“Nothing Special” by Jay Northcote


Noah thinks he’s nothing special. Average height, a bit on the skinny side, and cute but rather geeky, he’s relentlessly ordinary. He certainly doesn’t expect to be noticed by Sol, the gorgeous dark-haired stranger Noah sees on his commute home most days. But when Noah’s friend, Dom, persuades Noah to take a huge risk in a bid to get Sol’s attention, things turn out better than Noah dared to hope. Noah and Sol start dating, and much to Noah’s surprise, his feelings seem to be reciprocated.

But Noah’s insecurities make him doubt Sol. He doesn’t believe he’s interesting enough or sexy enough to hold Sol’s attention, and as Sol tries to get closer, Noah’s instinct is to pull away to protect himself. If their relationship is going to survive, Sol needs to convince Noah that he sees Noah very differently than Noah sees himself. Because to Sol, Noah is something very special indeed.


There are many reasons that I’m a repeat customer when it comes to Northcote but this feel-good story is a prime example of why I adore his stories so much. Despite the title, I think this story is quite special. Smooth writing allows us to quickly engage in Noah’s predicament. It’s quite simple really. Noah has a train crush but he’s certain it will always remain a faraway flame. Why? The handsome stranger is way out of his league. But wait? Who defines the standards for leagues? Handsome train guy, aka Sol, doesn’t agree with the boxes that Noah has constructed. He believes Noah is perfect for him. But can he get Noah to see things from his perspective? Or will Noah allow invisible barriers to keep him from his heart’s greatest desires? I suggest you find out with this sweet, sexy and satisfying story.


As always, Jay delivers uncut goodness. *snicker* Seriously, we get the whole nine yards here….likable characters in a relatable situation, packed with loads of sweet and sexy. I’m sure each and every one of us has been in a spot where confidence needed some boosting. Where self-doubt and society’s unrealistic expectations hang heavy on our shoulders. What Jay brings to light here is while the exterior package may be what initially sparks interest, many things play a part in attraction. Personality and character hold more weight than smooth skin and taut muscles. And when the lights go out, connection and affection are far more important. It takes a bit of facing the mirror but Noah understands that it’s not really “leagues” rather than taste, and luckily for him, Sol can’t get enough of his flavor.


It was easy to fall for both Noah and Sol. I adored Dom’s suggestion to catch Sol’s attention. It’s tried and true meet-cute but worked like a charm. So they meet. And they click. And it was toe-curling good. Then Noah trips over his own misgivings. He doesn’t think he’s good enough for Sol. He’s afraid of rejection, although Sol hasn’t given him any reason for it. The reluctance is short-lived. I enjoyed their swift fall. I smiled nearly the entire time. My heart was full and light. Then the ending sealed the deal. It was absolute perfection!



Insecurity rears its ugly head. Fluffy feel good with slim to zero angst. A quick fall that will leave you either smitten or sulky. Me? I was keen on their…zesty passion. And a lovely take of ‘beauty is in the eye of the beholder’ with British flare.



If you are searching for cute and charming, Noah and Sol have it in spades. I would gather that you will agree with me…they are positively special.



TITLE: Nothing Special
AUTHOR: Jay Northcote
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
LENGTH: 184 pages
RELEASE DATE: August 13, 2014
BUY LINKS:  Amazon, AmazonUK

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