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This is about an openly gay man who falls for a closeted case in a small town. That’s a trope I enjoy and even if not original in the premise it was great and honest in the execution and storytelling.
Seb, AKA, the gay one: Kind, with a great heart trying to help the queer community in a light but meaningful way. Just by opening a LGBT-friendly café in a beautiful but small Cornish town, he is trying to make a difference. A helpful little difference.
He has to deal with a lot of very real insecurities that made him a real character. A lovable one.
Jason, AKA, the closeted: Sexy, conflicted with very understandable fears, honest in this thoughts, still trying to deal with his sexuality. He’s a father of a teenager. He’s divorced from a woman (a nice I-want-more-characters-like-this ex wife, if I have to be more specific).
A great read, and even if I wanted a bit more of conflict, the story flows smoothly, with a nice and dirty couple (they are both things and that’s fantastic), with appealing secondaries that would be great main characters and a lovely setting. I will read the next as soon as it comes out and I’m so curious to know who will be next. Alex and the rugby player? Jason’s apparently straight assistant Will? The Rainbow Place is for sure a nice place to go and have some fun.
Jason is still deep in the closet when he meets Seb, an out & proud business owner who wants his new café-bar, Rainbow Place, to be an LGBT-friendly place.
Both men instantly feel a connection and start seeing each other... in secret. Seb hates having to hide his budding relationship with Jason, but he decides to take the risk. Against all odds and common sense, hoping for more.
As the story unfolds, we learn more about Jason's upbringing and grow to understand his fear of coming out better, as well as his internalised homophobia, which runs very deep. This is not something that is often touched upon in gay romance novels, and I very much appreciate Jay Northcote's insight and talented writing when addressing this type of underlying motivations for his characters' actions so sensibly and sensitively.
At a certain point in the book, there is a situation... a defining moment in the couple's relationship, where we'd expect Jason to overcome his fear of coming out, to step up and save the day for Seb. Or at least to be there for him. But he doesn't... In fact, he lets Seb down quite spectacularly.
Another brave, unexpected choice of the author. Jason makes a mistake, out of fear,... as (real) people are wont to do.
Will love prevail when the object of one's affection isn't without his faults?
This plot twist upped the stakes quite a bit. I absolutely couldn't put the book (my e-reader rather) down at that point.
Apologies wouldn't cut it for this particular error. A grand gesture was clearly in order.
I tend to be a bit apprehensive when it becomes obvious a character is going to try a "grand gesture" to sweep their love off their feet. It can often come accross as contrived and over the top.
I needn't have worried in this case, of course. Because Jay's MC's & stories are always delightfully genuine and authentic. So when Jason went all out with a grand romantic gesture out of love for Seb, it just felt incredibly sincere and I waited with bated breath for Seb's response. Magnificent scene!
I always love Jay Northcote's books, but I felt like he took it to a whole other level with this one!
I adored both MC's and I loved the storyline and the amazing world Jay created for this new series.
The writing itself was wonderful, full of the most delightful imagery and metaphors, which made this book a true joy to read! At times, it felt almost poetic.
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I was really on the fence.....
Seb seems to be one of the only out gay men in his town, everyone else seems to be deep...Read more