Hello my lovely followers and welcome to my release blitz and refresh review of Jay Northcote’s The Little Things.
You may ask why I call it “refresh review”? Well, I read this book before its re-release* as German translation and now was the best time to add a few things to my old review. 🙂
You can read the original bilingual (English and German) post with the first review here.
Read further for the new and improved review with a few added aspects. 🙂
Happy reading. 🙂
*without content changes, only small errors and the spelling was changed in the 2nd edition
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
*~~*ARC kindly provided by the author to me in exchange for an honest review *~~*
When you lost a daring person what do you do? Joel is in this situation. As a gay single father he is caring and loving his three-year old daughter Evie and his life is uneventful but happy. This happiness is crushed when he got the news of an accident.
This book by Jay Northcote isn’t the easiest for maybe some reader, I really loved it because of the slow tempo and the focus on Joel and Evie.
Almost the entire first half of the book is dedicated to Joel’s role as a parent who lives seperated from the mother of his beloved child, being a history teacher at a school and worships, adores and live and breath for the happiness of his daugther.
We get to know that Joel is having a boyfriend who is younger than him, who isn’t dealing with the same earnesty like Joel, who is partying and having constantly fun; something which isn’t unknown by Joel but seems years behind. This aspect is important in the storyline and leads to – not actually unexpected – troubles and problems.
Though Joel’s boyfriend isn’t the guy he ends with you don’t have heavy grundge against him, you see how young and different both guys are. Actually you can see what Joel valiues in a relastionship. With this on display you see how Joel is acting in a relationship, where his focus lies, and the future partner has to be aware that he shares his time with Evie, as well as Joel’s family who he’s pretty tight with, especially his sister.
When the accident happend and Joel is dealing with a lot of changes the dynamics of the relationship changes between Dan and Joel. And this is the part where the book take a turn and the impatient reader gets the action which is wanted, I would it call it the second part.
I think the whole book is incredible mature in the way it describes how life is with a three year old girl, a parent who is single living, having a boyfriend but isn’t this connected as he wishes like.
The book deal with all the devastating events in Joel’s life, his role as a father and his different expectations of a life together with a partner.
Liam is the guy he is waiting for – without knowing it – and the growing relationship is really beautiful. The start feels natural and never forced and I loved how Liam was introduced. He is intereted in Joel from the start but accepts he’s taken; he knows about Evie, Joel’s daugther, but this isn’t a hardship or a dealbreaker; his caring and kind manner, his calm presence is like balm – but not only for Joel; the reader is drawn to him… but even the best guy seems to scare Joel… Can he start a relationship? Is it the right time? But obstacles only let you grow.
If you love father-daugther-stories and don’t mind slow growing relationships you will love this book. Jay Northcote combines sweet events with devastating situation, the fears of different men are displayed perfectly. 5 out of 5 stars for this mature book with the sad topic but the sweet HEA.
Title: The Little Things
Author: Jay Northcote
Genre: M/M Romance, Contemporary
Release Date: May 14, 2018
Publisher: Self-publishing, Jay Bird Press
Lenght: 75.000 words
Cover artist: Garrett Leigh @ Black Jazz Design
Note: Former released with Dreamspinner Press, now selfpublished, no additional content, just small editorial corrections
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Sometimes it’s the little things in life that make you appreciate what you have.
There are lots of things that brighten Joel’s life. His three-year-old daughter Evie is one. His close relationship with her mother, his best friend from university, is another. Joel’s boyfriend, Dan, adds spice to his child-free nights, and Joel is pretty happy with how things are.
One cold and rainy night, everything changes. Joel’s life is turned upside-down when he becomes a full-time dad to Evie, and his previously carefree relationship with Dan cracks under the strain.
Meeting Liam, who acts as if getting hurt isn’t a foregone conclusion, shakes Joel to the core. Their attraction is mutual, and Liam makes no secret of how serious he is about Joel. But Joel is wary. He tells himself he’s keeping Liam at a distance for Evie’s sake, when really he’s protecting his own heart. Taking a chance on this new relationship with Liam may seem a small step—a little thing—but is it one Joel can take after losing so much already?
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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