TWO 5 Stars for Passing Through by Jay Northcote (AUDIOBOOK) #MM #Romance @jay_northcote


Title: Passing Through
Author Name: Jay Northcote
Publication Date & Length: March 4, 2015 – 176 pgs


Don’t waste a chance at happiness…

Leo is a lonely workaholic with no time for romance in his life. His job in London takes all his energy and commitment. When he goes to Cornwall to stay with his terminally ill uncle, Edwin, love is the last thing Leo expects to find.

Tris lives in a cottage on Edwin’s land. Gay, but still half in the closet, he and Leo bond over their affection for Edwin, and the pull of attraction between them proves too strong to ignore. In Tris’s arms, in the wilds of Cornwall, Leo finds a peace he’d forgotten existed.

On his return to London, Leo finds himself grieving for more than just the loss of his uncle. When some unexpected news gives Leo the chance to return to Cornwall, he’s afraid it will be too late to rekindle things with Tris. But having learned much from his stay with his uncle, Leo doesn’t want to look back and wish he’d done things differently.

It’s time to seize the day—if it’s not already too late.

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**Audiobook Review**
This is an EXCELLENT book by Jay. I’ve read a few of her books and this one is just great.
Leo is a workaholic who takes time off to be with his dying uncle only to discover there is quite the hunk who has been helping out his uncle while he’s been too busy working to do so.
We get to follow along as Leo goes through a transformation and it’s quite heartwarming and saddening at the same time. He realizes how much he’s missed out on with his uncle now that it is too late, but he works to realize that it’s not too late for him to find what he needs in his life besides work and how to make it all work in his own way.
The way Jay wrote the book is so touching. We are watching a wonderful man, who we come to love and care for, go through his last days and him talk about his experiences in life and those help enlighten Leo, but as well as the reader, as to the changes that have happened through time.
Jay does romance in such a great way with excellent sexy scenes, but not so much so that they take away from the story itself.
The Narrator, Matthew Lloyd Davies, does a great job adding to the story an extra little something. I really enjoyed his voice and the way he brought humor and life to the story when there needed to be and sadness or sexiness as well.
Great job to both Jay and Matthew.


Jay Northcote is such an amazingly versatile writer.  This is much more mature, much more considered and poignant writing than her more recent stories and I absolutely loved it.  Northcote captures Cornwall’s wild beauty and the complexities of family relationships in a way that reminds me of Rosamund Pilcher or Mary Wesley.  

Leo is a typical London workaholic who returns to Cornwall to care for his dying uncle, Edwin.  This story is filled with both Leo and Edwin’s memories as both men relive the choices and experiences that have shaped their lives.  Edwin’s lodger, Tris provides assistance for Edwin and a romantic interest for Leo.

There is something very timeless about Leo’s soul searching in this story.  As Edwin’s life story begins to resonate with Leo, he re-evaluates his own priorities and values.  Tris and Edwin’s relationship is convenient at first, but as the men live together, caring for Edwin, the connection becomes increasingly intimate.  

As in any Jay Northcote story, there are some exquisite sex scenes, but this is more the story of Edwin’s death, a story of choosing to live and die well, without regrets.  This is a truly beautiful story.



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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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