The Law of Attraction by Jay Northcote ~ Book Review by Ulysses

thelawofattractionTitle: The Law of Attraction

Author: Jay Northcote

Publisher: Self Published

Cover Artist: Garrett Leigh

Rating: 4 of 5 Stars

Publication Date: 02/05/2016

Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)

Genre: Contemporary, M/M Romance

Blurb:

When a professional relationship turns personal, it’s impossible to resist the law of attraction.

Alec Rowland is a high-flying lawyer in a London firm whose career is his life. He doesn’t have time for relationships and his sexuality is a closely guarded secret. After picking up a cute guy on a Friday night, Alec’s world is rocked to its foundations when his one night stand shows up in the office on Monday morning—as the new temp on his team.

Ed Piper is desperate to prove himself in his new job. The last thing he needs is to be distracted by a crush on his boss. It’s hard to ignore the attraction he feels, even though Alec’s a difficult bastard to work for.

Both men strive to maintain a professional relationship, but tempers fray, passions ignite, and soon they’re both falling hard and fast. If they’re ever going to find a way to be together, Alec needs to be honest about who he really is because Ed won’t go back in the closet for anyone.

My View:

The Law of Attraction by Jay Northcote is on the surface a pretty standard m/m offering. We have the familiar drill: closeted corporate lawyer startled to find out that his new temp is the same guy he banged into the mattress the night before. Awkward.

Except that Northcote doesn’t let it just be standard. She takes us behind the scenes, behind the visceral physical attraction that draws Alec Rowland and Ed Piper together at that first hook-up. Work-driven and filled with a sense of fear and shame that dates back to his boarding-school days, Alex isn’t just another selfish, opportunistic closet case. Ed, on the other hand, is no more a shallow, out-and-proud party boy. It’s just that his back story is very different from Alec’s, and the mutual discovery of what lies beyond their attraction to each other is what makes this book an emotionally satisfying and authentic story of what it is to be gay in the world today.

Something else that Northcote does is surprise us. Part of the anxiety of being gay today—not all that different from when I came out 40+ years ago—is not what people do, but what we fear people will do when they find out. Plus, not only is the physical chemistry between the two men depicted believably and, um, well; but the emotional and intellectual connection between them amplifies the physical attraction and makes us believe in and root for their happiness.

I also confess that many of my favorite authors are Brits, both male and female. Something about the way British English flows onto the page that just tweaks my heartstrings. Sigh.

Links

The Law of Attraction on Goodreads

Amazon US
Amazon UK
Amazon CA

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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