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Josh has a plan: get through uni with a good degree and no debt. Focused on his goals, he pays his way by working as an escort. He enjoys the no-strings sex because he doesn’t have time for a relationship. Falling in love definitely isn’t part of the deal—especially not with a client.
When Rupert meets Josh in a bar, he’s smitten on sight. He’s never paid for sex, but when Josh propositions him, he can’t resist. He should’ve known one night would never be enough. Luckily for him he has an inheritance to fund his addiction to Josh, because his job in IT support wouldn’t cover the cost.
With each encounter the lines get blurred, creating something that feels more like a relationship than a business transaction. But they come from different worlds, and to go from client-and-escort to lovers seems impossible. If they want a future together, Josh and Rupert have a lot to overcome.
This book was EVERYTHING!!
So, Gaby Confession #84, I normally avoid short stories that have lots of sex in them… Unless you are Jay Northcote, that is… Then I’ll give them a try.
A couple of months ago, my friend Charity and I were in a desperate search for something to buddy read. She, being the bright girl she is, came up with Helping Hand, which is the first story in this Housemates series by Jay.
WE LOVED IT!
So, when I got the message that this book was up for review I called dibs on it! because.. hot. And because awesome. And because it was Jay Northcote writing it and somehow she always manages to lift up my mood. Reading this was what would make my exahusting week worth it.
If you read Helping Hand, you sure remember Josh. He was one of the guys who lived in the same house as Jez and Mac. Well, here Mrs. Northcote throws a plot twist: Rent Boy. Josh Rentboy.
Gaaaaah!!! “But I do not read Rent Boy stories”… you say? well, you might want to make an exception and read this one. Seriously. Reconsider.
Josh is at a bar waiting for a client, but after waiting for a while he just realizes that the client isn’t showing up. Then he spots Rupert – A super hot red head that is also sitting there on his own. Josh decides that he needs the money, and that Rupert is so hot that he’s worth the shot. So he goes in there, flirts a bit, throws in the “yeah, well, but you’ll have to pay for my time”, Rupert mulls over it for a bit, then decides to go for it, and all things hot happen. Like, really, all things hot.
What I love the most about this particular series by Jay, is that all the stories actually go fast on the sexual part, but the burn – the way that the MCs fall for each other is deliciously slow. So the contrast is absolutely beautiful. And, funnily, it works perfectly well. I don’t think this is an easy thing to achieve, and yet, she just… Nails it.
In Like A Lover, Rupert is completely smitten with Josh, and decides that he has to keep seeing him, which means spending ridiculous amounts of money. Their.. Errrm… Business exchanges, soon stop being so business-like. The guys start going for drinks before their appointments, and taking walks here and there. It all starts being more like a date. What started as two hot men having extremely hot sex, starts to get more defined, and you can see said men falling for each other.
Of course things don’t come easy. There are miscomunication issues. There are insecurities on both parts. There are misunderstandings and shit kinda hits the fan… Kinda… And I say kinda because despite the story line this book, it is not angsty. Not at all. And I loved it for it.
Rupert’s and Josh’s lives are very interesting, too. Their backgrounds, and their personalities are very appealing. There were a couple of things that I wish the author had explored a bit more. I truly believe that the characters are outlined in a way that makes the reader curious, wanting for more.
So, long story short! This is a lovely short that has a certain element of fairy tale, in the sense that it’s easy. The chemistry between the MCs is almost magical. And the way they fall for each other is delightful to read.
So, do I recommend this? Hell yes!
Go. Buy. Now.