Author ~ Jay Northcote
Published ~ 20th January 2017
Genre ~ Contemporary M/M Romance
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 to Jude.
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.
Although this book is part of the Housemates series, it has new main characters, a satisfying happy ending, and can be read as a standalone.
Watching and Wanting by Jay Northcote is book four in his Housemates series. Like its predecessors in the series, this book was funny, charming and sweet with a little dirty sexy thrown in for good measure. Ok, let me rephrase that….. with a lot of hella sexy times thrown in. Shite! I loved watching our two protagonists discovering just how wonderful it is when watching and wanting leads to something so much more.
Shawn is a character who we have encountered in the series already. He comes off as the stereotypical heterosexual jock who is all about the ladies. Shawn has always been one to make it known that he is a straight male, no way did he want anyone thinking that he swung any way other than the straight and narrow. But, is Shawn hiding behind this carefully constructed façade? Has he simply been living in denial tamping down deeply hidden desires that he has refused to explore? Shawn has never been challenged to come out of the box he has been living in. That is, until he sees one of his new housemates in a whole different light.
Jude is the newest housemate. He’s a gay college student and makes no apologies for who he is. Like most college students, Jude has a job to help him pay his bills. However, how he makes his money is no ordinary job. He has become popular online and makes his money essentially masturbating for money. When Shawn accidentally walks in on him during one of his online sessions, Jude is taken aback when his “straight” roommate takes an interest in his line of work.
Jude and Shawn come to an “agreement” of sorts. Shawn agrees to join Jude for one of his online sessions. It’s certainly a way to explore the bi-curious side that Shawn has been repressing for way too long. What ensues is the beginnings of a tentative friendship and some seriously sexy times as both guys explore the intense attraction between them. But, what happens when it becomes more than a good time between the sheets and feelings begin to emerge? Will it be more than Shawn can handle?
I love both Jude and Shawn. There was some serious chemistry when they got down to it and all inhibitions disappeared. Shawn’s eagerness to simply experience it all for the first time was so endearing. Jude was the perfect person to introduce Jude to the wonderful world of gay sex. I loved how he could not help but fall for his enthusiastic “student”. Something he was not expecting as he was certainly loving his free and single life before Shawn came along.
I truly enjoyed reading Watching and Wanting. In fact, this book turned out to be my favorite in the series so far. I pretty much had a smile on my face the whole time. While this book is technically the fourth book in Jay Northcote’s Housemates series, it can certainly be read as a stand-alone although I do recommend reading all the books because they are all wonderful stories. A recommended read for contemporary MM romance fans!
Meet Jay Northcote
Jay lives just outside Bristol in the West of England. He comes from a family of writers, but always used to believe that the gene for fiction writing had passed him by. He spent years only ever writing emails, articles, or website content.
One day, Jay decided to try and write a short story—just to see if he could—and found it rather addictive. He hasn’t stopped writing since.
Jay writes contemporary romance about men who fall in love with other men. He has five books published by Dreamspinner Press, and also self-publishes under the imprint Jaybird Press. Many of his books are now available as audiobooks.
Jay is transgender and was formerly known as she/her.