Wendy re-reviews Not Just Friends by Jay Northcote. Published by Dreamspinner Press February 23, 2014, 200 pages.
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.
This weeks theme is Review It Again. That means we are reviewing a book that has been previously reviewed by another reviewer here at Rainbow Gold Reviews. I had someone else pick the book for me and I haven’t looked at the other review yet. As a matter of fact, I don’t even know which of my fellow reviewers did the previous review. I wanted to give you all my version completely without influence from the other review.
I’ve had this book in my library for probably a year and a half now and it was a great time for a re-read.
Lewis is exactly what I would expect someone that age who is questioning his sexuality to be like. In fact, he’s exactly what I expect someone who’s questioning his questioning his sexuality to be like. A very confused young man. Sometimes embracing his feelings and other times in complete denial. Young people can be unintentionally cruel at this juncture in life, whether it’s about sexuality or being a friend to someone who isn’t popular etc… Lewis has a few moments of this that were not unexpected. I liked the realism in that. He also had some other very real things going on at the same time. I loved watching him grow and have his “Aha” moments and there were a few (some were bigger than others), and I loved watching him take some very grown up steps and do some very grown up things.
Max is a sweet character that I absolutely adore. He does some things that looking back on were not great choices and have some repercussions, but all part of growing up. These are things that shape the person he becomes and growing pains hurt. Again, the realism in the story in the details and subject matter was not what I was expecting in a New Adult romance novel, yet at the same time exactly what I would expect could happen to real people.
And when Lewis and Max get together in between the sheets it gets pretty steamy!
The secondary characters were wonderful and messy and fun. I loved them. I even really disliked one of them.
This is a great book and I’m so glad I had this chance to do the re-read and write this review.
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