The Law of Attraction (Vallie’s Review)

the law of attraction
Title: The Law of Attraction
Author: Jay Northcote and Matthew Lloyd Davies (Narrator)
Publisher: JayBird Press
Release Date: July 11, 2016
Genre(s): Contemporary
Listening Length: 6 hours and 7 minutes
Reviewed by: Vallie
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 2.5 stars out of 5

When a professional relationship turns personal, it’s impossible to resist the law of attraction.

Alec Rowland is a high-flying lawyer in a London firm whose career is his life. He doesn’t have time for relationships and his sexuality is a closely guarded secret. After picking up a cute guy on a Friday night, Alec’s world is rocked to its foundations when his one night stand shows up in the office on Monday morning—as the new temp on his team.

Ed Piper is desperate to prove himself in his new job. The last thing he needs is to be distracted by a crush on his boss. It’s hard to ignore the attraction he feels, even though Alec’s a difficult bastard to work for.

Both men strive to maintain a professional relationship, but tempers fray, passions ignite, and soon they’re both falling hard and fast. If they’re ever going to find a way to be together, Alec needs to be honest about who he really is because Ed won’t go back in the closet for anyone.

Story: 4 stars
Audio narration: 1 star
Final rating: 2.5

Ugh, this is so frustrating. I love Jay Northcote’s books and this one was office romance heaven. The story between Alec and Ed is not original or ground-breaking in any way but it had the potential for a sweet, comfort read that I’d return to time and time again.

But. The narration was absolutely horrible.

The narrator had a British accent, naturally, which was not a problem in itself. But it was so freaking posh, you’d think I was listening to the Queen’s butler. Not having different voices for the characters is not a deal breaker for me, but when they both sound so nasally and so freaking unsexy, it tends to put me off. And the cringe-worthy sex noises? Ew. I kept picture Sir Ian McKellen as the MCs. Fine actor that he is, he is not exactly oozing 30 year-old sexy lawyer, does he?


I honestly could not focus on the story. I kept zoning out and ranting in my head about the irritating, grating sound until I snapped out of it and had to rewind to catch up on what I’d missed. This happened time and time again, to the point where I seriously considered dropping the audio and just getting the e-copy of the book to read. I am sure I would have enjoyed it so much more than I did.

Don’t buy the audio.

Buy a regular copy of the book to read and I’m sure you’ll enjoy it just fine. It has all the goodies: A closeted, reformed jackass lawyer, a cute younger guy looking to find love, office sex, family drama, dates in Edinburgh, and a HFN that’s hopeful.

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Galley copy of The Law of Attraction provided by Jay Northcote in exchange of an honest review.

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