Title: Pretty in Pink (Housemates #6)
Author: Jay Northcote
Publisher: Jaybird Press
Release Date: February 21st 2018
Genre(s): New Adult, Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 211 pages
Reviewed by: Lili
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 1.5 stars out of 5
Ryan isn’t looking for a relationship with a guy—and Johnny isn’t looking for a relationship at all.
Ryan’s always been attracted to tall, leggy blondes—normally of the female variety. When Johnny catches his eye at a party, Ryan’s interest is piqued even though he’s never been with a guy before. The attraction is mutual, and the amazing night that follows opens Ryan’s eyes to his bisexuality.
Experience has taught Johnny that love hurts. Staying single is safer, and there’s no need for complicated relationships when hooking up is easy. When he moves in next door to Ryan, they’re both interested in picking up where they left off, and it seems like an ideal arrangement: convenient, mutually satisfying, and with no strings attached.
Despite their best intentions to keep things casual, they develop an emotional connection alongside the physical one. Both begin to want more from the relationship but are afraid to admit it. If they’re going to work things out, they need to start being honest—first with themselves, and then with each other.
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.
Generally, I enjoy Jay Northcote’s books. His books are usually a great blend of sweet and sexy, and to me, Pretty In Pink was only packing sexiness, it lacked everything else.
The book starts off with a bang. Bi-curious Ryan spots Johnny right away at a party and is instantly attracted. He’s always had a thing for blonde androgynous men and decides to go for it. Afterwards, things are left as a one night stand, but things change to “fuck buddies” when they become neighbors. Aaaand it just goes downhill from here for me.
Why? Here we go:
- Aside from talking the first night they hooked up these two don’t have any “get to know each other” conversations. They meet up and have sex, and that’s it. Aside from chemistry in the sack, I didn’t get any connection between them.
The lack of communication. I LOATHE when the ENTIRE plot of the book is based on characters not talking. I’m never a fan of the “big misunderstanding” but will look past it if it’s not dragged out. It lasted the entiiiiiire book in Pretty In Pink. That’s a big no for me.
I also didn’t connect to either character. I understood where they were each coming from, but it didn’t make them any less irritating.
This next part is a big spoiler so read at your own risk, and keep in mind this is personal opinion/preference when it comes to reading romance.
- I’m not a fan of characters having sex with others once they’ve been intimate. It’s a big no for me. Depending on the context of the story sometimes it doesn’t bother me, but it made my blood boil in this book. I don’t care that their relationship was “casual.”
Then, at the end of the book fresh off their “break up” it happens again, and it’s alluded that it occurred multiple times. Seriously?
I wish this series hadn’t ended on such a sour note and I hate to give JN such a low rating, but there wasn’t much that I liked about this book.
1.5 “Everybody Loves but Me” Stars.