By Jay Northcote
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Falling for your ‘straight’ friend can only end badly, unless there’s a chance he feels the same.
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.
What a creative and well-crafted storyline and love story!
Two close friends at university find themselves foregoing nights out clubbing or at the pub – one because of incurring too much debt the previous year from partying and the other because he needs to improve his grades for the same reason. Time spent hanging out at home on the weekends creates the perfect scenario to grow their connection – first as friends, and then as lovers. When emotions are added to the mix, the sex becomes more than simply a physical act, especially when cuddling evolves into all-nighters. Will they reach beyond the sex and admit it’s more than that, especially when their “dirty secret” is exposed?
It’s easy to get drawn up into Jez’s and Mac’s blossoming relationship, and their genuine affection for one another is nothing short of endearing. I loved how Mac turned out to be more into things than what the reader was led to believe based on Jez’s POV – Mac was willing to express his true feelings when it mattered. The tenderness they share makes my heart glow. As usual, I’m drawn in by author Jay Northcote’s writing style: comforting, relatable and realistic, and heartwarming – so well written that I hated for the story to end.
“So this is it? We’re boyfriends now?” Mac still sounded uncertain.
Jez pressed his palm against Mac’s chest and felt the answering thud of his heart. “Yep. Boyfriends who aren’t gay.” He chuckled.
Mac was quiet for a moment. “We’re going to tell people now, yeah? And they’ll all assume we’re gay.”
Jez shrugged. “Let them think what they like. Gay, bi, gay for each other, I don’t care. F*ck labels. I’m into you and you’re into me, and that’s what matters.”
(originally published on Amazon and Goodreads, December 28, 2016)