Review Tour: Pretty In Pink by Jay Northcote

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Cover Design: Garrett Leigh @ Black Jazz Design
Length: 58,000 words approx

Housemates Series

Book #1 – Helping Hand
Book #2 – Like A Lover 
 Blurb
  

Ryan isn’t looking for a relationship with a guy–and Johnny isn’t looking for a relationship at all.

Ryan’s always been attracted to tall, leggy blondes–normally of the female variety. When Johnny catches his eye at a party, Ryan’s interest is piqued even though he’s never been with a guy before. The attraction is mutual, and the amazing night that follows opens Ryan’s eyes to his bisexuality.

Experience has taught Johnny that love hurts. Staying single is safer, and there’s no need for complicated relationships when hooking up is easy. When he moves in next door to Ryan, they’re both interested in picking up where they left off, and it seems like an ideal arrangement: convenient, mutually satisfying, and with no strings attached.

Despite their best intentions to keep things casual, they develop an emotional connection alongside the physical one. Both begin to want more from the relationship but are afraid to admit it. If they’re going to work things out, they need to start being honest–first with themselves, and then with each other.

Although this book is part of the Housemates series, it has new main characters, a satisfying happy ending, and can be read as a standalone.

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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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Release Day Blitz: Pretty In Pink by Jay Northcote

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Cover Design: Garrett Leigh @ Black Jazz Design
Length: 58,000 words approx.

Housemates Series

Book #1 – Helping Hand
Book #2 – Like A Lover 
 Blurb
 

Ryan isn’t looking for a relationship with a guy–and Johnny isn’t looking for a relationship at all.

Ryan’s always been attracted to tall, leggy blondes–normally of the female variety. When Johnny catches his eye at a party, Ryan’s interest is piqued even though he’s never been with a guy before. The attraction is mutual, and the amazing night that follows opens Ryan’s eyes to his bisexuality.

Experience has taught Johnny that love hurts. Staying single is safer, and there’s no need for complicated relationships when hooking up is easy. When he moves in next door to Ryan, they’re both interested in picking up where they left off, and it seems like an ideal arrangement: convenient, mutually satisfying, and with no strings attached.

Despite their best intentions to keep things casual, they develop an emotional connection alongside the physical one. Both begin to want more from the relationship but are afraid to admit it. If they’re going to work things out, they need to start being honest–first with themselves, and then with each other.

Although this book is part of the Housemates series, it has new main characters, a satisfying happy ending, and can be read as a standalone.

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Excerpt
 

Ryan was a few drinks down and feeling pretty buzzed when he first caught sight of blond hair through the crowd of partygoers.

He nearly hadn’t bothered coming out tonight. He had his third year project to write up, and should have been working on that, not partying with his next door neighbours. But the rest of Ryan’s housemates had talked him into it and he could do with letting off some steam, so he hadn’t put up much of a fight. One night couldn’t make too much difference, right?

The blonde arrived late and headed straight into the throng of dancers in the living room, bottle in hand. Tall and leggy in black skinny jeans with shit-kicking boots, Ryan’s interest was piqued immediately and a spike of arousal made his cock wake up. Tall and blonde was completely Ryan’s type, but when this blond slid a leather jacket off slender shoulders and tossed it on the back of the sofa, his washboard-flat chest made it clear he was a guy—so not Ryan’s type after all.

Despite the gut punch of disappointment at that revelation, Ryan found his interest persisted. The guy drew Ryan’s attention like a magnet lining up iron filings, and no matter how hard he tried, Ryan couldn’t stop watching him.

Spurred on by alcohol and reckless impulsivity, Ryan made a conscious decision not to question his attraction and just roll with it. He gradually edged his way into the group where the blond was dancing, and when he finally managed to make eye contact, the guy gave him a knowing smile that reflected Ryan’s interest right back at him. It curled around Ryan’s balls like the gentle, insistent squeeze of a hand.

Game on.

University was supposed to be all about new experiences, and Ryan only had a few months left before he graduated. He’d never hooked up with a guy before, and it had always been on his sexual bucket list, but not a high priority. As a young teen he’d sometimes admired androgynous male models on the pages of magazines that his mum used to buy and felt a confusing interest in them… but he’d never seen a guy in real life he’d wanted to fuck enough to actually do something about it.

Until tonight.


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.

www.jaynorthcote.com
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This book is an author on top of his game – brilliantly done

Starting from Scratch (Housemates, #5)Starting from Scratch by Jay Northcote

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

It’s no secret that am a huge Jay Northcote fangirl but I think, with this latest in the Housemates series, he’s absolutely on top of his game.

All the Housemates series have a charm to them which comes from exploring life as young adults either at university, or just graduated from it, the excitement of independent living, the freedom of exploration, the tentative emotions that come with the first serious “grown up” romance.

This one though has what I suspect is just more than a little bit of Jay himself as it examines the complexities of being a gay trans man finding their feet in the world.

We see Ben learning not only to deal with his own thoughts, anxieties and feelings, but also with adding in a significant other as his relationship with Sid developed.

 

I loved Ben, I wanted to hug him so badly and tell him how amazing he was to take the steps to being his own true self. But Sid, I fall at the feet of Sid for demonstrating, in his words and actions, how to be the best support for Ben and in taking his time to learn what made his boyfriend comfortable.

I hope people read this, the more diverse books looking at all aspects of the LGBTQ+ world the better. Jay has included a helpful glossary at the beginning of the book with resources on where to find out more information.

But I also hope people read this because it’s a beautiful love story about finding your self confidence and living an authentic life in partnership with someone who helps and encourages you to do so. And that applies to people of any sexual orientation, any colour, any race. Love does not discriminate.

Plus amazing cover from the fabulous Garrett Leigh which matches the beauty inside.

P.S. – Jay, we best be getting Johnny and Ryan next 😉

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

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Buy Links

To follow once they’re available.

Book page on Jay’s website: https://jaynorthcote.com/my-books/starting-from-scratch-housemates-5/

Goodreads link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34373132-starting-from-scratch

Series Information and Links

The Housemates Series is a collection of standalone stories set around a student house in Britain. This new adult series focuses on themes of self-discovery and sexual awakening.

Helping Hand (Housemates #1) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B010EAQOKA

Like a Lover (Housemates #2) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B014O4TCMY

Practice Makes Perfect (Housemates #3) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01H7V027A

Watching and Wanting (Housemates #4) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01MT9PQBR

 

Smoking hot addition to the Housemates series

Watching and Wanting (Housemates Book 4)Watching and Wanting by Jay Northcote

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Jeeze Jay this book is hot. Probably the sexiest so far in the Housemates series but still packed with all the world building and character development I’d expect in a story from this author.

There’s loads of tension and sexual exploration as Shawn, confused and conflicted after breaking up with his girlfriend, discovers that new housemate Jude is running a webcam show twice a week to help fund his university costs.

He can’t help but watch Jude’s performance one evening and he finds himself not only turned on, but also questioning his sexual orientation when he realises he’s physically attracted to his fellow housemate.

Jude is openly gay and confident enough to put on a show twice a week as a way of getting extra funding. He’s not been living in the shared house long but he’s noticed Shawn but has stuck clear, thinking he was straight.

Once it becomes clear that isn’t the case, Jude gets Shawn involved in his webcam show to help him get some extra cash to help pay off his overdraft. During their sessions, he also discovers Shawn loves it when he can just let go and leave it all up to Jude.

What follows is a journey of sexual exploration and discovery, of finding yourself and finding the confidence to open up your heart to love, even if it comes in a different form than you might have expected.

There are bumps along the way, Shawn has been conditioned to think being gay is associated with being a sissy, being weak. He hurts Jude unintentionally when he denies there’s anything going on between them. He panics and lashes out at his bisexual and gay housemates and friends and runs away from acknowledging his own bisexuality.

But, because this is a Jay Northcote story, we know there’s going to be a HEA and slowly but surely Shawn starts to put things right, eventually going for broke with a big public gesture which finally outs all doubts aside.

There’s loads of emotion to this book but it never becomes too heavy, instead it’s a joyous romp through early adulthood.

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And three makes it perfect

Practice Makes Perfect (Housemates, #3)Practice Makes Perfect by Jay Northcote

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Lovely finish to this series although I could have done without the communication drought!
Dev is such a sweetie, he’s awkward without being a cipher for social anxiety and Ewan is relaxed and open enough to put up with the odd quirks.
The humour in this one was also more obvious and there was a lightness to it all which worked well.

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