Starting from Scratch – Housemates #5
Bookreview / April 30, 2017

And for another day, another wonderful novel from the even more wonderful Jay Northcote. It was send to me as an ARC and let me tell you, I LOVE this story. In the few weeks I have had it, I must have read it at least 5 times already and I know I will be reading it again and again. I love the whole Housemates series, but I especially love this part. Starting from Scratch is part 5 in the series, my reviews for part 1, part 2, part 3 and part 4 can also be found on this blog. Ben is transgender (he used to be a girl) and back at university after hormone treatment and chest surgery. His new housemates have no idea about his history and Ben wants to keep it that way. He’s starting from scratch and his life is finally on track, except in the romance department. The idea of dating guys as a guy is exhilarating but terrifying, because if Ben wants a boyfriend he’ll have to disclose his secret. Sid is drawn to Ben from the moment they meet. He normally gets what he wants—in the short term at least. Ben’s guarded at first,…

Practice Makes Perfect – Housemates #3
Blogtour , Bookreview / June 22, 2016

Practice Makes Perfect is the third part in the Housemates series by Jay Northcote. After I read part 1 and part 2 I just knew I had to read part 3 also. And Jay was kind enough to grant me an ARC and I read it with great pleasure. As you all know Jay Northcote has been and always will be one of my all time favorite authors and she has never let me down. I read the whole thing in a few hours and it made me smile all the way through. Dev is a geeky first year student with zero sexual experience and very little experience with other people. After a bad episode in his previous house he has moved to a new house where people are more accepting and nice to him. He is determined to make his life better and therefore creates a list of things he wants to do soon. They include finding a boyfriend and getting more sexual experience. But how do you do that? Ewan lives next door to Dev. He has made his mind up and wants to stay single for the time being. He is struggling with his math and when Dev…

Helping Hand – Housemates #1
Bookreview / October 6, 2015

Helping Hand (Housemates #1) by Jay Northcote is part 1 in the Housemates series. I read and reviewed part 2 here, so naturally I had to read part 1. Part 1 is a much shorter story and that is too bad because there is much potential in this story. Jez Fielding and James MacKenzie are housemates at Uni and have made a pact together. Both need to pick up their studies and do so much better. So they decide to be better, stay inside more and devote themselves to studying and nothing more. Several weeks into the pact, Jez suggests they watch some porn together to help them relax. Of course they will not touch each other and do nothing that could be considered “gay”. After all, masturbation is normal for every guy, isn’t it? But soon their arrangement changes and the boundaries blur. Jez finds himself more fascinated with James than with the porn and he is imagining all kinds of things they could be doing together. But James is straight and would never agree to that, would he? A little touching leads to kissing which leads to so much more, but when it is over they will not…

Like a Lover – Housemates #2
Bookreview / September 3, 2015

Like a Lover is the new novel by Jay Northcote and was send to me by the author requesting a review. It is part 2 in the Housemates series, but can be read separately. Some characters and the background are the same as in the first book. Josh is determined to get through university with a degree and zero debt. To make sure of the last part he works as a male escort. Hooking up with strangers and have lots of no strings attached sex is fine with him, since he has no time for a real relationship. He swore to himself he would never fall in love, especially not with a client. One night he has a client that doesn’t show up. Sitting around in the bar, his eye falls on the cute guy sitting at the bar. Rupert has seen Josh sitting at the bar all evening and instantly fell in love with him. When Josh approaches him and makes it clear that he expects to get paid for sex, Rupert cannot resist. He has never paid for sex, but for Josh he is willing to do anything. But one night of passion is not enough and he…