Length: 52,000 words
Housemates Series -
though a series, each book can be read as a standalone.
Watching Jude’s cam show stirs desires Shawn’s always denied...
Shawn is adrift. Recently graduated, he’s stuck in a dead-end job that barely pays the bills. His girlfriend dumped him, his friends have moved on, and he’s still in Plymouth—going nowhere.
Jude is a student living in the same shared house. Out and proud, he’s everything Shawn’s been running from since he hit puberty. When Shawn discovers Jude works as a cam boy, he can’t resist the urge to watch one of his shows. It makes Shawn want things that scare him, yet his fascination forces him to confront his attraction.
Keen to explore his bicurious side, Shawn suggests they do a show together. Jude agrees, and things get complicated—and kinky—fast. But Jude isn’t looking to get involved with someone so deep in the closet. If Shawn’s going to get what he wants, he needs to find the courage to stop hiding from himself and be honest about who he is.
In the first three stories, Shawn had always been a bit of a homophobic douche, then his girlfriend broke up with him because the spark in their relationship had died.
So imagine Shawn's surprise when he actually finds that spark again, after walking in on his housemate Jude, during the middle of one of Jude's live web cam sex shows. But this new spark was stronger than any he'd previously known.
Shawn later covertly watched one of Jude's online shows, with explosive results, which then led to Shawn volunteering to do a live came show with Jude. Just for the cash, though, of course. Not to satisfy any type of bisexual curiosity. Nope, not that. ;- )
Shawn also hated the pressure that came with being in charge in bed, so when Jude exposed his bossy side while they were together on camera, Shawn saw an opportunity to explore that side of his hidden desires, too.
This book was seriously hot, folks. While I wouldn't describe this one as being full-on BDSM, themes of delayed gratification and giving up control were huge in this story. And I actually enjoyed that, much to my surprise, since I've read very few stories like this which didn't simply make me roll my eyes and stop reading.
While the sexy bits were tantalizing, I really enjoyed the feels, in the form of blinding jealousy, which eventually helped Shawn realize what he needed to do to be happy, then actually put on his big boy britches and follow through.
The story ended with what I considered an HFN; however, much like Jez and Mac, the probability of their relationship progressing to something significantly deeper was definitely there.
Jay told me about the cam show for cash premise of this story over a few beers at Missie B's in Kansas City, during GRL this year, and I just knew that this was going to be right up my alley. And I was soooo not wrong in that assertion.
Although book 1 continues to remain my tip-top favorite of the series, Shawn and Jude's story comes in a very close second, so I'd rate this one a solid 4.5 stars.
My ARC copy of the book was provided by the author in exchange for a fair, unbiased review.
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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