Nothing Special by Jay Northcote ~ Book Review by Brandilyn

NothingSpecialLG Title: Nothing Special

Author: Jay Northcote

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Cover Artist: Anna Sikorska

Rating: 4 of 5 Stars


Noah thinks he’s nothing special. Average height, a bit on the skinny side, and cute but rather geeky, he’s relentlessly ordinary. He certainly doesn’t expect to be noticed by Sol, the gorgeous dark-haired stranger Noah sees on his commute home most days. But when Noah’s friend, Dom, persuades Noah to take a huge risk in a bid to get Sol’s attention, things turn out better than Noah dared to hope. Noah and Sol start dating, and much to Noah’s surprise, his feelings seem to be reciprocated.

But Noah’s insecurities make him doubt Sol. He doesn’t believe he’s interesting enough or sexy enough to hold Sol’s attention, and as Sol tries to get closer, Noah’s instinct is to pull away to protect himself. If their relationship is going to survive, Sol needs to convince Noah that he sees Noah very differently than Noah sees himself. Because to Sol, Noah is something very special indeed.

My View:

Nothing Special is another great comfort read from British author Jay Northcote. In the beginning we meet Noah, the every man. He is normal. He is nothing special. And he knows it. For quite some time, Noah has been infatuated with a handsome zoo keeper he sees on his afternoon commute. However, he knows Sol is out of his league.

There is no angst in Nothing Special, the only forces trying to ruin things with Sol and Noah is Noah’s insecurities. Often this is the case in relationships, however. Not everyone has fantastically horrible blowups, scheming exes, stalkers, murder suspects, etc. trying to keep them apart. Sometimes it is nice to be reminded that petty issues can cause as many problems in relationships as not.

Some might classify this story as insta-love, but I would call it more of insta-connection. The two men know there is something there but neither want to put a name on it. Even if, during a fight scene, Noah does throw out the “L” word at least to himself…

I look forward to the next fantastic read from Ms. Northcote.

Buy Links

Dreamspinner Press

I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.

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