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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

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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.

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
ASIN: B01E18FZP6
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

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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.

Book Review: The Dating Game – Jay Northcote

The Dating GameFive sex-free dates was the deal. Owen doesn’t do dating but to get to Nathan’s pants – a boy got to do what he ought to do.

I’m now getting Jay Northcote’s style. Her stories so far have that similar light-feel vibes and characters with identical POV from her other stories. This novella is no different. Both Owen and Nathan have had crush with each other since their uni days but neither of them know that of course. Owen was openly gay then and Nathan was still securely hiding in the closet. When they see each other again, the five sex-free date was made because according to Nathan – he doesn’t want to be another Owen’s conquest —Ookay.

So the cute and bubbly dates went on – it was an easy read from start to finish and does not have unneccesary drama. I’ve expected more at the end but I guess since they’re still at the dating stage, I just have to make do with that. Both MCs are sexy and adorable and the whole story was just fun. I highly recommend this for those who seeking low-angst stories.

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

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Book Review: Nothing Ventured – Jay Northcote

Nothing VenturedBLURB: When Aiden agrees to run the Mad Mucker—a twelve-mile muddy slog over an obstacle course—he’s expecting it to be a bit of a laugh. The training will be tough, but Aiden could use the motivation to regain some fitness.

Matt is the sexy cousin of one of Aiden’s coworkers and a last-minute addition to the team. When he agrees to train with Aiden, Aiden suddenly finds the prospect of regular workouts a lot more appealing.

Soon attraction flares, and they embark on an intense physical relationship. Matt doesn’t want to fall in love with a man, and Aiden doesn’t want to fall in love at all, but despite their insistence on no strings, they grow closer. As the day of the race approaches, time is running out for them to work out how they feel about each other.

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I’m not really that sold with this story. I still question Matt’s sincerity towards Aiden. He’s bisexual and was too cynical to give love a chance – with a guy, that is. Yes, there was great chemistry between them but I find Matt too conscious for his own good. It feels like everything he’s doing was calculated. The ending isn’t that great as well. I was maybe hoping an engagement of some sort to cement Matt’s level of commitment on Aiden. The set up Aiden had with his friend was way hotter than the actual detailed sex scenes with Matt. There you go…I guess some people would enjoy this since it’s a fairly quick read though the story isn’t hat explosive as I expected it to be.

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

Published November 12th 2014 by Dreamspinner Press

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Book Review: Nothing Serious – Jay Northcote

Nothing SeriousMark O’Brien just got out of a six-year relationship because he realized that he’s in a relationship with the wrong gender. When he meets the big, bad sexy removal man Jamie Robertson – Mark was smitten at first sight.

When a cardboard box splits, revealing items of a personal nature that Mark never wanted anybody to see, he’s mortified but that started a friendship with Jamie – a friendship with benefits.

What started out as nothing serious turns into something really important that both men are terrified to admit – will they ever find the courage to tell each other how they really feel?

I thought the whole premise was cute with both Mark and Jamie charming the pants off their readers. I myself find myself smiling giddily with the whole thing. The feel of the story was light, feel-good and just adorable. This is the kind of story that you read whenever you feel like sitting under sun, chilling out and just wanted to pass the time. There was no major conflict here and it’s just a quick read which I don’t mind rereading every now and then.

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

Published October 23rd 2013 by Dreamspinner Press (first published October 22nd 2013)

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