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Pretty in Pink

Housemates, Book 6
Narrated by: Hamish Long
Length: 5 hrs and 44 mins
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Summary

Ryan isn’t looking for a relationship with a guy - and Johnny isn’t looking for a relationship at all.

Ryan’s always been attracted to tall, leggy blondes - normally of the female variety. When Johnny catches his eye at a party, Ryan’s interest is piqued even though he’s never been with a guy before. The attraction is mutual, and the amazing night that follows opens Ryan’s eyes to his bisexuality.

Experience has taught Johnny that love hurts. Staying single is safer, and there’s no need for complicated relationships when hooking up is easy. When he moves in next door to Ryan, they’re both interested in picking up where they left off, and it seems like an ideal arrangement: Convenient, mutually satisfying, and with no strings attached.

Despite their best intentions to keep things casual, they develop an emotional connection alongside the physical one. Both begin to want more from the relationship but are afraid to admit it. If they’re going to work things out, they need to start being honest - first with themselves, and then with each other.

Although this audiobook is part of the Housemates series, it has new main characters, a satisfying happy ending, and can be listened to as a standalone.

©2018 Jay Northcote (P)2020 Jay Northcote

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Hot read!

4 Stars! 

Ryan is straight or so he thinks until he's attracted to Johnny. Johnny is all for experimenting with Ryan and what was supposed to be a one-night-stand, quickly turns into a no-strings-attached arrangement. Only Ryan starts wanting more and Johnny is still set in not having a relationship, or is he?

So, while I liked Ryan and Johnny individually, there were so many times in which I would've wanted to shake some sense into them or knock their heads together, whatever worked best, LOL. It was obvious they had chemistry and that things were changing between them, but they didn't talk much, so that, of course, led to some miscommunication. 

The audiobook was good, Hamish Long has a great voice and is really good in scenes where several characters interact, making it easy for the listener to differentiate between them. 

Overall, I think I wanted a bit more balance between the sex scenes and having them together in other settings. Still, it was an engaging listen and I enjoyed it, so I have no trouble recommending it. 

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Steamy read

Yikes, this book was full of heat 🔥 But at the same time I also loved the story and how both they both had insecurities. They started off as a one night stand and decide to continue to see each with no strings attached and slowly starts to develop feelings for each other but they both struggle with their issues and whether they are strong enough to get over it. Again Hamish Long has done an amazing job with getting the characters vulnerability, emotions and personalities across. Really enjoyed listening to this story 💜

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A lovely addition to the series

Another fabulous story from Jay and superbly narrated by Hamish Long. 

I’ve thoroughly enjoyed reading and listening to each of the books in the Housemates series and love the variety of characters that Jay created. His stories always give me the warm fuzzy feels that I crave from M/M romances and this story worked well for me. It was also great to catch glimpses of the other couples in the student houses and see they're still happy and together.

Ryan and Johnny were introduced in the previous book with hints that there was something going on between them, and there’s a sort of recap of their first meeting at the beginning of this story. Ryan explores his bi-curious side by hooking up with Johnny, the gorgeous, leggy, eyeliner-wearing, androgynous blond. 

They continue with no-strings hookups once they become neighbours. It’s all about the sex and the moment, so they don’t spend much time talking or really getting to know each other well. We are treated to some super hot scenes—some a little kinky—each time they meet up.

Ryan is still coming to terms with his bisexuality and Johnny is reluctant to risk his heart again after being hurt in the past. They are sexually compatible and their arrangement is convenient for them—except feelings do develop on both sides. It takes time for them to truly admit it to themselves and neither are in a position to tell the other as these feelings grow. Wrongly assuming the other doesn’t want anything more than sex, they are reluctant to be the one to talk about this. Yes, it causes problems and some lovely angst in the story because of their lack of communication, but that happens in real life. Many people keep their thoughts to themselves and just go along with the status quo. I loved the tinge of jealousy Ryan exhibited when he saw Johnny with another guy. I didn’t take it as cheating because they weren’t in an agreed relationship at that point.

The resolution is great and the epilogue gives a lovely happy ending for the couple. I was left wanting more ‘boyfriend’ time and to see them getting to know each other more. I was also hoping for more 'pink’ episodes after the earlier deliciously steamy one. 

A highly recommended story. It’s well written, quick-paced, super hot, and with a little angst. Spot-on voices, emotions and pacing from the narrator making it even more enjoyable. 

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Great

Johnny and Ryan’s story was absolutely perfect! The casual hook-up/fwb to lovers and emotional entanglement is always fun to read, but Johnny & Ryan were perfect. The development of their relationship is something you couldn’t help but root for in the beginning!
Hamish Long is a new to me narrator but I’m positive it won’t be my last by him! He did a truly outstanding job bringing these men and their story to life! Great Listen!

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Unexpected love

Ryan and Johnny are attractred to each other from the get go, but neither of them are looking for more than a hook up at first. One hookup leads to more and they find themselves having a regular sexual thing. I loved how Ryan embraces his bisexuality, even though Johnny is his first male lover Ryan isn't freaked out in any way by his attraction to Johnny, the reason why Ryan is hesitant to committing to Johnny isn't really the "gay thing", it's more the "realtionship thing". Johnny is just as hesitant as Ryan to committ, so they more of less are on the same page and their feelings grow more or less at the same pace.

This book is part of the Housemates series but it's not neessary to have read the other books to enjoy this one. I haven't, but i really loved this one so I will get the other books in this series and am looking forward to listening to them too.

Hamish Long is quickly becoming my new favorite narrator, his voice is so wonderful and I love listing to him.

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Phenomenal

Holy hell I loved this audio book. Hamish did both voices perfectly! I was amazed and impressed. I also fell apart over the story and had to listen in one day.

It kind of surprised me, to be honest, because I don't like mm books with women's underwear, I don't like Gay For You, and I don't like communication issues. That being said, I love Jay Northcote, so I just HAD to listen to this book and I couldn't be happier that I did. This is one to come back to and re-listen to over and over. Such a sweet, honest, hot story.

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Plenty of heat

I've always loved the Housemates series but I have to admit that the first two are my absolute favourites. So I don't really know if it's down to my age or not but...I find both main characters to be quite immature. Although there is plenty of heat in bed and it's great to read of bi-awakening, they don't communicate well, they are almost dishonest with each other and I really don't see them as long term. On the positive side, I love this author's writing style and the uncompromising Britishness of his books.

The narration by Hamish Long is as excellent always. He picks up the youthfulness of the housemates and brings them to life.

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Hot hot hot but no chemistry as a couple

I don't really know how to review this book. I felt like it was more like we were listening to a bi-wakening story, not a romance.

Most of the MC's encounters were they having s*x and it was a lot, there isn't much character development, nor story. They meet, f*ck and don't talk about their feelings so there is some miscommunication going on. They are incredible hot together, but I don't see them as a couple, they are too dishonest with each other.

I don't know, I like it but not very much, this is a first 'cause I usually like Jay Northcote's novels.

Mr. Long narration is better in this audiobook, but I still have problems with the way he pronounce some sentences/words during the love scenes. It makes the scene seem chopped and doesn't show the true feelings of the characters.

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Great!

I really enjoyed Ryan and Johnny’s story. I’m a big fan of bi-sexual awakening so this was a must for me! Hamish Long did a great job of narrating these two characters and pulling me into the story line. I immediately liked both men and really liked the exploration of Ryan with his bisexual side. I really liked the chemistry between Ryan and Johnny. side. I love when both men don’t want a relationship - even better when they don’t even realize they are having one! Neither was willing to admit they both wanted more than the friends with benefits that had agreed upon. I loved the emotional connection they established. A great all around listen.

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Love this book series

I'd read the books in the Housemates series but this is the first one I have listened to on audio.

The book is beautifully written and for me Jay has a way of creating books that are real to life and that you can identify with the characters and the emotions they are going through.

I loved both characters and enjoyed the fact there was no instant love but a slow build up to Ryan coming to terms with his bisexuality and the feelings he has for Johnny. I was so happy when they finally talked and figured things out.

Hamish Long is a new narrator to me and I thought his narration was excellent and really brought the characters to life. I loved the different accents he gave each character and his voice is so clear and concise that you can't help but get drawn into the story.

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  • 🎧 Cyndi Marie 🎧
  • 21-08-20

✫✫ 5 Stars ✫✫

I was so excited when I realized that this was Johnny's story. I was very curious about him in the last book and felt a little bad that he had to move out of his place because he was feeling like a third wheel.
I really enjoyed the way the author handled this situation with a man who didn't even know he was bi-sexual until he met Johnny's and the attraction was instant. I loved how once he acknowledged he was Bi, he was all in and I loved how patient Johnny was with him and letting him figure it out on his own with no pressure. My favorite was the ending, I love when everyone is happy in the end <3 Jay Northcote really knows how to write about real life and love.

Hamish long was amazing as always. I am so happy to see him on more and more audiobooks.

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  • Janet L Hunt
  • 26-08-20

Sooo Good!!!!

WOW!! I loved Johnny and Ryan! Neither of them are looking for a relationship. Johnny has been hurt in the past and Ryan always believed he was straight. When they meet at a party, Ryan is attracted to Johnny, realizing he's bi-curious. Johnny agrees to be Ryan's experiment. They decide to experiment some more and pretty soon it becomes more. I loved this story so much!! Hamish Long did an excellent job with the narration!!

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  • NPD76
  • 26-08-20

A little love, a lot of steam

I really enjoyed this book! I read some of the other Housemates books a while ago but this was my first listen to one. Honestly, I struggled a little with the monotone sound of Ryan's voice but was able to move past it and enjoy the story. Johnny is a little firecracker and I love how he was able to let his guard down with Ryan after fighting it for so long. For Ryan, he was so open with his discovery and didn't shy away from it or have a "straight guy" freak out. Jay's stories are always so real and authentic. And hot! So very hot! I'm now moved to go back and read the stories I've missed. Nicely done!!

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  • OldLadyStauffer
  • 13-09-20

Friends w/benefits, Bi awakening, femme mc

Do friends with benefits/NSA sex ever work out the way we plan? It’s a good thought, with mutual benefits, but unpredictable outcomes. This is what Ryan and Johnny were about to find out.

After meeting at a party, and hooking up, Johnny and Ryan went separate ways shortly after. It was going to be a one-off, until it wasn’t. Thus beginning their journey of mutually satisfying hookups. Surprise! It doesn’t go as planned. Can they ever get on the same page?

This is book 6 of the series, but can be listened to as a stand-alone. You will not be confused or lost, but you will meet characters that are most likely in previous books. This story was well written, and all of the characters are likable. I enjoyed it.

As always, Hamish Long does a fantastic job with the multiple characters. I could tell who was talking. This makes four books that I’ve listened to, that was narrated by him. His narrations are consistent and highly enjoyable to listen too. His voice is very pleasing to the ears. The accent is nice, too; not gonna lie! Highly recommend listening to his work. Four books in, and I’m still convinced that Jay Northcote and Hamish Long make a great audiobook team!

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  • Reading*Renee
  • 11-09-20

Compelling Story with Fabulous Narration

I'd been aware of author Jay Northcote's "Housemates" series for some time but hadn't delved in until this audio book. Having listened to "Pretty in Pink" twice now before reviewing, I'm kicking myself for letting the series sit on my TBR shelf for so long. I really enjoyed this audio book - from the bisexual awakening storyline and endearing MCs to the fabulous narration. This isn't a sugary sweet story nor an angsty one; rather, it was a compelling journey of two realistic young adults who are working through self-discovery and personal hangups toward creating a meaningful, loving relationship.

"Pretty in Pink" can be fully enjoyed as a standalone, and if anything it'll likely entice listeners to go back and experience the previous books in the series. Narrator Hamish Long is excellent, with a refreshingly youthful voice and variety of distinguishable British accents for the numerous college-aged characters. It'll be a treat working back through the series in audio to catch up on the MCs who were supporting characters in this book.

I received an ARC of this audio book and have left this honest review voluntarily.

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  • Dee S.
  • 11-09-20

all the feels...

this was my first audiobook by Jay Nortcote and narrated by Hamish Long. It will definitely not be my last. hamish had way of bringing Jay's characters to life. Jay's writing was enthralling and heartfelt. I felt as if Jonny and Ryan were people I knew. looking forward to more listening.

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  • Maria Louden
  • 07-09-20

Love!!!

I absolutely love this story❤️❤️ so sexy and and so refreshing. I love the chemistry and the respect between the characters.
The narrator was very sultry and luscious🔥🔥

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  • Julie
  • 29-08-20

Another hit

Yet another great book by Jay Northcote with narrator Hamish Long’s talented ability of bringing it all to life for us.
A moving loving story.
Hooking up with a guy was on Ryans sex bucket list.
Attraction was instant when he caught sight of the tall, leggy, blond, unaware until their eyes met that this was an incredibly pretty guy.

Though part of a series it is most certainly a stand alone.

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  • Karen
  • 22-08-20

Steamy bisexual awakening story!

Another great addition to the housemates series!! It was such fun reconnecting with the characters from the other books in the series, especially Sid and Ben. One of the things I love about this series is how authentic and real the characters are! And that was true for these two MC's as much as for the MC's from the previous books.

Johnny is a very outgoing young man, who isn't looking for a meaningful relationship but happy to just hook-up and have a good time. One burned, twice shy...

Ryan's a chemistry student, and meeting Johnny makes him realize that he may not be as straight as he thought.
I like how the author handles Ryan discovery (and acceptance)of his bisexuality. He doesn't shy away from it exactly, but he still experiences some doubt and it takes him awhile to fully come to terms with it and come out of the proverbial closet.

Johnny and Ryan are still quite young, and make some mistakes along the way, a lack of communication being one of the more important ones. But then I feel that these mistakes add realism and authenticity to the story.
I would not expect these MC's to have the same emotional maturity as people in their 30s or 40s do, or are supposed to anyway.

At a certain point, other people are thrown into the mix, adding fuel and hurt to the fire.
I'm not a fan of breaking "the cardinal romance rule", but I felt it did fit the story here.
It was a necessary experience for the characters to learn from and for the story to develop further, in a way that was consistent with and true to these characters.

Despite these mistakes and misunderstandings, Johnny and Ryan find a way to overcome their insecurities and take a chance on each other. I loved "the talk" where they finally get real with one another!! Such a great scene!
The story feels a bit more like a HFN to me, which again is consistent with how young these MC's are. There aren't any big declarations of love, because we leave the MC's before they really get there, but it is implied. This was a very well-written and entertaining read, quite steamy too, as are the other books in this series.

Narration: Hamish Long is by far my favorite British narrator. He did a wonderful job with his performance of this story, as always. He has such a warm voice and is so talented. I loved all the different voices he did for the entire cast of this book, to say nothing of the emotion he brought to this narration.

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  • 🎧Pam Audio-Fanatic🎧
  • 20-08-20

Pretty in Pink

I have been thinking about this series a lot and what I found is I love the way Jay lays out each relationship and shows us the reader a new side of understanding.

Ryan’s awakening of his sexual orientation is a beautiful thing. He isn’t always confident (who I ask is?), he questions himself a lot. But here is what I love he still goes for it.

Johnny is so understanding (for the most part) he gets that not everyone knows exactly what they like right away. I liked that he didn’t put pressure on Ryan and that he does go with the flow. Maybe that is because he was hurt in the past. But it shaped who he is now and how he deals with situations.

I hate that they hurt because they didn’t communicate but that in the end they worked it out.

I truly love, love and this is just another reason to fall in love with more characters.

Hamish Long is top NOTCH! I love his voice so freaking much. More Hamish please.