Hello my lovely followers. I’m thrilled to share my review of Jay Northcote’s Not Just Friends, a re-release of one of the earlier book written by Jay with you. 😀
Although coming along with no additional or new content the book is a joy to read and the cover a true gem. :3
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Happy reading. 🙂
*~~*ARC kindly provided by the author to me in exchange for an honest review *~~*
I was beyong thrilled when I got the news that Jay re-published his former releases because it’s the ealier works I didn’t had in my collection before – so this was the perfect time to add it.
Jay Northcote is really great in telling college stories where friends turn into lovers. I liked the easy going college life the characters had; the daily living together in a house shared with 3 other dudes.
Naturally when you have a story where two of the main character having a crush on each other and living together complications are coming up but it’s the way how it’s executed which captures you. Jay is able to create a domestic setting but add a few sparks and tension there. Right from the start it’s obvious that Lewis is fancy for his housemate Max, a flamboyant gay dude who isn’t hiding his sexuality at all and who’s teasing his (straight) cohabitants frequently (especially when they check out their preferences and get to know each other for the first time).
The good natured banter, the friendship growing over the time and becoming more and getting deeper is marvelously fleshed out by the author and it’s actually surprising that this is one of the earlier works because honestly it doesn’t feel like one.
I really enjoyed the POV through Lewis’ lens, it’s third person narration but we only get the observations by Lewis and what he’s saying; very little is shared by Max and therefore he stays a litle mystery, although it’s pretty clear he reciprocate Lewis’ feelings at least having the great urge to be close to him and have a fling with him. But how he’s emotionally attached is something that’s pretty much unknown to Lewis and the reader.
The book has several peaks of tension; Max and Lewis are switching from good, close friends to being in an almost relationship, their friendship is solid but also a burden for Lewis who’s having feelings for Max. He’s deeply hurt and suffering when he is almost forced to see Max in a relationship with another dude.
I really loved the way the tension was built up and executed towards the end. The guys have a promising end and I actually would love to read a short story about them, how they are now. 😉
This book is a pleasure to read and if you’re into friends to lovers you’ll love this. 🙂 5 out of 5 stars for it. :3
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Title: Not Just Friends
Author: Jay Northcote
Genre: M/M Romance, Contemporary
Release Date: October 5, 2018
Publisher: Self-publishing, Jay Bird Press
Lenght: 200 pages
Cover artist: Garrett Leigh @ Black Jazz Design
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Is it worth risking a friendship for a chance at love?
Leaving home to go to university is an exciting phase in anyone’s life. One that’s full of new places, new friends, and new experiences. But Lewis isn’t prepared for the sudden and intense crush he develops on his out-and-proud flatmate, Max, because Lewis had always assumed he was straight.
Max starts dating another guy, and Lewis’s jealousy at seeing them together forces him to confront his growing attraction. When Max’s relationship goes awry, Lewis is the one to comfort him and one thing leads to another. After a night together, Lewis is devastated that Max wants to go back to being just friends.
Lewis tries his best to move on and their friendship survives, but the feelings he has for Max don’t go away. He faces other challenges as he deals with coming out to his parents, and needs Max’s support more than ever. But Lewis isn’t the only one who’s conflicted. When Max finally admits he cares for Lewis too, Lewis must decide whether he dares risk his heart again on being more than just friends.
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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