Title: Practice Makes Perfect
Series: Housemates #3
Author: Jay Northcote
Genre: M/M New Adult Romance
Release Date: 22 June 2016
Getting experience with the guy next door seems like a great idea—until the lines blur.
Dev, a geeky first year physics student, has zero sexual experience and he’s determined to change that ASAP. After a bad time in halls of residence, he’s starting the summer term with different housemates and a new plan of action.
Ewan lives in the house next door to Dev. He’s young, free and single, and isn’t looking to change that anytime soon. When awkward circumstances throw them together, Ewan offers to help Dev out in the bedroom in return for maths tutoring, and Dev jumps at the chance.
They work their way through Dev’s sex-to- do list, but what starts as a perfect no- strings arrangement gets more complicated as their feelings for each other begin to grow. If they’re going to turn their lessons in lovemaking into something more permanent, they need to work out how they feel about each other—before they get to the end of Dev’s list.
NB: Although this book is part of a series, it is a complete story with different main characters and can be read as a standalone.
The third book in the Housemates series, although it can easily be read as standalone, introduces two new characters Dev and Ewan.
Dev is the typical sexy geek who also happens to be a virgin that needs to learn some practical on gay sex to get him out of his virginal state. His first step is to get himself a dildo but when said dildo is delivered to his next door neighbour this leads to an embarrassing face to face. This innocent first year university student is unaware he has just met his sexpert!
Ewan is a second year student at university and struggling with his statistic papers. When a wrong delivery sends him to his neighbours he meets the sweet and sexy Dev. This leads to an interesting exchange of expertise, Dev with maths and Ewan with sex!
This was a sweet and tender tale of two young lads experimenting with sex but not realising that this would lead to feelings becoming involved. When this happens then there is sure to be a lot of angst, mixed messages but a whole lot of happy to finally come to fruition.
Another sexy short from Jay Northcote in the Housemates series and I liked that the other couples from the first two books make a cameo appearance and also get to support the two new lovers find their way. It was kind of an opposites attract story with the bashful dark haired geeky lad with the confident ginger Scottish chap. After plenty of experimental kissing, hand jobs, rimming and sex the pairing finally get to become boyfriends. A match made in the attic? You bet! Loved it. Four stars.
*ARC kindly provided by the author in exchange for an honest review
Sitting on his bed, Dev yawned, his full stomach making him sleepy. He stared at his phone as he contemplated calling home but decided he couldn’t face it tonight. He loved his mum, but she did tend to bang on. Once she got him on the line, she’d end up talking for ages and asking him a million questions he was too tired to answer. Instead, he sent his mum a quick text.
All moved in, everything’s good. I’m shattered now so I’m going to have an early night. I’ll call you tomorrow.
She replied within seconds as though she’d been waiting for him to call.
Okay sweetie, glad you’re settled. Sleep well xxx
He picked up his notepad and crossed off phone home. Texting counted. He also crossed off everything else on his list for today.
That was Saturday done. Dev set his notepad aside, opened his laptop, and pulled up his lists app. He liked his notepad for day-to- day organisation; it gave him a certain satisfaction to cross out the things he’d done and to get to the end of the day with all the tasks completed. But for longer-term planning, he kept his lists on his Mac, synced to his phone.
For the first time in six months, Dev could breathe again. Finally he had a safe place where he could get back on track and look to the future. He began to type.
Things To Do This Term
Make some friends
Learn to cook
Research sex stuff
Get some experience
Find a boyfriend
He stared at the words on the screen and sighed. That seemed like a lot of things to aim for. But it was good to have goals, right? Jez and Mac seemed really nice, so hopefully Dev was already on his way to achieving the first objective. And that bloke Ewan… Dev’s mind conjured up the image of the flame-haired hunk who lived next door. Ewan had been friendly.
Maybe there was potential there too.
Jay lives just outside Bristol in the West of England, with her husband, two children, and two cats.
She 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.