Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Random Review: Nothing Serious by Jay Northcote #Review #Giveaway

Author: Jay Northcote
Title: Nothing Serious 2nd Edition
Self Published
Publication Date: July 18, 2018
Length: 143 pages

Reviewed by Michael


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?

Please note that although this edition has been re-edited for publication, there is no new or additional content.

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Mark is a twenty-nine-year-old recently out gay man who has struggled with his identity for years.  Brought up in a relatively strict Irish-Catholic household, he was taught that there were certain expectations he was meant to fulfill.  Find a nice girl, settle down, and get married.  He has some of it down, the finding the nice girl and settling down.  The problem is, he can no longer deny to himself who he really is.  So, coming out to his girlfriend, he breaks up with her and moves out of the home the couple shares.

Jamie happens to work for the company Mark hires to move him.  In a funny, but slightly embarrassing accident, Jamie end up discovering that Mark is gay, yet has absolutely no experience with another man.  Jamie offers to be Mark’s guinea pig, and a friends-with-benefits relationship starts.

Most relationships begin with a mutual physical attraction that leads to something deeper.  This one is no different.  The longer the arrangement goes, the more Mark and Jamie begin to feel about each other.  And that’s where the conflict comes in. What good will inexperienced Mark be in a gay relationship?  Is Jamie worthy of being with Mark, given his age and dyslexia?

We all have things about ourselves that we don’t like or wish we could change, inner self doubts.  It’s how we handle them, how we take the risks that we’re afraid to take, that ultimately have the potential to bring us our greatest happiness.  If we can get over our inner-conflicts, we could potentially make ourselves happy.  It’s those conflicts that make the characters seem more real and make this such a charming read.  And, lets face it, who wouldn’t want movers like Jamie the last time to help them more.  I know I certainly wouldn’t have minded when I moved.  It might have made the move to a totally different town a little bit easier

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