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The Dating Game by Jay Northcote

 
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Book Series
Owen and Nathan #1
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 22, 2014
Pages
103
Content Warning
Some sexual content
Five sex-free dates—how hard can it be?

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A MUST read!
(Updated: May 06, 2015)
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The Dating Game is a contemporary gay romance which is sweet, without being overly sentimental. Owen, Nathan and their friends are such animated characters that I could imagine being sat having a beer and a laugh with them in the pub!
One of my favourite elements of Jay Northcote's writing is that she does not attempt to disguise her 'Britishness'. She is clearly passionate about her home city of Bristol and is able to represent it with a definite vibrancy. I smiled at the author's use of words like "snog", finding a certain comfort in this familiar language.
The romance between Owen and Nathan develops in a different way than many other M/M romance stories as the couple make a five-date-with-no-sex rule. Their mutual attraction is years old, but Nathan is reluctant to become involved with someone who has a reputation as a 'one-night stand man'. This series of dates allows us to learn more about the two men, without the sex which often appears to be a pre-requisite in the genre. That is not to say that there are no sex scenes but the expectation which Jay Northcote builds intensifies the sense of eroticism.
I am ashamed to admit that this is the first book I have read by Jay Northcote, but after I have finished The Marrying Kind I will be hurrying to Amazon and pressing that one-click button! If you haven't yet read The Dating Game or you don't have it at the top of your TBR pile, do it NOW!
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