|Cover Artist: Garrett Leigh|
Like a Lover
(Housemates, Book 2)
by Jay Northcote
Length: 48,450 words
Genres: Gay (M/M), Contemporary, Romance
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.
5 of 5 stars
The winds of change are blowing over the lines Josh has drawn in the sand. Completing his education, and obtaining the secure future he's never had before, are more important to him than anything else. He willingly sacrifices meaningful friendships, emotional connections, and relationships in pursuit of his goals. Then he meets Rupert, and starts experiencing emotions, and the stirring of desires, that he's never felt before. Rupert returns his interest, but Josh is still determined to pursue his future, even if it means cutting ties with the one man he can't seem to forget. In one unexpected moment, the foundation his beliefs are built on suddenly shifts. The changes that follow are unavoidable, and for the first time in a long time Josh doesn't know what to do.
Second in the Housemates series, Jay Northcote brings the mysterious Josh from book one, Helping Hand, to life. Secrets, fears and desires are spun into a complex emotional web that form the heart of Like A Lover. A brilliant coming of age story, Josh and Rupert mature before our very eyes and I loved every minute of it!
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.
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