5 Stars for Not Just Friends by Jay Northcote (AUDIOBOOK) #MM #GayForYou


Title: Not Just Friends
Author Name & Publisher: Jay Northcote (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: February 24, 2014 – 200 pgs


Leaving home to go to university is an exciting phase in anyone’s life. One that’s full of new places, new friends, and new experiences. But Lewis is not prepared for the sudden and intense crush he develops on his out-and-proud flatmate, Max—given that Lewis had always assumed he was straight. Max starts dating another guy, and Lewis’s jealousy at seeing them together forces him to confront his growing attraction.

When Max’s relationship goes awry, Lewis is the one to comfort him and one thing leads to another. But after a night together, Lewis is devastated that Max wants to go back to being just friends. Lewis tries his best to move on and their friendship survives, but the feelings he has for Max don’t go away. He faces other challenges as he deals with coming out to his parents, and needs Max’s support more than ever. But Lewis isn’t the only one who’s conflicted. When Max finally admits he cares for Lewis too, Lewis must decide whether he dares risk his heart again on being more than just friends.

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Oh… I loved this book. Being at Uni and figuring out who you are.
This was a touch of gay for you, but there was a hint of having been gay before but not having acted on it or really acknowledged it at the time.
Max was hard to understand at times, but he’d been hurt and was dealing with a relationship while trying to handle the budding feelings for Lewis, who wasn’t sure what he wanted.
The two men together was super hot and their feelings and relationships slow growth was amazing. Watching them go from flat mates to friends to friends with benefits to more and all the ups and downs and back and forths that happen.
I believe it was my first Matthew Davies narrated book and he did an awesome job.


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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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