Title: Better Place (Rainbow Place #3)
Author: Jay Northcote
Publisher: Jaybird Press
Release Date: February 22nd, 2019
Page Count: 240
Reviewed by: Kirstin
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
Joe deserves better. Meeting Dylan helps him see that.
After a recent redundancy, Joe takes a few months off to try and make it as a writer. His partner, Harry, is less than supportive but Joe is used to that after ten years together, just like he’s used to Harry’s controlling nature and his drinking habit.
Dylan, a server at Rainbow Place, is fascinated by Joe as he sits in the café and works on his laptop. His attempts to flirt are met with awkwardness at first, but gradually Joe opens up. Dylan is disappointed when he learns Joe isn’t single. As their friendship develops he begins to worry about the nature of Joe’s relationship, especially when he witnesses Harry’s behaviour in person. Abuse isn’t always physical, and Dylan knows that from experience. His concern helps Joe see his relationship for what it is, and gives him the courage to end things with Harry.
Free to act on their mutual attraction, Joe and Dylan dive headlong into something that becomes serious fast. Joe revels in the passion and intimacy he’s been missing out on for so long, but Dylan is worried that Joe is on the rebound. He puts on the brakes, knowing that they need to slow down to make this last. For this new relationship to work, Joe needs to show Dylan that he’s ready to move on from the past.
Although this book is part of a series, it can be read as a standalone and has a satisfying happy ending.
I don’t think you can ever go wrong with a Jay Northcote book. There’s just something magical in the stories that lend to a contentment at the end.
In this series addition, Dylan is working for Seb at Rainbow Place. His history lends to an abusive relationship and he’s a bit gun-shy until he sees posh Joe typing away at his laptop in a corner table.
Their relationship starts off as friends, with Dylan angling for more. There’s an obvious age gap here but it was never really played up in the story at all.
Joe was made redundant at his job and he’s taking time to write a set of books before he plunges into the job hunting queue. After some obvious advances by Dylan, he tells him he’s taken, in a decade long relationship to Harry. But Harry leaves little to be desired and Dylan realizes Joe may be in a somewhat abusive relationship himself.
The first half of this story kind of had me worried, to be honest. I felt like we were getting close to borderline cheating. The second half picked up the pace and I got lost in the romance and the secondary characters. I loved the mystery surrounding Lady Gogo. I loved how supportive Seb was of both Joe and Dylan.
Basically, this was another feel good story in the Rainbow Place series, but I have to say, I can’t wait for the next book. I’m thinking we are finally getting a story about Wicksy!!