Title: Helping Hand
Author: Jay Northcote
Release Date: June 26th 2015
Age Group: New Adult
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Wanking with a mate isn’t gay—as long as you keep your hands to yourself.
Jez Fielding and James MacKenzie—Big Mac to his mates—are in their second year at uni. After partying too hard last year, they make a pact to rein themselves in. While their housemates are out drinking every weekend, Jez and Mac stay in to save cash and focus on their studies.
When Jez suggests watching some porn together, he isn’t expecting Mac to agree to it. One thing leads to another, and soon their arrangement becomes hands-on rather than hands-off. But falling for your straight friend can only end badly, unless there’s a chance he might feel the same.
length: 33,000 words approx
“Labels can be restrictive. Sometimes you need to stop thinking about gender and sexuality and focus on the person. If you care about them, if you feel good when you’re with them, if you’re hot for them . . .then what does the rest matter.”
Helping Hand is an extraordinarily honest novel in which Jay Northcote provokes her reader into thinking about society’s labels and how humans love.
Jez and Mac are just two down-to-earth students who have spent their previous university year partying hard and are now spending their time saving money and catching up on assignments. AS the only two housemates in on a Saturday night the two form a bond and we witness some great moments between them; from their first masturbation session to the hot scene in the nightclub toilets and their first experiences with anal sex. Although both young men insist they are “straight”, through Jay Northcote’s intense characterisation we understand that there is more to Jez and Mac’s relationship than just sex.
They quietly accept the various stages of their changing relationship. The third person narrator observes Jez’s tumult of emotions, but we have to wait to hear Mac’s declaration. As we hope for this moment our sense of expectancy increases.
I fell in love with Helping Hand – and the two protagonists. The novella is sexy, intense, warm and well, perfect!
About the Author
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.