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


Title: Nothing Special
Author Name & Publisher: Jay Northcote (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: August 13, 2014 – 184 pgs


Noah thinks he’s nothing special. Average height, a bit on the skinny side, and cute but rather geeky, he’s relentlessly ordinary. He certainly doesn’t expect to be noticed by Sol, the gorgeous dark-haired stranger Noah sees on his commute home most days. But when Noah’s friend, Dom, persuades Noah to take a huge risk in a bid to get Sol’s attention, things turn out better than Noah dared to hope. Noah and Sol start dating, and much to Noah’s surprise, his feelings seem to be reciprocated.

But Noah’s insecurities make him doubt Sol. He doesn’t believe he’s interesting enough or sexy enough to hold Sol’s attention, and as Sol tries to get closer, Noah’s instinct is to pull away to protect himself. If their relationship is going to survive, Sol needs to convince Noah that he sees Noah very differently than Noah sees himself. Because to Sol, Noah is something very special indeed.

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Another gently-moving love story. I liked the way the relationship began–that was a fun twist on how the characters met. Both men are easy to like and easy to root for. I really felt for Noah–it can be hard to feel good about yourself because of the images of what’s “hot.” The way Sol showed how he saw Noah was sweet and romantic.

There wasn’t much real tension here other than Noah’s doubts about their relationship. That’s fine; it worked well enough. This is a good one for curling up on a rainy day–definitely a feel-good story.

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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