Friday, December 7, 2018

Review Tour: Stuck With You by Jay Northcote

Buy Links: Amazon US | Amazon UK - Exclusive to Amazon and Available to Borrow in Kindle Unlimited

Length: 53,000 words approx.

Cover Design: Garrett Leigh @ Black Jazz Design


Two clashing colleagues stuck together for Christmas—will opposites eventually attract?

Patrick has been single since he broke up with his cheating ex almost a year ago. With Christmas looming, he’s resigned to spending it alone with only memories of happier times for company. When a business trip with a co-worker leaves them stranded in the Lake District due to heavy snow, it seems Patrick will have company for Christmas after all. It’s a shame his companion is Kyle, who’s undeniably attractive, but annoying as hell.

Aware of Patrick’s reluctant admiration, Kyle basks in the attention even though Patrick isn’t the type of man he normally goes for. Averse to relationships after being hurt in the past, Kyle enjoys the occasional hook up, but has given up on seeking anything more meaningful.

Stuck together, their antagonism escalates along with a heavy dose of sexual tension until it finally ignites. What starts as a Christmas fling soon feels like something special; but will their tentative connection melt away as the snow thaws? If they’re going to take a chance on finding happiness together, they’ll have to put their differences aside and learn to trust one another.

Contains: enemies-to-lovers, snowball fights, bickering, spanking, a cute dog, a wise old lady, mistletoe, and a happy ending (of course).

4 Stars 

I’ve read most of Mr. Northcote’s books and I’ve loved the majority of them. Stuck With You was well-written and it was, well, sort of enjoyable, but it definitely wasn’t my favorite read from this author.

Patrick was likable, but Kyle was a twinky little twat. It took a long time for his true colors to shine through and for me to warm up to him. He just wasn’t all that likable and truthfully, that diminished my enjoyment of the story. Is it unfair to rate an enemies-to-lovers on a character's likability? I don’t know, but this is just my opinion/taste.

I’m not into BDSM, and although spanking isn’t really my thing, these two were Uber hot together. Their chemistry, even when they hated one another, was out of this world.

I loved their interactions with Ms. Wilcox. She was a bit rough around the edges at first, but she turned out to be a sweetheart as well as the voice of reason for knocking some sense into Patrick and Kyle.

While not my favorite by this author, this was still a somewhat enjoyable read for me, that I’m sure most will adore. I really think it was just my dislike of Kyle. Still, a recommendable read!

*copy provided by author/publisher in exchange for an honest review*

3.75 Stars!

Patrick has been single and celibate since he broke up with his boyfriend. He spends his time working, which lately includes mentoring Kyle. He's physically attracted to Kyle, but dislikes him personally. It doesn't help that Kyle spends a lot of time on Grindr, something that Patrick dislikes a great deal. When Patrick and Kyle need to make a trip for work together, Kyle's car breaks down and the two end up staying in a very small, cozy place.

Patrick seemed like a good guy, but he really had a hard time dealing with Kyle. I thought he was a very sensible guy most of the time. He thinks about others, and I liked how he looked out for Mrs. Wilcox even when she hadn't been all that friendly. Kyle was hard for me to connect with for a while. It wasn't until later in the book when he starts to show his vulnerable side that I started to see the defenses he has in place. When he finally opened up to Patrick about his past, things made more sense. The little gestures that Kyle and Patrick did for each other and for their host helped me see the kind of people they really were.

I enjoyed the story; it just took a while to warm up to Kyle. If you like enemies to lovers with a little bit of kink during the Christmas season, this book is for you.

*** Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie for my reading pleasure, a review wasn't a requirement. ***

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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 been published by Dreamspinner Press, and also self-publishes under the imprint Jaybird Press. Many of his books are also available as audiobooks.


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