Posted in on Dec 27, 2016 Contemporary
Hollis and Sawyer have known each other since high school, and it would be hard to imagine two more different people. Hollis is a typical introvert: quiet and serious, he carefully considers each decision, avoids frivolity as well as crowds, and constantly over-thinks everything, especially when it comes to Sawyer. By comparison, Sawyer is outgoing and cheerful, quick to develop new passions, whether it's a hobby or a new boyfriend, but, at least in Hollis' eyes, just as quick to lose interest. Hollis has always had a bit of a crush on Sawyer, but he's kept it well under control, since he know he would be crushed when Sawyer eventually moved on if they ever got together.
Posted in on Aug 16, 2016 Contemporary
Ex-con Cam decides to escape the bad crowd that lead him into trouble, and two prison terms. He doesn't go far from his Atlanta home, settling down in Hog Mountain, a small town in rural Georgia. But he doesn't leave a life of crime completely behind. Cam can't resist scamming the people who stop by his little garage, over-charging them for minor repairs by making them out to be more than they are. He has most people fooled, except for one of the town's policemen, Jackson. He is sure Cam is still up to no good, even though the deeply closeted law man is also quite attracted to the tattooed criminal.
Posted in on Feb 16, 2016 Contemporary
<p>Policeman Kip is on patrol one night when he encounters Jos and his little brother Isaac on the streets. The orphans became homeless when he lost his job and an unscrupulous landlord kicked him out of their apartment. After a second encounter with Jos, Kip takes pity on the young man and invites Isaac and Jos to stay with him.</p> <p>It isn't long before the two men both feel a powerful attraction to each other. Kip even finds the prospect of being a parental figure to little Isaac rather appealing. But Jos has had too many bad experiences with being let down by people, and feels he needs to make his own way in the world. Can the two find a way to be together?
Posted in on Feb 25, 2015 Contemporary , novel
<p>Jae-sun Fields is a reporter for a gay tabloid with a reputation for outing public figures. When we first meet him, Jae is hot on the trail of the author of a book that practically lampoons a coming-out book that Jae and many other gay men hold almost sacred. The author, whom Jae is sure is really a woman, seems particularly skilled at keeping their true identity a secret, but Jae won't stop until he tracks the person down and exposes them as a fraud.
Posted in on Oct 01, 2014 Contemporary
<p>Tech wizard Nate wakes up in a strange hotel room, next to a cute stranger who turns out to be named Tim. With no recollection of how he got there, or what the two got up to in bed, Nate is a bit confused to say the least. He and Tim part company assuming they will never see each other. For Tim, who remembers every detail of their night together vividly, the realization that Nate remembers none of it, and doesn't want to see him again, is crushing.
Posted in on Jun 13, 2014 Contemporary
<p>This review originally appeared in slightly different form at <a href="http://nabookreviews.blogspot.com/2014/06/review-not-just-friends-by-jay-northcote.html" title="New Adult Book Reviews">New Adult Book Reviews</a>.</p> <p>As Lewis moves into his university housing to start his first year of college, he meets his new roommates. There's the loud jock Dean, Andreas, Rob, and then there's Max. Openly gay Max confuses Lewis, awakening feelings that he has never acknowledged before. He and Max become good friends, and Lewis is prepared to come out, as well as tell Max how he feels, but then Max gets into a relationship of his own, so Lewis resolves not to interfere.
Posted in on Mar 13, 2014 Contemporary , Novella
<p>Kenon is the art world's equivalent of a rock star. The young painter can pick and choose which commissions he takes on. The portraits he creates for the rich and famous help keep the private artists' club he has created afloat and at the center of New York's art scene. Kenon is used to getting what — and who — he wants. When a man catches his eye, he can be rather ruthless in pursuing them, but it's the pursuit that thrills him. Once he beds his quarry, he doesn't hold on to them for long. Kenon has been used and betrayed in the past, so he avoids letting anyone get close. What he doesn't see is that now he has become a user himself.
Posted in on Jun 12, 2013 Contemporary , Menage
<p>Spoiler alert: This is one of those short-stories that's difficult to review without giving away most of the plot details. But then, this isn't a book you're going to read for its plot.</p> <p>Chris has arranged a little reunion with his old college roommates Sean and Tim at an isolated vacation home. Chris had tried to deny his feelings while in school, but since graduating he has come to terms with his sexuality, and his strong attraction to Sean. He has learned that Sean is now out, so he's hoping he can finally have a chance to connect with his former roommate. But when Sean and Tim arrive, Chris gets the shocking news that they are a couple.
Posted in on May 27, 2013 Contemporary , D/s
<p>As Tackett Austin marks the passing of another year with a drink at his BDSM club, the Guards of Folsom, he begins to look back and question some of the choices he has made. Yes, he is well-to-do and has a successful career, and he has a well-earned reputation in the club as a good Dom, with subs lining up to serve him, but as he looks around at his friends, he sees other Doms with their own collared subs, happily living the lifestyle full time. Tackett only ever plays at the club and has never had a sub of his own, even under a short term contract, but as he sees how happy his friends are, he begins to wonder what it would be like to have a long term sub of his very own, what it would be like to own a pup.
Posted in on May 11, 2013 Contemporary , D/s , Menage
<p>Josh is a shy young man living in Bath. He was recently dumped by his boyfriend and now lives in a small apartment on the top floor of a run-down converted house. He likes his job as a glass blower, making traditional ornaments, but otherwise he has a rather empty life with few friends. As the story opens, Josh is crushing on his downstairs neighbors, Evan and Rai. The big strapping Evan from Manchester and geeky Japanese Rai make an unlikely couple. They're as different as chalk and sushi, but the two men seem devoted to each other. They also seem to enjoy a very active sex life, as Josh is reminded when he visits his friend Denise, who lives on the floor below Evan and Rai. The sounds of their lovemaking can be clearly heard in Denise's rooms.
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