Wonderfully quirky quintessentially English romance

Tops Down Bottoms UpTops Down Bottoms Up by Jay Northcote

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I should offer a disclaimer at the start of this that I live in a town which not only hosts one of the oldest folk festivals in the country but is also home to five – yes that’s five – different Morris sides.

So yes, I absolutely loved this book, it’s only not a 5* read because I wanted more but, as is always the case from Jay, there is a beautifully rounded romance with seriously sexy scenes at the heart of this humorous tale.

Morris dancing is a much maligned traditional English pass time but its roots are deep in the heart of our culture, although there are debates as to its origins, and there is nothing which stirs the blood more than a side of Border Morris blackface painted men and women wielding sticks with precision as the beat of a bodhran keeps pace.

I know Jay is a member of a Morris side and this book shows the neat little insights and jokes as Rowan comes to realise that dancing with Seth might just be the best thing he’s ever done.

#ARC provided by the author in return for an honest and unbiased review.

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