Review Tour: Not Just Friends by Jay Northcote

Hii! This review is (obviously) coming with a slight delay because I had loads of other things to do. But I couldn’t really miss the review of the book, right? 😉


Buy Links: Amazon US | Amazon UK
Length: 200 pages
Cover Design: Garrett Leigh @ Black Jazz Design


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.

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

My Review:

⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

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

Okay, first of all, and don’t laugh (you can laugh 🙂 ), I was extremely jealous of Lewis. He literally does things academically the way I wanted it to go. Especially English Lit…so yeah, that happened 🙂

This book wasn’t exactly full of steam, but as the main characters are both first years of university, and especially Lewis is still discovering his sexuality. Most of the time I just wanted to laugh how oblivious to each other they were to each other’s feelings and that ‘he’s my roommate’ thing when it was SO obvious that they are making it worse with all the unresolved tension.

All the characters felt real, and the banter and relationships between roommates were realistic but good. It’s an angsty story sometimes, but it’s a great one and I can’t wait to do a reread eventually 🙂 It’s written in the way the author writes most of his stories, and I just love his style 🙂



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.

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