Bethany reviews Jay Northcote’s ‘Not Just Friends’. (The book was published by Dreamspinner Press on February 23, 2014 , 206 pgs).
Why I read this book: We were provided a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Leaving home to go to university is an exciting phase in anyone’s life. One that’s full of new places, new friends, and new experiences. But Lewis is not prepared for the sudden and intense crush he develops on his out-and-proud flatmate, Max—given that Lewis had always assumed he was straight. Max starts dating another guy, and Lewis’s jealousy at seeing them together forces him to confront his growing attraction.
When Max’s relationship goes awry, Lewis is the one to comfort him and one thing leads to another. But after a night together, Lewis is devastated that Max wants to go back to being just friends. Lewis tries his best to move on and their friendship survives, but the feelings he has for Max don’t go away. He faces other challenges as he deals with coming out to his parents and needs Max’s support more than ever. But Lewis isn’t the only one who’s conflicted. When Max finally admits he cares for Lewis too, Lewis must decide whether he dares risk his heart again on being more than just friends.
My Review 8/10 pots of gold
This book is just what I needed after the last book I read. And I love the concept. You know the one, the “straight” guy finds himself attracted to the “out” guy. And he realizes that, oh I’m not so straight after all and I kinda always knew I was gay. Oh and I love how the author does that for Lewis.
I was expecting Lewis and Max to be hot and heavy from the beginning, but what I got was a nice slow burn. I got to see the friendship built, strengthen become something so important to both of them. A friendship neither was willing to chance. This truly a coming of age story. And I loved it cause it is written so beautifully.
Now the secondary characters? Well I was a little worried, I mean five guys living together they are bound to have issues. Nope I absolutely loved all of them, I loved how they took it in stride when Max told them he was gay. And I loved them even more when Max and Lewis came out as a couple.
My only issue with this book is some of the slang and phrases. Like “cheers” for “thanks” but once I got the hang of it, it flowed for me. This book is sweet, sassy with very little angst. A perfect hug in a book. You will find yourself cheering for these two, and at the end you will find yourself wanting more. Well done Jay Northcote, well done.
Jay lives just outside Bristol in the West of England, with her husband, two children, and two cats.
Jay 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.
Jay writes contemporary gay romance, usually set in or near her home town of Bristol. She enjoys the challenge of bringing the men in her head to life through her words.
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