Title: All Man
Author: Jay Northcote
Publisher: Jaybird Press
Release Date: August 6, 2015
Genre(s): M/M Contemporary Romance
Word Count: 13,000 words (approx.)
Reviewed by: Belen
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5
“You’re the sleek little sports car to my Land Rover.”
From the moment Gareth walks through the door of the salon to fit some new sinks, Jules can’t take his eyes off him. Jules has always been attracted to men who are his polar opposite, so burly Gareth is Jules’s fantasy man.
At the weekend, Jules gets into a tough situation with another bloke in a gay club and Gareth comes to his aid. Gareth rejects Jules’s subsequent advances but leaves him with the hope that his attraction isn’t completely one-sided. Fantasy could become reality.
With Gareth’s work at the salon nearly done, he’ll soon disappear from Jules’s life for good. Time is running out. Jules needs to prove to Gareth that he’s tougher than he looks and that his feelings run deeper than gratitude.
NB: This story is a spin off to Top Me Maybe? where Jules appears as a minor character. Both stories are standalones and don’t need to be read in order.
This novella was like a good cup of hot chocolate…sweet, hot, and when it was done I just wanted more.
When Jules first meets Gareth he’s immediately drawn to Gareth’s solid, handsome exterior.
Gareth’s T-shirt had ridden up where his body was twisted, but his face was out of sight, so Jules took the opportunity to blatantly admire his hairy stomach. He was solid, not gym ripped lean, but not chubby either. He was all muscle and man. Jules tilted his head and sighed appreciatively. He really was the perfect bear.
A slight and pretty man, Jules is totally attracted to older, big men like Gareth.
At easily over six feet tall, he towered over Jules who was five foot eight-and-a-half (the half was very important).
Big, butch blokes like Gareth always brought out the femme in him—it was how he reacted when he was nervous and excited.
Alas, Jules is sure Gareth must be straight so he files away his attraction and goes home.
Jules had carefully stored away every little detail about Gareth so they’d be there to mull over later. He grinned as a surge of excitement made his heart lift. It was always fun having a crush. Gareth was probably straight so it was bound to be unrequited, but a bit of eye candy made the day so much brighter.
On Saturday night Jules pops a pill, downs some vodka, and hits the dance floor at the local club looking for some action. When Gareth helps Jules evade a lumbersexual in the club toilets who doesn’t know the meaning of the word “no” and takes Jules home, Jules is more than smitten with his body, he knows Gareth is truly a good guy.
Thr following Monday Jules gets to spend more time with Gareth and their relationship takes off very quickly from there.
- Note: One of the things they bond over is both being the victims of sexual assault (Jules in the present, Gareth in the past).
This was a really quick read that left me wishing I had gotten more time with this cute couple.