REVIEW: “HELPING HAND” by Jay Northcote

helping hand

TITLE: Helping Hand
AUTHOR: Jay Northcote
PUBLISHER: Jaybird Press (self published)
GENRE:  Contemporary Romance
COVER ARTIST: Garrett Leigh
LENGTH: 33.000 words


BLURB: Wanking with a mate isn’t gay—as long as you keep your hands to yourself.
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.


lorraineJay Northcote has got this marvellous way of bringing readers into her stories and then holding them with a vice-like grip. I started reading and got so involved in Jez and Mac’s story, that I read it in one sitting.
The first smile appeared after reading the first paragraph – classic! and that happy smile remained plastered to my face the entire book, it was a delight to read, the words just flowed and held my attention the whole time.
I’m always up for a quickie in my book conquests, but sometimes, I need that long, slow burn and the author delivered a spectacular burn – it melted me into a puddle of Jez and Mac. Remember that vice-like grip that I mentioned? It held me tight while I travelled with the two boys on their journey of discovery – to learn and wonder? and eventually seeing the awe in what they had between them. The way they explored their sexuality with just looks at first, then simple little touches and smiles, then taking it to the next step was beautiful to read.
There was very little angst – own insecurities, jealousies, which is what made the book seem so real – haven’t we all been there at some time?
If you love GFY? look no further. If you love YA? look no further. If you love a hot, sexy storyline? You just found it.
There are not many books that I have sat down and read in one sitting – thank you author for making this book one of them.
***I would like to thank the author for the privilege and opportunity of reviewing this ARC. My review was an honest opinion of the book***



Afterwards, Jez blamed the alcohol for loosening his tongue, because he didn’t think about it before he spoke. The words tumbled out before he could stop them.
“Man, I’m seriously horny now. Have you got any decent porn on that laptop?”
“Huh?” Mac snapped his head around to meet Jez’s gaze. Jez’s heart pounded erratically, but his dick was still standing to attention. “What… you mean, you want to wank in here? Now? Wouldn’t that be weird?” Mac sounded seriously freaked out.
Jez backtracked quickly, cheeks hot. “It doesn’t have to be weird. I’ve done it before with guys at school, and it’s never been a big deal. But don’t worry about it. I’ll go and watch my own stash instead. But I need something soon, ’cause I’m gonna explode after watching that sex scene.
Jez was expecting an instant no from Mac. He wouldn’t have blamed him. A lot of guys wouldn’t be into what Jez was suggesting. Jez’s heart still thumped hard, but his arousal didn’t abate despite his anxiety. He was shocked by how much he wanted this.
Mac bit his lip and frowned. “Seriously. You’ve done that?”
Jez shrugged, trying to look nonchalant. “Yeah. Like I said, it was no big deal. Just guys messing around.”
Mac stared a moment longer, then he stood, and Jez’s heart sank as he walked away. But Mac only went to fetch his laptop from the dining table. He sat back down and then opened it and tapped in his password.
“What sort of stuff do you wanna watch?” Mac’s voice was gruff and he focused on the screen rather than Jez.
Fuck. They were really going to do this, then.


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.

Jay is transgender and was formerly known as she/her.


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