Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Review: PRETTY IN PINK by Jay Northcote (Housemates #6)

Cover Design: Garrett Leigh @ Black Jazz Design
Length: 58,000 words approx

Housemates Series

Book #1 - Helping Hand
Book #2 - Like A Lover 


Ryan isn't looking for a relationship with a guy--and Johnny isn't looking for a relationship at all.

Ryan's always been attracted to tall, leggy blondes--normally of the female variety. When Johnny catches his eye at a party, Ryan's interest is piqued even though he's never been with a guy before. The attraction is mutual, and the amazing night that follows opens Ryan's eyes to his bisexuality.

Experience has taught Johnny that love hurts. Staying single is safer, and there's no need for complicated relationships when hooking up is easy. When he moves in next door to Ryan, they're both interested in picking up where they left off, and it seems like an ideal arrangement: convenient, mutually satisfying, and with no strings attached.

Despite their best intentions to keep things casual, they develop an emotional connection alongside the physical one. Both begin to want more from the relationship but are afraid to admit it. If they're going to work things out, they need to start being honest--first with themselves, and then with each other.

Although this book is part of the Housemates series, it has new main characters, a satisfying happy ending, and can be read as a standalone.

Carra's Review

I’ve been a fan of this series right from the start, and Pretty in Pink lived up to most of my expectations.  It clearly evokes the stress of college students, from final exams to relationships as well as regular friendships.

Ryan felt unsure and tense, most of that can be chalked up to having his first experience with a man while at the same time worrying about and studying for exams.  Johnny was your typical hookup guy, not interested in anything serious and just wanting to have a good time.  He’s been burned in the past and sticks to hookups to safeguard his emotions and heart.  He doesn’t mind the bi-curious guys out there, and is happy to help them in their explorations.  

Ryan and Johnny do have excellent physical chemistry together, though the emotional side felt lacking to me.  The majority of their interactions centered on sex, and I would have liked to have seen more relationship development between them so I could have felt more of a connection to their characters as a couple.

Even given the lack of connection I felt with the characters as a couple, the story was still an enjoyable one and does fit well into the series since college—particularly as you near the end—is a pretty tense and stressful time, something that is also reflected in Ryan and Johnny’s relationship.

3.5 stars for Pretty in Pink, another good story in the Housemates series.  This story is meant for readers 18+ for adult language and plenty of sexual content.  

Jay lives just outside Bristol in the West of England. He comes from a family of writers, but always used to believe that the gene for fiction writing had passed him by. He spent years only ever writing emails, articles, or website content.

One day, Jay decided to try and write a short story-just to see if he could-and found it rather addictive. He hasn't stopped writing since.

Jay writes contemporary romance about men who fall in love with other men. He has five books published by Dreamspinner Press, and also self-publishes under the imprint Jaybird Press. Many of his books are now available as audiobooks.

Jay is transgender and was formerly known as she/her.

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