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  • Watching and Wanting

  • Housemates Series, Book 4
  • By: Jay Northcote
  • Narrated by: Lewis Carter
  • Length: 5 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35

Watching Jude’s cam show stirs desires Shawn’s always denied... Shawn is adrift. Recently graduated, he’s stuck in a dead-end job that barely pays the bills. His girlfriend dumped him, his friends have moved on, and he’s still in Plymouth - going nowhere. Jude is a student living in the same shared house. Out and proud, he’s everything Shawn’s been running from since he hit puberty. When Shawn discovers Jude works as a cam boy, he can’t resist the urge to watch one of his shows. It makes Shawn want things that scare him, yet his fascination forces him to confront his attraction.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Engaging read

  • By Waleska Floyd on 02-09-19

Usually a big Jay fan but not so much on this one

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-04-18

This was not my favorite of Jay’s books. I guess I’m not voyeuristic enough lol. The story was nice but I finished only because I was listening to audiobook and because it’s part of the series.

Lewis did fine though some things I would’ve read very differently in my head. Which is a problem I have with many things I listen to in audio form. Not anyone’s fault. Jude saying “Yeah, baby” came out as very specific comedic character in my head and it took me out of the moment every time. :/

  • Summer Heat

  • By: Jay Northcote
  • Narrated by: Mark Steadman
  • Length: 4 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 28
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 28
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 28

A summer fling is an ideal cure for a broken heart. But when it's with your best friend, things get complicated. When Adam is dumped by his boyfriend, a week away at a beach resort seems like a great opportunity to get over his ex. Sun, sea, and no-strings sex will be just the boost he needs to move on with his life.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 3.5 Stars

  • By Belen on 07-16-17

Even better the second "read" through!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-11-17

Jay has written the perfect low angst, sweet, friends-to-lovers, summer read.

Adam has just been cheated on and dumped by his older boyfriend, Drew. He takes his best friend, Finn, on the romantic vacation to Spain that he was supposed to go on with Drew, for some sun, sea, sand, and sex.

Finn has been secretly crushing on Adam since they met but it was never the right time and he didn't want to risk their amazing friendship. While spending a week sharing a bed at a gay resort in Spain sounded great, Finn wondered if he could keep his feeling a secret.

After a threesome with one of the other guests, Adam and Finn's relationship took a turn for the romantic. A weeks worth of holiday "fling" was the best way to get Adam out of Finn's mind. But when Adam starts to have feelings for Finn...will one week be enough?

Finn and Adam's story has just the right amount of everything. The transition from friends to lovers feels real (some stories it feels a little too fast). They went from best friends with a strong connection, to lovers with that same connection turning into love. With just a touch of angst to make things interested, a little (maybe more than a little) jealousy to spice things up, and a perfect amount of sexy time to make everything HOT!!!, Summer Heat is the perfect summertime beach read!!

Mark does a great job bringing Finn and Adam to life with his voice and creating a nice flow with Jay's words!

  • Imperfect Harmony

  • By: Jay Northcote
  • Narrated by: Mark Steadman
  • Length: 7 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 30

John Fletcher, a former musician, is stuck in limbo after losing his long-term partner two years ago. He's shut himself off from everything that reminds him of what he's lost. When his neighbor persuades him to join the local community choir, John rediscovers his love of music and finds a reason to start living again.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved these 2!

  • By Amazon Customer on 07-22-17

Amazing story!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-19-17

This story is beautiful!!! The heartache that surrounds John and Rhys is so thick. Hidden to most but still so present to themselves. Rhys and John open up to each other fairly quickly and their relationship blossoms. The age difference causes some tension and trepidation on John's part. With each character rediscovering their love of music, they find love with each other.

Imperfect Harmony is a gorgeous story about 2 people who have lost so much but find so much more together.

Mark did an AMAZING job of bringing John and Rhys alive with his voice! Great flow and nice pace!

  • Like a Lover

  • Housemates, Book 2
  • By: Jay Northcote
  • Narrated by: Mark Steadman
  • Length: 4 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 96
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 89
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 90

Josh has a plan: get through uni with a good degree and no debts. Focused on his goals, he's working as an escort to pay his way. He enjoys the no-strings sex and doesn't have the time or inclination 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 before, but when Josh propositions him, he can't resist. He should have known one night would never be enough.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 4.5 Stars

  • By Belen on 08-22-16

Josh and Rupert need to get past the money to find the love!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-27-17

Second in the Housemates series, Like A Lover tells Josh's story.

Josh is an escort in secret, at least to most of his housemates. When his "date" for the night doesn't show up, he catches the attention of another man in the bar who looks like he has also been stood up.

Rupert is a little lonely in life but content, until he meets Josh and realizes that he is exactly what he has been missing.

This story is so good. The love is there between them, they just can't see it in the other, which honestly makes the whole thing sad and a little heartbreaking. When everything blows up at Rupert's Mother's wedding, they finally see what they could have with each other, if only they're brace enough to say yes.

  • Collide

  • By: Riley Hart
  • Narrated by: Luke Itzvic
  • Length: 7 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 635
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 594
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 593

At 10 years old, Noah Jameson and Cooper Bradshaw collided midair when they dove for the same football. For three years they were inseparable...until one day when Noah and his parents disappeared in the middle of the night. Noah and Cooper never knew what happened to each other. Now, 17 years later, after finding his boyfriend in bed with another man, Noah returns to Blackcreek looking for a fresh start. And damned if he doesn't find his old friend grew up to be as sexy as sin.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing GFY/OFY with superb narration!

  • By Morgan A Skye on 09-29-16

Great story!

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-09-16

Such an emotional story. The book is amazing I can't wait to continue on to the next one.

I mostly enjoyed the audiobook. My issues with it were minimal and for the most part, personal. (like Cooper's voice sounded a bit painful for the narrator and vaguely Jenson Ackles' Dean-like) I do enjoy hearing how other people READ books, that's probably my favorite part of audiobooks. I enjoyed Luke's interpretation of Coop and Noah.

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  • Helping Hand

  • Housemates, Book 1
  • By: Jay Northcote
  • Narrated by: Mark Steadman
  • Length: 3 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 147
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 136
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 135

Jez Fielding and James MacKenzie are in their second year at uni. After partying too hard last year, they make a pact to rein themselves in. 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.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very hot, very sweet, and very nicely narrated

  • By Morgan A Skye on 06-09-16

Mac and Jez's relationship starts with a helping hand!

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-22-16

Great short story with the classic Gay-for-You/Friends-to-Lovers tropes. A little bit of angst but it is resolved quickly.

  • The Dating Game

  • By: Jay Northcote
  • Narrated by: Matthew Lloyd Davies
  • Length: 3 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 80
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 79
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 79

When they were at uni, Owen always had a bit of a crush on Nathan. But Nathan was apparently straight, and Owen was too busy with other guys to take his crush seriously. When Nathan moves back to Bristol after a year away, Owen hears that Nathan has come out of the closet, and he propositions him. Nathan doesn't want to be just another notch on Owen's bedpost, though, so he challenges Owen to prove he can be serious: five dates before they have sex.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Game On

  • By Libros Lover on 03-14-15

Great, quick story for any M/M reader

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-13-15

Wonderful, well-written story with a very clear narrator. It was an interesting pick for my first audiobook but I loved the story when I read it the first time and then was lucky enough to win a copy of the audiobook.

I definitely recommend this for the M/M lover looking for a quick read/listen!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful