Friday, June 26, 2015

ARC Review: Helping Hand by Jay Northcote

Helping HandBlurb:

Wanking with a mate isn’t gay—as long as you keep your hands to yourself.

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.

Todd’s rating:

Ever wonder what closet case gay college boys dream of while sitting in their repressed towers eating Top Ramen?

Hot boys and lots of them, because hello, college is chocked full of eye candy.  (Trust, I speak from a place of experience on this one.)

Many times, the object of desire is a roommate, a housemate, a frat buddy, a guy from the gym or one of their classes.

But what do they usually have in common? Other than, of course, a pretty face and a kickass body?

Yep, you guessed it. They're nearly always straight.

And that's precisely where where Jay Northcote's latest book, Helping Hand, takes us.

Possibly bi, Jez and his straight housemate Mac royally fucked up their finances and grades by partying too hard the previous year, so they made a pact to stay home and avoid partying this year.

And they do. Which is all fine and good, except college boys get bored and you know what they say about idle hands.

But hands aren't idle for very long (thank God,) as Jez proposes that they spend a bit of quality time together. Watching porn. (Hell yeah, people. Hell yeah!)

So out comes the cocks and Big Mac (aptly nicknamed because his 'shoulders' are so large) is like, "Dude, the chick in this movie is so hot!"

But Jez is more like, "Don't look at Mac's dick, eyes on the film, eyes on the film."

Which eventually leads to some tugging and rubbing, then to an unexpected night of actual cuddling.

And for some odd reason, straight Mac gets all jealous one night and corners Jez for some hot and heavy kissing, which was previously off the table.

Then Jez googles "how to have anal sex" and he eventually offers Mac his backside virginity.

Which is just ALL KINDS of fucking hot.

And since Mac's both hot and completely adorable, at least for Jez, their 'quality time' together starts to turn into feelings.

But Mac's still all saying that he's straight.  But wait. Just how straight is he really?  Did Mac just get all dreamy eyed when looking at Jez?

Yep, there's hope in Boy's Town after all, folks!

I loved this story. It was as fun, feel-good and entertaining as it was dirty and steamy.

So 4.5 *just-how-str8-is-str8-anyway* stars for the most entertaining gay for you story that I've read in a very long time. Way to deliver the goods (and the money shot,) Jay!

My ARC copy of the book was provided by the publisher in exchange for a fair, unbiased review.

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