Friday, September 9, 2016

Blog Tour: Into You by Jay Northcote #Excerpt #Review #Giveaway

Jay Northcote - Into You

Author: Jay Northcote

Cover Design: Garrett Leigh @ Black Jazz Design

Length: 57,000 words

Release Date: September 9 2016

Buy Links: Amazon US Amazon UK


What do you do when the body you wake up in isn’t yours?

Olly and Scott promised to be best friends forever. They grew up on the same street, went to the same school, and did everything together. But one hot summer night, teenage experimentation caused hurt feelings and confusion, and their friendship was destroyed.

Four years later they’re both eighteen years old and in their final term at school. Scott is a football star and Olly’s preparing for a main role in the school play. After a heated argument in the street—witnessed by their mysterious, elderly neighbour—they wake up the next morning stuck in each other’s bodies.

With no idea how to get back to normal, they have to co-operate in order to hide their secret. Spending time together rekindles their friendship, yet feelings run deeper for both of them. With the end of school fast approaching, the clock is ticking. Unless they discover how to change back, they could be stuck in the wrong bodies forever.


This story is very much like the movie Freaky Friday. The body stays but the person changes. Ollie and Scott used to be best friends until something made them break away. 

Thanks to a nosy witchy neighbor she wants to make fate realign but these two guys are stubborn. With a little bibbity bobbity boo, now who is who?

I like the happiness to this story. The low angst was very welcome and it really delved into different tropes. Friends to lovers, enemies to lovers, second chances. All three fit the bill here.

Ollie and Scott couldn’t be more opposite physically so to see how each other acts in the others body was comical.

I will admit that I got confused in a few spots of who is who is who and huh? Yeah. That happened and I had to reread a few times. But, you get used to it. I imagine writing this was way more tricky than my minor confusions so major props to Jay Northcote for that.

This is a happy story about friendship in all it’s forms. In not always believing everyone will turn their backs on you. In accepting who you are and grabbing your happily ever after.
It’s not a long read but it is a happy one! So grab it and feel the love!


The sound of music playing pulled Scott from a thick blanket of sleep into

wakefulness. He lay curled on his side; his room was darker than usual, as though someone had come in and closed the blinds while he slept. His bed felt weird, softer than it should be, and it smelled different.
He sat up, blinking in confusion as he looked around. He took in the room, the details unclear in the half-light that crept around the edges of the blind, but it was enough for him to realise where he was.
The posters on the wall were new, but the layout hadn’t changed in four years.
What the fuck?
It wasn’t possible. Logic told Scott there was no way this could be happening.
He’d gone to sleep in his own bed—he hadn’t been drunk or high. So why the hell was he waking up in Olly’s room with no recollection of how he got there? And where the hell was Olly? The music that had woken him was coming from a phone on a docking station by the bed. He picked it up and pressed some buttons until it stopped. His brain was fogged with sleep and he couldn’t think clearly.
Scott got out of bed on shaky legs. His hip ached as though it was bruised.
Actually, his whole body felt weird. Perhaps he was sick? Maybe this was all some bizarre hallucination?
Pulling the cord to raise the blind, Scott flooded the room with light. He looked down at himself, only….
He closed his eyes and shook his head. When he opened them again, he still didn’t see himself. His body was too thin, his skin too pale, the hair on his legs darker than usual, and he definitely didn’t own any snug purple briefs like the ones he was currently wearing.
Stomach roiling with disbelief and terror, Scott turned to the full-length mirror on the wall and blinked.
Olly’s reflection stared back looking as horrified as Scott felt. Scott raised his hands to his face, and so did Olly in the mirror.
“This isn’t happening,” he said.
The voice was Olly’s too, softer and a little higher-pitched than Scott’s own.
It was the weirdest, most vivid dream Scott had ever had.
He pinched himself hard. “Ouch!”
Why wasn’t he waking up?

Beep beep beep beep beep beep beep!

Olly shot up, heart pounding at the shrill sound. He opened his eyes and blinked in the sunlight.
Ugh. Too bright.
He looked around wildly and closed his eyes again, refusing to believe what he saw. Obviously he wasn’t awake yet because he couldn’t be in Scott’s room. He hadn’t set foot in Scott’s house in years.
Olly cracked his eyes open again but still saw the white walls, the posters of Scott’s football heroes that Olly remembered from years ago, and the freakishly tidy desk that definitely wasn’t his.
The alarm clock by the bed was still making an awful racket, so he found the button to silence it.
“Scott?” he said hesitantly, then coughed.
What the fuck was wrong with his throat? His voice was deep and rough sounding. Oh God, no, please don’t let him be getting a cold. He couldn’t afford to lose his voice with all the play rehearsals coming up.
He pushed the duvet off and swung his legs around to get out of bed. He’d find
Scott and work out what the hell was going on. Maybe he had some weird amnesia after his accident yesterday, although he hadn’t hit his head. There had to be some explanation for why he was apparently in Scott’s bed rather than his own.
Then Olly looked down at his legs—and froze.
They were thicker and more muscular than they should be. Olly only dreamed of having legs like that. The hairs on them were light brown instead of dark, the skin more tanned. He looked at his hands, they were all wrong too, thicker and sturdier than they should be. He lifted one to run it through his hair, the way he often did in times of crisis.
“What the fuck?” No long floppy fringe falling in his eyes. Instead he found short-cropped hair and his ear piercings were gone.
Now convinced he was dreaming, because that was the only possible explanation, Olly got up to look in the mirror. Scott’s handsome face stared back at him, the mouth slack with surprise and the blue eyes wide.
Olly shook his head in disbelief. No way could this be happening. No way. This was the stuff of Hollywood movies, not reality. But cold, creeping panic rose in his gut, because apart from the fact that he appeared to be in the wrong body, everything else felt normal. Way too normal for it to be a dream.
“No,” he said loudly, putting his hands up and touching Scott’s nose, Scott’s
cheekbones, Scott’s lips. He felt every brush of his fingertips. “Oh, Jesus Christ on a bike, this is not happening. No.”

Author Bio:

Jay lives just outside Bristol in the West of England, with her husband, two children, and two cats.

She comes from a family of writers, but she always used to believe that the gene for fiction writing had passed her by. She spent years only ever writing emails, articles, or website content. One day, she decided to try and write a short storyñjust to see if she couldñand found it rather addictive. She hasnít stopped writing since.


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  1. Great review and I love Jay's books !!

  2. I like some Jay Northcote's books I read. Congrats on this new release by the way

  3. I'll give the same answer as I did in Jay's Playground, Tom Hiddleston. I've enjoyed all the books I've read so far by Jay and the new release looks fantastic too.

  4. I would switch with Beyonce! I would want my doctors to switch with me, then she would know all the symptoms I can't describe.

    I love Jay's books. I just downloaded Into You from KU.

  5. Being under 5' I would love to be woman that is 6' tall for just one day :)

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  7. Congrats on your new book. As far as switching bodies? I've always wished I could sing and dance, so some modern day Gene Kelly type while they are doing a show (but I'm not picky, it doesn't have to be Broadway ;-)
    Purple Reader - TheWrote [at] aol [dot] com

  8. Congrats on your new book. As far as switching bodies? I've always wished I could sing and dance, so some modern day Gene Kelly type while they are doing a show (but I'm not picky, it doesn't have to be Broadway ;-)
    Purple Reader - TheWrote [at] aol [dot] com

  9. Congrats on your new book. As far as switching bodies? I've always wished I could sing and dance, so some modern day Gene Kelly type while they are doing a show (but I'm not picky, it doesn't have to be Broadway ;-)

  10. Honestly, I'm pretty happy being me, and its taken me a long time to get to that place in my life, so I'd stay me and spend the day reading.

  11. Sounds like a fabulous read! If I could switch with one person for a day, it would be the massage therapist for the New York Rangers. ;)

  12. Love this blog! Can't wait to read Jay's book. Switching places could be fun... I'd want someone like Colby Keller... debauchery all day!! Ha! Thanks! Love ya - Sherri Jordan-Asble (aka Lynn Michaels)

  13. I would chose The Mountain. I would live to knkw what it's like to be the tall and strong.

  14. Congrats on the new release. I love Jay's books.