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Jay’s Housemates collection brings together six cracking good tales of college age sexual exploration

housemates front coverThe Housemates Collection: An MM College Romance Series | Jay Northcote

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

When it comes to sexual exploration and awakening, then the Housemates series from Jay Northcote has to be among the best.

This box set brings six incredible tales together with their uniquely British feel and the emotional highs and lows of college age sexual exploration.

Covering most of my favourite tropes, Jay’s Housemates follow the paths of best friends to lovers, age gaps and wealth discrepancies, and awkward fumbling first times, as well as examining more serious issues such as what it’s like to be a young trans man finding their feet in a sexual relationship.

If you’ve never picked up any from this series, now’s the chance because these are among Jay’s best books in my opinion.

They’re invariably beautifully diverse, full of independence and discovery, about finding self-confidence in who you are and walking a unique path through college and into adult life.

Oh and they’re steaming hot, powerfully emotive and contain side orders of light kink and dirty talk which just add enough of a sexual frisson to get the pulse racing without ever going too far.

Packed with humour and British snark, the Housemates series offers readers a peak into life as a 20-something in a big city.

#ARC kindly received from the author in return for an honest and unbiased review.

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Cover Reveal: Just Friends by Saxon James

Just Friends | Saxon James

A Never Just Friends Novel #1

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Release Date: August 27th, 2020

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Blurb

Roo

Five years ago, I walked away from Sunbury, Oregon, and left my best friend behind. The move was supposed to get my life on track. I even had a list.
Life-changing epilepsy surgery. Check.
See the world. Check.
Get over my straight best friend … Not exactly.
No matter where I go or who I meet, I can’t let Tanner go.
I’m back to tell him how I feel. To get the closure I need once and for all.
Only now I’m here and falling for him all over again, it’s getting harder to say the words.
Because once I have my closure, I’ll be gone.
And this time it will be for good.

Tanner

When my best friend, Roo, left for Australia, it was the worst day of my life.
I thought we’d have each other always.
But Roo needed the surgery so I let him go, thinking he’d come straight back.
Five years is a long time.
Now he’s here, all I want is to hold on tight.
I need to show him what he means to me.
The problem is, I’m not exactly sure what that is.
My draw to him has always been confusing and different—everyone in town says so. But I struggle to understand it.
All I know is I won’t survive him leaving again.
And I’ll do anything to make him stay.

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Something in his tone makes me sit up, suddenly on edge. “Wait, are you … Roo, are you coming home?” My voice breaks, and the excitement that fills my stomach is near sickening. If I’m wrong, this will be the most disappointing part of my day, and it’s barely seven a.m.

His laugh is so soft, I almost miss it. “I love that you still call it home.”

“Because it is home.” My heart is smashing against my ribs. “Are you?”

He doesn’t answer.

Roo?”

“Yeah, yeah, I’m here.” He takes a deep breath. “I think … Well, why not?”

“What does that mean?”

“That I might. The surgery’s well and truly done, uni’s over, and I’m back from my trip around Europe. I … I always imagined I’d be back to visit one day.”

Holy shit. I feel light-headed. “This better not be one of your jokes.”

“Promise.” His voice goes scratchy. “I’ve missed you too.”

Missed you doesn’t even cover it, though. All through middle school and high school, Roo and I were inseparable. Classes through the day, sleepovers almost every night. He’d force himself out of bed early to come and time my swim practices, and when he got a part-time job at the only fast-food place in town, I went and signed up as well.

We had other friends, but nothing came close to our friendship.

And then his seizures ramped up senior year, and suddenly his parents were talking about moving back to Australia for surgery, and in the space of two weeks I went from seeing him every day to not at all. It killed me. And for his sake, I had to pretend it didn’t.

“When?” I finally ask.

“Soon,” he promises.

Soon.

I feel completely wrong-footed. It’s been five long years of jumping between knowing everything about each other, to months of no communication. I can’t even imagine him being here, slotting back into my life like he never left.

And then there’s a worse option: what if he doesn’t fit into my life at all?

I’m nervous as hell.

Because as much as I want Roo back here, I don’t know what to expect.

 

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About the Author

Saxon James is an author from Australia who’s obsessed with writing queer characters. She has a range of books from YA to adult and they all have one thing in common: swoony, sweet love.

When not writing, Saxon exists on a diet of coffee and chocolate while putting her KU subscription to the test.

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Release Blitz: Charlie Sunshine by Lily Morton

Charlie Sunshine | Lily Morton

Close Proximity #2

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Release Date: April 21st, 2020

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Sometimes love is a lot closer to home than you think.

Charlie Burroughs can’t keep a man. All he wants is a good relationship like the ones he sees his friends having, but none of the men he picks ever work out. Despite him trying to be the perfect boyfriend, the men are either threatened by his looks or his epilepsy or a combination of the two. It’s lucky that he has his best friend Misha to turn to. The two of them are closer than peas in a pod and fiercely loyal to each other. He can’t imagine his life without Misha in it.

Misha Lebedinsky is the complete opposite of his best friend. Being the support system for his mum and twin sisters leaves Misha with neither the time nor the inclination for a relationship. Quick and frequent hook-ups are his favourite means of communication and any other pesky emotional needs he has are met by Charlie, who he’s devoted to. He lives a life of happy compartmentalization with no intention of ever changing.

All of this changes when the two best friends move in together.

Being in close proximity means that they suddenly start to see each other in a very different light. But Charlie struggles when his drive to be the perfect partner clashes with the fact that he’s in love with a man who knows every little thing about him. And even if he can get past that, can a relationship ever work with a man who’d need a dictionary to tell him what love means?

From bestselling author Lily Morton comes a love story about a sunny librarian who has relationship written all over him and a banker who doesn’t even have it in his blurb. This is the second book in the Close Proximity series, but it can be read as a standalone.

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The car park is dark apart from the thin light that emanates from the security lamp over the door. Hearing footsteps, I spin round and then immediately relax when I see Misha coming towards me.

“Are you on your own?” he demands.

“Why, Mister Lebedinsky,” I say in dulcet tones, fluttering my eyelashes. “Were you lying in wait to launch an attack on my virtue?”

“I’m about twelve years and ten miles away from a crack at that.” I laugh, and he shakes his head. “Why is it so fucking dark around here, Charlie?”

“Because night has fallen.” He stares beadily at me. “And the owner of the car park hasn’t replaced the bulb in the security light.”

“Have you told him that he needs to?”

“No, Misha,” I say sarcastically. “I thought I’d leave it to him. Maybe if I send enough good thoughts over to Malaga, he’ll realise and come straight home.”

“I’m absolutely positive that librarians shouldn’t be this snarky. Is there anyone in the building I can get to google it?”

I shove him. “We don’t google,” I say in a scandalised tone. “We utilise the skills that our very intensive library research course has taught us.”

“And then what?”

I slump. “We google.”

He laughs and holds out his hand for the cloth bag I’m carrying. I shake my head and hand it over, watching with satisfaction as he nearly drops it. “Fucking hell, have you got bricks in here?”

“Why would I be carrying bricks?” I ask, picking up my rucksack and moving over to the neatly parked and very expensive-looking silver Mercedes.

“I don’t know. Who the fuck knows what librarians get up to?”

“We are a very cosmopolitan crew,” I acknowledge.

“After picking you up from the staff Christmas do last year, I’m not entirely sure that cosmopolitan is the right word. Debauched would be nearer the mark.”

“I told Bethany not to get Sue that extra Baileys,” I say gloomily. “Can we not talk about it? I’m getting flashbacks.”

He fiddles with my bag and grins at me. “More books? Do you, or do you not have a very nice iPad with all your books loaded on it?”

“I know.” I sigh, climbing into the front seat after he clicks the locks and setting my rucksack at my feet. “I just can’t resist a new box of books.” He slides into the driver’s seat after depositing my cloth book bag in the back, and I grin at him. “It’s a bit like you resisting the last twink in a club at kicking-out time.”

“Well, why didn’t you say that?” he drawls. “Now I understand.”

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About The Author

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Lily Morton writes contemporary romance novels, and specialises in hot love stories with a good dose of humour.

Lily lives in sunny England with her husband and two children, all of whom claim that they haven’t had a proper conversation with her since she bought her first Kindle.

She has spent her life with her head full of daydreams and decided one day to just sit down and start writing about them. In the process she discovered that she actually loved writing, because how else could she get to spend her time with hot, funny men!

She loves chocolate and Baileys and the best of all creations – chocolate Baileys! Her lifetime’s ambition is to have a bath in peace without being shouted by one of her family.

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