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About the Author
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.--This text refers to the audioCD edition.
- ASIN : B07P12R9N5
- Publisher : Jaybird Press (February 20, 2019)
- Publication date : February 20, 2019
- Language : English
- File size : 1492 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 245 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #458,682 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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In this one the guy on the cover is Joe, an incredibly hot 40-year-old college professor who has apparently lost his position but has also decided to he would rather be a writer, plunging into writing a novel while perched at a table at Rainbow Place several days a week.
Dylan, a late 20s server at Rainbow Place becomes smitten, only to find out that Joe is in a 10-year-relationship. That relationship is starting to fall apart mostly prompted by Joe's partner Harry. He's an overworked marketing executive who has been treating Joe like a live in housekeeper/chef for about a year while drinking a bottle of wine and watching inane TV shows every night after dinner.
This is a good set-up for a potential romance with cheating as a side dish, but it takes a long while to come along. It's eventually catalyzed by Harry's actions, Joe's reactions, and a neatly introduced diversion at Rainbow Place which involves a seriously talented, sympathetic and funny drag queen named (ready?) Lady Gogo.
This is a nice, if slowly moving book, which in the end bring the three couples from the series together in a few scenes that indicate it may be the last of the series--unless author Northcote has something else up his sleeve for Lady Gogo, which would likely be a hoot.
to see the support everyone gives to each other. Can't wait to start the next one!
Better Place sort of overlaps with the timeline of the second book in the series. It follows the story of Dylan, one of the employees of Rainbow Place- a coffee shop in a small coastal town of southwest England, and Joe, an aspiring author. Joe is currently in an abusive relationship and Dylan sees some similarities between Joe's situation and one of Dylan's earlier relationships. Although this abuse (mostly mental, as opposed to physical or sexual) is a major part of the story line, Jay does not get bogged down in an overly angsty, stressed filled story. The question is, will Joe be willing to remove himself from his current relationship in favor of one with Dylan.
I have loved Jay's novels from the very first one I read. And Better Place is no exception. I love the setting, the MC's and the secondary characters (a couple of whose stories are told in the first two novels), and I'm hoping there will be more books yet to come. There's an entire Rugby team that needs their stories told..... hint, hint...
The Rainbow Place series boasts a wide range of characters and different storylines, but they all lean toward the slow burn style of romance. Better Place was no different. When Dylan and Jeff first meet, there’s some obvious chemistry but Jeff’s long term relationship means nothing is acted on for a long while. Although the circumstances felt very honest to me and I liked how the characters slowly got to know and trust in one another, I struggled to feel a connection to the main characters- as individuals and a couple. I think big parts of this disconnect were the extended conflicts with Jeff’s ex, the hesitancy on Dylan’s part to move forward with the relationship (for good reason, but still), and a less fulfilling happy-for-now ending. So, while I liked the plot and resolutions in Better Place, the muted romance that was a little too slow meant this wasn’t my favorite of the series.
*Reviewed for Alpha Book Club*
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Feel. Waiting for further stories.