- File Size: 1948 KB
- Print Length: 211 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Jaybird Press (February 21, 2018)
- Publication Date: February 21, 2018
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B079TS27XS
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- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,608 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The entire night I was in a constant battle of "ok I need to sleep now" versus "oh come on one more page? How long could it take?". It turns out it can take all night! I couldn't stop reading until I reached the last page and it's the first time I'm glad that a story I liked this much wasn't any longer as I was at least able to catch a couple hours of sleep before I had to get up again.
"Pretty in Pink" is book #6 in the "Housemates" series but it can be read as a complete standalone. Characters from previous book are present here but their stories never come in discussion and there is no drama from them. They are just supporting characters to the main couple so you would be able to follow the story just fine even if this is your first "Housemates" book.
I can't pick a favorite character as both Ryan and Johnny were amazing. Each had his issues but nothing too heavy. They started a casual arrangement that suited both of them, but in the end nothing went according to plan as they realised their hearts didn't want to follow the rules they had set early on.
One of the first rules they had settled on when they decided to begin a casual relationship was that they wouldn't be exclusive. Their feelings changed pretty quickly after that but neither wanted to renegotiate that point for fear of what the other might want. So, Johnny, in an effort to distance himself from Ryan once he realised he was in too deep, decided to make use of that rule. I don't think it was cheating and it didn't bother me, but that might not be the case for some readers. I didn't have an issue with it because there was no sneaking around, the scene was not on page and we got Johnny's thoughts about it and how he felt about doing it.
Their entire relationship progressed quickly but somehow it didn't feel rushed. They were pretty open about everything regarding their sex life, talking about fantasies and making them come true, discussing what they wanted and what they liked. Their problem with communication came into play only when it had to do about talking about their feelings.
The cover as you can see is amazing and the story is even more so! I think the guy in the cover is Johnny and that's more or less how I was picturing him. As for Ryan, he had a more indefinite image in my mind. A big, strong guy with a calmness to him who didn't talk a lot.
A casual relationship that turns into more is one of my favorite tropes, so I read a lot of those stories. This book just became one of my favorites! Usually, even though the arrangement is pretty clear from the start, the characters still spend time together just hanging out or doing stuff together in general and don't just limit their interaction in the bedroom as they had agreed on.
In this case though, the MCs actually stuck to what they had agreed on. They only met for sex. That was the only thing they did together. And that effort to stay detached is the reason I liked this story so much! Even with sticking to their arrangement, they still ended up developing feelings. The situation still got messy. And they still ended up together!
*I read an ARC of this book.*
Johnny is a player, a charmer and one who isn’t willing to commit himself to a monogamous relationship. Until he meets Ryan, who is living next door and a tempting guy. Although he wouldn’t have thought to be captured by him.
I loved how their relationship soon went from “easy” one-fling after a party with mutual friends to an arranged friends-with-benefits-situation and from there to the slightly but not overly dramatic development of falling for each other – without acknowledging first. 😉
The tension is rising because of it, both seem to be fine to have a casual fling first, to vent and go on but when emotions are in the mix they can’t help it.
Johnny is a interesting main character, one who seems like he wouldn’t care but behind the flippant exterior he is actually pretty vulnerable, more than you would expect and the reason for it is – even not the main focus – mentioned in the book during talks.
I liked this contrast, I even liked it more to see him sexually open, casual hooking up and being overly well-experienced but when it comes to emotions he is truly lost.
Ryan is one who’s exploring his new found bisexuality – and a loud YAAAAS for this – and deals with his attraction towards Johnny who is pushing all the right buttons in his skinny black jeans, the longish, blong hair and his faible for lacy underwear. 😉 Soon Ryan is confronted with his emotions – has to face them – , his feelings for Johnny and what it means to explore his sexuality but also the need to be in a relationship even after agreeing to be ok with a casual fling.
Jay Northcote’s books weren’t his if there weren’t a bit tension in them, and this had a great balance of the sweet, emotional parts, the “drama” and the humorous, funny ones.
I loved how the other guys from the other Housemates books were included, but this book can be perfectly read as a standalone but I actually advise to grab the others too. 🙂
I enjoyed the friendship, the easy-going but also the support. With good natured mocking, the book had its well-know humour from the books before, but gave us also a glimpse in the daily lives of the guys who are working towards their own lives outside being housemates. This is something I was hooked by but which made me sad too.
Next to the closeness between the housemates Johnny and Ryan share a lot of funny scenes together and sometimes I laughed out very loud when they were having a good time, like the several scenes in the bar or during the small “observation” scene. 😉
I love this book as much as the others, and I honestly hope the journey with the guys isn’t over yet but I worry we won’t see much of them or have to wait a bit. Still, even if this is the last (regular) book (hint: small short stories or novellas are also welcome ;)), the book and the series was a great read and one of my favorite series ever. 🙂 Funny, sweet, emotional and always with a lots of realism, but without being boring. A sweet rom-com contemporary series set in England, with good natured humor and interesting characters, some of them unexpected vulnerable, some unexpected kinky but always charming and who all have a tiny bit of my heart. 🙂
5 out of 5 stars for this. ❤
Review originally posted on my blog with added content Mikku-chan / A world full of words
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