Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Tops Down Bottoms Up by Jay Northcote - Review Tour

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Length: 23,000 words approx 


Will Rowan’s festival fling with sexy dancer Seth lead to something more permanent?

Rowan is stuck at a folk festival helping out a mate, and it really isn’t his scene. The yoga and singing workshops are bad enough, but morris dancing is the final straw. Bearded men with beer guts prancing around wearing bells—who wants to watch that?

All Rowan’s preconceptions are shattered when he meets Seth—a morris dancer, and the stuff Rowan’s fantasies are made of. Seth persuades Rowan to come to a dancing workshop, and Rowan’s willing to do whatever it takes to get to know Seth better. The attraction is mutual, and a lesson filled with innuendo and flirting leads to an incredible night together.

When Rowan arrives home, he’s gutted to find that Seth has given him the wrong phone number. Assuming Seth did it on purpose, Rowan resolves to forget about him. But fate—and friends—conspire to get them back together. Will they manage to stay in step this time around?

A much shorter version of this story was originally published in the Not Quite Shakespeare Anthology by Dreamspinner Press. This version has been revised and extended. Almost half of it is new content.

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This was my second encounter with Rowan and Seth. The first time I met these two men it was in a shorter version of this story in an anthology called ‘Not Quite Shakespeare’. My (very short) review of it at the time said:

Morris dancing might not be the first thing to spring to mind when it comes to romance but boy did it work.

And to be honest, that review still stands. Tops Down Bottoms Up is still a sweet, funny, charming, easy to read and very enjoyable story.

Rowan’s cynicism about all things folk and especially morris dancing, had me grinning from the very start and of course his attitude only served to make his slow but inescapable conversion all the more delicious. If I had to come up with an alternative title for this story it would be ‘The Things We Do For Love’ (or in Ronan’s case ‘For Attraction’). Because it is of course only his instant attraction to the gorgeous Seth which makes him show up for a morris dancing workshop.

And that’s when the real comedy starts. I have to admit I knew nothing about morris dancing before reading this story and that I had absolutely no idea there were so many opportunities for double entendres and innuendo. For starters there’s the fact that the title of this story is actually a term used in morris dancing, and then there’s everything these dancers get up to with their sticks. J

And, talking about sticks, Ronan and Seth are very sexy together. But then again, hot and well written sex scenes are something I expect when I pick up a story by Jay Northcote. Just as this story proved once again that Jay has a special talent when it comes to writing delightful stories which flow smoothly and characters who will charm their way into your heart. 

There’s a little bit of angst in the story, but overall it’s a lighthearted, laugh-out-loud funny, sexy and charming tale about two men falling hard.

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 audiobooks.

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

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