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Like A Lover by Jay Northcote

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Book Info

Book Series
Housemates #2
About the Author
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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Publication Date
September 04, 2015
Content Warning
Sexual content
Josh has a plan: get through uni with a good degree and no debts. Focused on his goals, he’s working as an escort to pay his way. He enjoys the no-strings sex and doesn’t have the time or inclination for a relationship. Falling in love definitely isn’t part of the deal—especially not with a client. When Rupert meets Josh in a bar, he’s smitten on sight. He’s never paid for sex before, but when Josh propositions him, he can’t resist. He should have known one night would never be enough. Luckily for him, he has an inheritance to support his addiction to Josh, because his job in IT wouldn’t cover the cost.
With each appointment the lines get increasingly blurred. Something is developing between them that feels more like a relationship than a business transaction, but they come from different worlds and to go from client-and-escort to lovers seems impossible. If they want a future together, Josh and Rupert have a lot to overcome.

Editor reviews

2 reviews

HOT m/m romance
I think it is natural to compare the second book in a series to its prequel. This is more true when the first book was a 5-star read, like Helping Hand was for me.
It wasn't that I didn't enjoy the story. I really liked Josh and thought Jay Northcote expertly conveyed his struggle between being an escort, a good student and wanting to be a boyfriend. Really though, Josh is quite an isolated character and though Jez, Mac, and Dani make brief appearances they have little influence on the story.
I think because Josh is such a strong character we also feel quite disconnected from Rupert. Yes, we know the details of his life - but not really about HIM. One place Rupert does assert himself is in the bedroom - and Like A Lover has a lot of sex. I understand that much of this is because of Josh's job, which is the reason why the two men originally meet. Some of the scenes are also sizzling hot, but to me they became a little repetitive.
I really liked the way that Jay Northcote builds the emotional intensity between Josh and Rupert, but leaving us wondering whether they will have their happy ending and I think the wedding is a nice twist to the story.
Like a Lover is an ideal book for existing Jay Northcote fans and also those who enjoy their romance mixed with an abundance of passionate gay sex!
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