Cracking good opener to this new series from Jay

Rainbow Place (Rainbow Place #1)Rainbow Place by Jay Northcote

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book is an absolute joy to read. I was lucky enough to proof read it but it’s just as good on a “proper” read through because – like all books from Jay – it has such a sense of honesty and realness about it.

Whenever I read something Jay’s written, I always feel like I’m just peeking into the lives of actual people, in this case two blokes in a seaside Cornish town, finding their way through the maze of a new relationship and dealing with both the good and bad of being part of the LGBTQ+ community in a small place.

I loved Seb, his enthusiasm for his cafe and what he wanted it to achieve, I understood Jason, his fears about being out in a hyper masculine profession, the secondary characters and the setting made everything come to life.

They also burn the sheets when they’re together, lordy but Jay’s upped the sexual chemistry factor in this one. There’s also a first-time scene which is superbly done, sex is real here, messy and not perfectly executed but honest and emotionally connected.

ETA I’m reminded by Dani’s excellent review, that I wanted to mention how much I loved the strong female characters in this book. Not only Jason’s understanding ex-wife and his daughter, but also Seb’s friends Penny & Trude and the ladies of the town’s other businesses.

This is the first in a new series from Jay and I absolutely can’t wait for more. I’m hoping it’ll be Alex and Cam’s story next 🙂

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

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