May 21, 2017 by Valerie Ullmer
Favorite Reads – May 21st, 2017
Favorite Reads – Jay Northcote
Last year, I discovered a completely new genre: Gay Romance. Although I had read gay fanfiction before (that’s a story for another time), I hadn’t really read a gay romance novel before. My first author in the M/M romance genre was Elaine Ashford (refer to my post here) and I quickly read every novel that she had available. I also signed up to be an ARC reader for several M/M Contemporary novels, some I loved and other’s I haven’t.
I quickly moved on to other authors, some of which I will be discussing in later posts, but the one author that I follow on Facebook as I await his new releases is Jay Northcote. He is a wonderful writer who’s characters come to life from the first page. His characters are flawed, self-effacing, and lovable from the moment you meet them and I have yet to be disappointed by one of his books. He is an author that I highly recommend to all readers of romantic fiction.
Jay Northcote has been a huge inspiration, and because of him and others that write in the gay romance genre, I will be publishing my own book in the genre, Unexpected (A Unexpected Novel Book One), at the end of this month.
Below are some of my favorite books from Jay Northcote.
Falling for your ‘straight’ friend can only end badly, unless there’s a chance he feels the same.
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.
My Rating and Review
I loved this book! Although it’s only from Jez’s POV, I found that with each new experience he and Mac shared was developing a solid and forever type of relationship. I like how they didn’t really care about labels or stereotypes, they wanted each other and went for it. It is a sexy book and on top of that, I loved both Jez and Mac and couldn’t get enough of them! I highly recommend this book!!
Zac never had a family of his own, but Rudy has enough to share.
Shy, inexperienced Rudy has a crush on Zac from the moment his new colleague walks through the door. On an office night out before Christmas, Rudy finds the courage to make a move, and they form a tentative bond. When he discovers Zac will be alone at Christmas, he invites Zac to come home with him.
Zac prefers to keep people at arm’s length. Yet when Rudy offers him a family Christmas it’s impossible to resist. With no parents of his own, Zac is pleasantly surprised to be welcomed by Rudy’s. The only drawback is that everyone assumes they’re a couple. Unwilling to disappoint Rudy’s mum and make Christmas awkward, they decide not to deny it.
It’s not a chore for Zac to pose as Rudy’s boyfriend, but the pretence makes him want things that scare him—things like a real relationship with Rudy. Zac’s suffered enough rejection in his life already and is afraid to risk his heart. If he can get over his past rejection and let Rudy inside his armour, he might get more for Christmas than he ever imagined.
My Rating and Review
I loved both Rudy and Zac. Rudy has very endearing qualities and while he has a crush on Zac, it takes a little liquid courage to muster up the confidence to even kiss him. While that ended badly, Rudy does find out that Zac doesn’t have anywhere to go on Christmas and invites him home. Rudy was sweet and his family was hilarious, but Zac is the one that people could connect with. He has grown up to be who he is by circumstance, but despite that, he give Rudy a chance when he gets to know him. I loved this book and I highly recommend it!!!
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.
My Rating and Review
I really enjoyed getting to know Dev and Ewan. Dev was far from the typical guy; always organized, methodical, and thought everything through before he acted. When he moves next door to Ewan, an accidental discovery leads Ewan to confront Dev in order to protect him from himself, and they make a deal. Ewan will help Dev gain sexual experience and in return, Dev will help Ewan with statistics. I loved how their relationship developed, especially how Ewan came to love how Dev thought and acted. It was a wonderful love story, hot and sexy too. Another wonderful story from Jay Northcote!!!