Like a Lover (Dalia’s Review)


Title: Like a Lover
Author: Jay Northcote
Publisher: Jaybird Press
Release Date: September 4, 2015
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance
Reviewed by: Dalia
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.

Josh is studying hard to earn a decent degree and he’s working as a rent boy to leave uni without debt. Because of his job, he has no intentions of getting emotionally attached to anyone, especially one of his clients. But not everything always goes the way we planned.

Rupert works as an IT and although he has never paid for sex, the thought of buying the right to touch someone excites him. When he meets Josh in a bar, he’s immediately attracted to him, so when Josh propositions him, Rupert can’t resist.


Their first night together leads to Rupert becoming Josh regular client. They spend a lot of time with each other and after awhile their appointments start to look more like actual dates. Rupert doesn’t care how much money he’ll have to pay Josh every time they meet. All he wants is to be as close to him as possible.


Josh, on the other hand, has conflicted emotions. He tries to put distance between them and get their relationship back to a purely professional basis, but at the same time he can’t forget about how happy Rupert makes him feel. After Rupert books him for the weekend for his mother’s wedding, he knows that he has to do some serious thinking about what kind of future he wants.


It’s a steamy and sweet story with a good amount of feelings thrown in. Josh and Rupert are very enjoyable characters. They have an amazing sexual tension and they’re just great together. Once I opened this book, I couldn’t put it down. I really liked it and I highly recommend it!

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