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“What’s up?” I asked.
“Nothing. It’s just…I didn’t think you’d want to do anything tonight.”
Getting together is often the easy part. Staying together through all the challenges and unexpected twists of everyday life can put strain on any relationship, especially when you’re young and inexperienced. For the heroes in Taking Him On becoming a couple is only the beginning. They might have taken the important step of confessing their feelings, but they still have a great deal of growing up and soul-searching to endure if they’re going to build something that will stand the test of time.
It’s almost a year since Noah told Matty they needed to cool it, believing it was the sensible thing to do. After all, they were too intense, and they were both failing uni.
Rupert’s hands shook and his heart raced as he entered his PIN number at the cash machine. What the fuck was he doing? Was he really going to go through with this? He cursed as he got an error message, and tried again, more carefully this time.
What is it about beautiful boys with green eyes? This is the second book I’ve read recently featuring an emerald-eyed hero, and in both cases these young men ran away with my heart. Josh, one of the protagonists of Like a Lover, certainly pushed all my buttons. Perhaps this had to do with him working as an escort, which gives him just the right air of bad-boy sexiness. Perhaps it was because, beneath the blatant sensuality, he possesses a genuine kindness and steely determination to succeed. Whatever the reason, probably a combination of the two, I found him utterly irresistible.
Josh has a plan: get through uni with a good degree and no debts. Focused on his goals, he’s working as an escort to pay his way. He enjoys the no-strings sex and doesn’t have the time or inclination for a relationship. Falling in love definitely isn’t part of the deal—especially not with a client.
“You wanna?” Mac asked, his voice a little rough already.
“I guess.” The rasp in Jez’s voice gave him away in his attempt at sounding casual.
Perhaps because I’m British myself, whenever I read a male/male romance written by a British author and set in the UK, it feels a little like coming home. I also have a real weakness for a good friends-to-lovers story, and this novella by Jay Northcote is a prime example. Short and red-hot, it follows two young men as they explore their physical attraction to one another, while struggling to come to terms with their changing relationship and what it means for their future.
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.