Review: Nothing Serious by Jay Northcote

Nothing Serious by Jay Northcote
Release Date: October 22, 2013
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Pages: 153
Source: book provided by the publisher for review



Mark O’Brien is finally being honest with himself. His relationship with Rachel is over and he’s moving out of the home they’ve shared for six years. They get along, but he can’t fix a relationship when the person he’s with is the wrong gender.

Jamie Robertson, one of the removal men, is huge and ridiculously gorgeous, and Mark is smitten at first sight. When a cardboard box splits, revealing items of a personal nature that Mark never wanted anybody to see, he’s mortified. But it sparks the start of a beautiful friendship with benefits.

As Jamie initiates Mark into the joys of gay sex, the two men get increasingly close and “nothing serious” turns into something rather important to both of them. But communication isn’t their strong point. Will either man ever find the courage to be honest about his feelings?


Review: This was such a good book.  I know, I’m a sucker for a good looking guy on the cover of these books, and I am, but this really is a good book.

Mark is at a crossroad in his life right now. He knows he gay, but he’s a newbie within the gay community. He’s starting his new life without his girlfriend and he’s unsure of how to go forward. Mark’s character is a sweet loving man who took a big step and decided to be honest with himself, which is a big deal. He could have kept lying to himself and denying the part of himself that made up who he was. As the story progresses, he becomes more and more comfortable with being who he is and not being ashamed of himself or who he’s with. I wish we could have seen more of his interaction with his mom, but the author made it clear that while she wants him to be with women, she lets him know that she still loves him and will try and accept whomever he wants to be with. What I really like about Mark, is that once he made his decision that he wanted to be with men and that other people would see that he was with men, he went for what he wanted. He wasn’t ashamed that he was being seen in public with a man, and he was proud of who he was with. That was some big hurdle he needed to overcome, and he cleared them beautifully.

Jamie really tugged at my heartstrings. He’s sweet, he wants someone to love and to be loved in return, he’s not embarrassed or ashamed of who he is and whom he’s attracted to. He’s a man that sees what he wants and goes after it. He’s shy and loving and is teased mercilessly by his sister. He takes it all good naturedly. His family knows he’s out and has no problems with whom he wants to be with, which makes the story work. I loved his mom. She knew her son, and she knew when to push for information and when to back off and let him be.

This book isn’t really about acceptance but more about exploring and finding out what works and what doesn’t. I don’t mean just sexually, as this is a romance, but I mean more within a relationship and between the two people within the relationship. Having hot sex isn’t a bad idea either.