Hello my lovely follower.
I wanna celebrate the latest release by Jay Northcote with you. Second Chance is a romance story where a forty-five year old single-living dad is meeting his youth crush and former best friend in his hometown. The twist: his crush doesn’t know he is a man now, knows him before he transitioned and only as a woman/girl. Can they two have a second chance?
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*~~*ARC kindly provided by the author to me in exchange for an honest review *~~*
When Jay talked about the rough idea of writing this story I was imidiately hooked and wanted to read is ASAP. I’m therefore more than happy to be able to read this story because it was a solid piece of writing and as amazing as the other books.
This book is a really touching one. We have Nate, a forty-five single living dad, raising his teenage daughter while living with his mother in his home village in the middle of nowhere.
Different circumstances caused the return to his hometown and Nate is more than suprised to re-unite with his former best friend and youth crush, his actually first love, Jack.
Jack is also living again with his parents, after having a substance abuse with alcohol, trying to get his life in swing again, being dependable and get his control back.
I loved how the two former best friends met and how the transgender topic, with Nate being a transgender man and transitioned after he and Jack separated and which is the reason Jack never saw him as a man before, only know him as a woman/girl, was included in the book. The surprise and Jack’s curiosity, with asking questions but being sensitive about the topic – also totally open for it – is well displayed in the book and it gave also the reader a lot of informations without being too overloaded or condecending in telling and answering things.
The whole subject is great balanced and it was just uncomfortable to read about Jack’s parent’s behaviour and how they misgendered and used wrong pronouns.
The other topic, the most important one, but of course close connected to the transgender topic, is that both former friends reignied their friendship, and the easy way of reconnecting on the one side but being stranger on the other is what the book gave its thrill.
Within the book there are a few dramatic scenes, some which caused a lot of actions and forced the characters to decide. I loved the balance between these scenes and the cozy, sweet, adorable ones.
Especially when Nate and Jack talked about their youth, when they wallow in memories, recall what they’ve loved and how did it felt to be a teenager. It was cozy and sweet, a bit oldschool because of the maincharacter’s age but it had a positive nostalgic touch. 🙂
This book ignited so many emotions, I was so with Nate and Jack and the way how they reunited and took the second chance is so utterly adorable. 🙂 5 out of 5 stars for it. :3
Title: Second Chance
Author: Jay Northcote
Genre: M/M Romance
Release Date: April 20, 2018
Cover Design: Garrett Leigh @ Black Jazz Design
Length: 67.000 words
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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.
A hint of cigarette smoke carried on the wind caught Nate’s attention, and he realised he wasn’t alone. A hunched figure sat on a bench by the church. Wearing a heavy coat with the hood up, their head hung low staring at the grass between their feet rather than at the landscape stretched out before them. A cigarette hung from bony fingers that protruded from black fingerless gloves. As Nate watched, the man—because Nate could see his face now—raised his head to take a long drag before stubbing the cigarette out on the bench.
A shock of recognition made Nate’s heart jump, thudding erratically.
Torn between conflicting urges to approach and flee, Nate stared at him, powerless to move.
How many years had it been since Nate had seen him? At forty-five Nate found each year passed faster than the one before. It must have been twenty years at least since he’d seen Jack, maybe more, and longer still since they’d spoken properly. Their last meeting had been nothing more than an awkward exchange of greetings when they ran into each other in the village pub one Christmas. The distance between them had cut Nate like a knife, so different to their teenage years when they’d been best friends, and almost inseparable.
Jack slumped forward again, letting the cigarette butt fall from his fingers. He put his hands over his face and Nate recognised despair and hopelessness, because they’d been his companions in the past. Acting on instinct, he approached.
“Sorry to intrude,” he said, pausing in front of Jack. “But are you okay? Is there anything I can do?”
Jack jerked his head up in surprise. His pale cheeks flushed as he shook his head. “Not really. Just having a bad day. You know how it is… or maybe you don’t.”
Nate studied him. The years had changed Jack, of course, but the essence of him was still the same. Sharp features, the strong nose Jack had always hated, even more defined with age, but more balanced now with dark stubble and the lines that the years were beginning to carve around his eyes and mouth.
As Jack stared back, Nate realised there was no recognition dawning on Jack’s face. To Jack, Nate was a stranger. Five years on testosterone had changed Nate to a point where Jack couldn’t see the person Nate had been before. Normally this was something Nate was glad about, but now he felt a pang of regret.
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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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