Review of Starting from Scratch by Jay Northcote

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

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I received a free ARC of this book from the author, for my reading pleasure. This has in no way affected my review.

I love the Housemates series. Fun, lighthearted, hot and thoughtful NA series, and they just keep getting better, book by book. This story is Ben and Sid’s story. We met both of them briefly in book 4, but you do not need to read any of the others in the series to enjoy this book – although why would cheat yourself out of that treat?

I read romance for the sake of romance. I am not too concerned with the gender pairing or how many participants are in the romance, as long as it is a good story with a happy ending, I’ll read it!
However, I have been following Jay’s own personal journey, and have a person in my own circle who is also transitioning, so transgender characters in romances do hold a bit of special interest to me. This is by far the best romance with a transgender MC, I have read so far! So much more focus on the mental issues of transitioning, and not just the physical ones.

Ben has a great supportive network in his family, thank god, and when he finds the courage to come out to his friends, he luckily finds nothing but support there as well.
We get to see things from Sid’s point of view too, which I thought was great. Because yes, you would have thoughts and questions in your mind, if the person you were interested in turned out to be transgender, it’s human nature.

Due to its subject matter – and maybe the importance of the subject to the author – this is not as lighthearted a read as many of the others in the series, but it is still a great NA story, with a super sweet and steamy love story between its pages. Warmly recommended.

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The Housemates series by Jay Northcote

Jay Northcote has a new book coming out next week!  Book 5 in the Housemate series. A steamy fun New Adult series that I can warmly recommend.


I will be reviewing book 5 next week for the release date, until then you can see my reviews of some of the other book in the series or hurry up and buy those books in preparation for book 5, even if every book in the series work well as a standalone.

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Review of An Invitation by Jay Northcote

An InvitationAn Invitation by Jay Northcote

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Steamy little piece of office erotica for you. A HFN ending, but as this story is short, it is mainly just hot office sex. And really, where’s the downside?

An enjoyable night time snack, with a side of spanking, to warm your sheets before sleep.

*I received a free copy of this book from the author, for my reading pleasure*

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Review of A Family for Christmas by Jay Northcote

A Family for ChristmasA Family for Christmas by Jay Northcote

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I received a free copy of this book from the author, in exchange for an honest review.

4 solid stars to this lovely feel good christmas story.

Rudy is crushing hard on his distant aloof co-worker Zac, but he is shy and inexperienced and Zac is not only gorgeous and ripped, but also very standoff-ish and antisocial. A mandatory office christmas drink leads to a bit too much tequila, an embarrassing drunken kiss and an accepted invitation for Zac to spend christmas with Rudy’s large family, instead of being all alone.
When they arrive at the old farmhouse, miscommunication leads to everyone believing Zac is Rudy’s boyfriend and the two agree to play along in order not to disappoint Rudy’s family.

Rudy’s large welcoming family does christmas right and the beautiful old draughty farm house, the walks through the apple orchard and idyllic landscapes is balm to Zac’s lonely orphaned soul. Paired with Rudy’s very obvious crush on him, sharing a bed and everyone assuming they are together make the lines blur in Zac’s mind.

As always Jay Northcote’s writing is lovely, engaging and flows well. You are pulled into the story immediately and both main characters are sympathetic and nice, Rudy’s family is fantastic and the setting so idyllic and christmassy.

This is the kind of feel good story that’ll make you go ‘aaawwwww’ and hug your e-reader. Perfect holiday read. Warmly recommended.

A Family for Christmas will be released on November 18th.

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Review of Into You by Jay Northcote

Into YouInto You by Jay Northcote

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I received a free copy of this book from the author, in exchange for an honest review.

4-4.5 stars
This book was so adorable, I want to roll it over at pet it’s stomach!

Olly and Scott are BFFs all through their childhood, until a kiss at 14 confuses and ruins everything, leaving the boys angry and ignoring each other for years. At 18, in their final month of school, a minor accident and a small portion of magical help from a weird old neighbour, Mrs. Wychwood, leads them to being trapped in each others bodies and having to find a way to co-exist and work together to be themselves again.

The bodyswapping trope is fun and Jay Northcote does it right, with hilarious and cute results – and some very sweet and guilty masturbation scenes. But despite the magical undercurrent of the book, it is actually mainly a story about being true to yourself and finding out who you want to be.

Olly is out and proud and have been in love with Scott forever, still is, despite the mixed feelings and animosity between them after the kiss 4 years earlier. Scott on the other hand is a bit of a mess. Stuck in a life he really doesn’t want, with a girlfriend he doesn’t really like and A-level courses that doesn’t interest him, but too afraid to find his way out it.

Naturally, Scott is the one with the most character growth through the story, but Olly too does grow, if in more subtle ways. Now, I am generally not a HEA kind of girl when it comes to very young characters, as I have a hard time believing in that, but for these two, I would believe it.

Warmly recommended story, which I read in one sitting on a rainy day. Left me warm and cheerful with a happy grin on my face.

Into You will be released on September 9th 2016.

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Free this weekend!

Jay Northcote’s Helping Hand is free on Amazon this weekend, and even better, it’s whispersync’ed. So you can get the audio companion for just a few bucks!  Lovely little friends to lovers /college /out for you romance.

Warmly recommend this entire series.

Jez Fielding and James MacKenzie—Big Mac to his mates—are in their second year at uni. After partying too hard last year, they make a pact to rein themselves in. While their housemates are out drinking every weekend, Jez and Mac stay in to save cash and focus on their studies.

When Jez suggests watching some porn together, he isn’t expecting Mac to agree to it. One thing leads to another, and soon their arrangement becomes hands-on rather than hands-off. But falling for your ‘straight’ friend can only end badly, unless there’s a chance he might feel the same.

This book is a complete story and can be read as a standalone.


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Review of Practice Makes Perfect by Jay Northcote

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

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

4.5 stars

I love lists. Seriously. I live my life by lists and the happiness of checking of items of said lists. So when Ms. Northcote acted as a temptress and posted Dev’s list on her facebook page, I caved! Even if buying this book was not on my list of things to do this week!

But I forgive her for her evil ploy, because it was adorable! My favourite of the series and I am already impatiently waiting for the audio to come out! I just know it will be a go-to comfort read, which is why I am rounding it up to 5 stars, even if there were a few things that niggled….

Dev is moving out of the dorms and into shared housing. College so far, has not been exactly what he had been dreaming of, and he hopes this will be a fresh start for him. And it seems like he might be right. Almost all of his new house mates are nice and friendly, two of the guy’s in the house are a couple and the boy next door is an adorable Scotsman, with a big smile and a sexy accent.

Dev lives his life by lists. Short term goals and long term ones. His long term goals include making friends, learning to cook and joining Grindr to get some sexual experience, in order to get a boyfriend. What could go wrong?

Dev and Ewan are adorable and hot together and it was lovely to meet the couples from the two other books again. This is the third in the series, but can easily be read as a stand alone, if you wish. However, please do not cheat yourself out of the cuteness that are the two first books of this series.

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