Dawn reviews Jay Northcote’s Nothing Ventured (The book was published by Dreamspinner Press on November 12th, 2014, 142 pgs).
This book was provided free of charge for an honest review by the author.
Why I read this book: I have read all Jays other books and really enjoyed them, and wanted to see if this one was as good…..
When Aiden agrees to run the Mad Mucker—a twelve-mile muddy slog over an obstacle course—he’s expecting it to be a bit of a laugh. The training will be tough, but Aiden could use the motivation to regain some fitness.
Matt is the sexy cousin of one of Aiden’s coworkers and a last-minute addition to the team. When he agrees to train with Aiden, Aiden suddenly finds the prospect of regular workouts a lot more appealing.
Soon attraction flares, and they embark on an intense physical relationship. Matt doesn’t want to fall in love with a man, and Aiden doesn’t want to fall in love at all, but despite their insistence on no strings, they grow closer. As the day of the race approaches, time is running out for them to work out how they feel about each other.
Well, Jay Northcote has done it again……. this is another book full of emotions, and somehow you get to feel all the emotions as you read the book.
We meet Aiden, who while out with a co-worker one evening, drinks Tequila to excess, and agrees to take part in the Mad Mucker race. At a group meeting to decide the charity they are running for, Aiden meets the rest of the group, and his eyes pop out of his head when he sees Matt for the first time, clad in skin-tight cycling gear!!
Aiden agrees to start training with Matt, to prepare for the race, and finds it hard not to keep staring at Matt. To begin with, both men have little digs at each other, but eventually they begin to form a friendship of sorts. This then escalates one day when Aiden realises that Matt may not be straight as he first thought, especially as he catches him eyeing him a few times. After one training run which ends up with them both covered in mud, Aiden offers Matt use of his shower before driving home, and when Matt walks into the bedroom with just a towel around him, which does little to hide his arousal, Aiden offers to blow Matt, and he readily agrees, and this changes everything.
Their relationship changes to a sort of friends with benefits, with neither wanting commitment – Matt saying that he will marry a woman and have children one day, so he could not fall in love with a man, and Aiden who avoids commitment and always says he doesn’t want to fall in love at all, after being so hurt in a previous relationship.
However, the more they see each other, the more that they end up meaning to each other, but neither will admit so. Things come to a head when after spending a whole night together, Aiden wakes to hear Matt leaving. When they next meet, Aiden has decided to tell Matt that he has strong feelings for him, but before he can say anything, Matt tells him that he wants to cool things between them.
Aiden keeps quiet, and does not say anything, but you can really feel his emotions – somehow the author has managed to write the story in such a way, that it is like you can feel that his heart is breaking at being told this. Aiden manages to keep going and puts a brave face on, but when he sees Matt the day of the race, it hurts even more….. however, something happens during the race that could change things forever…….
Do Aiden and Matt manage to reconcile??? Not saying……..
I really don’t know how Jay does it, but I have found in her books that you really feel for the characters, and the emotions they are feeling. Be warned, once you start reading this, you will not be able to stop until you finish the book.
Jay lives just outside Bristol in the West of England, with her amazing, occasionally ridiculous husband, two noisy-but-awesome 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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