Rating: 4 stars out of 5
I totally enjoy this Housemates series—each book has had the underlying theme of college-age guys living together under one roof—but each book is totally unique. In this case, the characters are new to the house so it can easily be read as a standalone.
Johnny is effeminate—or at least he prefers to dress that way. His long blond hair and the eyeliner he wears around his beautiful gray eyes are the first things Ryan notices when he spots him at the birthday party for one of his mates. But Ryan is straight, or at least he had been, but maybe not so much, considering he finds Johnny so attractive. And he especially loves Johnny’s rear view.
After a quick encounter back at Johnny’s place, Ryan can’t wait to leave. Embarrassed by his desire for this man, he’s left in a quandary—a quandary that gets worse when he runs into Johnny again on the street one day. Yes, he looks away, and yes, he’s ashamed of himself. But no fear, Jay Northcote brings them back together when Johnny moves into the house with Jez and Mac—the house next door to Ryan’s. Admitting he’s enjoyed their time together and apologizing for his past snobby behavior, Ryan agrees to being friends with benefits—especially now that they are neighbors.
But of course, it’s never that easy in a romance novel, and before either man knows it, their encounters are getting more frequent and they are growing closer. Yet neither one verbalizes their changed feelings, so when Ryan misinterprets a message he sees on Johnny’s phone late one night, their relationship is off.
None of the stories in this series brings earthshattering emotional drama, and yet each does have its emotional tug of war, angst, misunderstandings, and most of all happy and sexy reunions. This one was similar, plus it had two of my favorite tropes—the guy who really isn’t straight and the guy who wears pretty underwear—manties. Love them! And Jay Northcote did an excellent job in bringing the characters to life. Plus, for those of us who’ve read the series, we get the bonus of a revisit with the other guys in the house so we can see how far their new relationships have come.
I very definitely recommend this one to all who like a nice MM romance with a bit of the culture of uni life in Great Britain thrown in.
Cover art by Garrett Leigh is a photo of the nude upper body of a young man as he’s lying back in bed with his head thrown back. Mostly black-and-white with pink tones surrounding the title, it’s okay, but I don’t think it fits the MC in this story and certainly doesn’t indicate any hint of pink, lacy underwear.
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Kindle Edition, 1 edition, 211 pages
Published February 21st 2018 by Jaybird Press
Original TitlePretty in Pink