Monday, August 6, 2018

Book Review: NOTHING SERIOUS by Jay Northcote

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Length: 40,000 words approx.
Cover Design: Garrett Leigh @ Black Jazz Design


What happens when “nothing serious” turns into something more complicated?

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?

Please note that although this edition has been re-edited for publication, there is no new or additional content.

Carra's Review

Now this is the kind of book I need when I just want to unwind with something light, sweet, and even a touch of adorable, but while still hot at the same time.  It’s a premise I’ve read before in other stories—a couple of guys just trying out the friends with benefits thing (with the added bit of Mark freshly out of the closet), and not expecting it to be anything more than that…which of course almost never turns out to be the case. But it’s the navigating of those waters between Mark and Jamie that made this story fun to read, and left me with a smile on my face.

There’s a slightly embarrassing meet-cute between the two, which helps open up the door to Jamie introducing Mark to the physical side of being out of the closet.  The two quickly become comfortable with each other not just physically, but in every other aspect of their lives as well.  It was funny, if a tad frustrating, to watch as they both developed feelings for each other that neither would admit to, even when other people could see it and let them know.

Nothing Serious is pretty low angst, concentrating on the relationship development between Mark and Jamie as they do the last thing either of them expect—fall in love with each other.  Both main characters are likable and fit with each other quite well with some great chemistry.  This book will definitely be one I re-read in the future, and was a 4.5-star read for me.  I do highly recommend it to any M/M romance fan, just keep in mind with Jamie showing Mark the ins and outs of gay sex that makes this book one for readers 18+.

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 also available as audiobooks.

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