Release Day Blitz ~ Practice Makes Perfect (Housemates #3) by Jay Northcote ~ (Review, Excerpt + Giveaway)
Author: Jay Northcote
Release Date: June 22
Universal Buy Link: http://mybook.to/PMP_JayN
Length: 54,000 words
Cover Artist: Garrett Leigh
Genre: Contemporary Gay Romance
Getting experience with the guy next door seems like a great idea—until the lines blur.
Dev, a geeky first year physics student, has zero sexual experience and he’s determined to change that ASAP. After a bad time in halls of residence, he’s starting the summer term with different housemates and a new plan of action.
Ewan lives in the house next door to Dev. He’s young, free and single, and isn’t looking to change that anytime soon. When awkward circumstances throw them together, Ewan offers to help Dev out in the bedroom in return for maths tutoring, and Dev jumps at the chance.
They work their way through Dev’s sex-to- do list, but what starts as a perfect no- strings arrangement gets more complicated as their feelings for each other begin to grow. If they’re going to turn their lessons in lovemaking into something more permanent, they need to work out how they feel about each other—before they get to the end of Dev’s list.
NB: Although this book is part of a series, it is a complete story with different main characters and can be read as a standalone.
Sitting on his bed, Dev yawned, his full stomach making him sleepy. He stared at his phone as he contemplated calling home but decided he couldn’t face it tonight. He loved his mum, but she did tend to bang on. Once she got him on the line, she’d end up talking for ages and asking him a million questions he was too tired to answer. Instead, he sent his mum a quick text.
All moved in, everything’s good. I’m shattered now so I’m going to have an early night. I’ll call you tomorrow.
She replied within seconds as though she’d been waiting for him to call.
Okay sweetie, glad you’re settled. Sleep well xxx
He picked up his notepad and crossed off phone home. Texting counted. He also crossed off everything else on his list for today.
That was Saturday done. Dev set his notepad aside, opened his laptop, and pulled up his lists app. He liked his notepad for day-to- day organisation; it gave him a certain satisfaction to cross out the things he’d done and to get to the end of the day with all the tasks completed. But for longer-term planning, he kept his lists on his Mac, synced to his phone.
For the first time in six months, Dev could breathe again. Finally he had a safe place where he could get back on track and look to the future. He began to type.
Things To Do This Term
Make some friends
Learn to cook
Research sex stuff
Get some experience
Find a boyfriend
He stared at the words on the screen and sighed. That seemed like a lot of things to aim for. But it was good to have goals, right? Jez and Mac seemed really nice, so hopefully Dev was already on his way to achieving the first objective. And that bloke Ewan… Dev’s mind conjured up the image of the flame-haired hunk who lived next door. Ewan had been friendly.
Maybe there was potential there too.
*** Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie in exchange for a fair and honest review. ***
This is the third book in the series, but it can be read as a standalone, although I suggest picking up the other books, too, you'll be missing out if you don't.
Dev is a geeky physics student, he's shy and a virgin in every sense of the word, but determined to gain some sexual experience as soon as possible, especially now that he's moved into a new house, in a less threatening environment than the residence was for him.
Ewan is one of Dev's new neighbors, and while he's not looking for something serious, he just can't not offer his 'sexual expertise' in exchange for Dev tutoring him in Maths. After all, better him than any of the predators that might turn out after they glimpse at Dev's Grindr profile.
As they work through Dev's list, though, feelings start to grow between them, but would they manage to make it right before they finish going through the items on the list?
I really loved Ewan and Dev. Dev was adorkable, oblivious and shy, but so eager to learn and Ewan was just perfect for him, he was protective and sweet to Dev, guiding him through it all tenderly. That's not to say that they weren't hot together, because they so were. They had great chemistry, both in and out of the bedroom. It starts a bit awkwardly, as it should all things considered, but as they grow closer, it's obvious both of them are wishing there could be more than their original agreement. It was lovely to see them interact with Josh, Rupert, Mac and Jez and the rest of their roommates, too.
All in all, this was a fantastic read! Sweet and hot, with some light angst thrown in for good measure, perhaps it was a bit predictable, but that didn't take away from my enjoyment of the story. Definitely recommendable!
Rating: 4.5 Stars!!!
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.