Watching and Wanting (Ele’s review)

Author: Jay Northcote
Publisher: Jaybird Press
Release Date: January 20th 2017
Genre(s): Contemporary
Page Count: 129 pages
Reviewed by: Ele
Heat Level: 4.5 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.5 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.

If I had to describe this in two words, these would be…HOT DAMN! No, seriously, Watching and Wanting is crazy hot, you guys.

Remember Shawn? The housemate that acted like an asshole sometimes? Well, you know what they say about those who protest too much. Turns out Shawn is bisexual, and although he knew this since his puberty, he refused to admit it. And now freshly dumped by his girlfriend, he’s somewhat free to explore his bicurious side.

When Shawn bursts into Jude’s (the other housemate) room, the last thing he expects is to find him jerking off in front of a camera! That’s right, Jude is a cam boy. And ever since Shawn caught him in the act, he’s left watching and wanting. More and more every day. And what better way to gain some experience (and money) than join Jude in his shows.

Jude performing solo is super hot. Jude performing with Shawn is scorching! Shawn and Jude together off camera…

This was pretty kinky, but not too much. Just the way I like it. Some bondage, a little bossing around, exhibitionism and voyeurism, of course, sprinkled with a lot of filthy talk.

I loved Jude something fierce. He’s comfortable in his own skin, unapologetic, and confident. My only niggle is that he pushed Shawn a little too much in the end. Understandable, but still. But he apologizes in the end, so it’s all cool.

Despite the sex, this is not PWP. We get to see Shawn’s journey to self-acceptance, and the romantic build-up between the MCs.

I loved the cameo appearances of all characters. So nice to see them basking in their HEA. Although I really missed Josh and Rupert, my favorite couple ever.

High on the steam, low on the angst, Watching and Wanting was the perfect afternoon read. Highly recommended!

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


Mother, wife, teacher and READER. I read MM almost exclusively. My kindle is my best friend and the most important thing in my life after my son. My poor husband... I read MM romance almost exclusively. As a reader I don't have any hard limits except incest. I like Contemporary and Historicals and I rarely read Paranormal unless recommended...
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