Monday, 23 January 2017

Watching and Wanting by Jay Northcote - Review Tour

Buy Links: Amazon US | Amazon UK | Amazon Global

Cover Design: Garrett Leigh

Length: 52,000 words

Housemates Series - though a series, each book can be read as a standalone.

Helping Hand (Book #1)  Amazon US | Amazon UK
Like A Lover (Book #2) Amazon US | Amazon UK
Practice Makes Perfect (Book #3) Amazon US | Amazon UK 


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.

Keen to explore his bicurious side, Shawn suggests they do a show together. Jude agrees, and things get complicated—and kinky—fast. But Jude isn’t looking to get involved with someone so deep in the closet. If Shawn’s going to get what he wants, he needs to find the courage to stop hiding from himself and be honest about who he is.

My Review

To start with the blindingly obvious (to anyone who has been following my reviews) I adore Jay Northcote’s books. I love his writing, I always manage to fall for his characters, and without exception his books always leave me with a huge grin on my face. Watching and Wanting was no exception to that rule. Just as the fact that it was light on angst—always a winner with me—and high on sexy times wasn’t a surprise either.

This is the fourth title in the Housemates series but could be read as a standalone. Having said that, if you can read the series in order, I certainly recommend it. If only because it’s so much fun catching up with the couples from the earlier books again.

Jude and Shawn’s coming together is relatively easy and stress free because it starts off as an experiment; an opportunity for Shawn to discover whether or not he really is bisexual despite having denied his attraction to men for years. The situation doesn’t become complicated until feelings are thrown into the mix and poor Shawn has to overcome his insecurities and find the courage to openly admit who and what he is.

It’s funny how it sometimes works. I was fully prepared to, at least initially, dislike Shawn. He’s been a bit of a bastard to his gay and bisexual housemates in earlier books and I expected his redemption to be difficult. Imagine my surprise when despite Shawn doing and saying one or two shitty things along the way, it was Jude how made me sit up and think: ‘hold on mate, now you’re pushing it’. (No, I’m not going to explain, if you want to know why that thought crossed my mind you’ll just have to read the story J). Suffice to say that I wasn’t completely convinced that Jude, who’d been nothing but understanding and patient up until that point in the story, would suddenly put his foot down and say that. As a plot device it worked brilliantly though, so mine is only a minor squabble.

People who’ve read Jay Northcote’s stories before will know he excels at sex scenes, and in this book he takes it one step further by introducing a (light) BDSM angle to the interactions between Shawn and Jude. To say it was hot to watch Shawn give up control and submit to Jude would be a gross understatement. In fact, I think it’s safe to say that the author outdid himself in the sexy stakes in this book.

Watching and Wanting, just like its prequels, comes highly recommended if you enjoy a fun, very sexy, and highly entertaining story.

Earlier Housemates reviews: Helping Hand | Like a Lover | Practice Makes Perfect

Author Bio

Jay lives just outside Bristol in the West of England. He comes from a family of writers, but always used to believe that the gene for fiction writing had passed him by. He spent years only ever writing emails, articles, or website content.

One day, Jay decided to try and write a short story—just to see if he could—and found it rather addictive. He hasn’t stopped writing since.

Jay writes contemporary romance about men who fall in love with other men. He has five books published by Dreamspinner Press, and also self-publishes under the imprint Jaybird Press. Many of his books are now available as 

Jay is transgender and was formerly known as she/her. 

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