Title: The Law of Attraction
Author: Jay Northcote
Release Date: February 5, 2016
Page Count: 173
Reviewed by: Renée
Heat Level: 3.5 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
When a professional relationship turns personal, it’s impossible to resist the law of attraction.
Alec Rowland is a high-flying lawyer in a London firm whose career is his life. He doesn’t have time for relationships and his sexuality is a closely guarded secret. After picking up a cute guy on a Friday night, Alec’s world is rocked to its foundations when his one night stand shows up in the office on Monday morning—as the new temp on his team.
Ed Piper is desperate to prove himself in his new job. The last thing he needs is to be distracted by a crush on his boss. It’s hard to ignore the attraction he feels, even though Alec’s a difficult bastard to work for.
Both men strive to maintain a professional relationship, but tempers fray, passions ignite, and soon they’re both falling hard and fast. If they’re ever going to find a way to be together, Alec needs to be honest about who he really is because Ed won’t go back in the closet for anyone.
Jay Northcote! Just lay one right on you!
I’ve been reading this author for a while. She writes a lot of shorts, and they’ve ranged from good to meh. But I noticed that the longer ones……well, the longer ones definitely had more stars from me. So when a FULL LENGTH novel story was coming out? I’m all over that. And this was the best that Northcote has written to date, people!
This story starts deliciously when Alec and Ed meet in a bar. Alec is only there for a hook up. He’s brash. He’s a straight-up dick. He doesn’t give a shit. Ed’s beautiful, but if he doesn’t want to come home with him, he’ll grab the next beautiful one and fuck his brains out instead. I immediately drew parallels to Brian Kinney in my head as I was reading Alec’s thoughts in the bar.
One night was all it was supposed to be…..
But something happened that night. Ed felt it. Alec felt it too. There was banter. There was some kind of connection. Alec’s protective walls came down for a while, and he enjoyed the company of another man, and not just for the duration to get off. Ed even stays over! And Round 2! But the morning after does not bring Ed what he’s hoping for. Alec doesn’t ask for his number or to see him again, no matter the connection he knows is happening between them.
“And you liked him too.”
Ed – my favorite MC of the book – does NOT let this get him down. He’s a newer attorney on the cusp of his career. He’s beginning a new job on Monday, and something great is going to happen soon for him on that front.
So, of course, his new boss on Monday is Alec. Now let me stop and say that this is a trope that has been done a billion times. BUT Northcote put a spin on this that made it fresh, and I read this story in a devouringly short amount of time. There is nothing about this that says “this has been done.”
Alec is not out, you see, while Ed is out and proud. Alec’s fears cause initial strife in their relationship from the moment they see each other in the office. But then they grow to learn about each other and their personalities as they view their interactions around their coworkers…..and each other.
They form a friendship that kept me smiling for hours. Alec is questioning why he remains in the closet in the face of a man who’s out and has his life exactly as he wants it. Ed continues to feel the connection he felt from that first night, but will never be anyone’s secret, even when Alec is looking at him like THAT.
Did I mention an office trip to Edinburgh? 😉
My favorite thing about this book? Northcote didn’t make Ed into a doormat. Alec wanted Ed. Ed never compromised who he was or what he stood for, even though he wanted Alec with the same amount of intensity.
It’s not easy writing a smooth transition from BAM! SEX! – and then starting over with enemies to friends to lovers while building up the UST all over again. But Northcote did that flawlessly here. Ed and Alec’s journey is a must read!
This was a favorite of 2016 already. Please, please, Ms. Northcote, continue to write the longer stories!