10 October 2015

Like A Lover by Jay Northcote

Hey everyone,

It wasnt until about three chapters in that I realised Like A Lover is part of a series that I have actually been reading in order. For me this is miracle. I never read series order and it isnt for a lack of trying. Like A Lover is book two in Jay Northcotes Housemates series, which as the series name would suggest revolves around a group of housemates. 

The book:
Josh has a plan: get through uni with a good degree and no debt. Focused on his goals, he pays his way by working as an escort. He enjoys the no-strings sex because he doesn’t have time for a relationship. Falling in love definitely isn’t part of the deal—especially not with a client.

When Rupert meets Josh in a bar, he’s smitten on sight. He’s never paid for sex, but when Josh propositions him, he can’t resist. He should’ve known one night would never be enough. Luckily for him he has an inheritance to fund his addiction to Josh, because his job in IT support wouldn’t cover the cost.

With each encounter the lines get blurred, creating something that feels more like a relationship than a business transaction. But they come from different worlds, and to go from client-and-escort to lovers seems impossible. If they want a future together, Josh and Rupert have a lot to overcome.

My thoughts:

Maybe I’m developing a problem because I can’t seem to stop reading m/m books. Like A Lover caught my eye because it revolves around an escort falling in love with one of his clients, and vice versa. This is one of my all time favourite tropes and I’ve been reading it in one form or another since I first discovered mistresses in historical romance books. Also I’m pretty sure this series is based in the UK, which always makes for a nice change!

“A sex worker. An escort, to be precise. Hooker, rent boy, you get the gist. I’m an expensive one too. But my clients think I’m worth the money.”

Josh isn’t ashamed of being an escort, but at the same time he doesn’t advertise it and has only told one his housemates about his job. He meets Rupert when a regular client doesn’t show up for an appointment and although Josh doesn’t need extra cash at that moment he is feeling a little bit horny. Josh and Rupert are almost immediately attracted to each other, but straight away Rupert wants more. Although he accepts that Josh needs his job as an escort he can’t help wanting more from the man who is quickly claiming his heart.

“He didn’t want to hear about the man Josh was supposed to be meeting. Josh was his now, at least for the next few hours. That thought was satisfying in a way Rupert could never have anticipated.

Even though Josh knows he should stop seeing Rupert he can’t help himself. Over time the boundaries between escort and client get more and more blurred. Soon Josh is agreeing to see Rupert more than any of his other clients, bending and even breaking his self-imposed rules.

“You can come to mine... I mean, if you want. It would save you the cost of the room. He waited, tension rising as Josh bit his lip. Josh’s tongue peeked out to worry at the silver.

I loved the fact that Like A Lover focused solely on Josh and Rupert’s growing feeling for each other. Although the book arguably falls into the New Adult genre given Josh’s age and the connection to university it isn’t angst ridden. This isn’t story about whether Josh and Rupert like, or potentially even love, one another. Instead it focuses on whether Rupert can accept Josh’s past and if Josh is willing to give up the financial independence that escorting gives him. The main conflict revolves around Rupert and Josh’s ability to look past their mutual past and see each other as lovers first, rather than client and escort.

My rating:
Happy reading and see you next time!