Sunday, June 17, 2018

Release Blitz: Rainbow Place by Jay Northcote (Review)

Buy Links: Amazon US | Amazon UK

Length: 54,000 words approx.

Cover Design: Garrett Leigh @ Black Jazz Design


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 read as a standalone.

4 stars!

I liked this story. It was not overly angst-filled, just a great, well-written story with a happy ending.

Seb moved into Cornwall and is looking to open a cafe-bar. While he doesn't miss the hustle of the city, he misses having a LBGT community. He's friends with a lesbian couple, but most of the men that he's found are in the closet. He's out and doesn't want to be hurt by someone who is unwilling to be open with him.

Jason has been divorced for a while. He's good friends with his ex-wife, the only person who knows that he's gay. When he meets Seb while trying to get the remodel job for the cafe-bar, he's really tempted to pass on the job. He finds Seb attractive, but doesn't want to risk anything.

I felt for Seb. It's hard to be in a new town, but to not have much of a support system around makes it harder. I loved that they came up with the theme to the cafe-bar and that Seb ran with it. I also felt for Jason; carrying that amount of shame and guilt had to be draining. I understood why he had a hard time even just supporting Seb when things went wrong. I also understood how his inaction hurt Seb. I was amazed by the actions Jason took to take control of his life and open up to Seb. It was a grand gesture, so much braver than I think I could have been. Seb and Jason were a great couple and I hope that we see glimpses of them in future books.

*** Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie for my reading pleasure, a review wasn't a requirement. ***

Author Bio

Jay lives just outside Bristol in the West of England. He comes from a family of writers, but always used to believe that the gene for fiction writing had passed him by. He spent years only ever writing emails, articles, or website content.

One day, Jay decided to try and write a short story—just to see if he could—and found it rather addictive. He hasn’t stopped writing since.

Jay writes contemporary romance about men who fall in love with other men. He has five books published by Dreamspinner Press, and also self-publishes under the imprint Jaybird Press. Many of his books are now available as audiobooks.


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