My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars
Mark O’Brien is finally being honest with himself. His relationship with Rachel is over and he’s moving out of the home they’ve shared for six years. They get along, but he can’t fix a relationship when the person he’s with is the wrong gender.
Jamie Robertson, one of the removal men, is huge and ridiculously gorgeous, and Mark is smitten at first sight. When a cardboard box splits, revealing items of a personal nature that Mark never wanted anybody to see, he’s mortified. But it sparks the start of a beautiful friendship with benefits.
As Jamie initiates Mark into the joys of gay sex, the two men get increasingly close and “nothing serious” turns into something rather important to both of them. But communication isn’t their strong point. Will either man ever find the courage to be honest about his feelings?
So what did I think?
I liked this story, mainly because both the main characters were both so nice! The story follows Mark, who finally comes out after many years of marriage, as he is initiated into the joys of gay sex by Jamie, whom he meets when Jamie is the removalist helping him move into his own flat.
The reasons for Mark ending up married “I think I just wanted to be what everyone expected me to be..” were relatively simple and his break up with his wife not overdone. It wasn’t necessarily a happy break up but neither was it too easy – realistic.
Jamie is younger than Mark and although not overly experienced, takes on the role of providing Mark with the touch he has been craving. Jamie is wonderful with a warm and caring nature and so endearing as he struggles with his dyslexia. His family are also a wonderful addition to the story.
I enjoyed the sweet story from the first realisation of shared interests which occurs over a broken packing box filled with Mark’s collection of DVDs and toys, through the sexual exploration, through the emotional miscommunication and to the last pages where Jamie is moving his own possessions, echoing the beginning of the book.
To find out more about Jay Northcote and her writing visit her website.
- Jay Northcote Talks First Times, but it’s Nothing Serious (posyroberts.com)
- Five minutes with Jay Northcote (nrwalker.wordpress.com)
- Welcome to Jay Northcote (ukgayromance.co.uk)