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Joe deserves better. Meeting Dylan helps him see that.
After a recent redundancy, Joe takes a few months off to try and make it as a writer. His partner, Harry, is less than supportive but Joe is used to that after ten years together, just like he’s used to Harry’s controlling nature and his drinking habit.
Dylan, a server at Rainbow Place, is fascinated by Joe as he sits in the café and works on his laptop. His attempts to flirt are met with awkwardness at first, but gradually Joe opens up. Dylan is disappointed when he learns Joe isn’t single. As their friendship develops he begins to worry about the nature of Joe’s relationship, especially when he witnesses Harry’s behaviour in person. Abuse isn’t always physical, and Dylan knows that from experience. His concern helps Joe see his relationship for what it is, and gives him the courage to end things with Harry.
Free to act on their mutual attraction, Joe and Dylan dive headlong into something that becomes serious fast. Joe revels in the passion and intimacy he’s been missing out on for so long, but Dylan is worried that Joe is on the rebound. He puts on the brakes, knowing that they need to slow down to make this last. For this new relationship to work, Joe needs to show Dylan that he’s ready to move on from the past.
Although this book is part of a series, it can be read as a standalone and has a satisfying happy ending.
🌟🌟🌟🌟 4.5 stars
🔥🔥🔥 Heat Level: 3.5
A wonderful story about taking your life back and deserving better!
This was the first story of Jay’s that I’ve read and I loved it! Great, detailed writing style with whimsical romance and witty characters with depth and heart.
An easy to read, story about realizing you deserve better. Joe is in this situation with his long term partner, Harry. I liked how Jay approaches Harry’s controlling ways and subtle abuse of Joe. Abuse isn’t always physical and it’s important to acknowledge it in all its forms and this story shows that with Joe and his strength to come out of his situation stronger and with a new life that’s better for him. I love Rainbow Place and definitely need to read the other stories of Seb and Jason and Alex and Cam. All the characters are awesome and I hope there will be a story with Lady Gogo and Wicksy as there could be an interesting story there 😉
Jay had created such great characters in Dylan & Joe and their connection and chemistry is palpable. I really enjoyed their early interactions and witty banter. I enjoyed the balance between sexual tension, emotional connection, and their individual situations. While Harry’s ‘the bad guy’ of the story he’s not vindictive and the way Jay approached Harry as a character was great in that he has his flaw that he can’t/won’t change and becomes resigned in the end but thankfully there is no maliciousness or extreme danger as with other stories. I feel Jay has created a real-life story that reflects the real world and the ups and downs we can face in life.
I really enjoyed Joe and Dylan’s story and look forward to more stories from Jay and more from Rainbow Place!! A highly recommended read!!
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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.
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