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GUEST READER AUDIOBOOK REVIEW: “Nothing Serious” by Jay Northcote

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Boys in our Books welcomes GABY with a Guest Reader Review


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?


This is the first time I’ve reviewed an audiobook, so I guess the thing to do, obviously, is to start by commenting on my thoughts on the narration, and then launch into the story.

I’ve listened to audiobooks, before. I tend to pick up audios of books I’ve read and that I know I’ve loved and give them a listen. This wasn’t the case. I had never read Nothing Serious before, so it was kinda thrilling… What can I say, these things make me happy.

In general I liked Michael Pauley, the narrator. I found his voice to be pleasant and engaging. It’s happened to me before that I get an audiobook of a book I LOVE and then I just don’t care for the voice of the dude who’s telling me the story, and this wasn’t the case.

There were a few things that I think could have made this experience better – The characters are British, but the narration is all in American English… It was weird!!! You had phrases that are characteristically very British, but with a very American accent. I honestly think the experience would have been much better if it had been narrated by a British person.  Also, there wasn’t much impersonation. He used the same voice for most of the characters. Surprisingly, this wasn’t confusing, whereas in other cases or with another narrator it could have been. So, kudos for that. Another thing – The sex scenes… OMG! The guy picks up the pace as he reads them, like he starts normal and then rushes into what he’s reading to give what he’s reading a certain mood by picking up a slow-fast pace. I kinda liked it, but I also giggled a lot (I’m sorry). Not a bad thing, really. I’m just telling you my experience. It was way better than other experiences I’ve had where the narrator tells you all about the sucking and the fingering and the climaxing in a terribly monotone voice.

About the story… Gosh, this was just sweet and easy, and sexy. Mark, a 29 year old guy, just came out of the closet, and broke up his relationship with his girlfriend Rachel in the way. He’s moving out of their apartment when he meets Jamie, a 22 year old guy who’s helping him with the moving out.

The attraction is obvious from the beginning, and after a chat Jamie and Mark agree on meeting again. They soon agree that Jamie can help Mark break the spell and have Mark (our gay sex virgin) to experiment and find out what he was missing, and maybe make up for the time lost.  They fall into a nice pace, I can’t say slow, because there is no slow burn here, they just go and get… But the feelings that boil underneath the attraction they feel for each other DO burn more or less slow. I liked the idea of the youngest guy acting as a helper/provider/teacher, for some reason.

There’s a lot of sex. TONS. I think there’s probably one sex scene per chapter or so. I would normally find this incredibly annoying, but for some reason, in this particular case, I didn’t. I’d say that some of the scenes served to show some development in the relationship, and in character. I like that in books, especially in highly sexual books . If you’re gonna give me a ridiculous amount of sex, find a way to give me some character and relationship growth along with it.

The story is angst free. At some point it’s obvious that our two MC have fallen for each other, but, of course, they won’t give in…  There are questions and doubts about how the other feels and fear of losing what they have and the chance to make it grow, if they speak too soon.

There are two ex’s Rachel (Mark’s ex), and Josh (Jamie’s ex). I have this thing that when I hear an ex comes into the picture I automatically cringe and get prepared for ridiculous amounts of fictional hate, but I was glad to be proved wrong here. Rachel was a nice character, she was supportive, and friendly, and it was nice reading her. So was Josh.

I really enjoyed this. It’s easy and uncomplicated.  I’d totally recommend this after a this-day-has-repeatedly-kicked-my-ass-I-need-to-bury-it kind of day.




25064272Title: Nothing Serious (audiobook)
Author: Jay Northcote
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: October 23, 2015
Purchase Links: Dreamspinner, Audible

One comment on “GUEST READER AUDIOBOOK REVIEW: “Nothing Serious” by Jay Northcote

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