Title: The Dating Game
Author: Jay Northcote
Narration: Matthew Lloyd Davis
Publisher: Jaybird Press
Release: 13th March 2015
Genre: M/M (contemporary)
When they were at uni, Owen always had a bit of a crush on Nathan. But Nathan was apparently straight, and Owen was too busy with other guys to take his crush seriously.
When Nathan moves back to Bristol after a year away, Owen hears that Nathan has come out of the closet, and he propositions him. Nathan doesn’t want to be just another notch on Owen’s bedpost, though, so he challenges Owen to prove he can be serious: five dates before they have sex.
Owen doesn’t think that sounds too difficult. He’s expecting Nathan to find his charms irresistible anyway. But as they grow closer, Owen begins to care more about proving himself to Nathan than he does about getting him into bed.
Sometimes the nicest things come in the smallest packages and this was the case for me with The Dating Game. Only three hours total playing time but a cute, light hearted and sweet story that had me smiling all the way.
Owen and Nathan meet at a pub and although Owen has always fancied the pants of Nathan secretly he has never had the chance into now. So he gets his chance but Nathan who is looking for something more than a one night-stand has other ideas. This had me smiling from the very beginning, especially Owen's reaction seeing going on dates as more of a challenge than anything else. I mean who goes on dates these days? Totally old fashioned notion in Owen's mind who already has a bit of a reputation for being a complete tart and has never had a relationship.
What I loved about this little story was seeing the total shift in attitude of Owen. Due to Nathan's idea of dating first before getting in the sack, Owen moves from being a tart to discovering something a lot more worth having than he has experienced up until now. He goes from flighty tart to dreamy romantic, well almost - lol! He had me laughing on several occasions where he behaves like an impetuous child and always trying to get his own way but Nathan is not giving in.
Nathan the more serious and steady, well at least outwardly, tries his best to stick to his guns but caves eventually anyway. But even he can't deny the attraction building between them until resistance becomes futile anyway.
I just liked the whole concept of this book where going on a number of traditional dates they discover each other on a personal basis before the physical and Owen especially finds that out for himself. Maybe an old fashioned notion but there is something definitely still said for its virtues. Of course when they get together for the first time then the sex takes on a completely different role, especially for Owen, rather than the usual one night stand and just getting your rocks off style gratification he discovers that he cares more about pleasing someone else than he ever did before.
A light and entertaining listen that had me smiling and giggling to myself in the car. A story that doesn't put you through the emotional wringer but leaves you all happy and smiley and the end.
YEAH! British author and a British narrator. I have absolutely nothing against narrators from other countries but for me it's important that the narration matches up with the writing style and here it does perfectly. Well delivered, easy to listen to and perfectly spoken. However, if I had just one extremely small criticism it would be that the dialogues were maybe a little too perfect. I just felt that the pronunciation was a little "too posh" or "BBC" for a lot of the dialogues. I felt here the dialogues could have been a little funnier if the "polish" was taken off a little accent wise, especially for Owen. It would have been better to have given him a soft Welsh accent for example. This is just the way my ears felt at times, but it was a wonderful story and delight to listen too.
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