Book Review: Imperfect Harmony – Jay Northcote

Imperfect HarmonyDate of Publication: April 15, 2016
Genre and Themes: LGBTQ, Romance, Age Gap
Format: 189 pages, ebook
Publisher: Jaybird Press
Cover Artist: Garrett Leigh
Characters: John Fletcher, Rhys Callington

I love Jay Northcote’s style of writing – most of the time. She’s got a very easy style which translates into her stories. Her stories are mostly feel-good with usually likable characters. Imperfect Harmony is about John and Rhys who both lost their ‘partners’ and are still grieving their losses. When John decided to join a group choir where Rhys works as a leader, they didn’t expect that their love for music would lead them into something that neither man thought they have forever lost. But their 19-year age gap isn’t lost to John and it make take more than music to convince him to give love a second chance.

I didn’t enjoy the story that much but I didn’t hate it. I just find the whole setting of the story boring and I really didn’t the feel connection between John and Rhys. I love May-December love stories but conflict-wise, this one just didn’t work for me. Jay Northcote’s writing is still smooth here as usual, her characters are likable but the subdued vibe throughout the book totally didn’t elevate the romance aspect of the story. In short, I find the story a bit lazy.

I’m still going to recommend this one to those who are looking for some easy read but I am not going to put this one on my reread list anytime soon. Rest assured though that I’d still be getting Jay Northcote’s titles in the future.

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

About The Author
Jay lives just outside Bristol in the West of England, with her husband, two children, and two cats. She comes from a family of writers, but she always used to believe that the gene for fiction writing had passed her by. She spent years only ever writing emails, articles, or website content.

One day, she decided to try and write a short story—just to see if she could—and found it rather addictive. She hasn’t stopped writing since.

Jay writes contemporary gay romance about men who fall in love with other men, usually set in or near her home town of Bristol. She enjoys the challenge of bringing the men in her head to life through her words. Jay has five books published by Dreamspinner Press, and she also publishes her own titles under the imprint Jaybird Press. Some of her books are now available as audiobooks.

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