Helping Hand (Housemates, Bk 1) by Jay Northcote ~ Audiobook Review by Queue

Helping-HandTitle: Helping Hand (Housemates, Bk 1)

Author: Jay Northcote

Narrator: Mark Steadman

Publisher: Self Published

Cover Artist: Garrett Leigh

Story Rating: 5 of 5 Stars
Narration Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars
Overall Rating: 4.75 of 5 Stars

Release Date: 05/13/2016

Length: 03 hours 20 minutes

Genre: Bisexual, Contemporary, Gay Romance


Jez Fielding and James MacKenzie – Big Mac to his mates – are in their second year at uni. After partying too hard last year, they make a pact to rein themselves in. While their housemates are out drinking every weekend, Jez and Mac stay in to save cash and focus on their studies.
When Jez suggests watching some porn together, he isn’t expecting Mac to agree to it. One thing leads to another, and soon their arrangement becomes hands-on rather than hands-off. But falling for your straight friend can only end badly…unless there’s a chance he might feel the same.

Story Review:

PizzyGirl reviewed the book last year. Check out what she has to say HERE.

Just like PizzyGirl I was immediately and pleasantly surprised by the story. I, too, was expecting hot sex but instead got a sweet and perfectly paced love story.

It’s a classic trope, and a fantasy of countless gay men, to jack off with a buddy and have it escalate. But Northcote works absolute magic with the cliché and elevates it so it doesn’t even seem like a trope. Within a minute of Jez and Mac watching porn together I was drawn into the story.

I’ve listened to a few books by Northcote and liked them but hadn’t been blown away. This story changed all that. Northcote will now be one of the authors I follow closely.

Narration Review:

I’m often hesitant to listen to self-published audio books. I know paying for narration is expensive and sometimes authors have to sometimes sacrifice quality for monetary reasons. That is not the case here. Mark Steadman did a great job with Jez and Mac as well as the other characters.

Recommended narrator for sure.


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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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