Saturday, August 19, 2017

ARC Review: Tops Down Bottoms Up by Jay Northcote

Tops Down Bottoms Up
Will Rowan’s festival fling with sexy dancer Seth lead to something more permanent?

Rowan is stuck at a folk festival helping out a mate, and it really isn’t his scene. The yoga and singing workshops are bad enough, but morris dancing is the final straw. Bearded men with beer guts prancing around wearing bells—who wants to watch that?

All Rowan’s preconceptions are shattered when he meets Seth—a morris dancer, and the stuff Rowan’s fantasies are made of. Seth persuades Rowan to come to a dancing workshop, and Rowan’s willing to do whatever it takes to get to know Seth better. The attraction is mutual, and a lesson filled with innuendo and flirting leads to an incredible night together.

When Rowan arrives home, he’s gutted to find that Seth has given him the wrong phone number. Assuming Seth did it on purpose, Rowan resolves to forget about him. But fate—and friends—conspire to get them back together. Will they manage to stay in step this time around?

length: 23,000 words approx A much shorter version of this story was originally published in the Not Quite Shakespeare Anthology by Dreamspinner Press. This version has been revised and extended. Almost half of it is new content.

Jewel's rating:

​Sexy. Flirty. Low angst. Sweet. I had no idea that morris dancers could be so sexy! Neither did Rowan.

​I think I am alone, among my friends, in that I knew what Morris Dancing was. I'm not that familiar, though, I've only seen it once or twice. And I've got to agree with Rowan in that it isn't known for the sexy! So Jay Northcote took something a bit outside the norm (for my American self, anyway) and turned it into something sweet and sexy and fun.​

Tops Down Bottoms Up refers to two of the figures in Morris Dancing. ​Seth explains it all to Rowan in the story, so I won't go into it here, but it did bring out my inner 14 year old *snicker*

I enjoyed this fun Jay Northcote story quite a lot. ​I loved both Rowan and Seth and ​the sexy-times were smoking hot! The story felt complete and I felt like I had a good feel for both MC's and I definitely felt their chemistry. The epilogue wrapped things up quite nicely, too, giving our lads a lovely HFN.

Tops Down Bottoms Up is a perfect afternoon read when you get that bit of time for yourself and you want something sweet.

ARC of Tops Down Bottoms Up​ was generously provided by the author, in exchange for an honest review.

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