- Taschenbuch: 200 Seiten
- Verlag: Dreamspinner Press (28. Februar 2014)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 1627985549
- ISBN-13: 978-1627985543
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 15,2 x 1,1 x 22,9 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 2 Kundenrezensionen
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 750.738 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
Not Just Friends (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 28. Februar 2014
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“Not Just Friends” written by Jay Northcote and narrated by Matthew Lloyd Davies is a sweet “Friends to lovers” romance, told to us from the POV of Lewis – a young man, who leaves home for the first time, to go to college and has suddenly more on his plate than figuring out his new courses and taking care of himself for the first time. Lewis always thought he was straight, but his new best friend Max fascinates him so much. Even Lewis’ ex-girlfriend never evoked such strong feelings in him. And a night in Max Arms, gives him hope, that Max feels the same.Lesen Sie weiter... ›
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I’m familiar with the author’s previous work, so I was expecting a sexy, fast-paced and soul-cheering read, but this book has exceeded all my expectations.
Lewis is a freshman starting his literature studies in Bristol. He shares a flat with three other students, and among piles of dirty dishes, instant noodles, and loads of booze he tries to find his own place in the new, adult world. He also discovers his own sexuality, very different to what he’s thought.
This story is perceptive, offering very real insight into the world of young students, their emotions and dilemmas, and the painful, often confusing act that is falling in love. Growing up in Not Just Friends is about little dramas, and more serious problems. It’s about trying new things, finding out shocking truths about your family, and losing part of your childhood innocence. But it’s also about putting your life into perspective against other people’s problems, learning to behave like an adult, hurting others and trying hard not to hurt them more, and moving on. Jay Northcote also tackles important myths about being gay, and how it can sometimes be perceived by peers.
This all might sound really serious, but this book is a heartwarming, very well written, light read with tons of pining and incredibly hot sex. Seriously, all the kissing and sex scenes in this one are hot! The events in this book will linger in your mind long after you put it down. You’ll remember your own youth, with all of its crushes, and grin like an idiot for the next few days!
I loved it to bits. A must-read.
Max and Lewis are great for each other. Lewis's reticent, overall laid-back demeanor is the perfect contrast to Max's unabashedly outspoken personality. I loved watching their interactions: Max's cautious and subtle flirting and Lewis's surreptitious glances at Max when he thinks no one's looking, as well as Lewis's covert jealousy at other guys flirting with Max. Their relationship is handled very realistically and I loved how during the sex scenes, Max was very aware of Lewis's inexperience, going slow and frequently asking if it was okay to do something before he actually did it. It felt more realistic and was a sweet distinction that isn't present in many m/m romances. The other characters were enjoyable as well; it was easy to like the good ones and fun to hate the bad ones. The writing was engaging and, as I mentioned earlier, there isn't too much angst so the reading isn't heavy or laborious. Like another reviewer said, this does read very much like a slice of life novel with many scenes depicting things like parties, watching movies in the bedroom, and sitting around having conversations, but each setting did move the story further so they weren't irrelevant.
Not Just Friends is a nice, sweet read with two adorable main characters. And I know this has no bearing on the plot or substance of the story, but I just want to commend the cover designer for the gorgeous models and romantic sensuality of their pose. Okay, that aside, if you enjoy light, well-written novels with a University setting and/or m/m books that center around a character discovering his homosexuality then this is definitely a title you want to check out.
This book is more about the evolution of the feelings Max and Lewis have for each other and less about the sex. If you're looking for a book crammed full of hot sex, this isn't the one for you. There are a few scenes but they're subdued and tender. The focus is on Lewis, his family issues and coming to terms with who he is. There is not a lot of angst but it was enjoyable to watch Lewis grow up and mature.
My only complaint is that I feel like there were loose ends that should have been tied up. The story ends before there is any resolution between Lewis and his parents and that's a shame. The ending felt abrupt and I wish it had continued on so that I could see how it all worked out.
I loved this book. These guys were awesome together. They had such great chemistry and a good connection. I loved all the other roommates as well. Lewis and Max, just fit well together. I was sad to see their story end. My only complaint is I wanted more scenes of them as a couple. Maybe the author will write a novella for them. Fingers crossed ;)
This is my 1st book by this author, but it won't be my last. I wish she had more college aged books. This is my favorite age :)