Friday, June 23, 2017

Summer Heat by Jay Northcote Blog Tour

A summer fling is an ideal cure for a broken heart. But when it’s with your best friend, things get complicated.

When Adam is dumped by his boyfriend, a week away at a beach resort seems like a great opportunity to get over his ex. Sun, sea, and no-strings sex will be just the boost he needs to move on with his life.

Adam’s best friend, Finn, agrees to accompany him at short notice. Finn’s had a crush on Adam for years, but is determined to put his feelings aside and be the perfect wingman in Adam’s time of crisis.

A spontaneous threesome with another guy forces Adam and Finn to confront their attraction to each other. Having a holiday fling together wasn’t part of the plan, and as their trip heats up, they soon realise that one night of fun won’t be enough for either of them.

The passion might be scorching, but their hearts and friendship are on the line. If their romance is going to survive the flight home, they have to be honest about what they want.

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

4 Steamy stars

Adam seems to put everything of himself into a relationship, until his fiancé is all he has in his life – he loses himself in the process. The catalyst for the novella is Adam's fiancé leaving him for another, younger man. To be honest, this beginning portion was written quickly, without any emotional punch, so I didn't feel much on this. But, in a way, this is a good thing. It takes the focus off the negative, and focuses on the true vibe of the story – warm and fuzzy like the sun on a summer beach.

Finn, I felt Finn more during his narration, was able to connect with him as a reader. I've walked in Adam's shoes, so I was surprised how real Finn felt by comparison. Protective, caring, only wishing Adam happiness, Finn is a solid friend and an even better potential partner.

Taking the vacation he was meant to take with his ex, Adam licks his wounds with Finn at his side, determined to forget the older man he spent the last five years with by getting laid by all the hot guys poolside.

Summer Heat was just that – HOT. Tons of sexual tension and steamy between-the-sheets action, and the friends-to-lovers storyline brought the cuddly warm and fuzzies. It's the perfect vacation read, beach escape, or your own poolside entertainment. It wasn't as heavy as some of Jay Northcote's other books, which made it an unexpected, easy read.

Slight spoiler – I need to note, since these devices may triggers some readers: cheating (not shown, or by the main couple) and ménage, featuring our budding couple with an eager pink-haired fella. That stuff floats my boat, but it may sink yours... and the rest is sweet romance.

Highly recommended as an escapism read, and I look forward to whatever Jay Northcote releases next.

This is a sweet and steamy friends-to-lovers romance. Mostly set in a gay Spanish seaside resort, the story is an easy, sexy beach read. The grit and angst I’ve come to expect in Jay Northcote’s writing has been replaced by sunshine, cocktails, and pretty boys in tiny Speedos.

Finn and Adam are easily recognisable English lads on holiday. I liked and enjoyed both of them but there wasn’t much that made either of them terribly unique or individual. The story starts with Adam’s breakup, but he seems to forget about his ex the moment he spots a group of pretty men at Heathrow. Together, Finn and Adam are wonderful. I loved their friendship and I enjoyed watching them awkwardly push the limits of their friendship into something more.

The sex in this story is hot – from vivid descriptions of bulging Speedos to a fabulous ménage scene, this is great fun in Jilly Cooper bonkbuster style.

Ultimately, there isn’t a whole lot of substance to this book, but it is a perfect cocktail in hand beach read. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

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 Summer Heat by Jay Northcote to read and review for this tour.

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