Monday, July 1, 2019

Nothing Special by Jay Northcote Blog Tour

When Noah’s insecurity threatens their fledgling relationship, can Sol convince Noah that he’s enough?

Noah thinks he’s nothing special. Average height, a bit on the skinny side, and cute but rather geeky, he’s relentlessly ordinary. He certainly doesn’t expect to be noticed by Sol, the gorgeous dark-haired stranger Noah usually sees on his commute home.

When a friend persuades Noah to take a big risk in a bid to get Sol’s attention, things turn out better than Noah dared to hope. But Noah doesn’t believe he’s interesting or sexy enough to hold Sol’s attention.

As Sol tries to get closer, Noah tries to protect his heart by pulling away. If their relationship is going to survive, Noah needs to accept that Sol sees him very differently to how Noah sees himself. Because to Sol, Noah is something very special indeed.

Second Edition. This book was previously published by Dreamspinner Press.

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

This is a really enjoyable romance, which describes perfectly the dichotomy of falling hard and fast, and not having a high opinion of oneself – how can it be reciprocated? Sol has quite a job to convince Noah, but after a few bumps we get exactly the ending we want.

There are lots of fun scenes in this book, which is based in north London one very hot and sticky summer. Having travelled the tube frequently and often made up stories about the possible couples that I see, I loved that they met due to their journey home from work.

A great mix of becoming friends and indulging in their clear desire for each other, this, as many of Northcote's books, just develops what we see as ordinary into something that is in fact very special.

So, um, yeah – the title kinda says it all. This is a really understated romance between two new adults living in London. There are a couple of great moments – the Metro ad is very sweet – but so much of this book feels like a non-story. I think the problem is that the book doesn’t have any central conflict or even much romantic/sexual tension, so it reads like a list of everyday events. Getting takeaway, drinking at home, chatting with flatmates, Sunday lunch with parents, feeding pets, doing the washing up... Apart from a few steamy scenes, this was as exciting as stalking a work colleague’s Instagram. I’m usually a massive fan of Jay Northcote’s writing so I’m hoping this is just a blip that didn’t quite work for me.

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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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Nothing Special by Jay Northcote to read and review for this tour.

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