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PRE-RELEASE REVIEW: “Nothing Serious” by Jay Northcote


Mark O’Brien is finally being honest with himself. His relationship with Rachel is over and he’s moving out of the home they’ve shared for six years. They get along, but he can’t fix a relationship when the person he’s with is the wrong gender.

Jamie Robertson, one of the removal men, is huge and ridiculously gorgeous, and Mark is smitten at first sight. When a cardboard box splits, revealing items of a personal nature that Mark never wanted anybody to see, he’s mortified. But it sparks the start of a beautiful friendship with benefits.

As Jamie initiates Mark into the joys of gay sex, the two men get increasingly close and “nothing serious” turns into something rather important to both of them. But communication isn’t their strong point. Will either man ever find the courage to be honest about his feelings?(


Ahhhhh…this book was sweet.

Nothing Serious is exactly that…it is an easy story of two men meeting under fortuitous circumstances and timing and falling in love.  The story won’t shake you to your core. It’s not one of those shout-it-from-the-rooftops-I-love-it-so reads.

What it is, quite simply, is M/M 101…done well.  Friends-with-benefits to lovers, gay sex virgin, a glossary of all the gay sex basics (you top then I’ll top, 69, rimming, finger f’ing, frotting, shower time…but none of it over-the-top dirty, yet not clinical either), and 2 really endearing characters.

This could very easily have gone the route of textbook basics. But what Jay Northcote, in her first effort, does well, is keeps the reader engaged with the building of the relationship between Jaime and Mark. Sweet, attractive, funny, kind, loyal…they’re easy to like.

This book has zero angst, a few warm sex scenes, and <200 pages of easy reading.

A recommended in-betweener book when you need a break and something that doesn’t require much investment.  Perfectly fine read, if not entirely memorable, but a good go-to when in ‘that’ mood.

…and the cover is hot. (shades of an untatted Adam Levine)



18584776Title:  Nothing Serious
Author:  Jay Northcote
Publisher:  Dreampsinner
Pages:  158
Release Date:  October 23, 2013
Purchase Links:  Dreamspinner

3 comments on “PRE-RELEASE REVIEW: “Nothing Serious” by Jay Northcote

  1. Sheri
    October 17, 2013

    well, you know me and sweet….and sometimes you need an escape from angst and books that make you feel ‘too much’…adding to the list :D


  2. Ilhem
    October 17, 2013

    Exactly. I like the in-betweener tag.:)


  3. Ami
    October 17, 2013

    I definitely need an in-betweener book every now and then. And YES for the tag. I’ll keep my eyes on this when I need something light. Thanks Susan


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