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Not Just Friends

By: Jay Northcote
Narrated by: Matthew Lloyd Davies
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Publisher's Summary

Is it worth risking a friendship for a chance at love?  

Leaving home to go to university is an exciting phase in anyone’s life. One that’s full of new places, new friends, and new experiences. But Lewis isn’t prepared for the sudden and intense crush he develops on his out-and-proud flatmate, Max, because Lewis had always assumed he was straight.  

Max starts dating another guy, and Lewis’ jealousy at seeing them together forces him to confront his growing attraction. When Max’s relationship goes awry, Lewis is the one to comfort him, and one thing leads to another. After a night together, Lewis is devastated that Max wants to go back to being just friends.  

Lewis tries his best to move on, and their friendship survives, but the feelings he has for Max don’t go away. He faces other challenges as he deals with coming out to his parents and needs Max’s support more than ever. But Lewis isn’t the only one who’s conflicted. 

When Max finally admits he cares for Lewis, too, Lewis must decide whether he dares risk his heart again on being more than just friends.

©2019 Dreamspinner Press (P)2019 Dreamspinner Press
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Not Just Friends

I really enjoyed this coming out story. It was just the kind of book I was in the mood for. Very little drama which is what I love because then it is more about the characters and the story.
Lewis and Max became great friends and I liked how even though chemistry is flying they still remained friends.

When things start to heat up and cool down they again still remain friends. It is ok to readjust what friendship means. And I love how honest these characters are.

The narration is exactly what I wanted from the book before. I wanted the narrator to come from or have the right accent and Matthew Lloyd Davies has that. It makes the story more enjoyable for me.

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1st Year University Students, On Their Own

First year university students figuring it all out: living on their own, budgeting food vs. drink, roommates, friends, and romance.

Nicely narrated by Matthew Lloyd Davies.

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Good but not really for me.

This book was well written, but the vocal artist just didn't do it for me.
At times, especially in the first chapter I thought I was listening to a child's fairy tail. All I could picture was illustrated kids not college age, playing in 100 acre woods with winnie the pooh. drinking tequila shots. And the vocal artist went back and forth, bringing the story to real life and then going back to fairy tail.

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A cute uni lovestory

The misunderstandings lasted a bit too long for my taste, but was resolved by the shy MC getting angry, which was allright.
Usually I love Matthew Lloyd Davis' narration, but he didn't seem as sharp and into the story as usual. At least not all the time. At the end there he was as fine as always.

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I liked this first time college story

the characters were all believable, the flat mates & main two. the narrator did a good job as well

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Perfect university student romance!

I always enjoy Jay Northcote’s perceptive character portraits and his easy, natural dialogue, and I think he deftly captures those early days at university when you can embrace new and exciting pursuits and personas! Told from Lewis’ POV, Not Just Friends is set in a male university residence and follows a few of the first-year students. Whereas Max is openly gay and comes with some baggage he has dealt with, Lewis has always thought of himself as straight, is confused by his feelings towards Max, and must contend with changes to his comfortable existence. I loved both main characters, these are young men you want to spend time with and you hope will work things out. Matthew Lloyd Davies provides a low-key narration that really suits the characters and dialogue.