All Man by Jay Northcote ~ Book Review by PizzyGirl

AllmanTitle: All Man

Author: Jay Northcote

Publisher: Self Published

Cover Artist: Jay Northcote

Rating: 4 of 5 Stars

Publication Date: 08/06/2015

Length: Short Story (<15K)

Genre: Contemporary, Gay Fiction, Humor/Comedy, M/M Romance

Blurb:

“You’re the sleek little sports car to my Land Rover.”

From the moment Gareth walks through the door of the salon to fit some new sinks, Jules can’t take his eyes off him. Jules has always been attracted to men who are his polar opposite, so burly Gareth is Jules’s fantasy man.

At the weekend, Jules gets into a tough situation with another bloke in a gay club and Gareth comes to his aid. Gareth rejects Jules’s subsequent advances but leaves him with the hope that his attraction isn’t completely one-sided. Fantasy could become reality.

With Gareth’s work at the salon nearly done, he’ll soon disappear from Jules’s life for good. Time is running out. Jules needs to prove to Gareth that he’s tougher than he looks and that his feelings run deeper than gratitude.

13,000 words approx

NB: This story is a spin off to Top Me Maybe? where Jules appears as a minor character. Both stories are standalones and don’t need to be read in order.

My View:

Jules first appeared as a supporting character in “Top Me Maybe?” and I fell in love with him. He wanted his own love story and I wanted it for him. Well “All Man” is his story and Jules was just as fantastic as I thought he would be.

“All Man” was a very short story about the meeting and connection of two men. There was no long courtship and no promise of HEA. Being so short, I love that the author did not force this story to be more than it was. It was sexual, it was funny, it was hopeful, it was tender, it was harsh. There was an aspect to the story that I did not expect, but was a perfect way for the author to tell us about Jules and Garreth and a perfect way to initiate a deeper bond between the men in such a short span of time.

“All Man” shows off the author’s talents as a short story/short novella writer. Jay Northcote has the uncanny ability to give well rounded and well established stories with low word count. She does not need novel lengths to establish characters who are likable and relatable. She easily pulls her readers in and gives them all they need to feel satisfied at the end of each story and “All Man” is just another example of that.

I really enjoyed this story. Yes, there was a sensitive subject touched and maybe things were a bit rushed in the romance department, but overall this one was light hearted and full of great sexual tension. I loved Jules and Garreth and hope they stay together forever. “All Man” is another reason Jay Northcote is an autobuy for me and one of my favorite authors at this point. I never hesitate to recommend her work for a quick and satisfying romance. Pick this one up and if you have not read “Top Me Maybe?” pick that one up as well.

Links

All Man on Goodreads

Amazon US
Amazon UK
Amazon CA

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

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