Book Blast: M/M ~ Helping Hand by Jay Northcote ~ (5 Star ARC Review, Excerpt + Giveaway)
Author Name: Jay Northcote
Book Name: Helping Hand
Release Date: June 26, 2015
Publisher: Jaybird Press
Cover Artist: Garrett Leigh
Wanking with a mate isn’t gay—as long as you keep your hands to yourself.
Jez Fielding and James MacKenzie—Big Mac to his mates—are in their second year at uni. After partying too hard last year, they make a pact to rein themselves in. While their housemates are out drinking every weekend, Jez and Mac stay in to save cash and focus on their studies.
When Jez suggests watching some porn together, he isn’t expecting Mac to agree to it. One thing leads to another, and soon their arrangement becomes hands-on rather than hands-off. But falling for your straight friend can only end badly, unless there’s a chance he might feel the same.
Pages or Words: Approximately 33,000 words
Categories: Contemporary, Romance
Afterwards, Jez blamed the alcohol for loosening his tongue, because he didn’t think about it before he spoke. The words tumbled out before he could stop them.
“Man, I’m seriously horny now. Have you got any decent porn on that laptop?”
“Huh?” Mac snapped his head around to meet Jez’s gaze. Jez’s heart pounded erratically, but his dick was still standing to attention. “What… you mean, you want to wank in here? Now? Wouldn’t that be weird?” Mac sounded seriously freaked out.
Jez backtracked quickly, cheeks hot. “It doesn’t have to be weird. I’ve done it before with guys at school, and it’s never been a big deal. But don’t worry about it. I’ll go and watch my own stash instead. But I need something soon, ’cause I’m gonna explode after watching that sex scene.”
Jez was expecting an instant no from Mac. He wouldn’t have blamed him. A lot of guys wouldn’t be into what Jez was suggesting. Jez’s heart still thumped hard, but his arousal didn’t abate despite his anxiety. He was shocked by how much he wanted this.
Mac bit his lip and frowned. “Seriously. You’ve done that?”
Jez shrugged, trying to look nonchalant. “Yeah. Like I said, it was no big deal. Just guys messing around.”
Mac stared a moment longer, then he stood, and Jez’s heart sank as he walked away. But Mac only went to fetch his laptop from the dining table. He sat back down and then opened it and tapped in his password.
“What sort of stuff do you wanna watch?” Mac’s voice was gruff and he focused on the screen rather than Jez.
Fuck. They were really going to do this, then.
*copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie by author/publisher via Pride Promotions in exchange for an honest review*
I absolutely loved this book. Jay is an amazing writer and she spins an awesome friends to lovers story. This is a slow burn book. What starts off innocently enough as two friends/housemates getting themselves off while watching straight porn together, slowly moves through the paces of getting each other off and eventually ending in a full blown sexual experiment.
This book was funny, sweet, yet sad at times, yes Jay, you made me cry! It was so HOT, I think my iPad was smoking. I loved that the story felt realistic. It felt like something you would see in real life, maybe between a couple of your friends.
Although the sex was hot, I love that Jay kept it real and believable. Everything wasn't perfect. It was very realistic.
The characters were both likable and had an electrical chemistry. The story flowed well and moved at a good pace. Even though the book was less than 100 pages, I felt I got a complete story. The book left me satisfied and happy! Highly recommended!
Of course my all time favorite Jay Northcote book is still Not Just Friends, if you haven't read it, YOU MUST!! Buy Not Just Friends at Amazon
About the author:
Jay lives just outside Bristol in the West of England, with her husband, two children, and two cats.
She comes from a family of writers, but she always used to believe that the gene for fiction writing had passed her by. She spent years only ever writing emails, articles, or website content. One day, she decided to try and write a short story–just to see if she could–and found it rather addictive. She hasn’t stopped writing since.
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