By Jay Northcote
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
A summer fling is an ideal cure for a broken heart. But when it’s with your best friend, things get complicated.
When Adam is dumped by his boyfriend, a week away at a beach resort seems like a great opportunity to get over his ex. Sun, sea, and no-strings sex will be just the boost he needs to move on with his life.
Adam’s best friend, Finn, agrees to accompany him at short notice. Finn’s had a crush on Adam for years, but is determined to put his feelings aside and be the perfect wingman in Adam’s time of crisis.
A spontaneous threesome with another guy forces Adam and Finn to confront their attraction to each other. Having a holiday fling together wasn’t part of the plan, and as their trip heats up, they soon realise that one night of fun won’t be enough for either of them.
The passion might be scorching, but their hearts and friendship are on the line. If their romance is going to survive the flight home, they have to be honest about what they want.
What wasn’t there to love about Adam and Finn?
Author Jay Northcote simply doesn’t miss, and Summer Heat is his latest five-star must-read. This one strays a little bit from the “coming out and finding new love” angle, and instead focuses on steering best mates Adam and Finn towards admitting their always existent feelings and attraction for one another after Adam’s boyfriend and live-in love of five years unceremoniously dumps him for a younger guy. Heartbroken and devastated, Adam turns to the one he knows will be there for him: his best friend Finn.
Northcote constructs the perfect backdrop and set of circumstances to lead the pair to their inevitable connecting moment, even though neither one had dared hope their fantasies could come true. But while on holiday at a gay resort, and thanks to the addition of perfect timing and a random suggestion from fellow resort guest Niall, the scenario is set into motion. The pair’s history allows their friendship to segue effortlessly into a romantic relationship that is fueled by attraction, lust, respect, and genuine affection – and love – for one another. Finn has existed patiently in the wings while Adam was committed to the older Drew.
I really thoroughly enjoyed this book. There was no heavy angst and drama. Adam and Finn expressed logical internal questions and concerns, but never once did I feel rushed or that anything dragged or wasn’t real-to-life, and the HFN ending was a clever, high-five scene.
Northcote’s writing exuded a playful style in this book, and something about the intensity, charm, and connection between Adam and Finn seemed deeper and more passionate than in his previous writings – and that’s saying a lot considering he’s a master at delivering the full package.
For me, this line summed it all up: “It’s always been you.” What’s more romantic than that?
Final thought: Northcote should write a follow-up focused on Niall discovering love – maybe when he returns as the best man at Adam’s and Finn’s wedding. Hint. Hint. Wink. Wink.
I voluntarily read and reviewed an Advanced Reader’s Copy of Summer Heat.
Review originally posted on Amazon and Goodreads on June 23, 2017.