Saturday, August 10, 2019

ARC Review: Nothing Ventured by Jay Northcote

Nothing VenturedFrom the blurb:

When Aiden agrees to run the Mad Mucker—a twelve-mile muddy slog over an obstacle course—he’s expecting it to be a bit of a laugh. The training will be tough, but Aiden could use the motivation to regain some fitness.

Matt is the sexy cousin of one of Aiden’s coworkers and a last-minute addition to the team. When he agrees to train with Aiden, Aiden suddenly finds the prospect of regular workouts a lot more appealing.

Soon attraction flares, and they embark on an intense physical relationship. Matt doesn’t want to fall in love with a man, and Aiden doesn’t want to fall in love at all, but despite their insistence on no strings, they grow closer. As the day of the race approaches, time is running out for them to work out how they feel about each other.

Heather's rating:

I always enjoy Jay Northcote's books, and Nothing Ventured was no different, but I wanted so much more romance!

I know Jay can bring the emotions and the heat, but he didn't quite deliver with this story. The plot was really fun (I liked the Tough Mudder-style competition), and there was a good helping of angst, but I felt like most of the story was... well, just training and hanging out. Sure, these two guys hooked up (a lot), but I kept looking at my Kindle and wondering when the emotions were going to come into play.

Even over the halfway mark, one of the MCs was still hooking up with a friend on the side. I don't particularly hate that in a romance, but at some point the romance has to kick it into high gear. I thought the first kiss took forever to come, and the feelings barely made it into the story before the end.

It was a short, easy read, but I wanted a bit more.

*Copy provided in exchange for an honest review*

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