Getting experience with the guy next door seems like a great idea—until the lines blur.
Dev, a geeky first year physics student, has zero sexual experience and he’s determined to change that ASAP. After a bad time in halls of residence, he’s starting the summer term with different housemates and a new plan of action.
Ewan lives in the house next door to Dev. He’s young, free and single, and isn’t looking to change that anytime soon. When awkward circumstances throw them together, Ewan offers to help Dev out in the bedroom in return for maths tutoring, and Dev jumps at the chance.
They work their way through Dev’s sex-to-do list, but what starts as a perfect no-strings arrangement gets more complicated as their feelings for each other begin to grow. If they’re going to turn their lessons in lovemaking into something more permanent, they need to work out how they feel about each other—before they get to the end of Dev’s list.
What’s sweet, sexy and fun? Jay Northcote’s boys of course!
Jay is, well, she’s a sure thing. I have a small list of favorite authors and they all deliver certain spectacular things consistently in their books. Northcote has mastered the sweet, silly and sexy combo. This is the third book in the Housemates series but it can definitely read as a stand-alone. I rarely say that but this time it’s true. Not that I suggest you skip the first two books in the series but you don’t have to read them in order. I’ll let you in on a secret; the boy wins the boy every time.
Ewan is a second year at uni and living in student housing off campus. A new neighbor moves in next door and Ewan’s interest instantly sparks. He’s been a no strings playboy for the last year and has no intentions to change. He likes his freedom. He likes sex. He’s happy with his life just the way it is thank you very much. Until the post delivers his new neighbors mail to his house by mistake, and he opens it. Much to his dismay and excitement it’s a…personal package. He returns it to its proper owner, Dev, and decides then and there that he wants to get to know him better.
Dev is a classic nerd. He’s not ashamed of his nerdiness but he was the unfortunate target of bullying his first semester. Needing a fresh start, he moves out of the dorms midyear and takes over a sublet in a house. He is brilliantly book smart and a math whiz but a touch socially awkward. He’s decided to be proactive with his sexual experience or inexperience to be precise. His type-A personality lives and breathes lists, so naturally he makes a ‘sex to do list’. When his gorgeous neighbor offers a bargain of sorts, he’s happy to comply. Math tutoring in exchange for sex tutoring sounds like a lovely deal to both. But then those damn feelings get in the way. How can they keep this casual when falling in love comes into play?
College boys can be so adorable when they fall in love. Especially when it’s for the first time and full of other firsts. Neither Dev nor Ewan expected their arrangement to last further than the final to-do on the list. Of course, we know they are destined to be together but I didn’t mind watching them struggle with the inevitable. It was such a joy revisiting both couples from the first two books as well. So thrilled to see them all happy!
First times can be awkward and nerve-wracking and (hopefully) sweet; thankfully we are lucky enough to get it all. From their first kiss to their first time, it was all executed with sweet heat. Ewan may be experienced in nearly everything sexual but he is a novice when it comes to love. He pulls the typical freak out and panics when he realizes he’s fallen in love with Dev. Mates come to the rescue and force them to, wait for it…talk. They study and kiss and cook and kiss and follow the golden rule of achieving perfection; practice absolutely makes perfect. I loved it from start to finish!
The signature ‘misunderstanding’ threatens to fracture their fragile new beginning…but they quickly right their wrongs. Sex comprises a sizable portion of the story…but it’s delicious. I also have a strong urge to buy the audiobook when it’s released. I would love to hear Ewan’s name spoken aloud and his accent!
Suckers for virgins, coming of age and anyone else looking for Northcote’s famous concoction of flirty and dirty.