Review: Jay Northcote – All Man

all manAuthor: Jay Northcote
Reviewer: Lucy
Publisher: Jaybird Press
Genre: MM Contemporary

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Summary: “You’re the sleek little sports car to my Land Rover.”

From the moment Gareth walks through the door of the salon to fit some new sinks, Jules can’t take his eyes off him. Jules has always been attracted to men who are his polar opposite, so burly Gareth is Jules’s fantasy man.

At the weekend, Jules gets into a tough situation with another bloke in a gay club and Gareth comes to his aid. Gareth rejects Jules’s subsequent advances but leaves him with the hope that his attraction isn’t completely one-sided. Fantasy could become reality.

With Gareth’s work at the salon nearly done, he’ll soon disappear from Jules’s life for good. Time is running out. Jules needs to prove to Gareth that he’s tougher than he looks and that his feelings run deeper than gratitude.
Review: Okay, first off let’s start with the cover. I love this cover – I felt it totally embodied the hotness that is Jules. If you’ve read Top Me Maybe, you’ve met Jules. He’s a hair stylist at the salon with Ty, who does make appearances in this story. But you don’t need to read that to enjoy this.
Jules is sarcastic and funny. When his living wet dream walks into the salon to fix the sinks, well, heaven help us. He’s trying not to flutter his eyelashes at the “big, butch bloke” but it’s not working. He’s crushing on hairy Gareth but he isn’t even sure the man is gay, especially since Gareth isn’t acting particularly interested while at the salon. It’s off to the club goes Jules where he realizes Gareth is gay, but Jules goes off for sex with someone else when he doesn’t think Gareth wants him.
The story could have been a marshmallow, fluffy and sugary, but there are some moments that bring it into a bit darker area. There is an attempted rape and recounts of a past rape, as a warning for those triggers. Gareth is a good guy and the femme parts of Jules do not bother him, and they have some things to share that make them connect.
The whole story takes place in less than a week, with an epilogue that I adored. It’s sweet and I liked both characters as they get to know each other. And the moment when Jules realizes why “He looked different somehow…”, well, that was lovely.




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