Title: Not Just Friends
Author: Jay Northcote
Publisher: Jaybird Press
Release Date: October 3, 2018
Genre(s): M/M Romance
Page Count: 235
Reviewed by: Kirstin
Heat Level: 3.5 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5
Is it worth risking a friendship for a chance at love?
Leaving home to go to university is an exciting phase in anyone’s life. One that’s full of new places, new friends, and new experiences. But Lewis isn’t prepared for the sudden and intense crush he develops on his out-and-proud flatmate, Max, because Lewis had always assumed he was straight.
Max starts dating another guy, and Lewis’s jealousy at seeing them together forces him to confront his growing attraction. When Max’s relationship goes awry, Lewis is the one to comfort him and one thing leads to another. After a night together, Lewis is devastated that Max wants to go back to being just friends.
Lewis tries his best to move on and their friendship survives, but the feelings he has for Max don’t go away. He faces other challenges as he deals with coming out to his parents, and needs Max’s support more than ever. But Lewis isn’t the only one who’s conflicted. When Max finally admits he cares for Lewis too, Lewis must decide whether he dares risk his heart again on being more than just friends.
College centered books are one of a kind because there are so many roommates and characters involved that can make a story come alive. This takes place at uni when Lewis is dropped off by his mum in an apartment that he shares with 4 other roommates. One of them is Max, who is out and proud and has a boyfriend who’s cheating on him. Lewis thinks he’s straight until he meets Max.
I loved the feel of the flat. The roommates all had something to offer to the story and they breathed life into it. Especially Dean. There were so many moments of joking around that had me cracking up. I liked how supportive they all were of Lewis and Max, especially when they were together. It was refreshing to see Lewis’ mum support him throughout the story as well.
This read so similar to other first time college romances or experimenting that it just wasn’t a home run for me. Nothing about this really stood out. I love Jay Northcote’s writing and this was wonderfully done, but just wasn’t one that I’ll remember forever.
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