Hello my lovely followers and welcome to my review tour of Jay Northcote’s Rainbow Place, the first book in the new adorable Rainbow Place series, set in a nice town at the coast of Cornwall.
I hope you’ll enjoy my review as much as I enjoyed the book. See below the list of all the other review tour participants. 😀
Happy reading. 🙂
Rainbow Place by Jay Northcote
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
*~~*ARC kindly provided by the author to me in exchange for an honest review *~~*
Rainbow Place, book one in the new series by Jay Northcote, set in a nice village at the coast of Cornwall is the amazing start of a story and with characters I instantly fell in love with.
Jay Northcote is able to create easily a setting where you feel comfortable and to be honest I’d love to have a café/bar like his Rainbow Place to visit and to hang out with the amazing people there.
The book has the premise of focussing on the growing relationship between the owner of the planned café/bar, seb, and the helping hand for the project, the builder Jason. The chemistry is right there from instant, but denial and living very deep (and when I say it I mean really deep) in the closet make Jason hesitant to start things first.
I really loved how Jason starts to open up, all angst included, loved how the constant fear of being out to the community was displayed – even if my heart broke several times; the personal struggles by Jason why he isn’t able to come out first have their breathing room, and the dramatic events and the turn in the story from a cozy, sweet book with a building relationship to one with a serious topic in displaying open homophobia is more than well developed.
With the turn we were also introduced to a large group of people and I really hope that some (read it as: please, all ;)) get their own story or at least have their space in the series. I can really imagine who’s story is next and I am so looking forward.
It’s the community which makes the book so adorable, the things Seb thought wasn’t there and reason he felt lonely: a queer community.
The romantic plot including the hot scenes between Jason and Seb are sweet and adorable but the more important aspect is, in my opinion, not the display of the affections per se but the growing relationship between them; the hesitancy of Jason to out himself, to realise – and accepting, as well as the will to change – he is living in denial for the longest time in his life as well as Seb’s insecurity of being burned by his former relationship. The romantic plot is nearly and almost, if you want, a minor thing, which isn’t bad, in fact it’s refreshing not to have everything magically “cured” by a premise of “they’ve love each other, it’s now everything perfect, let’s ride into the sunshine”. It belongs inevitably to the story but is just one element in a bunch of many other. 🙂
The way the book ends gives the reader the start of a journey of the two guys who are living their personal happy end after, and I can’t wait to read more about them and see other people getting theirs. 🙂 5 out of 5 stars for the book, more than highly recommended.
Title: Rainbow Place
Series: Rainbow Place book # 1
Author: Jay Northcote
Genre: M/M Romance, Contemporary
Release Date: June 15, 2018
Publisher: Self-publishing, Jay Bird Press
Lenght: 54.000 words
Cover artist: Garrett Leigh @ Black Jazz Design
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Can Jason find the courage he needs to be the man Seb deserves?
When Seb Radcliffe relocates to a seaside town in Cornwall, he feels like a fish out of water. He misses queer spaces and the sense of community he enjoyed when he was living in the city, and decides to open an LGBT-friendly cafe–bar.
Jason Dunn is the builder Seb hires to help renovate the rundown space where the cafe will be housed. Jason is also gay, but unlike Seb, he’s deep in the closet. He’s never had a relationship with another man—only allowing himself the occasional hook up with guys who are prepared to be discreet.
The attraction between the two men is instant and impossible to ignore. But while Seb is out and proud, Jason is terrified of being exposed. With the grand opening of Rainbow Place approaching, tension is growing among some locals who object to Seb’s plans. When things escalate, Jason is forced to choose whether to hide in the shadows and let Seb down, or to openly support the man he’s fallen so hard for.
Although this book is part of a series, it has a satisfying happy ending and can be read as a standalone.
June 15 – My Fiction Nook, The Way She Reads, Gay Book Reviews, OMG Reads
June 18 – Cupcakes & Bookshelves, Two Chicks Obsessed, The Geekery Book Review, Jim’s Reading Room
June 20 – Love Unchained Book Review
June 22 – Bonkers About Books, Kimmer’s Erotic Book Banter, Wicked Faerie’s Tales & Reviews, V’s Reads
June 25 – Mikku-chan, Katie’s Book Corner
June 27 – MM Good Book Reviews
July 4 – Scattered Thoughts & Rogue Words, Wicked Reads
July 6 – Nicole’s Book Musings, Xtreme Delusions
July 9 – Diverse Reader
July 11 – Drops Of Ink, Book Lovers 4Ever, Making It Happen
July 13 – Queerly Reads, Mirrigold, Valerie Ullmer, Bayou Book Junkie, Books That Are A Must Read, Lillian Francis
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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