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  • Watching and Wanting

  • Housemates Series, Book 4
  • By: Jay Northcote
  • Narrated by: Lewis Carter
  • Length: 5 hrs and 17 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (17 ratings)

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Watching and Wanting

By: Jay Northcote
Narrated by: Lewis Carter
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Summary

Watching Jude’s cam show stirs desires Shawn’s always denied... Shawn is adrift. Recently graduated, he’s stuck in a dead-end job that barely pays the bills. His girlfriend dumped him, his friends have moved on, and he’s still in Plymouth - going nowhere. 

Jude is a student living in the same shared house. Out and proud, he’s everything Shawn’s been running from since he hit puberty. When Shawn discovers Jude works as a cam boy, he can’t resist the urge to watch one of his shows. It makes Shawn want things that scare him, yet his fascination forces him to confront his attraction. Keen to explore his bicurious side, Shawn suggests they do a show together. Jude agrees, and things get complicated - and kinky - fast. But Jude isn’t looking to get involved with someone so deep in the closet. If Shawn’s going to get what he wants, he needs to find the courage to stop hiding from himself and be honest about who he is.

©2017 Jaybird Press (P)2018 Jaybird Press

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  • 02-10-23

Hot hot hot!!

The 4th in the series doesn’t disappoint - we know all the housemates now, but the author still manages to weave a believable and exhilarating storyline for Josh and Sean.

A really enjoyable romp with great sex scenes.

The narrator is good, though different to the one who narrates the first three books - his accents seem to travel somewhat for the main character but overall he’s pretty good.

Great end to a great series

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Love this book

Not only this book but the whole series is well written by Jay Northcote.
Each book is based around a group of college students living together in 2 houses. Jay steadily tells the story of each couple with enough angst and love to keep us all sitting hoping for an HEA.
And Jay delivers time after time.
Well narrated and a lovely book to listen to, would highly recommend.

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A delightful HE A romance

I have read and enjoyed most of Jay Northcote's books. This one deals with the conversion of an apparent homophobe and shows how sexuality is a continuum rather than a series of tidy categories. This corresponds with my own experience.

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Brilliant!!!!

It's always a gamble listening to a book when you've already read the book and loved it. I've listened to quite a few narrators and sometimes their voice just doesn't sit right with the story. However, I abosolutely loved this audio. The narrator was clear and his adaption to the characters talking within the story was really good. It as also great to catch up with Shawn again, he's one of my favourite characters in the Housemates series. It's also a really good story and plot, I'm very tempted to download book 3, that's my favourite book in the series.

I can honestly say that I thoroughly enjoyed listening to Watching and Wanting and I would highly recommend.

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Great story.

I loved the story. Jude & Shawn were both instantly likeable characters, although I would have enjoyed more background on Jude. This book is part of a series, book 4, and I haven't read/listened to the rest of the series so maybe character background has already been told. It is a standalone book. Definitely worth a listen if you enjoy HOT steamy scenes.
The narrator was good, but personally not my favourite. I nearly switched off listening near the start because a character called Ewan was talking, this narrator should NOT try a Scottish accent! It was actually painful to listen to, and not knowing if it would be a main character worried me, however you are safe, carry on past that little bit because he only makes an appearance again in the epilogue. I hate spoilers so I won't go into plot, but it's a great story, with very likeable characters. I'd recommend it.

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good addition to the series.

Worthy addition to the Housemates series. I'd been looking forward to Shawn's story and it didnt disappoint. Jude was the perfect partner for him. Way hotter than the previous books in the series, I enjoyed getting up to date with characters from those. I really enjoy Jay Northcote's writing, and knew that this one would be a winner. When I heard it was coming onto audio, I jumped at the chance to listen to it. The narration is also very good, I've not listened to anything done previously by Lewis Carter. I thought his performance was pretty good, and improved as the book went on. Would definitely listen to him again.

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Enjoyable addition to the Housemates Series

This is the 4th book in the series and the first one I have on audio-book. The narrator was new to me and I did take a little while to get into his narrative, but he made the read entertaining and the characters each had their own voice.

Whilst everyone else seems to be moving on with their lives, Shawn's life is "on-hold". He's working at a local shop, with no life goals or aspirations on the horizon. When he and his long term-girlfriend split up, Shawn's life takes another dip and his mood with it. Jude is at University and to help fund his studying, he entertains www.land with a live-webcam for "tips", but this isn't common knowledge and something he wants to keep to himself. Jude has admired Shawn for a while, with all his "Captain Americaness" appeal, but knows him being straight, it will stay a day-dream.

After a particular bad drunken episode of "shawn-is-an-arse-and-his-attitude-sucks", Shawn goes out of his way to try and make amends with the rest of the household by cleaning up and inadvertently, walks in on Jude, who is naked and being filmed on his laptop. Shawn runs to his room in shock but soon curiosity makes him logon and finds Jude/Tom and his escapades - this soon makes Shawn question his sexuality and a madcap idea then blooms!

Then follows Shawn's education by a very willing teacher - Jude! I understood Shawn's reluctance to come out, his feelings and long-denial was palpable and maybe Jude was a little too pushy with his "now or never" attitude? But, after Shawn having a touch of the green-eyed monster, a real "officer and a gentleman" moment ensued and I was left with all the feels.

It was nice to catch up with the other housemates from previous books, although this would read well as a standalone.

Overall, this is an easy smexy read, with low angst and finishes on a strong HFN, with an epilogue that pulls a grin. Enjoyable.

I was gifted a copy of this book by the Author for my reading pleasure.

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