Like a Lover (Belen’s Review)

likealoverTitle: Like a Lover (Housemates #2)
Author: Jay Northcote
Publisher: Jaybird Press
Release Date: September 4th 2015
Genre(s): M/M Contemporary Romance
Length:: 49,000 words approx.
Reviewed by: Belen
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.

THIS is the Jay Northcote I know and love.

Let me get this out of the way first, okay? WOW! Josh is a escort/whore?! What a FANTASTIC plot twist!

I knew when reading Helping Hand I wanted more of Josh. And boy did Jay deliver for me!

I loved this! I loved how much Josh and Rupert began to feel for each other, I loved the hesitancy in admitting their feelings, I loved how Josh wasn’t willing to compromise in the end, I loved all the super, fantastic, hot, hot, hot sex, I absolutely loved that I did not see the whole “escort” thing coming, and mostly? I absolutely loved that despite Josh being paid for sex – this wasn’t all dark and angsty.
I loved it all


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Galley copy Like A Lover provided by author via Pride Promotions in exchange for an honest review.


I am an unapologetic book addict/lover. I'm happiest when reading and I spend most of my time with my Kindle, which is never far from my hand. I love to be told a good story! I mostly read fiction: Romance, Erotica, Young Adult, New Adult, Paranormal (shifters? Yes, please!), a little BDSM when I'm in the mood, and I love a good ménage story. I DEFINITELY PREFER A HFN/HEA! My biggest no-no's are cheating, miscommunication / misunderstanding plots, unnecessary angst, and cliffhangers.

A sampling of my "Favorite M/M" stories:

Carry the Ocean The Half of Us Red Dirt Heart Adulting 101 Tied Up In Knots
Shelter the Sea Manties in a Twist David, Renewed Ethan who Loved Carter Perfect Imperfections
Wolfsong Fight the Tide How to Walk Like A Man The Lightning-Struck Heart Forging the Future