Sunday, September 21, 2014

ARC Review: The Dating Game, by Jay Northcote

From the 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.

AnnaLund's rating:


Ah, that elusive hottie that got away. The one you can’t stop thinking about. What if he came back? And you suddenly realize he’s not out of your reach, after all?
That reach is, however, being conditioned by a set number of dates, as a game, because Nathan has no wish to become one of Owen’s conquests.

A hilarious, sweet, and profound story, so cute I got into a serious case of the giggles.
It is simply fluffy sweetness.

And still, suddenly, that sweetness becomes serious, because there is this feeling of deeper connection than just the usual sexing. Maybe five dates before hitting the sack isn’t all that bad?

The only thing I didn’t much care for was the POV switch. I don’t like those, even when they are well done, as it was here. I like to enter one mind and stick to it, see the world through those eyes.
But that’s me, and doesn’t have anything to do with this book.

Self-published, and yet both well-written and edited.

Kudos, Northcote.

You do this very well.

Feed me more words.


I was given a free copy of this self-published book from the author, who is a Twitter friend. A positive review wasn’t promised in return.

Release day: Monday 22 September, 2014

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