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REVIEW: “Nothing Special” by Jay Nortcote


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Noah thinks he’s nothing special. Average height, a bit on the skinny side, and cute but rather geeky, he’s relentlessly ordinary. He certainly doesn’t expect to be noticed by Sol, the gorgeous dark-haired stranger Noah sees on his commute home most days. But when Noah’s friend, Dom, persuades Noah to take a huge risk in a bid to get Sol’s attention, things turn out better than Noah dared to hope. Noah and Sol start dating, and much to Noah’s surprise, his feelings seem to be reciprocated.

But Noah’s insecurities make him doubt Sol. He doesn’t believe he’s interesting enough or sexy enough to hold Sol’s attention, and as Sol tries to get closer, Noah’s instinct is to pull away to protect himself. If their relationship is going to survive, Sol needs to convince Noah that he sees Noah very differently than Noah sees himself. Because to Sol, Noah is something very special indeed.



There are certain authors that fit a category of comfort read for me. Those authors create characters that I know I am going to fall in love with as they fall in love with each other. One of those authors for me, is Jay Northcote and her latest release of Nothing Special, is another book to add to my must read list.

Now, the title may lead you to believe that this is a sequel to Nothing Serious and while I would love a revisit Mark and Jamie, this is a whole new story, in a whole new town with a whole new couple.  Does that mean it’s any less of a story, um… Sol is based on Levi Karter so let that marinade in your knickers for a bit. You done? Good. Let’s move on.

Nothing Special was a delightful tale of Noah, our shy boy who has a mad crush on the hot lad who rides the train and wears a uniform from the London Zoo. Noah fancies the boy but doesn’t have the nerve to talk to him. Yeah, I feel ya Noah, I have been there more than once and I too had a crush on a boy named Sol. I loved the taste of my foot that winter as we worked together and every time I talked about how hot he was, he would end up standing behind me. Not as close as on a crowded train mind you, but the time he was worried about not wearing a tie at work and I told him he looked hot either way? Yeah, I get ya boy.

So Noah has a crush and on the insistence of his best friend, Dom, he puts an ad in the social section of the paper to get Sol’s attention? Does it work?  You bet your ass it does and that ad leads to the longest, the sweetest, and the sexiest first date ever. I love how the author has the ability to take the most awkward meet cutes and turn them into a wonderful love story. Life is neither choreographed, nor scripted and we can make some odd choices but that is what makes life amazing and each day a promise of something new. Northcote delivers that with her boys; they are characters you can relate to and want to know.

Gah. These two were so into each other and I was so into them. I adored the way Sol showed affection for Noah and how he proved to Noah he was more than “Nothing Special.” I have always said the best treat for a couple would to be to see how your partner sees you, through their eyes. Noah, what you get from Sol just blows me away, you lucky man.

Nothing Special, that title is misleading because these boys were so much more than special. I loved watching them fall for one another so honestly and that end? I have it marked in my notes that I screamed, because I did!  It turned me into goo and was the best ending. Just swoony and romantic and sigh. Special.



Nothing SpecialTitle: Nothing  Special
Author: Jay Northcote
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Pages: 187
Release Date: August 13, 2014
Purchase Links: Dreamspinner, ARe, Amazon, B&N

About Sara

I'm a runner, a reader and a vegan food eater. I practice yoga and meditation. I live in a house full of boys and rescue dogs. I really need a vacation.

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