Thursday, March 31, 2016

Promo Post: The Little Things (Review)

Title: The Little Things
Author: Jay Northcote
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Length: 76,000 words
Genre: Contemporary gay romance
Cover Artist: Garrett Leigh
Release Date: November 22nd 2013
Series info: This book is a standalone

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There are lots of things that brighten Joel’s life. His three-year-old daughter, Evie, is one. His close relationship with her mother, his best friend from university, is another. Joel’s boyfriend, Dan, adds spice to his child-free nights, and Joel is pretty happy with how things are.

Then one cold and rainy night, everything changes. Joel's life is turned upside down when he becomes a full-time dad to Evie, and his previously carefree relationship with Dan cracks under the strain.

Meeting Liam, who acts as if getting hurt isn’t a foregone conclusion, shakes Joel to the core. Their attraction is mutual, and Liam makes no secret of how serious he is about Joel. But Joel is wary. He tells himself he’s keeping Liam at a distance for Evie’s sake, when really he’s protecting his own heart. Taking a chance on this new relationship with Liam may seem a small step—a little thing—but is it one Joel can take after losing so much already?

*** Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie in exchange for a fair and honest review. ***

Joel is the single father of an adorable three-year-old, Evie. His best friend from University is Evie's mother and they have managed to work things out to remain friends and be the best parents they can be for Evie. And to complete Joel's little circle we have Dan, his boyfriend, who is younger than Joel and while not quite ready for an exclusive relationship, he is there for Joel when he needs him. 

It all changes after an accident, which leave Joel as a full-time father, and suddenly he needs stability and decides to end things with Dan. 

When he meets Liam, Joel can't stop feeling wary. Liam is too good to be true, and he's looking for something serious and while the attraction between the two is undeniable, Joel is not sure he's ready for what Liam is looking for, or is he? 

I really loved Liam, he was such a fantastic, reliable, honest, supportive character. Perhaps he came on a bit too strong, but he was sure of what he wanted and just went for it. I wanted to slap Joel more than a few times, though. I found him insecure and immature. He was a great father, but really, in other areas of his life, he was a bit of a mess. Thankfully, he did a bit of growth in the last part of the book and that made things a whole better. 

The book is very good, well-written and engaging. Evie was adorable and I loved Joel's sister, Miranda. The chemistry between Joel and Liam was amazing and I loved them together, even if I was a little fed up with Joel's attitude in some parts of the book. But other than that, it's a great, heart-tugging read!

Rating: 4 Stars!!! 

Author Bio:

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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