Title: Like a Lover (Housemates #2)
Author: Jay Northcote and Mark Steadman
Publisher: Jaybird Press
Release Date: August 15th 2016
Genre(s): M/M Contemporary Romance
Length:: 4 hrs and 47 mins
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.
I loved the story and thought Mark Steadman lived up to his name…the narration was steady (I didn’t notice any overt pausing or tone problems), it had a nice flow, and Steadman offered good character voices.
One of the things really imperative in getting the narration for this story right, in my opinion, is the sex scenes. With Josh being a sex worker, but also really liking, and eventually falling for, Rupert, it was important for the heat to come through in the narration and Steadman definitely brought out the passion they have for each other.
All in all I thought Steadman did really well and I hope he’ll continue to carry on with the series.