Review Tour: Nothing Serious by Jay Norhtcote

Hi! Hope you came back to read my review of Jay Northcote‘s first book Nothing Serious on the occasion of its rerelease! 🙂 Scroll down for the review and then read my interview with Jay if you haven’t done so yet 🙂


Buy Links: Amazon US | Amazon UK
Length: 40,000 words approx.
Cover Design: Garrett Leigh @ Black Jazz Design


What happens when “nothing serious” turns into something more complicated?

Mark O’Brien is finally being honest with himself. His relationship with Rachel is over and he’s moving out of the home they’ve shared for six years. They get along, but he can’t fix a relationship when the person he’s with is the wrong gender.

Jamie Robertson, one of the removal men, is huge and ridiculously gorgeous, and Mark is smitten at first sight. When a cardboard box splits, revealing items of a personal nature that Mark never wanted anybody to see, he’s mortified. But it sparks the start of a beautiful friendship with benefits.

As Jamie initiates Mark into the joys of gay sex, the two men get increasingly close and “nothing serious” turns into something rather important to both of them. But communication isn’t their strong point. Will either man ever find the courage to be honest about his feelings?

Please note that although this edition has been re-edited for publication, there is no new or additional content.

My Review

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

It’s no secret I am a huge fan of Jay’s books in general (there are a few reviews of his other books still waiting to be written!) but I was excited to read the first book he’s published.

It doesn’t read as the first published work, to be honest. I guess I have expected it to be different from those I’ve read from later, to be more basic but it was just as great as the others. The topic is a bit different as many of his books have at least a bit of angst in it, but all the confusion here lasts about two sentences, except if you count the ‘I like him but does he like me, I don’t want to ruin what we have now’ part.

I loved how the characters met! It was just hilarious! I can totally imagine Mark’s embarrassment but it does turn out well in the end 🙂 Without seeing the contents of the box, Jamie wouldn’t have offered the ‘nothing serious, just showing the basics of gay sex’ to Mark.  Another great things about characters is how Mark’s ex-girlfriend is accepting and kind even after they separate and is even encouraging Mark to confess his feelings to Jamie.

It is a lovely story, so cute, and I just want to hug both characters. They are just so adorable! It’s a total feel-good that makes you like the world a bit more, and just another (there have to be better expressions since it is the first one) great story by Jay Northcote! 🙂

(Oh and by the way, if you haven’t read it yet, here is the the interview with Jay Northcote)

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 also available as audiobooks.

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