Leaving home to go to university is an exciting phase in anyone’s life. One that’s full of new places, new friends, and new experiences. But Lewis isn’t prepared for the sudden and intense crush he develops on his out-and-proud flatmate, Max, because Lewis had always assumed he was straight.
Max starts dating another guy, and Lewis’s jealousy at seeing them together forces him to confront his growing attraction. When Max’s relationship goes awry, Lewis is the one to comfort him and one thing leads to another. After a night together, Lewis is devastated that Max wants to go back to being just friends.
Lewis tries his best to move on and their friendship survives, but the feelings he has for Max don’t go away. He faces other challenges as he deals with coming out to his parents, and needs Max’s support more than ever. But Lewis isn’t the only one who’s conflicted. When Max finally admits he cares for Lewis too, Lewis must decide whether he dares risk his heart again on being more than just friends.
Please note that although this edition has been re-edited for publication, there is no new or additional content.
Jay Northcote's Not Just Friends is another good college romance, along the lines of Jay's Housemate series.
In Not Just Friends, Max and Louis are new roommates who are complete opposites. Max is out and proud, while Louis has spent his life repressing his feelings for guys. Upon meeting Max though, Louis feels intrigued by the young man and his feelings make their way back to the surface.
It's bad enough to be a "straight" roommate who falls for your gay roommate, but it's even worse when that roommate is not looking for a relationship. I adore Max and Louis, the situations they get into and how perfect they are for one another.
Not Just Friends is definitely my kind of story, as it's a good friends to lovers, coming of age story. And Jay Northcote's writing always flows nicely, keeping me intrigued with great characters and a good storyline.
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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