- Book Title: Helping Hand
- Book Title: Housemates, book One
- Author: Jay Northcote
- Publisher: Jaybird Press (June 24, 2015)
- Book Length: 97 pages
- Genre: Romance, Erotica, GFY
- Reviewed by: Scott
- Rating: 4 Star
- Posting Date: September 9, 2015
For some this book will be erotica, it will tell them of how a couple of horny guys with an open mind can help each other out. To be honest that is how I first felt, also. After taking the time to think about the book I came upon another revelation, and I really like this one better. It’s something I’ve always thought would be the case if society removed labels and the stigma that is attached to them.
The mantra that has been so relevant of late “Love is Love” is really what this book is about. Jez and James are housemates, let’s not put a label on them, they are just going to be a couple of guys and we are going to say that Jez is the aggressor. This then becomes a story of discovery, trust and love. Discovery in the openness of feelings that each character has for the other. Trust in letting that other person into their souls and Trust in letting that other person have free will with their bodies. Love in the sense that even though they are a couple of blokes they are not letting someone else dictate that they cannot have love for the other. See what I mean “Love is Love” and it really is a beautiful thing.
I love the fact that Jay took an outwardly simple book and got me to thinking. I enjoyed this book for the eroticism and for the emotions that the characters brought forth from the pages.
Jez Fielding and James MacKenzie—Big Mac to his mates—are in their second year at uni. After partying too hard last year, they make a pact to rein themselves in. While their housemates are out drinking every weekend, Jez and Mac stay in to save cash and focus on their studies.
When Jez suggests watching some porn together, he isn’t expecting Mac to agree to it. One thing leads to another, and soon their arrangement becomes hands-on rather than hands-off. But falling for your straight friend can only end badly, unless there’s a chance he might feel the same.
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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