Tops Down Bottoms Up (Renee’s review)

Title: Tops Down Bottoms Up
Author: Jay Northcote
Publisher: Self-published
Release Date: August 16, 2017
Genre(s): Contemporary
Page Count: 23,000 words
Reviewed by: Renee
Heat Level:  3.5 flames out of 5
Rating:  3.5 stars out of 5


Will Rowan’s festival fling with sexy dancer Seth lead to something more permanent?

Rowan is stuck at a folk festival helping out a mate, and it really isn’t his scene. The yoga and singing workshops are bad enough, but morris dancing is the final straw. Bearded men with beer guts prancing around wearing bells—who wants to watch that?

All Rowan’s preconceptions are shattered when he meets Seth—a morris dancer, and the stuff Rowan’s fantasies are made of. Seth persuades Rowan to come to a dancing workshop, and Rowan’s willing to do whatever it takes to get to know Seth better. The attraction is mutual, and a lesson filled with innuendo and flirting leads to an incredible night together.

When Rowan arrives home, he’s gutted to find that Seth has given him the wrong phone number. Assuming Seth did it on purpose, Rowan resolves to forget about him. But fate—and friends—conspire to get them back together. Will they manage to stay in step this time around?



Show of hands – who knew what a morris dancer was before reading this blurb? Yeah, me either.

But I’m intrigued.

This was a short and sweet Northcote story. Those always make me smile.

Rowan, unlike me, knows what morris dancing is and imagines the stereotypical, large, noisy, and overweight men when he hears they will be performing at the festival where he is helping his friend. He gets his mind blown, however, when he sees Seth’s group of dancers.

There’s women!

There’s Seth, who is surprisingly NOT so noisy and overweight. He is large, however. Very, very large in the best ways that make Rowan’s panties melt.

After a scorching hookup, Seth seems as keen as Rowan to see each other again. But, when Rowan tries to text him, the number Seth gave him wasn’t really his number.

Over the next couple weeks, Rowan can’t get Seth out of his head, or his fantasies. Thank goodness for great friends who intervene.

This was light and sweet and aw, with quite a few doses of holy hotness! And can we take a moment to look at the cover model?

Great novella to read this summer with the cutest of epilogues!




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Galley copy of Tops Down Bottoms Up provided by Jay Northcote in exchange of an honest review.


I love boys who love boys! I'm in my 30s, from the southern US, and my crack is m/m romance.