Like a Lover by Jay Northcote

like a lover.jpgJosh has a plan: get through uni with a good degree and no debts. Focused on his goals, he’s working as an escort to pay his way. He enjoys the no-strings sex and doesn’t have the time or inclination for a relationship. Falling in love definitely isn’t part of the deal—especially not with a client.

When Rupert meets Josh in a bar, he’s smitten on sight. He’s never paid for sex before, but when Josh propositions him, he can’t resist. He should have known one night would never be enough. Luckily for him, he has an inheritance to support his addiction to Josh, because his job in IT wouldn’t cover the cost.

With each appointment the lines get increasingly blurred. Something is developing between them that feels more like a relationship than a business transaction, but they come from different worlds and to go from client-and-escort to lovers seems impossible. If they want a future together, Josh and Rupert have a lot to overcome.

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

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*I received the book in exchange for an honest review*

After I got the first book on Amazon when it was free (my review of it can be found here), I couldn’t wait to get my hands on the second book, especially after I saw it was Josh.

In it, we get to know where Josh disappeared on those weekends when Mac and Jez were…having fun, and the other roommates were out partying. With absolutely no support by his family and the wish to avoid getting riddled with debts, he found work as an escort and it seems to suit him.

When a client doesn’t show up, Josh picks up Rupert and gets him to pay him for the night. But of course it can’t just end up being a one-night stand. Josh and Rupert get to know each other better and Rupert keeps inviting Josh to drinks before their appointments, and also seems to genuinely care whether Josh is enjoying himself.

They are both stubborn idiots in some moments, both convinced that it’s just him having those feelings and that the other one doesn’t really care…as well as Josh’s resistance by claiming that a relationship that started as an escort-client cannot develop into anything serious or healthy.

In the end, Jez returns the favour to Josh and Rupert and Josh finally acknowledge they want to be together and manage to sort things out.

I loved both the characters. They are just so…adorable! Their denial was also funny, claiming it’s just sex while falling asleep next to each other and such. I also loved that the other housemates appeared sometimes too, especially Jez and Mac!

It can be read as a standalone, but you’re missing on a wonderful book before if you just skip to this one 😉

It’s a great, sexy, hot book with little angst and a lot of enjoyable moments 🙂



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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