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  • Housemates, Book 1
  • By: Jay Northcote
  • Narrated by: Mark Steadman
  • Length: 3 hrs and 20 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (37 ratings)

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Helping Hand

By: Jay Northcote
Narrated by: Mark Steadman
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Summary

Jez Fielding and James MacKenzie - Big Mac to his mates - are in their second year at uni. After partying too hard last year, they make a pact to rein themselves in. While their housemates are out drinking every weekend, Jez and Mac stay in to save cash and focus on their studies.

When Jez suggests watching some porn together, he isn't expecting Mac to agree to it. One thing leads to another, and soon their arrangement becomes hands-on rather than hands-off. But falling for your straight friend can only end badly...unless there's a chance he might feel the same.

©2015 Jay Northcote (P)2016 Jaybird Press

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  • 30-09-23

Loved this

I really enjoyed this and have listened to it three times over the last few months.

Great story, great characters, great narration

Highly recommend - and it’s probably the best of the series

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Loved the story and narration

5 wonderful stars from me!

The tags "Love is Love" and "Love Wins" fit this story perfectly. Neither Jez nor Mac would label themselves as 'gay' at the start of the story and even by the end they are reluctant to slot themselves into such restrictive pigeon holes. They love each other and that's all that matters. But to reach this conclusion they have to move from friends, to friends with benefits, to lovers and then finally boyfriends. What starts out as just sex and helping each other out gradually leads to a physical and emotional connection between the two young men as they battle to sort out who they are and who they want to be with.

I loved every part of this story. Jay's characters are realistic in their behavior and mannerisms. I adored how the physical intimacy between Jez and Mac gradually developed along with their feelings for each other. I understood their desire to keep their special arrangement hidden from the other housemates and their reluctance to admit this was anything but giving each other a helping hand in the bedroom. Jay, as per usual, wrote smoking hot scenes and I thought she surpassed herself this time with portraying the sizzling chemistry between these two lovely boys. The story gave me wonderful 'feelz' from start to finish. Fantastic!

5* also for the audiobook. Great narrator - perfectly suited to Jez's college character. Loved hearing this story.

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Love it 😁💖

So cute, beautifully British. Jay really has a knack for characterisation. I hope he writes something longish at some point, I feel like his books end too fast lol

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as good as the ebook

The story is always 4-5 stars, because if I wouldn't like the story as ebook, I wouldn't listen to the audiobook. I can't listen to an audiobook without knowing the book, that's not possible for me.

The performance from the narrator is also very important for me. I can't listen to a lot, because my English as a non-native-speaker isn't so perfect to follow a whole story over hours, when the narrator speaks too fast or too sloppy. Normally I have to SEE the person, who is talking to me in English. It took me a little bit, to come into the narrator, but at the end, it worked. I only have to take a few breaks between. I'm just not yet finish with the book, I’m over the half, but I listen enough to give a review.

PLEASE READ MY RATING SYSTEM!!!

To my ratings:

5* - very very good
it's like an A+

4* - very good and will be often re-listening
it's like an A

3* - it's more then a one-time-listening.
it's like a B

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Sweet story

I enjoyed listening to this bi awakening story between two seemingly straight guys. What started off as a drunken comment turned into a beautiful journey about falling for each other and taking a chance on each.

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very good

this was interesting and sexy... well written story with a very good narrator.. some parts were a bit slower but overall the narrator did a good job with the characters personalities. i liked it a lot

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really sweet, short listen

This is such a cute story, two straight college room mates decide to engage in a little mutual relief but that blossoms into more exploration until they find that, just maybe they are not so straight after all.

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A sweet awakening

A really lovely story of a man who finds his life changes with a little bit of experimentation which really pays off. This is another down to earth gem by Jay Northcote

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Hot and sweet

Jaz and Mac are both young and kind of clueless when it comes to love and life. This story follows them as they start experimenting, get closer, and fall in love. There's some doubt when it comes to feelings and if the other one feels the same, and interestingly it's the feelings that are scary to them, not so much the physical.

I wish that this book was longer and that we'd get to know Mac a little more. It's a low angst book with feels and heat.

Mark Steadman's narration is easy to listen to and I like his voice.

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Not Northcote's best work but still enjoyable

Less plot/character development than other Northcote books, still plenty of very well written sex scenes

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