When my ex walks into the resort bar with his new husband on his arm, I want nothing more than to prove to him that I've moved on. Thankfully, the sexy stranger sitting next to me....
The night I rescued presumably straight Ethan Harris, I figured that would be the last time I saw him. However, he keeps finding his way back into my life - and into my bed....
I left my family and tiny Texas hometown 15 years ago to escape small-town gossips and to give my mom and sister the chance at a better life. But when a phone call....
He promised to never leave me. But when I needed him the most, that was exactly what he did. Wilderness guide Xander Reed has spent fifteen years trying to forget the night....
Discovering his boyfriend's affair with a co-worker wrecks Eli's holiday plans. With his parents on a cruise and his brother and sister out of town, he's on his own. His mother insists he escape to her friend's mountain cabin....
When Jez suggests watching some porn together, he isn't expecting Mac to agree to it. One thing leads to another....
I've never messed around with a guy before. Not that I haven't been attracted to guys....
Carter Embree has always hoped to be rescued from his productive, tragically boring, and (slightly) ethically compromised life. But when an urchin at a grocery store shoves a bundle of fluff into his hands, Carter goes from rescuee to rescuer....
After giving up on his career as a country singer in Nashville, Christopher Ryder is happy enough performing at the Smoky Mountain Dreams theme park in Tennessee....
Gary should be living it up in his South Tower unit of Metropolis, but he's having a hard time adjusting to his newly single status....
Luca McGrath may be returning to Napa Valley, California, as a promising chef with dreams of starting his own restaurant and winery, but his heart still lives with the bad-boy son of a billionaire....
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....
Shy, inexperienced Rudy has a crush on Zac from the moment his new colleague walks through the door. On an office night out before Christmas, Rudy finds the courage to make a move....
Getting snowed in at a remote cottage in Wales with someone he'd fancied for ages isn't exactly how Sam expected to spend Christmas....
Hagen Wylie has it all figured out. He's going to live in his hometown, be everybody's friend, explore new relationships, and rebuild his life after the horrors of war....
Would you live a lie to hold onto the one you love? Dean and Jason are best friends, like brothers since boyhood, now architecture students and college roommates....
Thornwell Shipton is wealthy, uptight, closeted, and an incurable workaholic. A tragic love affair left him terrified of relationships, so he tells himself sex is better scheduled and paid for....
A few excruciating minutes pinned under a burning beam cost Ryan Ward his job as a firefighter, the easy camaraderie of his coworkers, his current girlfriend, and damn near cost him....
Mark O'Brien is finally being honest with himself. His relationship with Rachel is over, and he's moving out of the home they've shared for six years. They get along, but he can't fix a relationship when the person he's with is the wrong gender.
Jamie Robertson, one of the removal men, is huge and ridiculously gorgeous, and Mark is smitten at first sight. When a cardboard box splits, revealing items of a personal nature that Mark never wanted anybody to see, he's mortified. But it sparks the start of a beautiful friendship with benefits.
As Jamie initiates Mark into the joys of gay sex, the two men get increasingly close, and "nothing serious" turns into something rather important to both of them. But communication isn't their strong point. Will either man ever find the courage to be honest about his feelings?
I'm SO conflicted on this story! Everything from the audio narration to the plot is just pulling me in two different directions! I settled on 3.5 stars, but there were parts that I loved and parts that I didn't care for.
I'll start with the narration, which tends to make or break audiobooks for me. I should have disliked this narrator (Michael Pauley). First of all, he is an American dude reading for characters who are clearly British, which is WEIRD! I was really puzzled by the narrator choice because the delivery of certain lines just sounded off with an American accent. Also, he has one voice, ONE, and he uses it for everyone, male or female. Finally, during the sex scenes, as the action picks up, so does the speed of his voice. Picture a sportscaster or an auctioneer getting more and more excited as things start getting heated. It was... odd. But, crazily enough, I enjoyed Michael Pauley! I think it is just that his voice is so sexy sounding... or maybe it was his acting skills. Either way, I was NOT displeased by the narration, though it was not my usual flavor.
In terms of the book, I was expecting to LOVE it. Gay first-timers are my thang, and so I was expecting to drool all over this one. And while the sex scenes were REALLY hot, and I liked the chemistry between the two men, nothing really happens during the story. I mean, NOTHING. It is light and low drama, but the whole plot centers around communication issues. It is easy, enjoyable reading, but not I-want-to-die-this-is-so-good amazing.
Overall, I'd recommend this for people looking for a short, sexy listen that features lot of sexual exploration and not a whole lot of plot.
**Copy provided by the author in exchange for an honest review**
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Why in the world is an American accent used when clearly the main characters and the story is in the freakin' UK??? And the characters aren't even American, they are Irish/British. Oh, and the best part...the use of English (British) terms coming out of an American accent. (Being sarcastic here). <br/><br/>No, just no! They should have just waited for Dave Gillies to do this audiobook.<br/><br/>Bad decision on who ever thought this was a good idea! Ugh!<br/><br/>Michael Pauley, you get 4 stars because your narration was wonderful but just didn't work for me with this particular story.
3 of 5 people found this review helpful
Mark falls in lust with Jamie right from the start. He is one of the movers that help Mark into his new apartment and his new life. When a box of embarrassing personal items falls open, Jamie helps him investigate his new sexuality.
It was meant to be a casual thing. Mark's first explorations at gay sex. Jamie's continuation of a love 'em and leave 'em life style.
But… as time passes, both guys begin to see that this relationship can never just be a casual f*ckbuddy thing. The funny thing is that both worry that the other will be disappointed if things turn serious and both worry that the "l word" could end things.
I loved this book! It was fun, fast paced and really sweet, too. Mark’s exploration into sex was both hot and at turns emotional and moving. Jamie has his own demons to fight which prevent him from committing to a long term relationship, and it was great watching him move through these issues and evolve and grow as a man.
Jay Northcote really knows how to give us “every day joe" characters whose love stories are anything but ordinary.
I highly recommend this book and give it a 5 of stars – I loved it!
Michael Pauley is an American (or Canadian or whatever). He’s not British. This is a VERY British story with British slang and a British setting. I’m not sure why in the world a Brit wasn’t given this to narrate… I was terribly disappointed in that aspect. The slang just sounds funny coming from the flat American voice.
However, to be fair, Michael does a nice job with the narration. Nothing too spectacular in terms of voice differentiation, but he’s unobtrusive and allows you to become immersed in the story.
I was very pleased to see that the next Jay Northcote book was done with an accent and I wish this had been as well, but it wasn’t a bad narration, just not great.
Narration 3 of 5 stars
Overall 4 of 5 stars.
1 of 2 people found this review helpful
The pace of the book is perfect and the story pulls you in to care about the characters. Would recommend to family and friends.
This is a short book and as such, I had a hard time really feeling the emotional connection between the two guys. There's no doubt they connect sexually...a lot, which is to be expected since this is a whole new world for Mark. Also, they set out to have just a sexual relationship, so it does take a while for it to truly develop into something else...something that's kind of hard to pull off with the abbreviated word count.
But what there is to the story, I enjoyed. I just wanted it to be a bit 'more', but that's a common complaint from me with short stories. And let's face it, I love the romance...so the deeper it goes, the happier I am.
The setup for these two guys worked for me. I liked how they met and how things played out with Mark's ex...I really loved her and how supportive she was of him, even though he pretty much broke her heart.
If you don't have a lot of time to commit to an audiobook, this is a pretty good choice. It was light and entertaining. I had just one niggle with the narration though...the book takes place in England and one of the guys is Scottish. The narrator didn't have the accents which really would have enhanced the story.
But like I said, overall, this was enjoyable.
0 of 1 people found this review helpful
What did you love best about Nothing Serious?
It's a good story with believable characters.
How did the narrator detract from the book?
His narration was fine, but this is a story based in England with British slang. Sounds odd when spoken by an American.
Any additional comments?
Just stick to the print/Kindle version of this one.
0 of 1 people found this review helpful