- Book Title: Like a Lover
- Book Series: Housemates, book Two (Standalone)
- Author: Jay Northcote
- Publisher: Jaybird Press (September 4, 2015)
- Book Length: 143 pages
- Genre: Gay, Contemporary, Romance, Erotica
- Reviewed by: Diane
- Rating: 4.5 Star
- Posting Date: September 4, 2015
Like a Lover is a straight-up romance that brings two very different men together by virtue of a business transaction that has all the earmarks of a one-night-stand with a predictable outcome and a very enjoyable journey to get there.
What I especially liked about the two characters, Josh the escort and Rupert the “virgin john”, was how distinct their voices are throughout the tale, how each man’s past and current circumstances drive all their choices and insinuate how they interact with each other via a sequence of sexual encounters.
What could have been simply an episodic leap from one scene of affection to another, ala most erotica, the author instead shows us emotional growth, both when they are together and when they are apart. Josh, younger and in many ways more mature, has a clear sense of purpose. He is goal-oriented, with his feet firmly planted on the ground, whereas Rupert seems more susceptible to obsessive behavior and has the means to feed it.
Fast attraction morphs into a slow burn until Rupert is confronted with a social event requiring his presence along with a plus-1. The set-up and execution of that event, and the not always predictable outcome, caps off a very satisfying story of two men coming to terms with how to fit the all the puzzle pieces of their vastly different lives together.
Like a Lover is a satisfying read, with characters who have a real emotional connection, and some real life concerns and resolutions that give this romance a nice air of authenticity—along with a few trips to the freezer to grab an ice cube to cool the reader’s fevered brow. Just saying…
If you like romance, character studies and endings that make sense for all concerned, Like a Lover is intelligent and worthy of your time. This is a recommended read. 4.5 Stars.
Josh has a plan: get through uni with a good degree and no debts. Focused on his goals, he’s working as an escort to pay his way. He enjoys the no-strings sex and doesn’t have the time or inclination for a relationship. Falling in love definitely isn’t part of the deal—especially not with a client.
When Rupert meets Josh in a bar, he’s smitten on sight. He’s never paid for sex before, but when Josh propositions him, he can’t resist. He should have known one night would never be enough. Luckily for him, he has an inheritance to support his addiction to Josh, because his job in IT wouldn’t cover the cost.
With each appointment the lines get increasingly blurred. Something is developing between them that feels more like a relationship than a business transaction, but they come from different worlds and to go from client-and-escort to lovers seems impossible. If they want a future together, Josh and Rupert have a lot to overcome.
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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