Hello my lovely followers and welcome to my release blitz and review tour of Jay Northcote’s Safe Place, the second book in the new Rainbow Place series.
Happy reading. 🙂
*~~*ARC kindly provided by the author to me in exchange for an honest review *~~*
This book, although definitely not a light one, was utterly adorable & I can’t stop swooning about even days after I read it (yes, I was lucky and got an early copy. <3)
You think book one was amazing, this tops it in my opinion. The way Jay fleshed out the character was amazing and my heart break several times for Alex.
He isn’t having an easy life, living under the roof of a homophobic parent and who isn’t shy to be vocal about his disgust about queer people and is even gleeful when he hears about the vandalized Rainbow Place, the café where local queer folks find their safe space. Alex’ father isn’t a nice or gentle person and Jay is amazing in pointing this out, giving the reader more than understandable reasons to dislike or even hate him.
Between living in this horrible place with a homophobic father and worrying about his future – again being forced to do what his father wants and has mapped out for him, Alex is infatuated by Cam, who’s older than him and shows a self-confidence Alex wish he was able to live out too.
I really liked how we got the two point of views; Alex who is smitten by Cam and who wants to be closer, who’s graving for more than just tentative friendship. Then there’s Cam, who’s not immune to Alex’ charm but denies himself to go further; he’s trying to act like an adult and mature but fails.
Safe Place is an adorbale book but it’s neither light nor fluffy, although we have those parts. It’s based on a really tragic backstory, and the way how Alex finds his new way, his new life is amazing to watch, even if you want to hug him tight and wrap him into a blanket sometimes.
The book lives also from its side characters, and although you can read the single books in the series as standalones and get the events without knowing the former book, it’s charming to see Seb and Jason again. I also liked the friends around Alex, although they spread their wings and start their study/new life after school in different towns, so I hope we still see more of them later. 🙂 I also have a guess which the potential next couple is but I won’t tell my guess until it’s confirmed. *fingers crossed* Actually after reading & ponding about the book I have another couple in mind. 🙂 Let’s see what’s planned next.
This book totally gets and deserves 5 out of 5 stars. I don’t know why, but I even liked it a tiny bit more than book one, which was amazing already. 🙂
RELEASE BLITZ/REVIEW TOUR
Title: Safe Place
Series: Rainbow Place book # 2
Author: Jay Northcote
Genre: M/M Romance, Contemporary
Release Date: August 31, 2018
Publisher: Self-publishing, Jay Bird Press
Lenght: 54.000 words
Cover artist: Garrett Leigh @ Black Jazz Design
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Where do you go when your home is no longer a safe place?
Alex is about to turn eighteen and is firmly in the closet. He’s been biding his time, waiting to escape to uni, and finally come out away from the oppressive influence of his homophobic father. When he flunks his exams, he’s stuck in the small town of Porthladock—and what’s worse is that he’s working for his dad. The only thing that makes it bearable is Cam.
Cam’s comfortable with his bisexuality, but he doesn’t broadcast it. Young, free, and single, his social life revolves around playing rugby and hanging out with his mates. He’s attracted to Alex, but with the six-year age gap, Cam’s wary of getting involved. Plus, he thinks Alex needs a friend more than he needs a lover, and as their friendship grows, Cam decides he’s not willing to risk ruining it for casual sex.
When Alex’s dad finds out about his sexuality, Alex is suddenly both jobless and homeless. He finds work at Rainbow Place, the local LGBT-friendly café and Cam lets Alex stay in his flat for a while. But Alex would rather be sleeping in Cam’s bed than on his sofa. With them both living under one roof, their feelings for each other grow stronger, and the sexual tension is hard to ignore. Will giving in to it ruin their friendship and complicate things for Alex even more?
Although this book is part of a linked series, it has a satisfying happy ending, and can be enjoyed as a standalone.
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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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