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First Class Package by Jay Northcote

23784317Title: First Class Package
Author: Jay Northcote
Published: December 12, 2014
Pages: 21
Publisher: Jay Northcote
Author Website: link
Rating: ★★★☆☆

Jim is a work-from-home writer who finds himself drawn to Patrick, a temporary postman assigned to his area in the run up to Christmas. It’s no coincidence that Jim begins ordering extra items to ensure he’ll get a glimpse of Patrick every day, but when it comes to verbalizing his attraction or asking Patrick out on a date, Jim is at a total loss. But he knows he has a limited window of time before Patrick won’t be bringing his package by anymore, and he needs to decide if he can get past his own hangups and take the leap he so desperately wants to make.

This is a fun and charming story, albeit it brief. Jim and Patrick are both such great characters and their interactions together are entertaining and endearing. Obviously there’s more than one instance of ‘package’ innuendo, but that’s part of the fun of a story like this. On top of that, it’s free, so you can’t really go wrong.

I would be interested in seeing what happens after the story ends, though, since it is so short…

Not Just Friends by Jay Northcote

20626492Title: Not Just Friends
Author: Jay Northcote
Published: February 24, 2014
Pages: 200
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Publisher Website: link
Rating: ★★★

Lewis never really suspected he was different–certainly not in that way. He had a girlfriend in school, but they broke up as he figured it might be difficult to keep a relationship going if they were going to be miles apart. But when he meets Max on his first night at university, there’s something about him that intrigues Lewis in a new way. It might be that Max is outgoing and not afraid to be himself. It might be that Max is witty and friendly. Or it might be that he finds Max attractive–wait, what? If that’s true, he knows he has some self-exploration to do, made all the more difficult by the fact that Max lives in his flat and his room is just down the hall.

This was definitely one of those sweet, somewhat fluffy/somewhat angsty gay-realization stories. The characters are all very likable and there’s a bit of an organic feel to the flow of the story. There are a few points where it almost feels like it burns just a tad slower than is needed, but it ends up being part of the overall build to the plot. A fun read!