Best one yet in the Boys of Bellamy series

51WkEcOS51LThis is my favourite of the Boys of Bellamy Series so far. In this book Ruthie gives us an MC – Milo – who has been hurt by a previous relationship and life in general and who finds it difficult to let anyone in because of his fears of experiencing more pain.

But then along comes Rory, a boy who kissed him at high school and then disappeared from his life for a few years. A jock, a guy who on the face of it has it all. But Rory has just come out of a long relationship with his college sweetheart Georgina and he’s often wondered about the boy he kissed at school. He figures it’s time to explore his bisexuality and then his path collides once again with Milo.

This book examines beautifully the trust needed to go into a relationship with anyone irrespective of sexuality, race or gender. Having to open yourself up to emotions, even those of friendship only, can be hard and the reader gets an insight into both Milo and Rory’s mental confusions as they try to navigate through.

There’s a lot of laughter in this book, there’s friendship, the world building continues to expand on the previous two in the series and we get a peak at Jamie and Bennett’s ongoing HEA as well as meeting Kit again. This book, however, could be read as a standalone, there is plenty of explanation given as to who is who within the story and how they fit in without it being a rehash of the previous romances.

As is the case with this author, the romance is mostly sweet but with enough of an edge to stop it going over into saccharine territory and there’s low level angsting to keep the plot ticking over without it becoming a chore to read.

Hoping we’re getting Andy and Drew next.

Sneaky Valentine’s short from the Housemates series

Mac and Jez do Valentine's Day (Housemates, #4.5)Mac and Jez do Valentine’s Day by Jay Northcote

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This was fab and, while Jay’s published it here as a free short, it was brilliant seeing it being crafted on his Facebook group during the day just in time for Valentine’s.

Jez & Mac are an awesome pairing, they’re just too much fun together and this short story is a whole bunch of tormented teasing, tasting and ultimately, triumphant emotional and scorching hot sex.

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Smoking hot addition to the Housemates series

Watching and Wanting (Housemates, #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 stayed away, 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 puts 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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Another cracking little book

Like a Lover (Housemates, #2)Like a Lover by Jay Northcote

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The second in this series from Jay Northcote is just as good as the first one.
The story is a bit more complicated than the first where that was two guys realising they loved each other.

This one has at its heart a young man determined to stand on his own feet and so turning tricks as an escort.

He gets stood up one night and meets someone else and there begins the tale.
I liked both Josh and Rupert and although Rupert’s wealth made him being able to keep seeing Josh a bit of an easy ride, it wasn’t enough to distract from reading them beginning to mix pleasure with business.

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