Cover: Garrett Leigh @ Black Jazz Design
Length: 47,000 words approx.
A summer fling is an ideal cure for a broken heart. But when it's with your best friend, things get complicated.
When Adam is dumped by his boyfriend, a week away at a beach resort seems like a great opportunity to get over his ex. Sun, sea, and no-strings sex will be just the boost he needs to move on with his life.
Adam's best friend, Finn, agrees to accompany him at short notice. Finn's had a crush on Adam for years, but is determined to put his feelings aside and be the perfect wingman in Adam's time of crisis.
A spontaneous threesome with another guy forces Adam and Finn to confront their attraction to each other. Having a holiday fling together wasn't part of the plan, and as their trip heats up, they soon realise that one night of fun won't be enough for either of them.
The passion might be scorching, but their hearts and friendship are on the line. If their romance is going to survive the flight home, they have to be honest about what they want.
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Part of me wants to keep this review very short and just say: If you’re a fan of Jay Northcote’s stories, hurry and pick up Summer Heat, because this book is quintessential Jay. And yes, that is a very good thing.
On the off chance that this review may be read by someone who hasn't discovered this author yet (and if that’s you, you may want to do something about that oversight asap J) let me explain what I mean. Summer Heat, like the vast majority of Jay Northcote’s books, is a sweet and cute story centred around two characters who will charm their way into your heart within the first few pages. Adam and Finn are recognisable young men; they could be the boys next door, and they’re all the more endearing for it.
This story is gentle, virtually angst-free (yay) and so very hot it should come with a high protection factor, just like the suntan lotion Adam needs in large quantities.
The secondary characters are entertaining, not to mention instrumental in getting these two long-term friends together at last, and the setting is one I wouldn’t mind spending a few sun-soaked days in myself.
In short, Summer Heat is a hot, undemanding but totally engrossing and captivating story. It is a perfect beach read and I can’t recommend it highly enough if you’re in the mood for a well written, fast, hot, and delightful reading experience.
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 audiobooks.
Jay is transgender and was formerly known as she/her.
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