Friday, February 10, 2017

Watching and Wanting by Jay Northcote Blog Tour

Watching Jude’s cam show stirs desires Shawn’s always denied...

Shawn is adrift. Recently graduated, he’s stuck in a dead-end job that barely pays the bills. His girlfriend dumped him, his friends have moved on, and he’s still in Plymouth—going nowhere.

Jude is a student living in the same shared house. Out and proud, he’s everything Shawn’s been running from since he hit puberty. When Shawn discovers Jude works as a cam boy, he can’t resist the urge to watch one of his shows. It makes Shawn want things that scare him, yet his fascination forces him to confront his attraction.

Keen to explore his bicurious side, Shawn suggests they do a show together. Jude agrees, and things get complicated—and kinky—fast. But Jude isn’t looking to get involved with someone so deep in the closet. If Shawn’s going to get what he wants, he needs to find the courage to stop hiding from himself and be honest about who he is.

Author’s Note: Although this book is part of the Housemates series, it has new main characters, a satisfying happy ending, and can be read as a standalone.

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

5 (fans myself) Stars

Previously, I've only read Helping Hand by Jay Northcote, and I hadn't even realized Watching and Wanting was part of a series. Obviously this novel can be read as a standalone without issue, but this woman will be buying books two and three in the series.

Our narrators are two roommates of many in a house. All but one scene happens within these four walls, not that I minded in the least. Shawn is dealing with the meh breakup with his long-distance girlfriend, and ends up saying some very nasty things to his housemates. As a means of forgiveness, Shawn cleans up the place, accidentally walking into Jude's bedroom... to find Jude in a compromising position.

Now, I'm not going to explain what this compromising position is, simply because I am happy I didn't know beforehand, because it was a hot surprise.

Shawn and Jude are very different characters, whom balance each other out perfectly. Shawn may be an athlete, one in which most people would think an alpha male, he longs to be taken care of – to have the stress of choice and responsibility shouldered by someone he trusts. Jude likes being in control, taking over, and being in the lead. They make great friends but even hotter lovers.

Watching and Wanting was filled with tension and heat that kept me on edge as I read. I'm not going to spoil it by saying 'what' drew the pair together, but I was completely titillated the entire time. A nice angsty edge by Shawn struggling to come out as bisexual vs the knee-jerk reaction to lash out when anyone questioned his sexuality.

... still fanning myself... going to download book two now.

I'm writing this review while still in heavy book hangover from this one. I really fell for Jude's character! Shawn was perfectly written as the "in the closet, doth protest too much" straight guy.

Shawn is living with a house full of gay and bi guys who are still in uni (love this over the pond term for college), but Shawn has already graduated. He's just sort of floating by on life with a dead-end job and part-time, long-distance, sorta girlfriend. When yet another get together with his girlfriend falls limp, literally, they decide on an amicable break up. Shawn is surrounded by guys in love in his dorm flat and he lashes out at the PDA a little bit too harshly. His flatmates start talking about him and decide it's possible he's latent homosexual or bi. After walking in on his flatmate Jude, while Jude was doing his sex cam web show, Shawn finds himself quite intrigued. Not only with Jude but with guys in general. This coming out bi story was well written, with just the right about of innocence, firsts, miscues, and hurt feelings that make a story perfect. The pages flew by and I finished the book in a day, which is very rare for me. Jude and Shawn burn up the pages with a nice D/s flare added twist that was smoking hot! Off the charts chemistry! I think I need to check out more by Jay Northcote for sure!

I haven’t read any of the previous books in the series but I didn’t feel like I was missing too much that I couldn’t follow along. Shawn and Jude are housemates and things soon change once Shawn walks into Jude’s room without waiting for a response to his knock. The chemistry is hot with Jude and Shawn, and I really liked Jude and how he handled everything, he was so caring with Shawn. This book was a hot, fast read and I am seriously thinking about going back and reading previous books in the series.

Characters: Well written
Sex: Ohhhh yes
Religious: No
Would I recommend to others: Yes
More than one book in the series: Yes
Genre: M/M Romance
Would I read more by this author: Yes

This book is deliciously naughty. The housemates of the UK’s most depraved university residence are back and this might be the filthiest book yet. I absolutely loved it. When angst ridden, closet case Shawn walks in on Jude’s live sex show, he finds himself obsessed with his hot roommate. Exhibitionist Jude loves being watched, but he’s torn between his attraction to Shawn and Shawn’s ugly homophobic behaviour.

Shawn’s awkward, fumbling, and conflicted post-adolescent angst is brilliant. Themes of sexual awakening and first time explorations have run through this series from the start and Shawn’s first experiences might be my favourite so far. Jude is a performer – he loves entertaining his fans during his live webcam shows. He is sexy, confident, and uninhibited. Together, when Shawn agrees to join Jude for a live show (just because he’s broke – of course), the chemistry between Shawn and Jude is explosive. With Jude’s help, Shawn’s journey of self-discovery is awkward, naughty, and gloriously filthy.

I’m sure this is marketed as erotica – and it probably should be. But the magic in this series lies in the writing. This is playful, fun erotica with well-developed characters. I love that the author sticks with happy for now (HFN) and refuses to end new adult fiction with unnatural happily ever afters (HEAs). These boys may be having the sex that most uni students can only fantasize about, but the author captures their student lives perfectly. The combination of the playful, the mundane, and the explicit makes this series very special.

Shawn lives in a share house with gay housemates. He is, he thinks, straight. However, when Shawn accidently discovers Jude, one of his housemates, is a cam boy, he is unable to resist the temptation to watch Jude's show. He discovers that he is just as interested in guys as he is girls, but more discoveries await Shawn as he joins Jude in front of the camera.

These two are off the charts hot. The erotic scenes in this book definitely get a 10 out of 10. The story itself was fairly straight forward and really good. There were times that I struggled to like Shawn because he was behaving like a homophobic idiot, but because we get his point of view I was able to forgive him.

If you are looking for a book with a bi-curious guy and lots of amazingly hot sex, you should give this a go.

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

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

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Watching and Wanting (Housemates #4) by Jay Northcote to read and review for this tour.

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