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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 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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