Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Jay Northcote's Safe Place (Rainbow Place #2) Review Tour !!

Buy Links: Amazon US | Amazon UK

Cover Design: Garrett Leigh @ Black Jazz Design

Length: 48,000 words approx.

Rainbow Place Series
Book #1 - Rainbow Place - Amazon US | Amazon UK

Where do you go when your home is no longer a safe place?
Alex is about to turn eighteen and is firmly in the closet. He’s been biding his time, waiting to escape to uni, and finally come out away from the oppressive influence of his homophobic father. When he flunks his exams, he’s stuck in the small town of Porthladock—and what’s worse is that he’s working for his dad. The only thing that makes it bearable is Cam.
Cam’s comfortable with his bisexuality, but he doesn’t broadcast it. Young, free, and single, his social life revolves around playing rugby and hanging out with his mates. He’s attracted to Alex, but with the six-year age gap, Cam’s wary of getting involved. Plus, he thinks Alex needs a friend more than he needs a lover, and as their friendship grows, Cam decides he’s not willing to risk ruining it for casual sex.
When Alex’s dad finds out about his sexuality, Alex is suddenly both jobless and homeless. He finds work at Rainbow Place, the local LGBT-friendly cafĂ© and Cam lets Alex stay in his flat for a while. But Alex would rather be sleeping in Cam’s bed than on his sofa. With them both living under one roof, their feelings for each other grow stronger, and the sexual tension is hard to ignore. Will giving in to it ruin their friendship and complicate things for Alex even more?

Although this book is part of a linked series, it has a satisfying happy ending, and can be enjoyed as a standalone.

August 31 - Mikku-chan, Gay Book Reviews, Two Chicks Obsessed, My Fiction Nook, Lelyana's Reviews, My Mind's Landscape
September 5 - Bonkers About Books
September 7 - Queerly Reads
September 17 - Nicole's Book Musings

Review: A nice "coming out" story about a young man with a homophobic father and his first love. While I enjoyed the book I had a few moments of "WHT?", why did Alex continue to fawn over Cam after Cam rejected him. It was like they were running hot and cold a few times. Slow-burn is not how I would describe it, more along the lines of "this is taking forever to happen". I liked the book, I think the first one was better but I needed more of a connection between the two guys. The age difference didn't matter to me, it was the way Cam handled Alex that ticked me off a little, that is what I mean by the hot and cold. 
I've always enjoyed Jay's books and I do look forward to the next one in this series. "he writes it, I will read 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 audiobooks.
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