“Pretty in Pink” by Jay Northcote

about

Ryan isn’t looking for a relationship with a guy—and Johnny isn’t looking for a relationship at all.

Ryan’s always been attracted to tall, leggy blondes—normally of the female variety. When Johnny catches his eye at a party, Ryan’s interest is piqued even though he’s never been with a guy before. The attraction is mutual, and the amazing night that follows opens Ryan’s eyes to his bisexuality.

Experience has taught Johnny that love hurts. Staying single is safer, and there’s no need for complicated relationships when hooking up is easy. When he moves in next door to Ryan, they’re both interested in picking up where they left off, and it seems like an ideal arrangement: convenient, mutually satisfying, and with no strings attached.

Despite their best intentions to keep things casual, they develop an emotional connection alongside the physical one. Both begin to want more from the relationship but are afraid to admit it. If they’re going to work things out, they need to start being honest—first with themselves, and then with each other.

Although this book is part of the Housemates series, it has new main characters, a satisfying happy ending, and can be read as a standalone.

review

Well, well, well, this was sticky. Most of Jay’s books are messy, in the best possible way, but this was double-sticky. Or triple-sticky? Let’s see, we have,  lots of spunk, a bit of (emotional) goo and some controversial notions. Jumping right to the latter…what exactly is it that has some people’s panties in a twist? Sex with multiple partners. And no, it’s not a poly relationship.
I had better back up to the beginning…Ryan is out at the club celebrating a mates birthday when he spies a gorgeous someone across the room. He is instantly attracted to Johnny. Surprise of the night, he didn’t realize Johnny was a man. Which is a bit unsettling because Ryan has lived a heterosexual life until now. Although he’s put slightly off kilter, he doesn’t deny his initial reaction and pounces at the opportunity to open his mind (and body) to a night with the beautiful blond that pushes all his buttons. Johnny is…sex on legs. He has no qualms with Ryan’s experimentation and plans on giving him a night to remember. And remember he does. From a distance. They part ways and both assume it’s over. Until they become neighbors. There’s nothing like trying to forget something that continues to dangle in front of your face. They can’t deny or stem their raging attraction to one another. However, neither one is prepared to make any commitments. Which leads to….sex with other people. And normally, I’m not a fan. Cheating is a sure way to leave me with a foul book mouth. But…that doesn’t happen here. Promise.

Like

I was tickled pink that the gang is in full effect. I loved having them all return, even if some appearances were brief. One of my favorite things about a series with multiple couples is when they all check in. It’s comforting knowing they are all marvelous and happy. And still together! We know most of the secondary cast (bonus!) but the new faces were all wonderful. I was thrilled we had a chance to meet Ryan’s family. Can I just tell you how much I adored Johnny? Johnny embraces his beauty and doesn’t restrict himself to any boxes. Tight pants, lined eyes, and hidden lace are just a few of his finer points. Emotions run hot and the sex is hotter. Prepare for some fancy foot work, as they both put up a good fight. But rest assured, they figure things out. Luckily, the housemates aren’t known for keeping their opinions to themselves and butt in to everyone’s business. I just love them all to pieces but what really shines here is facing your greatest fears.

love

I loved both of the guys but what I enjoyed most was the genuine progression of their relationship. A drunken evening drives them together in a sexy smash and starts a chain of events. It’s not easy, it’s not always pleasant, but it’s always real. Ryan is struggling with not only fresh self-awareness and acceptance but the fears that accompany his new path. Johnny puts on a good front but he’s secretly fighting his own internal war. He does most everything…and does it well. But the one thing he doesn’t do is love. His heart is his and his alone. Ryan threatens to shatter his walls and he’s scared. Fear shows itself in many ways. For Johnny, his feeble attempts to pretend he’s unaffected include shagging other men. Which of course hurts him and hurts Ryan. Igniting next link in the chain to clink into the picture…decisions. They both must decide what they want. Does Ryan want to declare to the world what his heart desires? Can Johnny admit he’s ready to let a very special someone into his fiercely guarded heart? Well, I can certainly tell you I’m glad I had the privilege of finding out.

beware

Uhh, sex with other people? But…it’s off page and it’s only importance is forcing feelings to be faced and freed. Prepare for some hardcore, in your face sexual discovery. Jay excels at opening Pandora’s box.

bookisfor

Northcote fans and Housemate fans….as long as you are able to recognize the power of this couple lies with their hearts, not just their bodies. Ohh, and you might want to grab a fan, you’re gonna need one!

bookinfo

TITLE: Pretty in Pink (Housemates #6)
AUTHOR: Jay Northcote
PUBLISHER: Jaybird Press
LENGTH: 211 pages
RELEASE DATE: February 21, 2018
BUY LINKS: Amazon, Amazon UK 

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