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Review: What Happens at Christmas by Jay Northcote

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Title: What Happens at Christmas

Author: Jay Northcote

Publisher: Self-Published

Pages/Word Count: 113 Pages

At a Glance: Jay Northcote has another holiday winner here.

Reviewed By: Jules

Blurb: When two friends pose as boyfriends, could what happens at Christmas turn into something more?

Justin is recently and unhappily single. Christmas is coming, and he doesn’t want to face his ex alone at their office party. So Sean—Justin’s best mate and long-time secret crush—volunteers to go with him and pretend to be his new flame.

Sean has always lusted after Justin from afar, but there’s never been a good opportunity to ask him for more than friendship. Posing as Justin’s boyfriend isn’t a chore, and if Justin wants to rebound onto him, Sean’s more than willing. At the party pretence and reality blur, and a kiss on the dance floor leads to a night of passion.

In the aftermath, they both assume it was a one-time thing until fate intervenes. Stuck together in London over the holidays, they give in to temptation again. But what happens at Christmas stays at Christmas… right?

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Review: So many delightful little bits in this story! It was easy to fall in love with Justin and Sean. As soon as I read the blurb for What Happens at Christmas I immediately snapped it up. Anyone who knows me, or follows my reviews at all, knows that friends-to-lovers stories are totally my thing. I love the level of comfort the characters have with each other, the level of trust, and that there is so much shared history. Maybe it’s because my husband and I have been together since we were nineteen – friends since we were fifteen – maybe I’m just a product of the formula…but, I know it works.

Justin and Sean were both extremely likeable, and the story was funny, charming, and sweet. It’s not a new idea – pretending to be dating, to piss off an ex at the office party – but it was well-done here. I also really liked that they were both in love with each other rather than it being a GFY situation, for example. To me that made it much more enjoyable; what they each thought was unrequited love was really just bad timing and poor communication.

Jay Northcote has such a light, easygoing style, and the guys are very sexy and fun together. That’s not to say that the book is without substance. Sean has a strained relationship with his father, and they are somewhat estranged. He is pretty troubled over that situation, and what he is going to do with himself now that he’s come back to England. Justin and Sean both have reservations about pursuing a relationship. They are extremely afraid of ruining their friendship, and unwilling to risk it, so they spend some time unhappily plodding along. In some books this can become a big stumbling block for me. You know those books? The “Just talk already!!!!” books? I didn’t feel that here, though. In this book it was more, “Awwww…these poor guys.” Their trepidation is more endearing than annoying.

Northcote has another holiday winner here. The guys had GREAT chemistry. The office party scene was tons of fun to read – it was VERY satisfying to watch the sleazy ex squirm – I imagine it also had to be fun to write! Super low angst, this one is perfect for when you need that feel-good read. I thoroughly enjoyed this easy-breezy Christmas novella.

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3 Stars, Genre Romance, Jay Northcote, Reviewed by Sadonna, Self-Published, Short Story

Review: All Man by Jay Northcote

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Title: All Man

Author: Jay Northcote

Publisher: Self-published

Pages/Word Count: 44 Pages

At a Glance: Another cute and flirty story of an opposites attract variety, with enough surprises thrown in to keep us guessing.

Reviewed By: Sadonna

Blurb: “You’re the sleek little sports car to my Land Rover.”

From the moment Gareth walks through the door of the salon to fit some new sinks, Jules can’t take his eyes off him. Jules has always been attracted to men who are his polar opposite, so burly Gareth is Jules’s fantasy man.

At the weekend, Jules gets into a tough situation with another bloke in a gay club and Gareth comes to his aid. Gareth rejects Jules’s subsequent advances but leaves him with the hope that his attraction isn’t completely one-sided. Fantasy could become reality.

With Gareth’s work at the salon nearly done, he’ll soon disappear from Jules’s life for good. Time is running out. Jules needs to prove to Gareth that he’s tougher than he looks and that his feelings run deeper than gratitude.

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Review: This story is a spin-off of Top Me Maybe? (published a few months ago). Julian, or Jules, as he prefers, is a coworker in the salon with Tyler from the previous story. He is a little bit envious of Tyler’s hot butch policeman boyfriend. But then he is distracted by Gareth, the guy who has come to fix the sinks at the salon. He is everything that Jules likes: big, hairy, muscles, etc. He flirts a little with Gareth on a Friday and then offers to trim up Gareth’s buzz cut. When Gareth leaves, Jules sighs but looks forward to his weekend out dancing and clubbing with his roommate Sacha, and hey, he’ll get to see Gareth on Monday when he returns to the shop to finish the job.

But over the weekend, Jules happily runs into Gareth at the club he goes to with Sacha. While Gareth doesn’t dance with him, they do run into each other again at a very fortuitous time. Won’t spoil the surprise, but it turns out Gareth and Jules have more in common than they ever thought they would.

This is a really sweet (but not sappy) story of two guys who are attracted but may be a little bit apprehensive about the reaction they might get. Both are willing to be somewhat vulnerable and honest and, in this case, that is a good thing. Recommended for a short story with a happy ending. :)

 

 

 

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4 Stars, Genre Romance, Jay Northcote, Reviewed by Lisa, Self-Published

Release Day Review: Like a Lover by Jay Northcote

Title: Like a Lover (Housemates: Book Two)

Author: Jay Northcote

Publisher: Self-Published

Pages/Word Count: 143 Pages

At a Glance: Like a Lover is a sweet and sexy addition to the Housemates series.

Reviewed By: Lisa

Blurb: Josh has a plan: get through uni with a good degree and no debts. Focused on his goals, he’s working as an escort to pay his way. He enjoys the no-strings sex and doesn’t have the time or inclination for a relationship. Falling in love definitely isn’t part of the deal—especially not with a client.

When Rupert meets Josh in a bar, he’s smitten on sight. He’s never paid for sex before, but when Josh propositions him, he can’t resist. He should have known one night would never be enough. Luckily for him, he has an inheritance to support his addiction to Josh, because his job in IT wouldn’t cover the cost.

With each appointment the lines get increasingly blurred. Something is developing between them that feels more like a relationship than a business transaction, but they come from different worlds and to go from client-and-escort to lovers seems impossible. If they want a future together, Josh and Rupert have a lot to overcome.

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Review: When Josh Morley was introduced in Helping Hand, book one in the Housemates series, the picture we got of him as the bar hopping party boy is more than a little different from the reality we see in Like a Lover. Josh is guarding a secret that only one of his housemates knows—that he’s been paying his way through school by selling sex. Life as a rent boy is his way of guaranteeing he’ll graduate free of debt. It’s the choice he’s made, it’s the choice he’s happy with, and it’s the choice that’s worked from him. Right up until he meets Rupert Blanchard, who charms his way under Josh’s skin, makes him feel things he ought not to feel for a client, and makes Josh start to wonder how long the motions of sex can remain separate from the emotions of it.

Googling “student sex workers,” because I’m curious like that, scored 18.6 million hits on the subject, so Josh’s story is not only a relevant one but might even be somewhat more prevalent than any of us imagined. Like a Lover is reality meets fiction, and in it, Jay Northcote explores many of the complications we’d anticipate when a paid escort happens to come across that one person who makes them begin to question everything: the issues that are inherent to Josh’s line of work when it becomes complicated by the growing bond with Rupert, finally coming to that point when being paid for sex begins to feel less like a business transaction and more like an insult, and then fearing there can be no compromise for a relationship to grow from what began in such a compromising proposition. The thing that elevates Like a Lover isn’t that it’s full of twists and the unexpected but that its heart and soul resides in the two men I loved spending time with while they themselves were busy falling in love with each other.

Josh and Rupert transcend their story because their thoughts and feelings are so honest, and the two of them are just so completely endearing I couldn’t help but want them to be together. But how can a relationship work if sex with paying clients is still on the table? That’s the proverbial elephant in the room, and we empathize with everything that’s stirring and growing between them, and understand how complex it all is, to the point of asking ourselves if we could share someone we love with anyone else, let alone a string of random anyones, which is the very question Josh and Rupert have to find the answer to before they can move forward—or decide to end what had barely had the chance to begin.

As much as I liked Mac and Jez in Helping Hand, I must say I liked Josh and Rupert and Like a Lover even more. It’s sweet and sexy and I found it impossible not to root for these guys to find their way to a happy beginning.

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3 Stars, Genre Romance, Jay Northcote, Reviewed by Sadonna, Self-Published, Short Story

Review: Top Me Maybe? by Jay Northcote

Title: Top Me Maybe? (BFP: The Secrets Collection)

Author: Jay Northcote

Publisher: Self-published

Pages/Word Count: 33 Pages

At a Glance: Cute short story that has characters acting against type, and loving it.

Reviewed By: Sadonna

Blurb: Duncan has a secret fantasy, but is Tyler the right man for the job?

Tyler’s new policeman boyfriend, Duncan, is gorgeous. Tall, broad, and über-masculine, he’s the epitome of the dominant top—in appearance at least.

When they discuss their sexual fantasies, Duncan confesses to a secret desire that surprises Tyler. Luckily for Duncan, Tyler’s happy to oblige and is determined to give Duncan a night to remember.

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Review: I have enjoyed Jay Northcote’s writing thus far, and this is no exception. Top Me Maybe? is the story of Duncan and Tyler. It’s a bit of an opposites attract sort of story in that Duncan is a tall, dark and handsome, brawny policeman who is rather freshly out of the closet, and Tyler is a hairstylist with blonde hair and a slender build. Together they have a lot of fun in their month of dating, and Duncan is a sweet and gentle man who is a wonderful top for Tyler.

One evening, as they are sharing, Duncan confesses that he does fantasize about being topped, and to Tyler, who has always been versatile, this is music to his ears. But will this work? Is Duncan serious about it, and what if he doesn’t like it? Tyler has a few fears, but he’s willing to put them aside to give Duncan what he needs and move their relationship to the next level.

Both characters are sweet and gentle with each other. They communicate in a warm and honest way that makes us root for them. They show genuine caring for each other and want to give each other what they need. I found them to be delightful together. It’s definitely a short and angst free read – recommended for anyone who needs a quick fix of the happy.

 

 

 

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5 Stars, Audio Book, Dreamspinner Press, Genre Romance, Jay Northcote, Narration Rating - 5 Stars, Reviewed By Carrie

Audio Review: Nothing Ventured by Jay Northcote – Narrated by Matthew Lloyd Davies

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Title: Nothing Ventured

Author: Jay Northcote

Narrator:: Matthew Lloyd Davies

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Run Time: 4 Hours and 39 Minutes

At a Glance: This was a great audiobook and I really enjoyed listening to it.

Reviewed By: Carrie

Blurb: 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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Review: Aiden is in trouble. Too much tequila and all of a sudden he is committed to creating a team and running the Mad Mucker race with his friends. Fitness for Aiden has taken a backseat in recent months, as his life has reached a turning point and running the race is the last thing he truly wants to participate in. To add insult to injury, he further backs himself into a corner and has to agree to training with Matt – another member of the team and a fitness guru. Yea, him! Aiden doesn’t do relationships, but the more he tries to fight his attraction to Matt, the harder he falls.

Matt has just moved back to England from Australia and is trying to start a new life. Fitness is his life, and he really enjoys a good fifteen-mile run. Maybe if he runs fast enough, he can outrun his attraction to his new training partner. Maybe.

This is another addition to the Nothing series from Jay Northcote, and it is a worthy addition. The story is a light, easy read, and is even better when it is read to you. There is not a lot of angst in this book, just two guys with an incredible attraction to one another, and how they work toward a HEA. I love the way Jay Northcote writes her characters; you see them, they are real men with real feelings and problems, and come alive on the page. By the end of one of her books, you’ve become intimate enough with her characters you would know them on the street or would love to have a pint with them.

Matthew Lloyd Davies does a great job with the narration of this book. I was never confused which character was talking, and his accent really put me in a positive frame of mind to listen to a story. Mr. Davies’ narration flowed, it was not stilted or awkward, and that, along with a good story, made it an incredibly wonderful experience for a quiet afternoon.

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4 Stars, Genre Romance, Jay Northcote, Reviewed by Lisa, Self-Published

Release Day Review: Helping Hand by Jay Northcote

Title: Helping Hand

Author: Jay Northcote

Publisher: Self-Published

Pages/Word Count: 97 Pages

At a Glance: Charming characters who earn our empathy in their struggle to understand the questions that arise between them, coupled with a plot that eases the reader along through hardship to happiness, makes Helping Hand a lovely way to spend a few hours with your nose in a book.

Reviewed By: Lisa

Blurb: 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.

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Review: One of the things we discuss quite a lot in this genre is labels. One of the things Jay Northcote addresses in her new novella, Helping Hand, is labels. In fact, the labeling of sexuality and one man’s desire for another is the core conflict in Jez Fielding and James MacKenzie’s story, and the author handles it the way the entire subject should be handled: by prompting the question, why does what we feel for someone need to be called anything but what it is? Attraction, communion, affection, desire, love… They are all equalizers in our humanity and relationships, and for Jez and Mac, overcoming what to call themselves and the thing that’s happening between them causes them no small amount of anxiety.

Jez and Mac are university students who find themselves in a situation (one financially strapped, the other academically struggling) which means they’ll be spending a lot of alone time together in their apartment, an entirely plausible scenario to anyone who’s ever been a college student. To break up the monotony of their lack of social lives, Jez somewhat playfully suggests that they watch a little porn—straight porn, mind, because they both identify as straight—and indulge in some stress relief of the masturbatory variety, not expecting Mac would ever be game to the idea. However, when the porn watching veers away from the computer screen and steers toward each of them watching the other indulge in the throes of self-satisfaction, Jez suggests he and Mac consider experimenting with some masturbation of the you-scratch-my-itch, I’ll-scratch-yours sort.

Inevitably—and I use the word not because we aren’t meant to see where the story is headed but because the author has already convinced us there’s an easy friendship between Jez and Mac that could grow into something deeper—things become complicated. Mac is adamantly straight and doesn’t understand how he could be attracted to Jez. Jez is confused simply because, while he’d fooled around with guys in the past, he’s never felt the sort of emotional bond that’s growing between him and Mac. The confusion, the not understanding how things turned the corner from casual to complex in such a short amount of time, ups the angst factor when denial seems the only right answer to the very straightforward theory that these two men are simply Jez-sexual and Mac-sexual, which is all that matters.

Charming characters who earn our empathy in their struggle to understand the questions that arise between them, coupled with a plot that eases the reader along through hardship to happiness, makes Helping Hand a lovely way to spend a few hours with your nose in a book.

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Audio Review: The Little Things by Jay Northcote – Narrated by Matthew Lloyd Davies

Title: The Little Things

Author: Jay Northcote

Narrator: Matthew Lloyd Davies

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Run Time: 7 Hours and 31 Minutes

At a Glance: Davies narration was INCREDIBLE.

Reviewed By: Amy

Blurb: There are lots of things that brighten Joel’s life. His three-year-old daughter, Evie, is one. His close relationship with her mother, his best friend from university, is another. Joel’s boyfriend, Dan, adds spice to his child-free nights, and Joel is pretty happy with how things are.

Then one cold and rainy night, everything changes. Joel’s life is turned upside down when he becomes a full-time dad to Evie, and his previously carefree relationship with Dan cracks under the strain.

Meeting Liam, who acts as if getting hurt isn’t a foregone conclusion, shakes Joel to the core. Their attraction is mutual, and Liam makes no secret of how serious he is about Joel. But Joel is wary. He tells himself he’s keeping Liam at a distance for Evie’s sake, when really he’s protecting his own heart. Taking a chance on this new relationship with Liam may seem a small step—a little thing—but is it one Joel can take after losing so much already?

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Review: The Little Things was my first novel by Jay Northcote, so I didn’t know what to expect. I am absolutely torn by this novel. I adore the author’s ability to write and develop characters. I fell in love with Evie and Joel (although he frustrated me). I enjoyed Dan, but Liam is the saving grace of this entire book. He was charismatic and loving without being over the top. The downside of this book was that it could have been at least 10,000 words shorter. To get to the point of progression, or in this case, Evie’s mother’s death, took too long. It was filled with a lot of mundane every life things that in small doses really make me love a book, but the story gets lost in them. Once the book got started, it was excellent.

Narration: There’ve been a lot of first time narrator’s for me lately, and Matthew Lloyd Davies was new to me as well. This is the first time I liked the narrator more than the overall story. Davies narration was INCREDIBLE. By far my favorite British narrator to date. He transformed the story into a true experience. Because of this I gave the overall rating of a 4.

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Audio Review: Not Just Friends by Jay Northcote – Narrated by Matthew Lloyd Davies

Title: Not Just Friends

Author: Jaye Northcote

Narrator: Matthew Lloyd Davies

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Pages/Word Count: 6 Hours and 47 Minutes

At a Glance: A coming of age story that doesn’t break any new ground but is an enjoyable story of self-discovery.

Reviewed By: Sadonna

Blurb: Leaving home to go to university is an exciting phase in anyone’s life. One that’s full of new places, new friends, and new experiences. But Lewis is not prepared for the sudden and intense crush he develops on his out-and-proud flatmate, Max—given that Lewis had always assumed he was straight. Max starts dating another guy, and Lewis’s jealousy at seeing them together forces him to confront his growing attraction.

When Max’s relationship goes awry, Lewis is the one to comfort him and one thing leads to another. But after a night together, Lewis is devastated that Max wants to go back to being just friends. Lewis tries his best to move on and their friendship survives, but the feelings he has for Max don’t go away. He faces other challenges as he deals with coming out to his parents, and needs Max’s support more than ever. But Lewis isn’t the only one who’s conflicted. When Max finally admits he cares for Lewis too, Lewis must decide whether he dares risk his heart again on being more than just friends

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Review: This is the second audiobook that I actually enjoyed listening to. Matthew Lloyd Davies made the story engaging, and he has a lovely accent. :)

Lewis has gone off to university, and he’s sharing a flat with a bunch of other guys. He is a bit wary to be out on his own, and since he is an only child, living with a bunch of other young people is also a new experience for him. The other guys in his flat seem to be fine, but then he meets Max – the last to arrive – and he is intrigued. Max is out and proud, and Lewis is a little bit stunned by this. He’s not homophobic, but he’s not totally comfortable either.

Lewis’s friendship with Max takes on a different flavor when he realizes he has a bit of a crush on Max. It forces Lewis to take a look at his past relationships – including his high school girlfriend and his best friend. But once classes start, Lewis meets some other people, including a nice girl from his course. He is friendly with her but realizes that this is not where his true interest lies.

Max is dating someone that Lewis doesn’t really care for, and he’s definitely realizing that his sexual orientation is not exactly straight. But this other guy doesn’t treat Max right, and after a weird break up/dumping, Max and Lewis spend a pretty steamy night together. Despite Lewis’s feelings becoming stronger, Max decides he doesn’t want another relationship and they should only be friends. The upside is that Lewis finally gets that he is definitely gay.

There is some angst around a developing family situation, but luckily it doesn’t have to do with Lewis’s self-discovery revelation. Lewis’s mother is a star in this story. I hope she finds happiness. :)

Lewis decides he really needs to move on to try to get over Max. He goes to the LGBT Society meeting and meets a new guy. They begin seeing each other casually, but Lewis can’t help still thinking of Max. He really still has strong feelings for Max that he wants to get over, because frankly, it hurts to see Max with other people, and he feels like he keeps getting a punch to the gut when he realizes Max doesn’t want him the same way.

As usually happens in these stories, there is a moment of clarity for Max, but the question is if Lewis is willing to risk his heart again. Luckily these guys have good and supportive friends, and, eventually, they figure out their issues. They are very cute trying to get it together, as two young guys who don’t really know what they are doing but are trying to determine that they want to try to do it together.

I really liked the narrator, and his characterizations and accent were perfect. Love British narrators for British stories. :) I would definitely listen to another book narrated by Mr. Lloyd Davies.







 

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Audio Review: The Dating Game by Jay Northcote – Narrated by Matthew Lloyd Davies

Title: The Dating Game

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.

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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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Review: The Marrying Kind by Jay Northcote

Title: The Marrying Kind

Author: Jay Northcote

Publisher: Self-Published

Pages/Word Count: 105 Pages

At a Glance: The Marrying Kind is a nice way to see what’s happened to two lovely men who have discovered their future in each other.

Reviewed By: Sammy

Blurb: Nathan wants to put a ring on it, but is Owen the marrying kind?

Two years on from their first date, Owen and Nathan are living together and life is good—except they’re not on the same page about marriage.

A traditionalist at heart, Nathan wants it all: the wedding, the vows, and a pair of matching rings. Owen, on the other hand, believes marriage is old-fashioned and unnecessary. They don’t need a wedding to prove their commitment to each other. Love should be enough on its own.

All it takes is one moment of weakness on a night out to force the issue. Owen finds himself engaged after a half-drunk proposal, and Nathan’s enthusiasm sweeps him along. But as the big day approaches, the mounting tension finally combusts.

If he’s going to save their relationship, Owen will need to decide once and for all if he’s truly the marrying kind.

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Review: Jay Northcote’s The Marrying Kind picks up two years later for our sweet couple, Owen and Nathan, from The Dating Game. Not a hitch has taken place and these two are now an exclusive, established couple who are deeply in love and seemingly content. Owen still avoids labels and any real sense of commitment beyond what he is comfortable with, and that means no marriage. Despite seeing their friends get hitched, Owen is content to just be with Nathan, no binding contract or public declaration necessary. Except, it kind of is necessary for Nathan. He aches to be married to Owen, to enter the next phase of their relationship, and worries over Owen’s obvious disgust for the idea.

And there, in a nutshell, is the whole premise for this second novella dedicated to Owen and Nathan—a tug-of-war over whether they should marry, and the wedge it drives between them—nearly severing their relationship in the process. The Marrying Kind never dragged for me and yet, this book was much different than the first—a little less excitement and a much slower build to the tipping point of conflict. While it was interesting meeting Owen’s family, and the sidestory created with Owen’s sister Meg, it was not enough to carry the story for me. I felt there was just a little too much rambling on about marriage. I could not figure out why it was so frightening for Owen; probably because Owen himself never fully understood why either. I hoped when he went home to his mom we would see the real crux of his concerns, but again, we just rode the surface of his fears. And that, in full, was my only problem with this story, the lack of real foundation for Owen’s deep-seated fear about marriage. I felt the novella never addressed what was eating at Owen and, if it had, the story would have felt more complete to me.

The Marrying Kind is a nice way to see what’s happened to two lovely men who have discovered their future in each other. While it lacked the emotional oomph that made the original novella in this series so good, it was nice to see them still together and very much in love.

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Exclusive Excerpt and Giveaway: The Marrying Kind Blog Tour With Jay Northcote

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Today we welcome author Jay Northcote with an exclusive excerpt from her latest book The Marrying Kind, sequel to The Dating Game and the continuation of Owen and Nathan’s story. Jay is also giving one reader the chance to win an e-copy of The Dating Game. Just click on the Rafflecopter widget below to enter.

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TheMarryingKind_FINALBlurb – The Marrying Kind: Nathan wants to put a ring on it, but is Owen the marrying kind?

Two years on from their first date, Owen and Nathan are living together and life is good—except they’re not on the same page about marriage.

A traditionalist at heart, Nathan wants it all: the wedding, the vows, and a pair of matching rings. Owen, on the other hand, believes marriage is old-fashioned and unnecessary. They don’t need a wedding to prove their commitment to each other. Love should be enough on its own.

All it takes is one moment of weakness on a night out to force the issue. Owen finds himself engaged after a half-drunk proposal, and Nathan’s enthusiasm sweeps him along. But as the big day approaches, the mounting tension finally combusts.

If he’s going to save their relationship, Owen will need to decide once and for all if he’s truly the marrying kind.

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Excerpt: Nathan and Owen had booked into the wedding hotel for the night. Simon and Jack had picked a venue in Somerset, a few miles out of the city, and the lure of hotel sex had won out over getting a taxi back into Bristol late at night.

After they’d made a mess of sheets they wouldn’t have to wash, they lay spooned together in the hotel bed. Nathan had curled around Owen, his hand on Owen’s belly as he toyed idly with the hair there. He pressed a kiss to Owen’s shoulder, breathing in the warm, musky scent of his skin.

“I love you,” he murmured.

Owen hummed and wriggled back against Nathan. “I love you too. You do know that, right?” He sounded uncertain, and his voice was serious when he added, “I know it’s a cliché, but you’re truly the best thing that’s ever happened to me.”

Nathan smiled against Owen’s shoulder. “Yeah. I know.”

Owen was silent for a moment, before asking, “Does it bother you that I don’t want to get married? I mean… not that you do either. I mean, maybe you do, but I—”

He sounded flustered and so Nathan cut him off. “It’s okay. I know how you feel about it, and I get it, even if I don’t agree.”

“So you’d want to get married… if I did?” Owen’s tone was difficult to read, but his body was tense in Nathan’s arms.

“Yeah, maybe. Okay… probably,” Nathan admitted. “I like the idea of it. That public statement of love and commitment. It would mean something to me. But I don’t need it. It’s fine. We’re fine as we are.”

Perhaps if he said those words out loud a few times, he’d be able to convince himself.

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Jay Northcote BadgeAbout 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.

Social Media Links: Website | Twitter | Facebook | Facebook Author Page | Jay’s Books

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8162pNkJKoL._SL1500_Blurb – The Dating Game: 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.

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5 Stars, Audio Book, Dreamspinner Press, Genre Romance, Jay Northcote, Reviewed by Kathie

Audio Review: Nothing Serious by Jay Northcote – Narrated by Michael Pauley

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Title: Nothing Serious

Author: Jay Northcote

Narrator:: Michael Pauley

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Run Time: 4 Hours, 3 Minutes

At a Glance: My heart was just racing, right along with Mark and Jamie!

Reviewed By: Kathie

Blurb: Mark O’Brien is finally being honest with himself. His relationship with Rachel is over, and he’s moving out of the home they’ve shared for six years. They get along, but he can’t fix a relationship when the person he’s with is the wrong gender.

Jamie Robertson, one of the removal men, is huge and ridiculously gorgeous, and Mark is 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 it sparks the start of a beautiful friendship with benefits.

As Jamie initiates Mark into the joys of gay sex, the two men get increasingly close, and “nothing serious” turns into something rather important to both of them. But communication isn’t their strong point. Will either man ever find the courage to be honest about his feelings?

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Review: WOW! Just plain and simple WOW! This audio gets right back to the basics of M/M romance: lots of steamy sex between two hot guys. The twist I thought was refreshing was that instead of the older man, Mark, showing the younger man, Jamie, how gay sex works, it’s the other way around. And Jamie does a great job as the teacher.

As I was listening to the audio I was trying to think what it reminded me of. The narrator’s style, that is. Picture this: you are watching a movie, an action movie, you can’t hear the words the actors are saying, but you can hear the music. I compare this to the narration of Nothing Serious. At the beginning of the movie it’s calm and tentative, soothing music, somewhat sad, like when Mark is moving out and ending his relationship with Rachel. As the plot thickens, Jamie has dinner with Mark; the music gets slightly faster, like it’s starting to build up speed but not roaring yet. Then, when Jamie and Mark have sex for the first time, the music’s tempo quickly picks up speed and gets louder and louder. That’s how the narrator, Michael Pauley, sounded during the scenes when Jamie and Mark are in the bedroom. Loud and Fast! Between each encounter Jamie and Mark have, the music calms down and the tempo slows down. Until the next time, and BAM! we’re off to the races again.

Just like an action/adventure movie’s soundtrack sets the pace of the movie, the narrator’s speed and volume set the intensity for this book. Does it work? Yes, it does! My heart was just racing, right along with Mark and Jamie!

Good Job!






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4 Stars, Genre Romance, Jay Northcote, Reviewed by Jackie, Self-Published

Review: Passing Through by Jay Northcote

Title: Passing Through

Author: Jay Northcote

Publisher: Self-Published

Pages/Word Count: 121 Pages

At a Glance: I would definitely recommend giving Passing Through a read.

Reviewed By: Jackie

Blurb: Leo is a lonely workaholic with no time for romance in his life. His job in London takes all his energy and commitment. When he goes to Cornwall to stay with his terminally ill uncle, Edwin, love is the last thing Leo expects to find.

Tris lives in a cottage on Edwin’s land. Gay, but still half in the closet, he and Leo bond over their affection for Edwin, and the pull of attraction between them proves too strong to ignore. In Tris’s arms, in the wilds of Cornwall, Leo finds a peace he’d forgotten existed.

On his return to London, Leo finds himself grieving for more than just the loss of his uncle. When some unexpected news gives Leo the chance to return to Cornwall, he’s afraid it will be too late to rekindle things with Tris. But having learned much from his stay with his uncle, Leo doesn’t want to look back and wish he’d done things differently.

It’s time to seize the day—if it’s not already too late.

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Review: I am an unapologetic fangirl of Ms. Northcote’s books. To say I was excited to see a new book out would be a huge understatement. Passing Through was very well written and the characters were entertaining, but I almost felt there were too many irons in the fire on this one.

Leo was a great character with flaws, but none too big that you couldn’t overlook them. He was a workaholic that let his personal relationships fall by the wayside when he let his job take precedence over everything else. When his favorite Uncle Edwin is diagnosed with terminal cancer, Leo decides to spend some quality time with Edwin before there isn’t any time left. What Leo didn’t expect was to find on this trip was Tris.

After having his life turned upside down, Tris rented a cottage from Edwin and helped the man out while getting his own life back together. Coming to terms with his sexuality later in life, Tris has found he’s had to redefine himself and what is left of his family. Leo is a bright spot in a dim part of his life, but it appears this will only be temporary.

When Edwin’s time begins to run short, he seems to be able to finally share his past and his life story with Leo and Tris. The revelations these two men are witness to, make them take stock of their own lives in a way many of us don’t get the opportunity to. Both Leo and Tris will have to decide what is most important to them, and find a way to go after their own elusive happily ever after.

I loved the premise of this story. Uncle Edwin, funnily enough, was my favorite character in the entire book. As his life was coming to an end, he did everything he could to help his beloved nephew see what is most important in life. He confessed everything he’d kept secret for years, in hopes that there could be a different, if not better, outcome for Leo. Honestly, this man was an undercover yenta, and I loved every minute of it.

The love story between Leo and Tris seemed to take a back seat at times in the book, and that was okay, for the most part. I believe their love story was a subtle one, it almost seemed as if Edwin was more of an MC at times, and I loved him for it. Don’t get me wrong, Tris and Leo did have a great story, and it was told well, but it never seemed to be in sharp focus.

Even without the angsty love story I have come to expect and love from Jay Northcote, I would definitely recommend giving Passing Through a read.






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Guest Post and Giveaway: Passing Through by Jay Northcote

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The Novel Approach is pleased to welcome author Jay Northcote today on the Passing Through blog tour. Enjoy Jay’s guest post, then be sure to leave a comment right here for the chance to win any e-title from her backlist, reader’s choice.

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The challenge of writing British English for a global audience

As a British writer, I love writing books that are set in the UK. I enjoy working with settings that I’m familiar with and that have some resonance for me. Passing Through, for example, is set in Cornwall—a very beautiful part of England that I visit often and adore.

However, when I first started writing with a view to publication, I was worried about how readers in other parts of the world would respond to my characters with their Britishisms and their penchant for cups of tea and marmite on toast.

I sometimes get asked whether I tone my writing down to make it more palatable for a global audience, and I would say that the answer is mostly no. I try and keep the vocabulary and slang authentically British. As a British reader I sometimes come across words or phrases I’m unfamiliar with in a book that’s set in another country. But I never mind looking them up—it’s so easy to do that from an ebook—and I enjoy learning something new. I’ve had readers tell me they feel the same about my books. They might sometimes find a word or expression that’s new to them, but it’s not a problem. Most people enjoy the authenticity of a British voice for a book set in the UK.

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PassingThrough_FINALBlurb – Passing Through: Don’t waste a chance at happiness…

Leo is a lonely workaholic with no time for romance in his life. His job in London takes all his energy and commitment. When he goes to Cornwall to stay with his terminally ill uncle, Edwin, love is the last thing Leo expects to find.

Tris lives in a cottage on Edwin’s land. Gay, but still half in the closet, he and Leo bond over their affection for Edwin, and the pull of attraction between them proves too strong to ignore. In Tris’s arms, in the wilds of Cornwall, Leo finds a peace he’d forgotten existed.

On his return to London, Leo finds himself grieving for more than just the loss of his uncle. When some unexpected news gives Leo the chance to return to Cornwall, he’s afraid it will be too late to rekindle things with Tris. But having learned much from his stay with his uncle, Leo doesn’t want to look back and wish he’d done things differently.

It’s time to seize the day—if it’s not already too late.

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Excerpt: On the beach they crunched along the shingle to the edge of the rocks, then turned to look out over the sea. It was almost completely dark now, and the moon was rising, casting streaks of bright silver on the oil-black water.

They stood in silence, watching and listening to the crash of the waves. Leo’s heart felt suddenly too large for his chest. He was overwhelmed by the beauty of the place, a place that had barely changed since his childhood. The sea came and went with the tides, the sands shifted, but the rocks were constant. Yet here Leo was, an adult now rather than a boy, and his uncle reduced to an echo of the man Leo remembered—physically, at least. Unexpected tears prickled the backs of Leo’s eyes as a rush of emotion so strong that it made him draw in a sharp breath assaulted him. He swallowed hard, forcing the feelings back down.

Out of his peripheral vision,he saw Tris turn towards him, but Leo carried on gazing out at the gentle, rolling movement of the sea. Tris shifted his feet in the sand, bringing him closer. The warm skin of his arm brushed Leo’s, and Leo ached for more contact. He needed human warmth and touch to chase away the cold emptiness in his heart.

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Jay Northcote BadgeAbout 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.

Social Media Links: Website | Twitter | Facebook profile | Facebook Author Page | Jay’s books

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2.5 Stars, Dreamspinner Press, Genre Romance, Jay Northcote, Reviewed by Sammy

Review: Nothing Ventured by Jay Northcote

Title: Nothing Ventured

Author: Jay Northcote

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Pages/Word Count: 142 Pages

At a Glance: An unfortunate miss

Blurb: 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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Review: I want to begin this review by saying that I have read other works by this author, and have thoroughly enjoyed them and found them worthy of very high praise. It is rare for me to not connect with a novel on some level, or at least be able to see past what seems to be a more shallow character or plot premise. Nothing Ventured tested that sentiment on many levels, and unfortunately, it left me wanting.

The story is a simple one. After promising his friend and co worker, Liv, that he would be part of a team to run a 12 mile “mad mucker” race for a charity event, Aiden wants nothing more than to renege on his promise. But once he gets a look at Liv’s supposedly straight cousin, Matt, Aiden finds himself agreeing to partner with the deliciously fit Adonis in order to prepare for the race. As weeks flow by, Aiden, a self-proclaimed bachelor, finds himself drawn more and more to the deeply closeted, bisexual Matt. Could Aiden actually be falling in love? And with a closet case who would rather hold on to his deceased father’s homophobic beliefs to boot?

Jay Northcote is an excellent writer—her stories tend to flow and have clever plotlines surrounded by sweet and tender moments. Nothing Ventured had all these possibilities but unfortunately, the characters, Aiden, in particular, seemed rather flat. There were several allusions to a past relationship that had left Aiden cynical and steadfastly holding on to the belief that lasting love was not really possible. He was content to occasionally hook up with a buddy for sex, but the idea of finding that someone special was laughable at best to him. I felt that his backstory was the vital piece missing that would allow me to feel sorry for him—to connect with his cynicism and see it for what it was—a wounded heart. But the author chose not to evolve Aiden’s past and by doing so, I felt that it weakened him as a sympathetic figure overall.

Matt, on the other hand, wanted all the bells and whistles—just not with a man, even though he was attracted to both sexes. No, he was intent on somehow pleasing a father who had been dead for a decade rather than living his own life. The idea that Matt was still grieving his father’s death after so many years, and was still so deeply affected by his Dad’s homophobic tendencies, was very telling. So when he was somehow able to step beyond the pull of all those years of grieving and inbred shame over his bisexuality so easily at novel’s end, it made me feel that his character lost some credibility. He not only came out—but he came out in a huge way and, quite frankly, I felt that his character would not have allowed himself to be so exposed after hiding for so long. Somehow, a more gradual or smaller venue for his reveal seemed more apropos, given his reluctance to admit he was bisexual up to the very end of the story.

Nothing Ventured felt underdeveloped in many ways. I found myself not investing much in the way of emotional energy in the fate of these characters, and that was primarily because I recognized early on that I knew so very little about what made them the men they were. Why was Aiden so cynical? How had he been hurt in the past? Matt obviously had deep emotional scars from pursuing approval from a father who was never going to give it. How could he move past that so quickly, and without us seeing any of the thought process behind his decisions to come out and admit he was in love with a man? Too many unanswered questions leads me to say that this was not a story that felt complete, but rather in need of further development.

I have read great work by Jay Northcote and would recommend her to anyone, but her latest novel, Nothing Ventured, was, unfortunately, a miss for me.






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4.5 Stars, Holiday Romance, Jay Northcote, Reviewed by Lisa, Self-Published

Review: Cold Feet by Jay Northcote

Title: Cold Feet

Author: Jay Northcote

Publisher: Self-Published

Pages/Word Count: 107 Pages

Rating: 4.5 Stars

Blurb: Best friends snowed in together. When the heat rises, will they get cold feet?

Getting snowed in at a remote cottage in Wales with someone he’d fancied for ages isn’t exactly how Sam expected to spend Christmas. His feelings for Ryan are pointless. Ryan’s straight—or so he thought. Continue reading

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4 Stars, Dreamspinner Press, Genre Romance, Jay Northcote, Reviewed by Chris

Review: Nothing Special by Jay Northcote

Title:  Nothing Special

Author:  Jay Northcote

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Pages/Word Count: 187 pages

Rating: 4 stars

Blurb: Noah thinks he’s nothing special. Average height, a bit on the skinny side, and cute but rather geeky, he’s relentlessly ordinary. He certainly doesn’t expect to be noticed by Sol, the gorgeous dark-haired stranger Noah sees on his commute home most days. But when Noah’s friend, Dom, persuades Noah to take a huge risk in a bid to get Sol’s attention, things turn out better than Noah dared to hope. Noah and Sol start dating, and much to Noah’s surprise, his feelings seem to be reciprocated. Continue reading

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Interview and Giveaway: Nothing Ventured by Jay Northcote

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TNA: Thanks so much for joining us today, Jay. Why don’t we start by having you tell us a little bit about yourself?

Jay: Hi, Lisa! Thank you for having me. I’m not sure what to tell you, because most of it is in my author bio at the bottom. But as well as writing I run an online business and a choir. I’ve been self-employed for twelve years now, and writing is my newest venture. Continue reading

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A Sneak Peek At The Coming Week, Derrick Knight, Heidi Cullinan, J.A. Rock, Jay Northcote, Jordan L. Hawk, Joseph Lance Tonlet, Keira Andrews, L.B. Gregg, Lisa Henry, Meredith Shayne, Sandrine Gasq-Dion, Susan Mac Nicol

A Sneak Peek and An Uber-Unscientific Poll

TNA BadgeGreetings, everyone, and welcome back to a look at what we’ve got coming up in the week ahead, but first I’d love your feedback.

You may have missed it, but earlier this week I wrote a blog post about ratings. For two days, the review team here at TNA and I had long conversations about assigning numerical ratings to our reviews and, as Rena so deftly stated it, quantifying the unquantifiable. If you’ve seen the post, you know by now that I loathe ratings with every fiber of my being because it’s often little more than giving a number to something as intangible as the feelings we have for a book. Trust me when I tell you there are times it’s more difficult to come up with the number than it is to write the review, and, let’s face it, in the end it’s the words that matter with books, regardless of which side of them we land on—author or reader/reviewer.

So, what I’m asking of you today is to take a brief moment of your time, both readers and authors, please, to weigh in on my desire to do away with the numerical rating system here at The Novel Approach, and to simply allow our reviews to speak for themselves. In order to continue recognizing those books that we want to designate as standouts, however, they would be awarded the designation “A TNA Page Turner” (thank you for that, Taz!), because when we really love a book we do feel it should be offered a little special affection. :) I also welcome your comments on the subject below.

Many thanks and warm regards!

Now, here’s what’s up in the week ahead.

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MondaySusan Mac Nicol kicks off our week on the Love you Senseless blog tour, with a giveaway

Joseph Lance Tonlet also drops by today to talk a bit about his debut novel Grif’s Toy, and to give one lucky reader the chance to win an e-copy of the book

TuesdayL.B. Gregg was kind enough to take the time out of her writing schedule to answer a fiew questions for me on her There’s Something About Ari blog tour, and there’s a giveaway

Bottom Drawer Publications presents Meredith Shayne and the Cutting Out blog tour and giveaway

WednesdayJordan L. Hawk is here with an exclusive cover reveal her Brand New Series

Jay Northcote also joins us on the Nothing Series blog tour, with an interview and giveaway

ThursdayKeira Andrews is our guest today with a guest post and giveaway on the Semper Fi blog tour

Lisa Henry and J.A. Rock also stop by with an interview and giveaway on their Brandon Mills Versus the V-card blog tour

Friday – The holidays come early to The Novel Approach with Heidi Cullinan and the Sleigh Ride blog tour and giveaway

Then Derrick Knight joins us on the Miracle on Mistletoe Lane tour with a guest post and giveaway

SaturdaySandrine Gasq-Dion’s Strange Addiction blog tour makes a stop here with a giveaway

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4.5 Stars, Genre Romance, Jay Northcote, Reviewed by Sammy, Self-Published

Review and Backlist Title Giveaway: The Dating Game by Jay Northcote

Title: The Dating Game

Author: Jay Northcote

Publisher: Self-Published

Pages/Word Count: 103 Pages

Rating: 4.5 Stars

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. Continue reading

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Here’s A Sneak Peek At The Coming Week

Hi, everyone, and welcome back to another peek at what we have in store for the week ahead, which, as usual by now, I guess, will include lots of great author visits, giveaways, and reviews.

Here’s what we have on tap:


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MondaySusan Mac Nicol kicks things off for us this week on her Love and Punishment Blog Tour

Jay Northcote will also be offering a Backlist E-title giveaway today along with Sammy’s review of The Dating Game

Lex Chase also drops in today on the second leg of her promotional tour for Americana Fairy Tale

TuesdayJason Lloyd drops back by on his Salty Aftertaste Blog Tour

And Nya Rawlins also joins us on her Pumping Iron Blog Tour and Giveaway

Wednesday – We have author J.A. Rock with us to help in the countdown to these final weeks before GRL

And to go along with the GRL celebration, we’ll also be hosting the cover reveal for the anthology From Chicago With Love, a compilation put together exclusively for GayRomLit

Author E.S. Skipper also joins us today on the Flight of the Kiwi Blog Tour

ThursdayLou Hoffmann joins us today on The Key of Behliseth Blog Tour and Giveaway

We’ll also have Lissa Kasey with us on the Hidden Gem Blog Tour

FridayKindle Alexander stops in today on the Full Disclosure Blog Tour

And we’re also kicking off what will become a monthly installment here at The Novel Approach – Dinner and a Book With Piper and Poppy – featuring, who else? Piper Vaughn and Poppy Dennison

SaturdayT.T. Kove stops by today on the More Than Anything Blog Tour and Giveaway

Elin Gregory will also be with us on her A Taste of Copper Blog Tour and Giveaway

Sunday – And finally, to finish up the week, we’ll have Poppy Denison and Rhys Ford with us on the Creature Feature 2 Blog Tour

And Brigham Vaughn will also join us on the Partners Blog Tour

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Exclusive Excerpt and Giveaway: The “Nothing Special” Blog Tour by Jay Northcote

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The Novel Approach is pleased to welcome Jay Northcote on her “Nothing Special” Blog Tour. Read on for an excerpt from the book, then click the Rafflecopter image for a chance to win your very own e-copy of one of the following of Jay’s titles:

Nothing Special, The Little Things, or Not Just Friends.

Good luck! Continue reading

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Here’s A Sneak Peek At The Coming Week And An Intro To Our Newest Reviewer

Happy Sunday, everyone, I hope you’ve all had a fantastic week! We’ve just closed out another great seven days of author visits, giveaways and reviews. And, guess what? Well, we’ve got an equally outstanding week just waiting to get underway.

In addition to all the that, I’m also thrilled to introduce the newest member of our review team, Taz! He comes to us with plenty of reviewing experience, so without further ado, here’s the man himself:

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Taz_TNATaz: The largest carnivorous marsupial in the world is characterized by its stocky and muscular build, broad head, pungent odor, extremely loud and disturbing screech, keen sense of smell and apparent ferocity when feeding. That’s me! Voracious lover of romance, I keep a wealth of good books in my pouch to keep my appetite satisfied. But when I read, it’s with a hunger. So bring on the stories. I can’t get enough of ‘em. Oh, but I don’t have a pungent odor…or so I’m told.

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Having met him in person, I can vouch for him…he does not stink in any way!

Now, have a look at what’s in store, and be sure to stay tuned for more reviews and the chance to win some great prizes.


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MondayRhys Ford kicks off the week with an exclusive Cover Reveal and Excerpt from the forthcoming Down and Dirty

Jason Lloyd also helps us start the week off on the Queer Dirty Laundry Blog Tour

Tuesday – Today brings us another Cover Reveal and Giveaway from Lou Hoffmann, author of the YA fantasy novel Key of Behilseth

Bryan Keating also joins us today on the Paused Blog Tour, with a Guest Post and Giveaway

WednesdayKatey Hawthorne is back today for another Countdown to GRL Celebration Guest Post

ThursdayCharlie Cochet pops in today with a Cover Reveal of her upcoming historical romance, A Rose by Any Other Name

Wade Kelly is also our guest today with a guest post on the Names Can Never Hurt Me Blog Tour

This month’s installment of Rick R. Reed: True Confessions will be a short exposé on his upcoming novel Husband Hunters

FridayJay Northcote joins us today with an exclusive excerpt and giveaway on the Nothing Special Blog Tour

SaturdayMari Evans joins us on the Trusting Love Blog Tour and Giveaway

Kiernan Kelly is also here today with a Countdown to Coastal Magic Convention Interview

Sunday – We’ve got an Exclusive Excerpt from Thianna D’s Breathe Each Other In

Peter Monn is also our guest on The Before Now and After Then Blog Tour

And that rounds out the week ahead. Until next week, happy reading!

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It’s “Not Quite Shakespeare” But It Is Quite Lovely

Title: Not Quite Shakespeare

Author: Anthology

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Pages/Word Count: 350 Pages

Rating: 5 Stars

Blurb: Take a ride to Northern Scotland on the famous train, the Jacobite, and rediscover desire. Get lost in the Peace Maze in Northern Ireland during a downpour and let a handsome young redhead come to the rescue. Take a tour of historical Blackpool on the English coast and set the stage for the perfect romance. From England to the outer isles, the UK holds treasure troves of romance, history, intrigue, and—naturally—quirky British humor. Not Quite Shakespeare samples it all in fifteen stories. Continue reading

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