Title: Like a Lover (Housemates #2)
Author: Jay Northcote and Mark Steadman (Narrator)
Publisher: Jaybird Press
Release Date: August 15th 2016
Genre(s): M/M Contemporary Romance
Length:: 4 hrs and 47 mins
Reviewed by: Lily G Blunt
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5
Josh has a plan: get through uni with a good degree and no debt. Focused on his goals, he pays his way by working as an escort. He enjoys the no-strings sex because he doesn’t have time 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, but when Josh propositions him, he can’t resist. He should’ve known one night would never be enough. Luckily for him he has an inheritance to fund his addiction to Josh, because his job in IT support wouldn’t cover the cost.
With each encounter the lines get blurred, creating something 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.
I read the ebook a year ago and at the time it became my favourite Jay Northcote book, full of fluff and hotness. I adored Josh and Rupert. And I LOVED their story as it developed and the chemistry that sparkled between them. Their many bedroom encounters were sizzling and yet somehow sweet at the same time. Once I started the ebook I continued reading all day until I was finished. I was willing the boys to work out how to be together and for them to find their HEA. Jay’s writing gripped me throughout and my heart tugged as they fell in love and with how much they wanted each other. Their story has so many ‘aww’ moments and lovely ‘feels’—exactly what I look for in an m/m romance. Josh and Rupert are hot and sexy, but they are also nice guys you are rooting for from the beginning.
I thought Mark’s narration of Helping Hand (the first story in the Housemates series) was great and was looking forward to listening to this version of the story. He has a clear and suitable English accent that matches the university-aged characters and overall the production of Like a Lover was good. I did, however, find myself wishing there was a little more variation between the two MC’s voices. The other characters on the whole were more distinct. Rupert’s voice was very similar to that of the narration as a whole, and sometimes for me Josh’s voice was rather lackluster with not enough emotion or the right emphasis for the mood. Although still good and enjoyable overall, I think I prefered Mark’s narration of Helping Hand and the ebook of Like a Lover.