Review: Watching and Wanting by Jay Northcote

Series: Housemates (book 4), but works as a standalone

Genre: LGBT (m/m, bisexual character), Romance

Rating: 4,5/5 stars

Cover: What’s not to like? Black and white photography works so well with erotic images.

Links: goodreads, author

Trigger warnings: none

Description: Watching Jude’s cam show stirs desires Shawn’s always denied…

Shawn is adrift. Recently graduated, he’s stuck in a dead-end job that barely pays the bills. His girlfriend dumped him, his friends have moved on, and he’s still in Plymouth—going nowhere.

Jude is a student living in the same shared house. Out and proud, he’s everything Shawn’s been running from since he hit puberty. When Shawn discovers Jude works as a cam boy, he can’t resist the urge to watch one of his shows. It makes Shawn want things that scare him, yet his fascination forces him to confront his attraction.

Keen to explore his bicurious side, Shawn suggests they do a show together. Jude agrees, and things get complicated—and kinky—fast. But Jude isn’t looking to get involved with someone so deep in the closet. If Shawn’s going to get what he wants, he needs to find the courage to stop hiding from himself and be honest about who he is.

Review: You really don’t need the other installments to understand this book, but after reading it, you so will want to read them.

I have never read about cam shows in a book, so I was curious how it would be handled. It is done very vividly and it isn’t used as a way to get the pairing interested in each other and then to be never heard from again.

I loved how flowing the writing is. I was sucked into the story right from the beginning and I really felt with the characters, if they were happy I was happy as well and if there was drama I was really depressed and suffered with them. It was exhausting but in a good way, if that makes any sense at all.

Shawn discovers he is bisexual, but he doesn’t accept it right away. The way he handled it and Jude as well, was very realistic. If you think you’re straight your whole life, you usually don’t get off when a guy is touching you and accept it right away, do you?

Overall I loved their relationship dynamic – both in the bedroom and outside of it. They’re just so… cautious with each other and consent is important to them (not just in the kinky sense). There’s no insta-love as well!

I will be definitely reading the other parts. Actually I’m reading Helping Hands right now.

Disclaimer: I received a free copy through the author in exchange for an honest review. Thank you.

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