Watching and Wanting (Lili’s Review)

Title: Watching and Wanting (Housemates #4)
Author: Jay Northcote
Publisher: Jaybird Press
Release Date: January 20th 2017
Genre(s): New Adult
Page Count: 129 pages
Reviewed by: Lili
Heat Level: 5 flames out of 5
Rating: 5 stars out of 5

Watching Jude’s cam show stirs desires Shawn’s always denied…

Shawn is adrift. Recently graduated, he’s stuck in a dead-end job that barely pays the bills. His girlfriend dumped him, his friends have moved on, and he’s still in Plymouth—going nowhere.

Jude is a student living in the same shared house. Out and proud, he’s everything Shawn’s been running from since he hit puberty. When Shawn discovers Jude works as a cam boy, he can’t resist the urge to watch one of his shows. It makes Shawn want things that scare him, yet his fascination forces him to confront his attraction.

Keen to explore his bicurious side, Shawn suggests they do a show together. Jude agrees, and things get complicated—and kinky—fast. But Jude isn’t looking to get involved with someone so deep in the closet. If Shawn’s going to get what he wants, he needs to find the courage to stop hiding from himself and be honest about who he is.

Length: 52,000 words approx.
Although this book is part of the Housemates series, it has new main characters, a satisfying happy ending, and can be read as a standalone.


I just wanted to get that out there first and foremost. Don’t do that yourself. Lol

This entire series is smutty greatness, but this one ticked all the right boxes in the voyeur in me. The book starts off innocently, but the story quickly takes off after Shawn walks in on Jude recording himself for his cam show. Up until this point, Shawn has been in denial about his bisexuality but watching Jude and getting off releases all those feelings he has long tried to bury.

My highlights:

-Shawn. Who doesn’t love an antihero? Up until this point, Shawn has been a complete asshole in all the past books. In this book, we found out why. I think Jay Northcote did a marvelous job showing us a different side to him and making us root for him.

-Jude. I loved how uninhibited he was. He was who he was and would bend for no one.

-The sex. Holy. Freaken. Hell. Hands down one of the hottest books I’ve ever read.

-Relationship growth. Yes, this story has lots of steamy scenes, but there are also instances of them hanging out and getting to know each other thus avoiding the story just being porn. He showed readers vulnerable sides of both guys and made their feelings for each other believable.

-Narration: dual POV.

-Pace: It was fast and smooth.

-The supporting cast. I always enjoy series that are standalone books because you get to catch up with past characters. Here, we got to see how all the guys are doing.

-The end… lovely♥

Can it be read as a standalone? Yes, but as mentioned above you will see past characters in this installment.

Final verdict: 4.5 Don’t Miss Out On This One Stars! This one had it all:

Voyeurism ✔
Friends to lovers ✔
Anti-hero ✔
D/s elements (not too heavy though) ✔
Feel good vibes ✔
And a tinge of angst ✔

Housemate Series

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Advanced Review Copy

Galley copy of Watching and Wanting (Housemates #4) provided by Jay Northcote in exchange of an honest review.


I’m a romance junkie, who loves when books make her cry from heartbreak and happiness.

A few of my favorite tropes:

-Friends to lovers
-Age gap

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