Author: Jay Northcote
Narrator:: Matthew Lloyd Davies
Publisher: Jaybird Press
Run Time: 3 Hours and 6 Minutes
At a Glance: A sweet, zero-angst, simple little story about two guys figuring out that getting to know someone before hopping in the sack is all it’s cracked up to be.
Reviewed By: Jules
Blurb: Five sex-free dates. How hard can it be?
When they were at uni, Owen always had a bit of a crush on Nathan. But Nathan was apparently straight, and Owen was too busy with other guys to take his crush seriously.
When Nathan moves back to Bristol after a year away, Owen hears that Nathan has come out of the closet, and he propositions him. Nathan doesn’t want to be just another notch on Owen’s bedpost, though, so he challenges Owen to prove he can be serious: five dates before they have sex.
Owen doesn’t think that sounds too difficult. He’s expecting Nathan to find his charms irresistible anyway. But as they grow closer, Owen begins to care more about proving himself to Nathan than he does about getting him into bed.
Review: When Owen’s old college mate Nathan moves back to town, Owen is all ready to charm his way into his pants. But, Nathan has another idea…to make Owen work for it. And, thus begins The Dating Game. Nathan is really just having a bit of a go at Owen when he challenges him to the five sexless dates; and Owen thinks that Nathan will cave well before the fifth date, so he readily accepts. Neither one expects to end up genuinely enjoying the little experiment – and, they certainly don’t expect to fall so hard for each other.
I love the British humor – which I suppose the British would simply call humor ;) – and Matthew Lloyd Davies gives listeners a wonderful narration of this lighthearted, fun story. I also have to tell you, listening to the sexy bits coming out of my car speakers in that proper British accent tickled me so much… I don’t know why the word ‘cock’ is so funny when heard in a posh accent, but my inner twelve-year-old shined through, and I couldn’t help but giggle. Silly hang-ups aside, though, there really were some great, funny scenes: In particular, the first phone sex attempt was adorable and awkward, and there was a rock-climbing date that had me smiling and chuckling at its fun sweetness.
The Dating Game is a sweet, zero-angst, simple little story about two guys figuring out that getting to know someone before hopping in the sack is all it’s cracked up to be, and that good things really do come to those who wait. The story was certainly predictable – I mean, it was no secret that they were going to go on the dates and fall in love – but, that didn’t necessarily take away from the reading/listening experience. I definitely enjoyed the audio, and would look for more titles narrated by Mr. Davies.
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