Book Review: Passing Through – Jay Northcote

Passing ThroughDate of Publication: March 4, 2015
Genre and Themes: LGBTQ Contemporary Romance
Format: 176 pages, ebook
Publisher: Self-Published via Createspace
ISBN: 9781507840719
Cover Artist: Garrett Leigh
Characters: Leo, Tristan, Edwin

Passing Through is a predictable story but in a good way. Leo is a workaholic from London who found himself driving to Cornwall to spend some time with his beloved uncle Edwin whose days are numbered due to cancer. There he meets Tristan, a friend of Edwin who’s lodging and fixing up the latter’s cottage. They got to know each other and soon found themselves exploring each other’s body and history. At the end of the day, the question still remains unanswered between them – what are they willing to give up for love and happiness?

Passing Through is one of those books that doesn’t leave much of an impression long after reading it. It is however, a book that is technically well-written. That may not sound enticing at all but I think a lot of people will really enjoy how Jay Northcote went back to basics and dish out a story that is not embedded with complicated plot lines, unbelievable twists that doesn’t make sense and some loopholes that the author totally forgotten to address by the end of the story. This book isn’t like that.

There’s beauty in simplicity and Jay Northcote was able to present that in this story. I liked the angle concerning Edwin and his secret but found it a bit too much at times. The parallelism dragged the story a bit in my opinion. The whole story just revolves around these three guys which I thought was okay but I won’t mind a tiny bit of drama. It is not my favourite from Jay Northcote but it’s definitely still worth reading.

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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