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Title: The Dating Game
Author: Jay Northcote
Publisher: Self Published
Genre/Sub-Genre: Contemporary, M/M Romance
Prism recently reviewed The Dating Game. You can find the review here.
Five sex-free dates—how hard can it be?
When they were at uni, Owen always had a bit of a crush on Nathan. But Nathan was apparently straight, and Owen was too busy with other guys to take his crush seriously.
When Nathan moves back to Bristol after a year away, Owen hears that Nathan has come out of the closet, and he propositions him. Nathan doesn’t want to be just another notch on Owen’s bedpost, though, so he challenges Owen to prove he can be serious: five dates before they have sex.
Owen doesn’t think that sounds too difficult. He’s expecting Nathan to find his charms irresistible anyway. But as they grow closer, Owen begins to care more about proving himself to Nathan than he does about getting him into bed.
“I haven’t been on a swing in years,” Nathan said a little breathlessly once they’d got a rhythm going and were swooping in a high arc. “It’s awesome.”
Owen whooped as his swing reached its highest point and then dropped again, leaving him with a lurch of excitement and adrenaline. “Yeah,” he agreed. “Told you. Swings are cool.”
They got competitive, each trying to outdo the other until they tired of it and let them slow down gradually until they were rocking gently, their feet back on the ground.
“So you really did just bring me here to swing,” Nathan said. “I feel bad for suspecting ulterior motives now.”
Owen smiled to himself, not sure whether Nathan could make out his expression in the almost darkness. “Well, there are other things we could do.”
There was a short pause.
“Oh yes?” Nathan sounded hopeful.
Taking that as permission, Owen left his swing and moved to stand in front of Nathan’s, just as Nathan’s swing drifted gently forwards. Their knees bumped, and Owen caught the chains of the swing, holding it there.
“Hey.” He grinned down at Nathan, who returned the smile.
Owen let go of the chains and let Nathan swing backwards, but when he swung back, Owen caught him again.
“Tease,” Nathan huffed.
“Not this time.”
About the Author:
Jay lives just outside Bristol in the West of England, with her husband, two children, and two cats.
She comes from a family of writers, but she always used to believe that the gene for fiction writing had passed her by. She spent years only ever writing emails, articles, or website content. One day, she decided to try and write a short story–just to see if she could–and found it rather addictive. She hasn’t stopped writing since.
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