Better Place – Rainbow Place #3
Bookreview / March 16, 2019

Better Place is part 3 in the Rainbow Place series by Jay Northcote, and once again he asked me to read and review this before it was published. So thank you very much Jay, for sending me the ARC. Joe has recently been fired from work and is now trying his luck as a writer. The story is all in his head, he just has to get it out on paper. But his partner Harry is less than supportive and is constantly bugging him. And because Harry also has a drinking problem, Joe is trying to get away from home more and more. He just doesn’t have the courage yet to break it off completely. But when he meets Dylan at Rainbow Place, while writing at a table in the cafe, he finally learns that he deserves so much more from life. Dylan is flirting with him, but because Joe is still not single he is afraid to take it any further. Slowly a friendship is forming and as Dylan learns more and more about Joe, he is really getting worried about the way Harry is treating Joe. Abuse is not always physical, it can also be mentally. When he…

Safe Place – Rainbow Place #2
Bookreview / October 24, 2018

Safe Place is part 2 in the Rainbow Place series by Jay Northcote, situated in the same universe as part 1, so characters from part 1 can be in this book as well, but won’t be playing the lead role. Alex is almost 18 and can’t wait to get out of the little town of Porthladock. Alex is gay, but firmly in the closet. His father is oppressive influence and a homophobe so Alex doesn’t really want to come out while he is still at home. Just one more exam and he can go to uni and be the person he always wanted to be. But when he fails his exam, it means he is stuck in town for a while longer and to make things even worse, he has to work for his dad. There is only one thing in his life that makes it worthwhile and that is Cam. Cam is bisexual and quite happy with it, but doesn’t want to broadcast it out in the world. His social life is all about rugby and hanging out with friends. He has always had a crush on Alex, but since Alex is 6 years younger, Cam is not sure…

Rainbow Place – Rainbow Place #1
Bookreview / October 22, 2018

Rainbow Place is a new series by Jay Northcote, all centred around an LGBT friendly cafe in a small English town. The perfect setting for all kinds of things, like we will learn pretty soon. Seb Radcliffe relocates to a small town in Cornwall, determined to make something of his new life. Because he is used to life in the big city, he misses queer spaces and LGBT friendly people, so he decides to open his own LGBT friendly cafe-bar. But when he finds the perfect spot, it is going to need a little work and Seb is not cut out to do any DIY. So he hires someone to bring his dream to life. Jason Dunn is the local builder, hired by Seb to do the work on his bar. Like Seb, Jason is also gay, but he is deep in the closet and in denial. He has never allowed himself to be in a relation with another man, only occasional hook ups when he gets the chance. However, the second he meets Seb, it is love at first sight for both of them. But Seb is out and proud and doesn’t want to hide his feelings for Jason….

Nothing Serious (re-release)
Bookreview / August 11, 2018

Lately the lovely Jay Northcote has started re realising some of his earlier work with an updated cover. This book is one of them, I already blogged about it back in 2015. You can read that blog right here. Back then I said I wasn’t a big fan of Northcote, but that has certainly changed a lot. I read this story again and with great pleasure also. It is still a recommended story that everyone should read. Title: Nothing Serious Author: Jay Northcote Publisher: Jaybird Press (self published) Length: 40,000 words approx Genre: contemporary m/m romance Cover Artist: Garrett Leigh Release Date: Originally published by Dreamspinner Press in 2013. This edition: July 18th 2018 Series information: This book is a standalone. The other ‘Nothing’ titles are unrelated. Blurb What happens when “nothing serious” turns into something more complicated? 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…

The Little Things
Bookreview / July 21, 2018

I have actually blogged about this book before right here but it has now been republished with a different cover. The story is still the same, it’s only the cover that has changed. The story was already heartbreaking in 2015, but in 2018 it is just as heartbreaking. I just could not finish this story without a few tears in my eyes, and that means it is a very good story. Joel is gay, but a one night drunken affair with his best friend makes him a father and he loves his little girl Evie very much. Shared custody with Claire makes sure he sees Evie a lot and they are enjoying life. Joel even has a boyfriend Dan, so could life be any better? Then one night misfortune strikes and leaves Evie without a mother and now permanently in the care of Joel, who has to learn to live without his best friend. His relationship with Dan is strained, but he needs to put his daughter first, even before Dan. In the end their relationship cracks and they both decide it is best to separate. So now Joel is alone with his daughter and has to adjust to a new…

Second Chance
Bookreview / July 15, 2018

Second Chance by Jay Northcote is a new book by one of the greatest authors I know. Every single thing he publishes is an automatic buy for me. This book was no difference, but it was given to me as an eARC. It is not autobiographical, but because of the subject could be considered somewhat personal. Title: Second Chance Author: Jay Northcote Publisher: Jaybird Press (self published) Length: 67,000 words approx Genre: contemporary m/m romance, transgender Cover Artist: Garrett Leigh Release Date: Friday 20th April 2018 Series info: This book is a standalone Blurb Everyone deserves a second chance. Nate and his teenage daughter need a fresh start, so they move back to the village where he grew up. Nate’s transgender, and not used to disclosing his history, so it’s hard living where people knew him before. When Nate reconnects with Jack—his best friend from school and unrequited crush—his feelings return as strong as ever. Jack’s returned home to get his life in order after an addiction to alcohol caused him to lose everything: his job, his driver’s licence, and nearly his life. He’s living with his parents, which is less than ideal, but rekindling his friendship with Nate—or Nat…