Wednesday, 1 February 2017

Review Tour | Watching and Wanting (Housemates #4) by Jay Northcote | #NEW #MMRomance #Review #FriendsToLovers

Title: Watching and Wanting
Series: Housemates #4
Author: Jay Northcote
Genre: M/M Romance
Released: 20 January 2017

Cover Design: Garrett Leigh


Watching Jude’s cam show stirs desires Shawn’s always denied...

Shawn is adrift. Recently graduated, he’s stuck in a dead-end job that barely pays the bills. His girlfriend dumped him, his friends have moved on, and he’s still in Plymouth—going nowhere.

Jude is a student living in the same shared house. Out and proud, he’s everything Shawn’s been running from since he hit puberty. When Shawn discovers Jude works as a cam boy, he can’t resist the urge to watch one of his shows. It makes Shawn want things that scare him, yet his fascination forces him to confront his attraction.

Keen to explore his bi curious side, Shawn suggests they do a show together. Jude agrees, and things get complicated—and kinky—fast. But Jude isn’t looking to get involved with someone so deep in the closet. If Shawn’s going to get what he wants, he needs to find the courage to stop hiding from himself and be honest about who he is.

*Each book in the Housemates series can be read as a standalone. 

Helping Hand (Book #1) 

Like A Lover (Book #2)

Practice Makes Perfect (Book #3)


Another hot edition from the Housemates series and this time it is Shawn who I was so not expecting to feature in his own book. The straight guy in a house full of gay men? Or is he? 

Shawn has recently split with his girlfriend after things had gone stagnant in the bedroom department and not all could be blamed on their new found distance since she moved away. Feeling out of sorts, Shawn has lots of thinking time and lots of work and no play time. That is until he walks in on his housemate Jude giving a steamy hot sex show in front of his laptop in his (unlocked) bedroom. Being unable to get the sight out of his head, Shawn goes online to investigate and his mind is blown. Which gets him to thinking more and unravelling secretly held desire deeply repressed but wanting to set them free. Being short on cash and after Jude telling him how much he makes as a Cam Boy, Shawn finds himself agreeing to take part as the ‘straight guy’ being blown by his gay friend in the next show. 

I loved Jude and how he brought Shawn out of the closet and be confident to be his true self. I liked his banter and his outlook on life and the way he would not compromise on his self-worth by throwing himself back in the closet for Shawn’s sake. 

This was again a hot steamy read from Jay Northcote and I enjoyed delving into this new revelation about Shawn. It was good how it was stressed he was bi rather than leave the lines blurred with the whole GFY argument. I found it hard to warm to Shawn at first but that maybe down to his homophobic comments (which, in retrospect, appeared to be his way of deflecting attention from his true self) 

Not my favourite of the series but I still enjoyed and would definitely recommend if you have not read this series to make these guys your next hot man on man action to embrace. Four stars. 

*ARC kindly provided by the author to Foxylutely Books for a blog review

Excerpt (NSFW)

A couple of days later, Shawn was still doing his best to be a better housemate and friend. So after he’d finished his dinner—late because he hadn’t left work till six and had then been running again—he washed up lots of pots in the kitchen that other people had used and tidied up some things left lying around in the living room. 

“Is this either of yours?” He held up a hoodie that was slung over the back of a chair. 

Jez and Mac, who were on the sofa watching TV, both glanced his way. 

“Nope,” Mac said. 

“I think it’s Jude’s.” 

Being helpful, Shawn decided to take it up for him. 

He passed his own bedroom on the middle floor and went up the second flight of stairs to where Dev’s and Jude’s rooms were. Jude’s door was shut, so Shawn tapped lightly on it. There was no reply, so assuming Jude was out, he turned the handle and pushed. The door opened quietly. 

It took a moment for his brain to register the information from his eyes. 

Jude wasn’t out. 

Jude was definitely in. 

He was sitting in a chair with his back to the door, shirtless, dick out and jerking off in front of… fuck, was that Skype? Maybe he had a long-distance boyfriend Shawn didn’t know about. 

But the screen didn’t look like Skype; there was a distinctive logo that even from the door, Shawn could see read “Boyz on Cam.” And—Oh fuck. The guy on the screen looked remarkably like Jude himself. Surely he couldn’t be…? 

“Shit, sorry, sorry!” Shawn blurted out. 

“What the fuck?” Jude wheeled around, simultaneously managing to whip his sweatpants up and slam the laptop shut. “Oh my God, haven’t you heard of knocking?” 

“I did knock,” Shawn said helplessly, trying not to stare at the bulge in Jude’s trousers. Eyes up. Jesus Christ, don’t make this any worse than it already is. “You didn’t answer.” 

“I didn’t fucking hear you. But you just barged in anyway.” Jude covered the tent in his sweatpants with his hand. 

His face was flushed. It was hard for Shawn to tell how much was embarrassment and how much was anger. “You should have locked it,” he said unhelpfully, then mentally kicked himself for his lack of filter. Bit late to point that out now. 

“I thought I had!” 

“I’m sorry,” Shawn said again. “I didn’t… I mean….” Sensible words eluded him. There was no script for this. “I found this. It’s yours. I’ll go now.” He threw the hoodie at Jude, turned, and fled, shutting the door firmly behind him. 

Back in his own room, Shawn paced back and forth. 

“Fuck, fuck, fuck!” He scrubbed his hands through his hair, stopped pacing, and glared at his laptop where it lay on his desk, a threatening presence. 

No. I can’t. 

He threw himself down on the bed and stared at the ceiling. 

But what if he was wrong? Maybe he’d misinterpreted what he saw? Maybe Jude was just watching another guy on camera who happened to look a bit like him? Shawn tried to tell himself that it was none of his business anyway, but he needed to know. 

He got up and locked his door—learning from Jude’s mistake there—then sat at his desk and opened his laptop carefully, as if it was an unexploded bomb he had to defuse. He pulled up his web browser and typed in the words burned onto his brain: Boyz on Cam. 

After an 18+ warning, the site loaded quickly and Shawn half covered his face with a hand, as though peeking through his fingers could make this better. He scrolled past a few photos of half-naked guys with nice abs and inviting smiles, but none of them was Jude. 

Then he noticed a link at the top reading “Live Shows.” 

Mouth dry and heart racing, he clicked on it. He didn’t think it was possible for his heart to beat any faster, but when he saw Jude’s face grinning suggestively at him from a thumbnail image, he seriously wondered if it was possible to have a heart attack at the age of twenty-one. 

He knew he shouldn’t look, didn’t even know why he wanted to go any further. He’d confirmed his suspicions, and that was all he needed to know. Yet, with a shaking hand, he clicked on the link anyway.

Author Bio

Jay lives just outside Bristol in the West of England. He comes from a family of writers, but always used to believe that the gene for fiction writing had passed him by. He spent years only ever writing emails, articles, or website content. 

One day, Jay decided to try and write a short story—just to see if he could—and found it rather addictive. He hasn’t stopped writing since. 

Jay writes contemporary romance about men who fall in love with other men. He has five books published by Dreamspinner Press, and also self-publishes under the imprint Jaybird Press. Many of his books are now available as audiobooks

Jay is transgender and was formerly known as she/her. 

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