to yourself.

Jez Fielding and James MacKenzie—Big Mac to his mates—are in their second year at uni. After partying too hard last year, they make a pact to rein themselves in. While their housemates are out drinking every weekend, Jez and Mac stay in to save cash and focus on their studies.

When Jez suggests watching some porn together, he isn’t expecting Mac to agree to it. One thing leads to another, and soon their arrangement becomes hands-on rather than hands-off. But falling for your straight friend can only end badly, unless there’s a chance he might feel the same.

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Afterwards, Jez blamed the alcohol for loosening his tongue, because he didn’t think about it before he spoke. The words tumbled out before he could stop them.

“Man, I’m seriously horny now. Have you got any decent porn on that laptop?”

“Huh?” Mac snapped his head around to meet Jez’s gaze. Jez’s heart pounded erratically, but his dick was still standing to attention. “What… you mean, you want to wank in here? Now? Wouldn’t that be weird?” Mac sounded seriously freaked out.

Jez backtracked quickly, cheeks hot. “It doesn’t have to be weird. I’ve done it before with guys at school, and it’s never been a big deal. But don’t worry about it. I’ll go and watch my own stash instead. But I need something soon, ’cause I’m gonna explode after watching that sex scene.”

Jez was expecting an instant no from Mac. He wouldn’t have blamed him. A lot of guys wouldn’t be into what Jez was suggesting. Jez’s heart still thumped hard, but his arousal didn’t abate despite his anxiety. He was shocked by how much he wanted this.

Mac bit his lip and frowned. “Seriously. You’ve done that?”

Jez shrugged, trying to look nonchalant. “Yeah. Like I said, it was no big deal. Just guys messing around.”

Mac stared a moment longer, then he stood, and Jez’s heart sank as he walked away. But Mac only went to fetch his laptop from the dining table. He sat back down and then opened it and tapped in his password.

“What sort of stuff do you wanna watch?” Mac’s voice was gruff and he focused on the screen rather than Jez.

Fuck. They were really going to do this, then.

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5 wonderful stars from me

In a glorious week when I have seen the tags “Love is Love” and “Love Wins” on social media more times than I have over the past few months, Jay’s story fits the bill perfectly.  Neither Jez nor Mac would label themselves as ‘gay’ at the start of the story and even by the end they are reluctant to slot themselves into such restrictive pigeon holes. They love each other and that’s all that matters. But to reach this conclusion they have to move from friends, to friends with benefits, to lovers and then finally boyfriends. What starts out as just sex and helping each other out gradually leads to a physical and emotional connection between the two young men as they battle to sort out who they are and who they want to be with.

I loved every part of this story. Jay’s characters are realistic in their behavior and mannerisms. I adored how the physical intimacy between Jez and Mac gradually developed along with their feelings for each other. I understood their desire to keep their special arrangement hidden from the other housemates and their reluctance to admit this was anything but giving each other a helping hand in the bedroom. Jay, as per usual, wrote smoking hot scenes and I thought she surpassed herself this time with portraying the sizzling chemistry between these two lovely boys. The story gave me wonderful ‘feelz’ from start to finish. Fantastic!

**Copy provided by the author in exchange for an honest review**

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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.

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New Release ~Top Me Maybe? by Jay Northcote

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 Title: Top Me Maybe?

Author: Jay Northcote

Publisher: Blanket Fort Press

Length: 9666 words

Genre: Contemporary gay erotic romance

Cover Artist: T.M. Franklin

Release Date: Friday June 5th

Series: The Secrets Collection (see below)

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Duncan has a secret fantasy, but is Tyler the right man for the job?

Tyler’s new policeman boyfriend, Duncan, is gorgeous. Tall, broad, and über-masculine, he’s the epitome of the dominant top—in appearance at least.

When they discuss their sexual fantasies, Duncan confesses to a secret desire that surprises Tyler. Luckily for Duncan, Tyler’s happy to oblige and is determined to give Duncan a night to remember.

The Secrets Collection

The Secrets Collection are sexy short stories by four different authors. The stories are linked by the common theme of secrets.

June 5, 2015: Top Me Maybe? by Jay Northcote

June 12, 2015: Cheeky Hipster & Jocks by Posy Roberts

June 19, 2015: Toy With Me by Annabelle Jacobs

June 26, 2015: (to be confirmed) by Teegan Loy

 Please visit Blanket Fort Press for full details on the other stories in the Secrets Collection.

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 “What do you want to talk about?”

Tyler thought for a moment then answered, “Sexual fantasies.” They hadn’t had that conversation yet. Not in any detail anyway.

“Okay.” Duncan sounded a little dubious. “You can go first then. Seeing as it’s your idea.”

“God. I have loads… where to start? Okay, one of mine is deflowering a Catholic priest or a monk or something—someone who’s taken a vow of celibacy, but in the fantasy I’m so hot they can’t resist me.” Tyler’s cheeks heated at the admission, but somehow it was easier having this conversation in the dark when Duncan couldn’t see his face. “Another is having sex in public…. Not in the park or something—that would be a bit skeevy—but somewhere people have come expecting to see it, like a live sex show. Or maybe being in porn, knowing that people were watching me and jerking off watching me fucking someone else…. That would be hot.” He stopped because Duncan hadn’t reacted. “Well? It’s your turn now.”

“I feel really boring in comparison,” Duncan said. “Your imagination is wild.”

Tyler chuckled. “Yeah… well I was a late starter in the practical side of things. Didn’t even kiss a guy till I was seventeen, so I spent a lot of time wanking in my bedroom thinking about stuff like that. Anyway, come on. There must be something you fantasise about. It doesn’t have to be something you actually want to do for real. I don’t think I’ll ever actually shag a priest or make a porno, but it’s fun thinking about it. It turns me on.” He wriggled a little closer to Duncan, pressing his thickening cock against the curve of his arse and combing his fingers through the hair on Duncan’s chest.

He waited for Duncan to respond, and the silence stretched out long enough to get a little awkward.

“Hey, you don’t have to if you’re not comfortable sharing,” Tyler said. Suddenly he was worried. Maybe Duncan was into something really kinky? Maybe Tyler didn’t want to know what his fantasies were. “Don’t worry about it, we can—”

“I think about being fucked.” Duncan’s voice was quiet, a deep rumble that vibrated in his chest under Tyler’s hand.

Surprise hit Tyler at the admission. It wasn’t what he’d expected to hear from Duncan at all. But he didn’t react, waiting for him to elaborate. But he didn’t, so Tyler prompted, “And?”

“That’s it.” Duncan took a deep breath, his ribs expanding under Tyler’s arm. “I’ve never bottomed. But I… I fantasise about it. About being fucked by another guy.”

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 five-stars

A short, but hot and dirty tale from Jay Northcote. Loved it and her sweet boys as they fulfil their fantasy to switch in the bedroom. It’s like ‘porn without plot’, except there is a plot! Yes, it is centred around sex, but it’s also about the emotion and connection between these guys. As always with Jay’s writing, this fluffy yet steamy story is well-written, with immediately likable characters you care about, and a satisfying happy ending. A fabulous short erotic story.

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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.

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Nothing Ventured by Jay Northcote ~ Audiobook Review

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Title: Nothing Ventured

Author: Jay Northcote

Narrator: Matthew Lloyd Davies

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Audible /  Amazon UK / Amazon.com 

Length: 04 hours 39 minutes

Genre: Contemporary, Gay Fiction, M/M Romance

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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.

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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.

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My 5* Review of the ebook

(Previously published)

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.

 

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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.

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The Marrying Kind by Jay Northcote

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Title: The Marrying Kind
Series: Owen & Nathan – part 2
Author: Jay Northcote
Genre: contemporary m/m romance
Length: 35,000 words approx
Release date: Friday 17th April 2015
Publisher: self-published (Jaybird Press)
Editor: Sue Adams
Cover artist: Garrett Leigh

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Buy links:

Amazon.com / Amazon UK / ARe / Smashwords

Series info:

The Marrying Kind is a sequel to The Dating Game. It continues Owen and Nathan’s story, so I recommend you read The Dating Game first. Jay have no firm plans for more stories about Owen and Nathan. The Marrying Kind has a definite happy ending, so please consider their story complete for now.

Blurb:

Nathan wants to put a ring on it, but is Owen the marrying kind?

Two years on from their first date, Owen and Nathan are living together and life is good—except they’re not on the same page about marriage.

A traditionalist at heart, Nathan wants it all: the wedding, the vows, and a pair of matching rings. Owen, on the other hand, believes marriage is old-fashioned and unnecessary. They don’t need a wedding to prove their commitment to each other. Love should be enough on its own.

All it takes is one moment of weakness on a night out to force the issue. Owen finds himself engaged after a half-drunk proposal, and Nathan’s enthusiasm sweeps him along. But as the big day approaches, the mounting tension finally combusts.

If he’s going to save their relationship, Owen will need to decide once and for all if he’s truly the marrying kind.

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Nathan glanced surreptitiously at Owen sitting beside him as Jack and Simon spoke their vows. Jack’s voice was quiet but sure, and Simon’s rang out clearly over the assembled crowd.

Owen’s gaze was fixed on the couple, and his eyes were suspiciously bright. As Nathan watched, Owen cleared his throat and wiped what Nathan assumed was a tear out of the corner of his eye.

Nathan suppressed a smile and turned his attention back to the groom and groom. So much for Owen’s protests that he didn’t see the point in weddings and that they were outdated, pointless events that were stupid even for straight couples unless they were religious. Even if he didn’t believe in the principle of marriage—gay or otherwise—it was nice to see he wasn’t totally immune to the emotion of the occasion. Nathan was going to enjoy taking the piss out of Owen later. But in the meantime, he reached for Owen’s hand and squeezed. Owen squeezed back.

Nathan’s eyes were moist too by the time they’d finished. The part where the celebrant said “I now pronounce you husband and husband” really set him off. Simon looked so utterly radiant after he and Jack finally stopped kissing and turned to face the wedding guests, hand in hand. Jack was flushed and awkward compared to Simon. He obviously wasn’t happy being the centre of attention, unlike his new husband, but his smile was genuine and the joy rolled off both of them, touching everyone in the room.

Nathan sighed. Owen’s hand was still in his. Their fingers were tangled together casually—just like their lives. They’d been in a relationship for over two years now, living together for half of that, and Nathan had never been happier. But looking at Simon and Jack, he wanted more. He wanted that. But he was afraid to ask Owen, because he was pretty sure what his answer would be, and it wouldn’t be the one Nathan hoped for.

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I was thrilled to discover Jay was writing more of Owen and Nathan’s story. I’d enjoyed The Dating Game and as with most HFN story endings you always wonder what might happen to the happy couple in the future.

In the Marrying Kind, one character embraces the idea of marriage, whereas the other sees it as outdated, nothing more than a piece of paper, and not necessary as they are perfectly content living together and he’d be happy to maintain the status quo with the guy he loves. So, there’s a difference of opinions from the start—perfect for future conflict and angst.

And Jay’s boys happily supply us with plenty of angst-filled moments as they argue and worry about their wedding arrangements. This is so true to life. People have second thoughts about the commitment and finality of the big day, even those who believe they have found their soul mate. Don’t doubt that the boys ever stop loving each other. We still get plenty of hot bedroom scenes and tender moments within the story. We also get to build a wider picture of the characters and their family situations as the wedding plans get underway.

I’d guessed how the conflict would resolve itself before it actually happened as Jay had planted clues along the way, but that didn’t lessen my enjoyment of the book. Their story was rounded-off beautifully in my opinion.

(A copy of this book was given in exchange for an honest review.)

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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.

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Audio Version of The Dating Game by Jay Northcote

The Dating Game

by Jay Northcote

 Narrated by Matthew Lloyd Davies

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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.

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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.

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Buy links: 

Audible UK / Amazon UK / Amazon.com

 

 

5* ARC Review for Passing Through by Jay Northcote

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Title: Passing Through

Author: Jay Northcote

Genre: contemporary m/m romance

Length: 43,000 words approx.

Release date: Friday 20th Feb 2015

Publisher: Jay Northcote

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Buy links:

Amazon.com  /  Amazon UK / ARe   /  Smashwords

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Don’t waste a chance at happiness…

Leo is a lonely workaholic with no time for romance in his life. His job in London takes all his energy and commitment. When he goes to Cornwall to stay with his terminally ill uncle, Edwin, love is the last thing Leo expects to find.

Tris lives in a cottage on Edwin’s land. Gay, but still half in the closet, he and Leo bond over their affection for Edwin, and the pull of attraction between them proves too strong to ignore. In Tris’s arms, in the wilds of Cornwall, Leo finds a peace he’d forgotten existed.

On his return to London, Leo finds himself grieving for more than just the loss of his uncle. When some unexpected news gives Leo the chance to return to Cornwall, he’s afraid it will be too late to rekindle things with Tris. But having learned much from his stay with his uncle, Leo doesn’t want to look back and wish he’d done things differently.

It’s time to seize the day—if it’s not already too late.

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On the beach they crunched along the shingle to the edge of the rocks, then turned to look out over the sea. It was almost completely dark now, and the moon was rising, casting streaks of bright silver on the oil-black water.

They stood in silence, watching and listening to the crash of the waves. Leo’s heart felt suddenly too large for his chest. He was overwhelmed by the beauty of the place, a place that had barely changed since his childhood. The sea came and went with the tides, the sands shifted, but the rocks were constant. Yet here Leo was, an adult now rather than a boy, and his uncle reduced to an echo of the man Leo remembered—physically, at least. Unexpected tears prickled the backs of Leo’s eyes as a rush of emotion so strong that it made him draw in a sharp breath assaulted him. He swallowed hard, forcing the feelings back down.

Out of his peripheral vision, he saw Tris turn towards him, but Leo carried on gazing out at the gentle, rolling movement of the sea. Tris shifted his feet in the sand, bringing him closer. The warm skin of his arm brushed Leo’s, and Leo ached for more contact. He needed human warmth and touch to chase away the cold emptiness in his heart.

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5* from me. I’d give it 6* if I could, it’s that good.

This is such a beautiful and well-crafted story. Jay writes from the heart, creating realistic and lovable characters. You will no doubt fall in love with Leo and Tris as they fall in love with each other, plus your heart will go out to Edwin whose health is rapidly deteriorating. Despite having only weeks to live he makes the most of his last days when his nephew comes to stay. His story had me in tears several times, but in an uplifting rather than depressing way. The reader expects Edwin’s death, and when the time comes, it is sensitively written and perfect for the story.

Set against the picturesque backdrop of Cornwall, there are several love stories intrinsically woven together. A little angst, lots of hot loving, a few smiles and tears along the way. I love all of Jay’s stories, but this one has become my favourite so far.

(The author provided me with a copy of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.)

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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.

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New Release ~ Review of Cold Feet by Jay Northcote

Happy Release Day to Jay Northcote!

Cold Feet

 Genre: contemporary m/m romance

Length: 32,000 words approx

Release date: Monday 8th December 2014

Publisher: Jay Northcote

Buy links:

 AMAZON GLOBAL LINK | ALLROMANCE | SMASHWORDS

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Best friends snowed in together. When the heat rises, will they get cold feet?

Getting snowed in at a remote cottage in Wales with someone he’d fancied for ages isn’t exactly how Sam expected to spend Christmas. His feelings for Ryan are pointless. Ryan’s straight—or so he thought.

Until now, Ryan’s kept his feelings for Sam buried. Why ruin a friendship over what might only be gay experimentation? Playing it cool seems safer, until a cold snap makes sharing body heat vital. In their Welsh safe haven, anything seems possible.

As Ryan’s reserve melts away, Sam wants more than stolen kisses under the mistletoe. But a sudden thaw means making decisions. They could face the New Year together—unless one of them gets cold feet.

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Afterwards, Sam denied he’d started it.

He’d been aiming for the tree behind Ryan, not at Ryan himself, he insisted. But whatever its intended target, Sam’s snowball hit Ryan perfectly on the back of his neck, exploding on impact and sending powdery snow down the gap between beanie and jacket.

After that, mayhem ensued. Snowballs flying as they ran and ducked, laughing and trash-talking each other. They were in a small copse with a few trees and bushes for cover, but as soon as one of them ventured out in search of a new patch of snow to make missiles with, the other would take the opportunity to release a fresh barrage of snowballs.

Finally, frustrated by Sam’s surprisingly good aim, Ryan reverted to his rugby skills and tackled Sam, knocking him full length into the snow with an “Oomph!” Of course, Ryan went down too. But by then he was too wet and cold to care.

They were on a slope, and the impact caused them to roll together, over and over until Ryan wondered if they were going to turn into a giant snowball like characters in a cartoon. But they finally came to rest, panting and laughing as the slope levelled out.

Sam ended up pinned beneath Ryan, laughing out loud. He’d lost his hat at some point in their tumble, and his hair was in his eyes. Snow crystals had caught in it, glinting in the sunlight. His smile was wide and infectious, and Ryan laughed too, dazzled for a moment. Then Sam’s gaze drifted over Ryan’s shoulder and focused on something above them.

“Is that mistletoe?” he asked.

Ryan pushed himself up and offered a hand to Sam to help him back onto his feet. Then he tilted his head back to squint at the spherical tangle of leaves in the bare branches of the tree above them. “I think so.”

Ryan met Sam’s eyes again, then realised he was still holding his hand. They each had gloves on, and Ryan wished they didn’t. He wanted to feel Sam’s skin. They stared at each other for a moment, and Sam licked his lips. They were pink, a little chapped from the cold, and Ryan’s gaze locked onto them. His heart surged, and panicky heat flooded him.

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My Review of Cold Feet: 4.5 stars

Take two guys who are clearly attracted to one another—although one hasn’t come to terms with his feelings for his friend yet— dump them in a remote cottage in the middle of Wales over Christmas. Mix in snowball fights, real log fires, mistletoe, cold beds, lots of cuddling, and things start to warm up between them.  Add a cute kitten and a friendly neighbor, stir in a little angst as they get to grips with their new relationship. Let them stew for a while and then take out on New Year’s Eve. The perfect recipe for a delicious Christmas story.

Another cracking good read and a definite winter heart warmer from Jay Northcote.

(The author provided me with a copy of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.)

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Jay lives just outside Bristol in the West of England, with her amazing, occasionally ridiculous husband, two noisy-but-awesome children, and two cats.

Jay 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.

Jay writes contemporary gay romance, usually set in or near her home town of Bristol. She enjoys the challenge of bringing the men in her head to life through her words.

 

Guest Author ~ Jay Northcote ~ Nothing Ventured

A warm welcome to friend and author, Jay Northcote

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Hi Lily,

Thanks for having me to visit your blog today. It was hard choosing which prompts to answer—great questions! But there are the ones I ended up with:

The film you can watch time and time again…

Dirty Dancing. It’s the ultimate feelgood cheesy movie. I’ve loved it since I was a teenager and it still works to cheer me up if I’m feeling blue. I love everything about it: the characters, the dancing, the shameless romance of it. I never felt to melt into a pile of goo when they finally kiss!

Your early recollections of writing fiction…

I know that I always loved writing stories when I was at school. I used to write a lot of adventure stories and time travel and dragons and stuff. But as a teenager I gradually lost interest in writing my own stories and by the time I was an adult I firmly believed that I wasn’t the creative type, so I never tried. It’s funny how you define yourself in these ways, and your beliefs about yourself determine the choices you make. If it hadn’t been for discovering fanfiction I doubt I would ever have started writing again.

The priority activity if you were invisible for a day…

Okay I’m going to cheat a little and combine this with a second prompt because this is fantasy, right? I’m combining it with this one!

The way you would spend your fantasy 24 hours, with no travel restrictions…

I’d teleport to Acadia National Park and do the Precipice Trail (a really steep scary half climbing/half walking trail). I was there this summer and really wanted to do it, but I couldn’t fit it around family stuff and the kids wouldn’t have managed it. I wouldn’t need to be invisible for that obviously.

The invisible part of the day would be for me to swing by the locker room of the Chicago Blackhawks for a quick ogle because I’m shameless like that.

After that I’d head somewhere secluded with a really beautiful beach where I could swim naked (shark-free please). I guess I could use my invisibility shield again if I got disturbed!

Tell me about your new release…

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.

My 5* Review of NOTHING VENTURED

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.

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Buy Links:

Amazon.com / Amazon UK / Dreamspinner Press

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They moved on to discuss training more specifically. Liv, of course, had already planned out her schedule and suggested the rest of them do the same.

“It helps me focus if I make a plan and stick to it,” she was saying. “I’ll be running four days a week and going to the gym for weight training twice. That gives me one day of complete rest a week.”

“One whole day!” Aiden shook his head as he picked up his now nearly empty pint. “Careful, your muscles might atrophy or something.”

He drained the last dregs and wiped the foam from his lip with the back of his hand. He caught Matt watching him as he did it, and he licked his lips deliberately. He couldn’t resist flirting with the man even though his interest was completely unreciprocated. The bloke looked as though he had a stick up his arse, and Aiden couldn’t imagine he’d like anything more interesting up there. Shame. Aiden wouldn’t have minded trying.

Liv’s voice snapped him out of daydreams about Matt’s arse and back to the here and now. “So how many times a week will you be aiming to run, Aiden?”

“Oh… um, yeah. Three or four, I guess,” he said vaguely. “That sounds about right. And I’ve got some weights at home, so I can use those if I don’t make it to the gym.” They were at the back of a cupboard, gathering dust.

“Matt lives near you. Maybe you could train together?” Liv had a wicked glint in her eye. “It’s always motivating training with someone else. It’s so easy to wimp out on a rainy day if you’re not answering to anyone, isn’t it?”

“I suppose,” Aiden replied warily. “But I don’t think it’s necessary. I wouldn’t want to slow Matt down.”

He expected Matt to agree. Why the hell would Matt want to train with him? Aiden hadn’t exactly made a great first impression. There was no way he’d want Aiden tagging along behind him and cramping his style.

But surprisingly, Matt grinned at him. The evil, slightly too knowing look in his eye was familiar, and for the first time Aiden could see the family resemblance between him and Liv. “I think that’s a great idea.”

Aiden opened his mouth, but for once he was at a loss for words. He closed it again and swallowed.

“Brilliant,” said Liv. “Make sure you swap numbers, then, so you can arrange something.”

Matt got out his phone. “We can start tomorrow after work. What’s your number?”

Aiden knew when he was beaten. It seemed he’d acquired a training partner. An annoying, bossy, sexy but tragically straight training partner. But at least the view of Matt’s arse would be nice while Aiden was trying to keep up with him.

Author Bio:

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.

Links:

www.jaynorthcote.com

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Many thanks for stopping by on your blog tour, Jay. 

CONGRATS ON THE SUCCESS OF THIS BOOK SO FAR!

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5* Review ~ Nothing Ventured by Jay Northcote

Nothing Ventured by Jay Northcote

5* Fabulous! I loved it!

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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.

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 Buy links:

Amazon.com / Amazon UKDreamspinner Press

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