Title: Summer Heat
Author: Jay Northcote and Mark Steadman (Narrator)
Publisher: Jaybird Press
Release Date: July 3rd 2017
Genre(s): M/M Contemporary Romance
Length: 4 hrs and 43 mins
Reviewed by: Belen
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5
A summer fling is an ideal cure for a broken heart. But when it’s with your best friend, things get complicated.
When Adam is dumped by his boyfriend, a week away at a beach resort seems like a great opportunity to get over his ex. Sun, sea, and no-strings sex will be just the boost he needs to move on with his life.
Adam’s best friend, Finn, agrees to accompany him at short notice. Finn’s had a crush on Adam for years, but is determined to put his feelings aside and be the perfect wingman in Adam’s time of crisis.
A spontaneous threesome with another guy forces Adam and Finn to confront their attraction to each other. Having a holiday fling together wasn’t part of the plan, and as their trip heats up, they soon realise that one night of fun won’t be enough for either of them.
The passion might be scorching, but their hearts and friendship are on the line. If their romance is going to survive the flight home, they have to be honest about what they want.
If you’re looking for a steamy, friends to lovers, beach/holiday listen with fairly low angst and you’ve liked Jay Northcote in the past – you should definitely check this out.
There’s no reinvention of the wheel here. It’s pretty formulaic, and similar in tone and plot to other Northcote novels.
When Adam finds out his long-term boyfriend/fiancé is leaving him for another man, he goes to his best friend, Finn, for comfort. Finn ends up going with Adam on a summer holiday to Spain that had originally been for Adam and the ex.
The plan is simple, tried, and true – get over his ex by getting under someone new.
There’s definitely some high steamy moments here – starting with a threesome that acts as the catalyst to Adam and Finn finally breaking the friends-only barrier. Once the wall is down it’s all sex, all the time.
There’s also the obvious miscommunication where neither Finn or Adam can tell they are falling for the other and keep saying things that make it seem like they want to only remain friends, when the opposite is totally the case.
Of course, there’s finally the AHA! moment where they finally gets themselves on the same page and there’s a HFN/HEA to be had in the end.
Mark Steadman narrates the British character voices with ease and it’s an easy listen overall for the most part. I once again noticed Steadman’s pacing as I continue to have issues with his excessive pauses and his inflection at times. However, I was prepared for his performance as it seems that’s just how he narrates.
All in all I recommend Summer Heat if you’re in the mood for a quick listen with a lot of sexy times coupled with a light, low-angst read.