Like a lover (Housemates #2) by Jay Northcote ~ Book Review by PizzyGirl

likealoverTitle: Like a lover (Housemates #2)

Author: Jay Northcote

Publisher: Self Published

Cover Artist: Garrett Leigh

Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars

Publication Date: 09/04/2015

Length: Novella (~ 15K-50K)

Genre: Contemporary, Gay Fiction, M/M Romance

Blurb:

Josh has a plan: get through uni with a good degree and no debt. Focused on his goals, he pays his way by working as an escort. He enjoys the no-strings sex because he doesn’t have time for a relationship. Falling in love definitely isn’t part of the deal—especially not with a client.

When Rupert meets Josh in a bar, he’s smitten on sight. He’s never paid for sex, but when Josh propositions him, he can’t resist. He should’ve known one night would never be enough. Luckily for him he has an inheritance to fund his addiction to Josh, because his job in IT support wouldn’t cover the cost.

With each encounter the lines get blurred, creating something that feels more like a relationship than a business transaction. But they come from different worlds, and to go from client-and-escort to lovers seems impossible. If they want a future together, Josh and Rupert have a lot to overcome.

My View:

Awww, Jay Northcote always delivers with the warm and fuzzy. I was thoroughly satisfied with the ending and finished this book with a happiness inside that left me all giddy.

I loved Josh and I loved Rupert. They were such great characters. Both men were independent and strong and were free with their emotions and affection, even when they were trying to hide behind the fake wall of “rent boy” sex. These men were so cute together and I loved watching them try so hard to adapt to a situation they both knew wouldn’t last. I loved that they were both thinking the same thing while trying to pretend they weren’t in love. It was fabulous.

And there should be no surprise that this book was full of delicious and steamy sex. These men were so passionate and compatible in bed. Given, Josh was a sex worker, but that was not what made this HOT. It was that passion. It was that emotional connection they shared from the very beginning, even though they tried to deny it,  that made the sex more than just sex. It was HOT and yet, even when it was rough and frenzied, it was tender and loving. The sex spoke what these men were avoiding. This was definitely a novella that did the sex right. This was not sex equals love, but a great example of how sex can demonstrate that two people are in love. Sex was not used to take the place of emotion, but rather to highlight all the ways the emotions were present.

I also liked that while this did have a very distinct “Pretty Woman” vibe to it, the author acknowledged the cliche and then made it her own. She skirted that line that ,if crossed, would have made this story trite and predictable. Instead she gave us this story that was in ways predictable, but still so touching that the reader could not help but pull for the happy outcome. She also gave us a main character that insisted on being independent even in the face of the perfect way out. I love that there was emotional angst, but that it was not annoying or over the top. It was just enough to make the ending make sense and leave the reader with a feeling of completeness.

I love Jay Northcote as an author. I always know that I can pick up her works and be utterly satisfied. Like a Lover was well rounded and gave me everything I needed to feel connected to these men and their relationship. I finished this book with a smile in my heart and on my face. Pick this one up for something short, but perfectly balanced.

Links

Like a lover (Housemates #2) 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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