Hello my lovely followers and welcome to the review tour of Jay Northcote’s Better Place, the third book in the new Rainbow Place series.
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Better Place by Jay Northcote
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
*~~*ARC kindly provided by the author to me in exchange for an honest review *~~*
The third installement in the series – though they can easily read as standalones – focusses on Dylan and Joe. Dylan is a server in the Rainbow Place and he’s mesmerized by Joe, the slightly older guy who’s typing in silence in the tranquility of the café.
I really liked how Jay Northcote developed the developing relationship between Dylan and Joe, who try to be friends first but soon they’re definitely feeling more for each other.
Joe is charmed and flattered by Dylan’s attention but is in conflict being in a long-time relationship though this one doesn’t make him happy anymore. I was really fascinated how vibrant Jay Northcote illustrated the problems the pair has, how Joe is in denial that his relationship better has to come to an end to prevent that Joe is hurt – Dylan is seeing the problem but Joe doesn’t ackowledges it and what became a blossoming friendship is in danger because of their different opinions about it.
What I especially cherish by the author is the realistic display of daily problems, of blossoming friendships and relatioships and that love and compassion are great achievements but in some cases not the only solution and that the characters have to go through a few things until they can have their HEA.
Title: Better Place
Series: Rainbow Place book # 3
Author: Jay Northcote
Genre: M/M Romance, Contemporary
Release Date: February 20, 2019
Publisher: Self-publishing, Jay Bird Press
Lenght: 66.000 words
Cover artist: Garrett Leigh @ Black Jazz Design
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Joe deserves better. Meeting Dylan helps him see that.
After a recent redundancy, Joe takes a few months off to try and make it as a writer. His partner, Harry, is less than supportive but Joe is used to that after ten years together, just like he’s used to Harry’s controlling nature and his drinking habit.
Dylan, a server at Rainbow Place, is fascinated by Joe as he sits in the café and works on his laptop. His attempts to flirt are met with awkwardness at first, but gradually Joe opens up. Dylan is disappointed when he learns Joe isn’t single. As their friendship develops he begins to worry about the nature of Joe’s relationship, especially when he witnesses Harry’s behaviour in person. Abuse isn’t always physical, and Dylan knows that from experience. His concern helps Joe see his relationship for what it is, and gives him the courage to end things with Harry.
Free to act on their mutual attraction, Joe and Dylan dive headlong into something that becomes serious fast. Joe revels in the passion and intimacy he’s been missing out on for so long, but Dylan is worried that Joe is on the rebound. He puts on the brakes, knowing that they need to slow down to make this last. For this new relationship to work, Joe needs to show Dylan that he’s ready to move on from the past.
Although this book is part of a series, it can be read as a standalone and has a satisfying happy ending.
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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