Helping Hand by Jay Northcote

helping handJez Fielding and James MacKenzie—Big Mac to his mates—are in their second year at uni. After partying too hard last year, they make a pact to rein themselves in. While their housemates are out drinking every weekend, Jez and Mac stay in to save cash and focus on their studies.

When Jez suggests watching some porn together, he isn’t expecting Mac to agree to it. One thing leads to another, and soon their arrangement becomes hands-on rather than hands-off. But falling for your ‘straight’ friend can only end badly, unless there’s a chance he might feel the same.

This book is a complete story and can be read as a standalone.

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Helping Hand is the first book in the Housemate series by Jay Northcote. I was introduced to the book quite accidentally – I saw somewhere that it was free on Amazon and I decided to try it. Have to seize the opportunity, right? 🙂

As said, it is the first book in the series which deals with different people in the same household (even though some leave and others come), all of them students. Helping Hand focus on Jez and Mac, two ‘straight’ guys who have partied way too much last year and are now staying in – Jez because of his overdraft, and Mac to focus on his studies. And as we all know, staying in can be annoying enough, and so much more if you are stuck in your room. So the two hang out, watch series or play games…until Jez suggests doing something more 😉

Despite being more into each other than in porn, they pretend to watch it while masturbating together…although there is an instance where watching it brings some change to the hands-off thingy.

It was adorable how oblivious and in SO MUCH DENIAL they were, especially Mac, who kept insisting ‘he’s not gay’ which *technically* is true but… Come on, Mac 🙂 Also both of them are ‘these are just my feelings, there is NO WAY he’s into me’ and they don’t talk about it until the end! 🙂

There is some angst in it, although not too much. It is resolved quickly (obviously, since the book is short), and nicely. It was HOT, it was sweet, it had oblivious guys, friendship, and an obligatory, great, sweet, happy ending 🙂



Author Bio

Jay lives just outside Bristol in the West of England. He comes from a family of writers, but always used to believe that the gene for fiction writing had passed him by. He spent years only ever writing emails, articles, or website content.

One day, Jay decided to try and write a short story—just to see if he could—and found it rather addictive. He hasn’t stopped writing since.

Jay writes contemporary romance about men who fall in love with other men. He has five books published by Dreamspinner Press, and also self-publishes under the imprint Jaybird Press. Many of his books are now available as audiobooks.

Jay is transgender and was formerly known as she/her.



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