Hello my lovely followers. I’m escited to share my review of Jay Northcote’s Nothing Serious, a re-release of the very first published book ever by Jay with you. 😀
Although coming along with no additional or new content the book is, of course as always, a joy to read and the cover a true gem. :3
Happy reading. 🙂
*~~*ARC kindly provided by the author to me in exchange for an honest review *~~*
I should be a bit ashamed I didn’t own this book by Jay Northcote when it was first released but I can truly say I’m happy I waited because this way I was able to get this re-release with this amazing and stunningly cover by Garrett Leigh.
Why I waited so long to read it is still a mysery because Jay Northcote delivers a solid story and honestly if I didn’t knew this was his debut work (although now re-released and just re-edited and changed from American English to British English) I wouldn’t have known.
Nothing Serious is a great (even though kind of unconventional) friends with benefits story, where the two main characters take their sweet time to accept they are in love with each other although the feelings are clearly visible for everyone else. 😀
I truly loved this slow burn of the emotional part, the sex between the two character is on point from the start and they have a sizzling mutual attaction and are hot for each other.
Jay knows how to present his characters funny and humorous, but isn’t shy in giving them flaws and aspects which make them less perfect. And even if they are attractive and have hot bodies, they truly set off a “boys from next door”-vibe and come across as natural and nothing is forced or over the top.
I really loved how we have with the strong build removal helper Jamie, who’s actually training becoming a plumber, a contrast to Mark, who’s delicate with freckled light skin and a lithe body.
Jamie is fleshed out as a solid guy, who has his path in life pretty much in front of him and he’s okay with working rather with hands, doing manual labor than aiming for an academic career. His dyslexia is mentioned in the book but it’s nothing he is just characterized with. It’s a part of him and Mark accepts it and Jamie as he is. This gentle part of the book, the possible vulnerabilty is something I truly adore of the author’s books and how Jay inclued it in his stories. It’s authentic and honest, and that’s what it makes it so amazing and warms your heart.
This book nothing deserves other than 5 out of 5 stars. 🙂
Title: Nothing Serious
Author: Jay Northcote
Genre: M/M Romance, Contemporary
Release Date: July 18, 2018
Publisher: Self-publishing, Jay Bird Press
Lenght: 40.000 words
Cover artist: Garrett Leigh @ Black Jazz Design
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What happens when “nothing serious” turns into something more complicated?
Mark O’Brien is finally being honest with himself. His relationship with Rachel is over and he’s moving out of the home they’ve shared for six years. They get along, but he can’t fix a relationship when the person he’s with is the wrong gender.
Jamie Robertson, one of the removal men, is huge and ridiculously gorgeous, and Mark is smitten at first sight. When a cardboard box splits, revealing items of a personal nature that Mark never wanted anybody to see, he’s mortified. But it sparks the start of a beautiful friendship with benefits.
As Jamie initiates Mark into the joys of gay sex, the two men get increasingly close and “nothing serious” turns into something rather important to both of them. But communication isn’t their strong point. Will either man ever find the courage to be honest about his feelings?
Please note that although this edition has been re-edited for publication, there is no new or additional content.
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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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