Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Review Tour: Pretty In Pink by Jay Northcote

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.

Dani's review:

I am the biggest Jay Northcote fan girl. I ADORE his work, and he is the nicest man on the planet. But I didn't love this book. And, damn it, that makes me sad because this series has been a blast to read. 

While I liked seeing the MCs from the other books and appreciated the alternating POV and hot (and I mean SERIOUSLY SCORCHING) sex, I needed: 

- Stronger character development

- More communication (These guys were the WORST at skirting around emotions and making stupid assumptions; they never discussed anything of importance.)

I love you (Nope, those words were never uttered on page.)

I could have overlooked all that, however, had it not been for the breaking of the Unwritten Rule of Romance Novels. 

I'm not going to spoil this for anyone, but suffice it to say: 

1. I threw a hissy fit at 62% because FUCK NO.
2. 62% was not the end of it. 
3. Johnny is an idiot. 

** A free copy of this book was provided by the tour organizer in exchange for an honest review. **

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About the author:

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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