Title: Not Just Friends
Author: Jay Northcote
Narrator: Matthew Lloyd Davies
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
eBook Release Date: 02/14/2014
Audiobook Release Date: 03/31/2015
Story Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Narration Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars
Overall Rating: 4.25 of 5 Stars
Leaving home to go to university is an exciting phase in anyone’s life. One that’s full of new places, new friends, and new experiences. But Lewis is not prepared for the sudden and intense crush he develops on his out-and-proud flatmate, Max—given that Lewis had always assumed he was straight. Max starts dating another guy, and Lewis’s jealousy at seeing them together forces him to confront his growing attraction.
When Max’s relationship goes awry, Lewis is the one to comfort him and one thing leads to another. But after a night together, Lewis is devastated that Max wants to go back to being just friends. Lewis tries his best to move on and their friendship survives, but the feelings he has for Max don’t go away. He faces other challenges as he deals with coming out to his parents and needs Max’s support more than ever. But Lewis isn’t the only one who’s conflicted. When Max finally admits he cares for Lewis too, Lewis must decide whether he dares risk his heart again on being more than just friends.
My View – Story:
I won’t take too long to talk about this story. Leisa nailed it in her review.
I enjoyed the story. As with most Jay Northcote, there are huge emotional swings. However, the pivotal moment for the two main characters was pretty touching.
My View – Narration:
I wanted to listen to Not Just Friends because, unlike so many audiobooks set outside the US with non-American main characters, NJF has an actual British narrator. Matthew Lloyd Davies does a fabulous job on the narration itself, lending emotion and inflection where needed and playing the straight (ha!) man when needed as well. Of course, his voice was an absolute pleasure to listen to for 6.5 hours.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the audiobook of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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