Author: Jay Northcote
Publisher: Self Published
Cover Artist: Garrett Leigh
Rating: 4.25 of 5 Stars
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.
The Dating Game by Jay Northcote was a short and sweet read. There was not much angst except for one miscommunication but it was quickly resolved. The story was well written and romantic while still being humorous and sexy. I could easily see the smirk on Nathan’s face when he goaded Owen into the 5 date agreement. I was smirking along with him. The dating itself was a slow burn. The ending was HOT and tender and well worth the wait. It promises a long lasting future for these two men.
This was a short novella so there was not time for much plot other than the dates, but there was good character growth for Owen. He starts out as the overly confident player. I was almost embarrassed for him by the way he propositioned Nathan at first. Then he agrees to the 5 dates and we see a big change is his way of thinking and in his behavior. He starts to notice things about Nathan and what he likes. He caters his dates to what he thinks Nathan will enjoy. He goes against everything a player pushing for sex would typically do. It was a very nice transformation and made the journey enjoyable to read.
If you are looking for a romantic and sexy love story, pick this one up. You won’t be disappointed.
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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