“Nothing Serious” by Jay Northcote


What happens when “nothing serious” turns into something more complicated?

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?


Northcote is my go-to whenever I need a book pick me up. I’ve come to rely on Jay’s books to help me out of a slump or for comic relief in between my heavier angst ridden stories. And of course, I know the steam will be plenty thick! Nothing Serious is a quick and lighthearted read and exactly as the blurb states. Mark has come out and is leaving his old life behind. Separating from his long-term girlfriend and moving out is the first heady step in turning the corner. He hasn’t really given much thought to dating guys or hooking up because before now, it was only a fantasy. And he certainly wasn’t expecting the mover built like a brick-house to hit the fast forward button on his new life. But Jamie accidentally discovers his secret; well the fact that’s he’s gay was not going to stay hidden forever but Mark anticipated a bit more time to prepare. Sometimes it’s best to jump in with both feet, don’t you think?


As expected, the writing is smooth and clean. I always enjoy Jay’s British flare and the humor kept the gravity of Mark’s situation on the lighter side. Starting over, at any time or age, can be difficult. It can also be liberating and exhilarating. I was happy for Mark. I found both Mark and Jamie to be sweet-natured and delightful to get to know. A strong secondary cast pulls things together nicely. I especially enjoyed Jamie’s family. Although the guys dance around their feelings a bit, it wasn’t obnoxious or annoying. They both are timid when it comes to making any grand declarations but in the end…they talk. Yay!


Jamie smoothly offers to help Mark when it comes to educating him on his inexperience when it comes to his new path. Mark is genuinely attracted to Jamie and pounces on the opportunity to dip his toes, amongst other things, in the rousing new world of gay sex. They start fairly simple and cover all of the bases. Jay certainly knows how to crank the heat up. Besides their smokin’ hot physical connection, they become fast friends and both want to take it one step further. Nerves get the better of them and they linger and dance a bit more. But if you need to know if they get their happy ending, just remember that Jay never disappoints when it comes to total satisfaction. They are playful and passionate and sure to leave your heart a bit lighter.


Angst free! If you are searching for a heart-ripping, gut-clenching story….you won’t find it here.  Things begin with a break-up but it’s not ugly. Mark has a sexual awakening but it never came across as overpowering.


Since this is a re-release, I imagine most Northcote groupies have already read it. But if you missed it somehow like I did, I think you better give it a go. After all, it’s tangly complications at it’s best!



TITLE: Nothing Serious
AUTHOR: Jay Northcote
PUBLISHER: Jaybird Press
LENGTH: 143 pages
RE-RELEASE DATE: July 18, 2018
BUY LINKS: Amazon, AmazonUK

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