HELLO FRIENDS, BOY DO I HAVE A TREAT FOR YOU TODAY; A TWO FOR ONE SPECIAL!! I HAVE THE DATING GAME AND THE JUST RELEASED THE MARRYING KIND BY JAY NORTHCOTE! I LOVE THIS COUPLE, AND WAS SO GLAD THAT THEY GOT A SECOND BOOK! I HAVE MY REVIEW, BUY LINKS, AND A SMALL EXCERPT OF EACH OF THESE SHORT STORIES, ALONG WITH AN AUTHOR BIO AND SOCIAL LINKS! LET'S GET STARTED :)
I THINK THE QUOTE SUMS UP BOTH OF THESE BOOKS PERFECTLY! HERE ARE MY REVIEWS:
THE DATING GAME:
Five sex-free dates—how hard can it be?
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.
Owen doesn’t think that sounds too difficult. He’s expecting Nathan to find his charms irresistible anyway. But as they grow closer, Owen begins to care more about proving himself to Nathan than he does about getting him into bed.
I love this author's books, and this one is no different! I love how you connect with the character's right off, and you feel like you are right there with Owen as he sees his unrequited crush Nathan again! I love an author that makes you part of the story!
Owen pined over Nathan before Nathan left town, but the fact that Nathan was straight threw a kink in the works, but oh my goodness, it seems that things have changed!
When Owen approaches Nathan, let's just say he leaves little to the imagination about what he wants, and while Nathan wants Owen too, he wants to see if it could be real and lasting. He asks Owen to prove he really wants him with five sex free dates!
Owen is up for the challenge, but will this deal be hard not just for Owen, but for both men to stick to? I loved this book, I loved the banter between the characters, and let me just tell you, I want a Simon, you will love Owen's bestie to death just like I did! Thanks Jay, for a story worth re-reading very soon!
the 5 lemon cheesecake rating
I HAD TO DO THAT RATING IN HONOR OF OWEN'S FAVE DESSERT! HERE IS THE BUY LINK AND THE EXCERPT:
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“So,” Owen began. “I gather you’re into cock now?”
Nathan’s eyes widened, and his cheeks flushed pink. “Um…. Yes?”
“Cool. So, do you wanna get out of here and go someplace to fuck, or suck, or whatever?”
Nathan raised his eyebrows. “Seriously?”
“Yeah.” Owen let his gaze slide down over Nathan’s torso to land on his crotch. It looked like Nathan might be getting a little hard. Either that, or he was a shower rather than a grower. “I always thought you were hot. I just never knew you swung my way. So how about it?”
Nathan cleared his throat and shifted uncomfortably in his seat. He was definitely getting hard. Owen lifted his eyes expecting to see a smile. But Nathan was frowning and biting his lip.
“That’s flattering, but I’m not interested.”
Owen raised an eyebrow and glanced briefly at the bulge in Nathan’s jeans again. “You sure about that?”
Nathan’s face was even pinker now, but he held Owen’s gaze. “I’m not interested in a hookup. I’ve been there, done that, and decided casual sex isn’t for me. I’m looking for something more serious.”
Owen blinked. This wasn’t how the conversation was supposed to go. He found himself blurting out his next words without thinking. “What, like a relationship? I could have a relationship. With you, I mean.”
THE MARRYING KIND:
Nathan wants to put a ring on it, but is Owen the marrying kind?
Two years on from their first date, Owen and Nathan are living together and life is good—except they’re not on the same page about marriage.
A traditionalist at heart, Nathan wants it all: the wedding, the vows, and a pair of matching rings. Owen, on the other hand, believes marriage is old-fashioned and unnecessary. They don’t need a wedding to prove their commitment to each other. Love should be enough on its own.
All it takes is one moment of weakness on a night out to force the issue. Owen finds himself engaged after a half-drunk proposal, and Nathan’s enthusiasm sweeps him along. But as the big day approaches, the mounting tension finally combusts.
If he’s going to save their relationship, Owen will need to decide once and for all if he’s truly the marrying kind.
I was so glad to see the 'boys' again in this one, this author is one of the few that can create characters you actually miss until you can 'see' them again!
We catch up with Owen and Nathan two years later, living happily, except for the elephant in the room so to speak, that being the subject of marriage. Nathan wants to show everyone what Owen means to him with vows and the whole nine yards, but Owen wonders why they should fix what isn't broken so to speak.
When things come to a head and explode will Owen realize that making Nathan happy is more important than whatever hangup he has about marriage?
I loved this book, and I know you will love it too, though this couple doesn't always agree, you can feel that with each other is right where they want to be! Thanks Jay, for giving this couple the second book they so deserved to have, and doing it with style!
the 5 be mine teddy bear rating
I HAD TO DO THE TEDDY BEARS IN HONOR OF A VERY SWEET MOMENT! HERE ARE THE BUY LINKS AND EXCERPT FOR THIS ONE:
Nathan glanced surreptitiously at Owen sitting beside him as Jack and Simon spoke their vows. Jack’s voice was quiet but sure, and Simon’s rang out clearly over the assembled crowd.
Owen’s gaze was fixed on the couple, and his eyes were suspiciously bright. As Nathan watched, Owen cleared his throat and wiped what Nathan assumed was a tear out of the corner of his eye.
Nathan suppressed a smile and turned his attention back to the groom and groom. So much for Owen’s protests that he didn’t see the point in weddings and that they were outdated, pointless events that were stupid even for straight couples unless they were religious. Even if he didn’t believe in the principle of marriage—gay or otherwise—it was nice to see he wasn’t totally immune to the emotion of the occasion. Nathan was going to enjoy taking the piss out of Owen later. But in the meantime, he reached for Owen’s hand and squeezed. Owen squeezed back.
Nathan’s eyes were moist too by the time they’d finished. The part where the celebrant said “I now pronounce you husband and husband” really set him off. Simon looked so utterly radiant after he and Jack finally stopped kissing and turned to face the wedding guests, hand in hand. Jack was flushed and awkward compared to Simon. He obviously wasn’t happy being the centre of attention, unlike his new husband, but his smile was genuine and the joy rolled off both of them, touching everyone in the room.
Nathan sighed. Owen’s hand was still in his. Their fingers were tangled together casually—just like their lives. They’d been in a relationship for over two years now, living together for half of that, and Nathan had never been happier. But looking at Simon and Jack, he wanted more. He wanted that. But he was afraid to ask Owen, because he was pretty sure what his answer would be, and it wouldn’t be the one Nathan hoped for.
GREAT STUFF HUH?? :), NOW HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THIS AMAZING AUTHOR AND HER SOCIAL LINKS:
Jay lives just outside Bristol in the West of England, with her husband, two children, and two cats.
She comes from a family of writers, but she always used to believe that the gene for fiction writing had passed her by. She spent years only ever writing emails, articles, or website content. One day, she decided to try and write a short story–just to see if she could–and found it rather addictive. She hasn’t stopped writing since.
THANKS SO MUCH FOR JOINING ME FOR THIS DOUBLE REVIEW! GRAB THESE BOOKS IF YOU DON'T HAVE 'EM, YOU WILL LOVE 'EM AS MUCH AS I DO!