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Rainbow Place

Rainbow Place, Book 1
Narrated by: Hamish Long
Series: Rainbow Place, Book 1
Length: 6 hrs
Categories: Fiction, Gay & Lesbian
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Summary

Can Jason find the courage he needs to be the man Seb deserves?  

When Seb Radcliffe relocates to a seaside town in Cornwall, he feels like a fish out of water. He misses queer spaces and the sense of community he enjoyed when he was living in the city and decides to open an LGBT-friendly cafe-bar.  

Jason Dunn is the builder Seb hires to help renovate the rundown space where the cafe will be housed. Jason is also gay, but unlike Seb, he’s deep in the closet. He’s never had a relationship with another man - only allowing himself the occasional hook up with guys who are prepared to be discreet.  

The attraction between the two men is instant and impossible to ignore. But while Seb is out and proud, Jason is terrified of being exposed. With the grand opening of Rainbow Place approaching, tension is growing among some locals who object to Seb’s plans. When things escalate, Jason is forced to choose whether to hide in the shadows and let Seb down or to openly support the man he’s fallen so hard for.  

Although this book is part of a series, it has a satisfying happy ending and can be listened to as a stand-alone.

©2018 Jay Northcote (P)2019 Audible, Ltd

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Loved the first in this excellent series

I am reasonably new to listening to audio books but Jay Northcote has been an auto buy author for me for several years since I first started reading MM books. This is my first audio of one of his, and having already read the book I loved the audio as it really bought the story to life. Most importantly (and strangely) despite being British and living in the uk this was my first experience with an English narrator. For this reason it took me the first few chapters to adjust, but Hamish really bought the story to life. None of the voices felt forced, and what I think is a sign of a good narrator - the female characters were voiced just as well as the men. I really enjoyed Seb & Jason’s story and seeing their relationship develop and grow. Although I already own and have read all 4 books in this series, I fully intend to complete the audio set too.

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Loved this book

Loved this book, the story is just beautiful and English .
Seb and Jason's story is really warm and endearing.
Hamish the narrator is very good, clear but passionate in the right places.
Overall a very easy to listen book that made me smile a lot.

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Fantastic

This is the first book in a four book series, it has a wonderful setting and the characters are fantastic. Seb moves from London to a small town in Cornwall to open a LGBT friendly café/bar, new in town he struggles to find out guys that catch his eye until he hires Jason to do the renovations for his business. Out and proud Seb and closeted Jason don’t appear to be a match made in heaven but the chemistry between them is too strong to ignore.
This book is neither light and fluffy or high in angst, it has enough of both to provide a great story that feels very real and natural. There is a great sense community throughout the book with some fabulous side characters, I’m sure we’ll see more of them all throughout the series. Acceptance, overcoming diversity and standing up for your beliefs are key themes in this book and handled beautifully by Jay.

Hamish Long does a fantastic job with the narration, there are a lot of characters and he gave them all an individual voice. I felt he really got across Jason’s struggle with coming out and Seb’s ongoing frustration with the setbacks he suffers both with the café and his relationship with Jason.

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  • ❤️ Cyndi Marie ❤️
  • 09-12-19

✫✫ 4 Stars ✫✫

This is my first book by this author but will not be my last. I think this is a great start to a new series. Seb & Jason's love story was sweet, sexy and difficult. I love the idea of the Rainbow Place, a place for everyone to be themselves without worrying about being judged. I usually don't love MM romance with someone in the closet but this one felt very different and I really felt the growth and strength of these characters throughout this book. I can't wait to see what comes next.

Hamish Long is also a new to me narrator. I really enjoyed his voice and narration style. I am happy to see that he will be narrating the entire series.

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  • Vania
  • 05-12-19

So many emotions, such a beautiful story!

Jay Northcote’s writing manages to give life to characters in a way that they become real to me, with every one of their multi-layered emotions getting to me, too.
We live Seb’s excitement, along with the anxiousness, for the opening of Rainbow Place, his new LGBT friendly cafe, and the hopes he has for his budding relationship with Jason.
And we live through Jason internal battle, where his fear and wish to protect himself keep him deep in the closet, but these are at war with Jason’s newfound feelings of wanting to be free, and wanting to be with Seb in the open.

The book is not excessively angsty, but emotions run deep and it sure kept me glued to my earbuds and rooting for these two wonderful men!

Hamish Long is a new to me narrator, but I loved his accent and his narration!

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  • Alex Korent
  • 03-12-19

Reminded Me Why I Love the Book So Much

I love audiobooks and they are a very very nice way to make the commute more interesting. Jay's books are amazing on their own, but the narrator brought characters to life in his own way and it was amazing. The only teeny tiny thingy was that he went too in on the stereotypical Italian accent for Luca. The rest of it was just amazing and I loved "rereading" the book.
I can't wait for the other three books to come out! <3 <3

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Oh wow! Where to start?

Seb is an openly gay man who has moved from London to the seaside town in Cornwall after a breakup. He expected from the town to not have a thriving queer community, but he didn’t realise just how bad it can be. Luckily he ends up being a neighbour of a lesbian couple with whom he becomes friends.

During one of their conversations, the idea of Rainbow Place is born. A specifically queer/LGBT-friendly place in an environment that doesn’t have it yet, but sorely needs it.

Jason, on the other hand, is one of the discreet guys Seb has skipped over while on Grindr. Yet he is thrown into the story as Seb hires him to help renovate the cafe. Deeply in the closet, but not denial, Jason eventually, or actually slightly incidentally, outs himself to Seb.

We all know what happens when an out and proud person and a closeted person are attracted to each other? ‘Friends with benefits’ and sneaking around ensues. While I did understand Jason, I felt really sorry for Seb, as hiding and sneaking around wasn’t in his nature.

I liked how Jason knew it was internalised homophobia that was plaguing him, and he did try to deal with his feelings and fear, but it was also described how tough it is to ‘unlearn’ something you’ve been listening while you were a child. Even though it took him longer than it maybe should and actually happens after he lets Seb deal with horrible thing on his own.

There is some explicit homophobia, and ANGST! I was shocked, sad, angry! when the moment came. It was realistic and disgusting and awful. But the event I am talking about, also showed the best in people – when Seb needed help, most of the community came and helped him. And that was amazing!

I also loved the redemption arc. Jason went to the extreme of grandest gestures and I loved that Seb took him back. The actual opening of the cafe scene and generally the whole end were so sweet and perfect! (And come on, Rainbow cake and Unicorn poo? Tell me you don’t want to try them, I dare you 🙂 )

I expected a lot from this book and Jay certainly hasn’t disappointed! (And also, how great is that cover? 🙂 )
Oh wow! Where to start?

Seb is an openly gay man who has moved from London to the seaside town in Cornwall after a breakup. He expected from the town to not have a thriving queer community, but he didn’t realise just how bad it can be. Luckily he ends up being a neighbour of a lesbian couple with whom he becomes friends.

During one of their conversations, the idea of Rainbow Place is born. A specifically queer/LGBT-friendly place in an environment that doesn’t have it yet, but sorely needs it.

Jason, on the other hand, is one of the discreet guys Seb has skipped over while on Grindr. Yet he is thrown into the story as Seb hires him to help renovate the cafe. Deeply in the closet, but not denial, Jason eventually, or actually slightly incidentally, outs himself to Seb.

We all know what happens when an out and proud person and a closeted person are attracted to each other? ‘Friends with benefits’ and sneaking around ensues. While I did understand Jason, I felt really sorry for Seb, as hiding and sneaking around wasn’t in his nature.

I liked how Jason knew it was internalised homophobia that was plaguing him, and he did try to deal with his feelings and fear, but it was also described how tough it is to ‘unlearn’ something you’ve been listening while you were a child. Even though it took him longer than it maybe should and actually happens after he lets Seb deal with horrible thing on his own.

There is some explicit homophobia, and ANGST! I was shocked, sad, angry! when the moment came. It was realistic and disgusting and awful. But the event I am talking about, also showed the best in people – when Seb needed help, most of the community came and helped him. And that was amazing!

I also loved the redemption arc. Jason went to the extreme of grandest gestures and I loved that Seb took him back. The actual opening of the cafe scene and generally the whole end were so sweet and perfect! (And come on, Rainbow cake and Unicorn poo? Tell me you don’t want to try them, I dare you 🙂 )

I expected a lot from this book and Jay certainly hasn’t disappointed! (And also, how great is that cover? 🙂 )

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  • ButtonsMom2003
  • 01-12-19

Fantastic narration, great story.

It's happened again… I enjoyed this book very much when I read it last year and it got 4 stars from me. After listening to the fantastic performance by Hamish Long I'm upping that rating to 5 stars across the board.

Rainbow Place is the first book I've listened to performed by him and I'm a fan now. I don't find many audiobooks by him on Audible so perhaps he also uses another name. I think he's too good to be a newbie narrator. His British accent was very pleasing and easy for this American listener to understand. The various voices he uses for the characters are perfect and his pacing and vocal inflections are absolutely on point.

I was particularly happy to learn the correct pronunciation of several words that I had pronounced differently in my head while I read the book. I just can't say enough good things about this new-to-me narrator and this story by Jay Northcote.

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Below is my original review when I read the book last year:

I love to read books by non-US authors. I love reading about different countries and I love reading the stories they write, written the way they speak English. Jay Northcote is one of those writers whose stories I really enjoy. He sometimes challenges me with the British terms he uses but I love looking things up and building my "non-US" vocabulary. 😊

Rainbow Place is the beginning of a new series of standalone books set in the same world and it's off to a great start. Seb moves to a small town in Cornwall for a variety of reasons and he's happy there but he misses the community feeling and queer spaces of the city. His dream is to start an LGBT-friendly café/bar where all are welcome.

Seb hires Jason to build out the leased space where his café will be. There's a spark between the two of them but Seb's unsure if Jason is even gay or bi. Jason is deep in the closet and wants no part of being "out" until his feelings for Seb make him want more.

Rainbow Place is a story that made me feel lots of things and I enjoyed it a lot. Jason feels like he has a lot to lose if he comes out. Men in his line of work don't usually react well to gays and he definitely doesn't like drawing attention to himself. He's also afraid of what his daughter will think.

Seb is OK with Jason staying out of the light for now but he knows that he won't be OK with it long-term. When something awful happens, Jason lets Seb down in a big way and their relationship may never recover from it.

Just the right amount of tension/angst along with a lot of hot sexy time between Seb and Jason and a nice HFN (happy for now). I'm looking forward to more books in this series.

A complimentary copy of this audio book was provided to me but my review was voluntary and not influenced by the author.

***Reviewed for Xtreme-Delusions dot com***

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  • Stephanie VO
  • 07-12-19

Amazing!

I am so in love with this story even more then want I read this one! I love Jason and Seb! Jay Northcote has pull so much emotions in these characters that I feel everything. Then Hamish Long does such an amazing job bring even more of the emotions into this story. I mean I love this story before listening to it but now I love it even more!