Hello my lovely follower. Today I’m super excited because it’s the release day of the sixth book in the Housemates series by Jay Northcote, Pretty in Pink. Want to know who’s Johnny falling for? then get your copy & read it yourself. :3
See this post for my review and an excerpt.
Happy reading. 🙂
Pretty in Pink by Jay Northcote
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
*~~*ARC kindly provided by the author to me in exchange for an honest review *~~*
I’m always eagerly awaiting the next book in the Housemates series by Jay Northcote but this book was actually one I’ve waited a bit more enthusiastically since I’ve met Johnny at the end of book 5, Starting from Scratch, where Sid and Ben find their HEA. 🙂
Johnny is a player, a charmer and one who isn’t willing to commit himself to a monogamous relationship. Until he meets Ryan, who is living next door and a tempting guy. Although he wouldn’t have thought to be captured by him.
I loved how their relationship soon went from “easy” one-fling after a party with mutual friends to an arranged friends-with-benefits-situation and from there to the slightly but not overly dramatic development of falling for each other – without acknowledging first. 😉
The tension is rising because of it, both seem to be fine to have a casual fling first, to vent and go on but when emotions are in the mix they can’t help it.
Johnny is a interesting main character, one who seems like he wouldn’t care but behind the flippant exterior he is actually pretty vulnerable, more than you would expect and the reason for it is – even not the main focus – mentioned in the book during talks.
I liked this contrast, I even liked it more to see him sexually open, casual hooking up and being overly well-experienced but when it comes to emotions he is truly lost.
Ryan is one who’s exploring his new found bisexuality – and a loud YAAAAS for this – and deals with his attraction towards Johnny who is pushing all the right buttons in his skinny black jeans, the longish, blong hair and his faible for lacy underwear. 😉 Soon Ryan is confronted with his emotions – has to face them – , his feelings for Johnny and what it means to explore his sexuality but also the need to be in a relationship even after agreeing to be ok with a casual fling.
Jay Northcote’s books weren’t his if there weren’t a bit tension in them, and this had a great balance of the sweet, emotional parts, the “drama” and the humorous, funny ones.
I loved how the other guys from the other Housemates books were included, but this book can be perfectly read as a standalone but I actually advise to grab the others too. 🙂
I enjoyed the friendship, the easy-going but also the support. With good natured mocking, the book had its well-know humour from the books before, but gave us also a glimpse in the daily lives of the guys who are working towards their own lives outside being housemates. This is something I was hooked by but which made me sad too.
Next to the closeness between the housemates Johnny and Ryan share a lot of funny scenes together and sometimes I laughed out very loud when they were having a good time, like the several scenes in the bar or during the small “observation” scene. 😉
I love this book as much as the others, and I honestly hope the journey with the guys isn’t over yet but I worry we won’t see much of them or have to wait a bit. Still, even if this is the last (regular) book (hint: small short stories or novellas are also welcome ;)), the book and the series was a great read and one of my favorite series ever. 🙂 Funny, sweet, emotional and always with a lots of realism, but without being boring. A sweet rom-com contemporary series set in England, with good natured humor and interesting characters, some of them unexpected vulnerable, some unexpected kinky but always charming and who all have a tiny bit of my heart. 🙂
5 out of 5 stars for this. ❤
RELEASE BLITZ / REVIEW
Title: Pretty in Pink
Author: Jay Northcote
Series: Housemates # 6
Genre: M/M Romance
Release Date: February 21, 2018
Cover Design: Garrett Leigh @ Black Jazz Design
Length: 58.000 words
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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.
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Like a Lover
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Practice Makes Perfect
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Watching and Wanting
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Starting From Scratch
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Ryan was a few drinks down and feeling pretty buzzed when he first caught sight of blond hair through the crowd of partygoers.
He nearly hadn’t bothered coming out tonight. He had his third year project to write up, and should have been working on that, not partying with his next door neighbours. But the rest of Ryan’s housemates had talked him into it and he could do with letting off some steam, so he hadn’t put up much of a fight. One night couldn’t make too much difference, right?
The blonde arrived late and headed straight into the throng of dancers in the living room, bottle in hand. Tall and leggy in black skinny jeans with shit-kicking boots, Ryan’s interest was piqued immediately and a spike of arousal made his cock wake up. Tall and blonde was completely Ryan’s type, but when this blond slid a leather jacket off slender shoulders and tossed it on the back of the sofa, his washboard-flat chest made it clear he was a guy—so not Ryan’s type after all.
Despite the gut punch of disappointment at that revelation, Ryan found his interest persisted. The guy drew Ryan’s attention like a magnet lining up iron filings, and no matter how hard he tried, Ryan couldn’t stop watching him.
Spurred on by alcohol and reckless impulsivity, Ryan made a conscious decision not to question his attraction and just roll with it. He gradually edged his way into the group where the blond was dancing, and when he finally managed to make eye contact, the guy gave him a knowing smile that reflected Ryan’s interest right back at him. It curled around Ryan’s balls like the gentle, insistent squeeze of a hand.
University was supposed to be all about new experiences, and Ryan only had a few months left before he graduated. He’d never hooked up with a guy before, and it had always been on his sexual bucket list, but not a high priority. As a young teen he’d sometimes admired androgynous male models on the pages of magazines that his mum used to buy and felt a confusing interest in them… but he’d never seen a guy in real life he’d wanted to fuck enough to actually do something about it.
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Author bio – Jay Northcote
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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