Audio books are on the up ‘n’ up in M/M romance and Mark just loves listening to all these great stories while he’s driving around for work through the week. What a great way to past the time when you’re stuck in traffic. In this post we have Jay Northcote’s Nothing Serious narrated by Michael Pauley. Read the review and found out what Mark thought.
Also Jay is with us talking about audiobooks and don’t forget the giveaway
Thank you, Sinfully Addicted, for having me here today to talk about the release of my first audio book, Nothing Serious. It came out on 3rd of March and I’m so excited to finally have my books making it into audio format.
Audio is a fast growing market and more and more people are finding out how fun it can be to listen to a story instead of reading it. I’m a recent convert to audio myself. I wasn’t convinced I’d like it, because I’m a fast reader and was worried I’d find the slower pace frustrating. But I signed up to Audible a few months ago because I had a lot of driving to do. At first I only listened in the car, but then I started listening to audiobooks instead of music while running/working out, and once I realised that cleaning my house is way more fun with a gay romance story playing in my ears I was hooked! Now I’m getting through several hours of audio a month and really enjoying it.
Nothing Serious holds a special place in my heart as it was my debut book, and is the one that launched my career as an author. It’s a sweet, sexy friends-with-benefits to lovers story that was a lot of fun to write. I hope that some of my existing readers will fancy giving it a try in audio, and that new readers/listeners will find me through this medium.
I already have one other title out in audio (The Dating Game) and have two more coming soon from Dreamspinner Press (Not Just Friends and The Little Things). 2015 is the year of audio for me, here’s hoping that listeners enjoy them!
Nothing Serious by Jay Northcote
Title: Nothing Serious
Author: Jay Northcote
Narrator: Michael Pauley
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release: 3rd March 2015
Genre: M/M (Audio)
Mark O’Brien is finally being honest with himself. His relationship with Rachel is over and he’s moving out of the home they've shared for six years. They get along, but he can’t fix a relationship when the person he's with is the wrong gender.
Jamie Robertson, one of the removal men, is huge and ridiculously gorgeous, and Mark is smitten at first sight. When a cardboard box splits, revealing items of a personal nature that Mark never wanted anybody to see, he's mortified. But it sparks the start of a beautiful friendship with benefits.
As Jamie initiates Mark into the joys of gay sex, the two men get increasingly close and “nothing serious” turns into something rather important to both of them. But communication isn’t their strong point. Will either man ever find the courage to be honest about his feelings?
For something that starts out supposedly as a little bit of fun with no strings attached it definitely turns into a lot more with Mark and Jamie in Jay’s book Nothing serious.
Mark has just split up with his long term girlfriend Rachel at the age of 29. OK, at first from my perspective I thought this was a little strange that he has been keeping his latent gay tendencies under wraps for so long until he can no longer deny it to himself. I would have thought after all this time the question would have been more whether he was bi or not, but that’s only my own personal take on the situation. So quite a brave step to take, but I can totally understand Rachel’s hurt at first. Who wouldn't feel as though they have been deceived all this time? I have always known I was gay so never had to try and deceive myself or others in the process; hurting the feelings of someone else in this respect. But I guess Mark is a late bloomer and all the feelings, emotions and guilt that have been going on inside him have been building up for a long time until the walls come crashing down. This is nicely written and dealt with by Jay. So yeah, he may have hurt Rachel at the beginning but it is best for all in the end and at least they manage to stay friends which was nice. Mark at least was honest enough to come clean to Rachel first rather than cheating on her and experimenting on the side which was also very admirable. Probably, not a real life situation in my experience but a nice thought at any rate. I’m side tracking a little as Rachel is not a main character in the story and only appears twice but felt it was an issue I had to clarify first.
“I think I just expected to be what people expected me to be.” ~ Mark
So back to the main thing. The removal guys come to take Mark’s stuff to his new flat when he moves out of where he has been living with Rachel. And oh my what a sight for sore eyes Jamie is the hunky removal guy, OK his brother probably isn’t bad either, but Mark only has eyes for Jamie or can’t stop eyeing up Mark. Even at this very first encounter I could feel the heat level that Mark has for Jamie and oh my the guy is seriously in need of a bit of M/M servicing. Well, when Jamie picks up a box that splits and all the contents fall out this is Mark’s worst embarrassment ever. Yes, it’s that one box that you don’t want anyone to see what’s inside. I laughed my socks off as I could just imagine the horror on Mark’s face as the contents spill out for Jamie to see. OMG! I laughed. Only because a similar situation happened to me when I moved in with my hubby. The mother-in-law came to help with packing and of course I had forgotten to clear out a certain cupboard with various sundries that no mum-in-law should actually see. Today we have a good laugh about it!!!
So Mark is mortified, but Jamie finds it all very amusing and then nonchalantly tells Mark he is also gay. Jamie a little confused as he knows Mark is moving out from his “girlfriend” So as Mark is all new to the gay sex bit then Jamie offers him the chance to experiment and fool around with him no strings attached. Well, what started out as a joke soon becomes the reality.
I loved the way that Jay builds this up. Something that starts out as very casual soon deepens into something way beyond a friends with benefits arrangement. There is a lot of HOT sexin’ going on an the heat level between these two is nearly off the scale – phew! And I was listening to all this while driving, of anyone had seen me they would have wondered about the silly grin plastered on my face.
There are also some lovely moments with Jamie and his family. Loved his little sister! Also when Mark meets Rachel after about four weeks it was a very touching moment. But as they both realise that there is something more both are at first afraid and reticent to verbalise how they feel about each other due to the fear of the other one not wishing to get seriously involved and possibly ending what they have. I just loved the way Jay portrays these insecurities, but the time comes and it was an incredibly sweet moment.
All in all a sweet story of discovery and falling in love with a lot of very HOT moments,
Michael Pauley did a wonderful job with the narration. A book that contains a lot of very sensual scenes needs to be read right and he does this marvellously building up the tension, eroticism and excitement in his voice every time the guys start making out until the explosive end. And there were certainly a number of those – lol! His voice is easy on the ears to understand and a treat to listen to.
However, personal pet peeve coming up! This has nothing to do with the narrator personally but I just don’t get why when you know the book is by a British author and set in the UK why we can’t have a British narrator? I mean it isn’t as though the US doesn’t understand British accents otherwise Dr Who or Downton Abbey for example wouldn’t be as popular as they are in the US. I just think the whole listening experience would have settled better with me with a British narrator knowing these things above.
Also there were a few times where the pronunciation of a couple of things grated with me knowing that they should be pronounced differently. One of those things in my opinion is very basic and that is place names. Gloucestershire is pronounced / glɒstərʃər / (gloss-ter-sher) in received pronunciation and not / glɒstərʃaɪər / (gloss-ter-shyer) so I think a little homework here on how place names are pronounced wouldn’t have gone amiss and is easy enough to find out. Also the word “buttocks” pronounced / bʌtɒks / (butox) in the narration rather than / bʌtʌks / (butuxs) made me wince at times. It sounded to my ears like they were grabbing each other’s Botox – lol! The pronunciation of these examples have nothing to do with the differences between American or British English as both words can be found on Merriam Webster’s online dictionary and Oxford’s online dictionary with near enough the same pronunciation give or take a few nuances in tone.
Anyway, after all is said and done it was brilliantly narrated and I would have no qualms in listening to Michael Pauley any time with other books that he reads.
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Meet Jay Northcote
Jay lives just outside Bristol in the West of England, with her amazing, occasionally ridiculous husband, two noisy-but-awesome children, and two cats.
Jay comes from a family of writers, but she always used to believe that the gene for fiction writing had passed her by. She spent years only ever writing emails, articles, or website content. One day, she decided to try and write a short story–just to see if she could–and found it rather addictive. She hasn’t stopped writing since.
Jay writes contemporary gay romance, usually set in or near her home town of Bristol. She enjoys the challenge of bringing the men in her head to life through her words
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