The Law of Attraction
Title: The Law of Attraction
Author: Jay Northcote
Publisher: Jaybird Press (self published)
Length: 62,000 words
Genre: Contemporary gay romance
Cover Artist: Garrett Leigh
Release Date: Friday 5th of February 2016
Series info: This book is a standalone
When a professional relationship turns personal, it’s impossible to resist the law of attraction.
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. After picking up a cute guy on a Friday night, Alec’s world is rocked to its foundations when his one night stand shows up in the office on Monday morning—as the new temp on his team.
Ed Piper is desperate to prove himself in his new job. The last thing he needs is to be distracted by a crush on his boss. It’s hard to ignore the attraction he feels, even though Alec’s a difficult bastard to work for.
Both men strive to maintain a professional relationship, but tempers fray, passions ignite, and soon they’re both falling hard and fast. If they’re ever going to find a way to be together, Alec needs to be honest about who he really is because Ed won’t go back in the closet for anyone.
His companion was still watching him, seemingly waiting for him to make his move. Alec felt irrationally irritated. This wasn’t how it was supposed to go. Even though he only did it occasionally, picking up men was easy for Alec. Buying a drink was more than he usually bothered to do for the twinks he hooked up with when he was in the mood for a warm body to fuck. Alec was well aware of his own attractiveness and used it to his advantage. A crook of a finger, a tilt of his head, or even just a look was usually enough to make them come running.
But this guy didn’t seem to know the rules of the game.
“Strong, silent type, huh?” He suddenly grinned at Alec, all neat white teeth and dimples. “You could start by telling me your name. Mine’s Ed.”
“Alec.” He handed a note to the barman as he came back with their drinks. “Keep the change.”
“Cheers, mate.” The barman winked as he pocketed the tip.
Ed’s eyebrows lifted. “Change from a twenty? You must have money to burn.”
“Something like that.” Alec let his gaze rake deliberately down Ed, examining him from the front this time. His arms were still folded over his chest and his T-shirt had ridden up enough to expose a feathered line of hair on his belly, leading down to a nice-looking package in obscenely tight skinny jeans. “I hope you bottom?”
Ed blinked and choked on his mouthful of rum and Coke. Alec suppressed the urge to grin, enjoying the fact that Ed had momentarily lost his cool.
“I’ve been known to,” Ed replied, rallying. He licked his lips.
“Good.” Alec held his gaze, noting with satisfaction that Ed’s pupils had blown wide and his lips parted as Alec looked at them. God, he had a pretty mouth. Alec lifted his glass and downed his drink. The burn of the whisky tore through him and made his nerves tingle with anticipation. He needed a good fuck; it had been too long. “Drink up, then.”
What can I say? This is another winner for Jay Northcote. I haven’t read a book by this author that I haven’t loved and The Law of Attraction was no exception to that rule. There is so much to enjoy in this book. The story kicks off with a very hot one-night-stand except that what should have been a once-off encounter between two men, Alec and Ed, who never meet again turns into a complicated situation when Ed turns up at Alec’s office two days later to start work as part of Alec’s team.
Ed is easy going and completely comfortable with who and what he is. Alec on the other hand is deep in the closet with no intention of ever coming out, which makes his undeniable attraction to Ed extremely frustrating.
Ed is just as attracted to Alec but not prepared to conduct a secret affair, no matter how much he wants to be with Alec. Alec will have to man up, come to terms with who he really is, and out himself to his family and colleagues if he wants to have a chance at a future with the man he’s falling for…hard.
The Law of Attraction is a long book, compared to Jay Northcote’s other stories but I found it just as difficult to put down once I started reading as I did the novellas. Alec and Ed sucked me in to their world and it wasn’t long before I was rooting for them and urging Alec to get his act together. I have to admit that there were moments, especially early on in the story, when I had a hard time liking Alec. His frustration makes him treat Ed in less than honorable ways and for a while it was only the fact that Ed wasn’t prepared to condemn Alec which stopped me from doing so.
Ed on the other hand is easy to like and love. And once Alec does let his guard down and allows Ed to see who he really is, I forgot all my issues with him and rooted for both of them.
For a story in which one of the main characters has major issues, The Law of Attraction was remarkably angst-free, which suited me just perfectly. As I’ve come to expect from this author, the book was also very well written, the characters well developed and the sex scenes hot as well as tender. The Law of Attraction was a joy to read and yet another confirmation—if I needed one—of Jay Northcote’s prowess when it comes to telling a gripping and memorable story.
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.