4 Stars for Nothing Serious by Jay Northcote #MM #Romance @jay_northcote


Title: Nothing Serious
Author Name & Publisher: Jay Northcote (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: October 23, 2013 – 158 pgs


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 sight. When a cardboard box splits, revealing items of a personal nature that Mark never wanted anybody to see, he’s mortified. But it sparks the start of a beautiful friendship with benefits.

As Jamie initiates Mark into the joys of gay sex, the two men get increasingly close and “nothing serious” turns into something rather important to both of them. But communication isn’t their strong point. Will either man ever find the courage to be honest about his feelings?

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This was a sweet, fun read. I liked both Mark and Jamie right away–they were easy to appreciate. I always enjoy stories where the characters both learn and grow together. I also liked the way Mark’s ex, Rachel, was a fully developed character herself. It was easy to see how having their relationship fall apart hurt her, but she was also able to make peace with Mark and their situation.

All in all, this was an agreeable, sexy, gentle story of two people falling in love as they slowly discovered each other. There wasn’t much angst or tension, just lots of love.

Amy M


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Jay lives just outside Bristol in the West of England, with her amazing, occasionally ridiculous husband, two noisy-but-awesome children, and two cats.

Jay comes from a family of writers, but she always used to believe that the gene for fiction writing had passed her by. She spent years only ever writing emails, articles, or website content. One day, she decided to try and write a short story–just to see if she could–and found it rather addictive. She hasn’t stopped writing since.

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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