Title: Nothing Ventured
Author: Jay Northcote
Length: Novella (142 pages)
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (November 12th 2014)
Heat Level: Explicit
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥ 4 Hearts
Blurb: When Aiden agrees to run the Mad Mucker—a twelve-mile muddy slog over an obstacle course—he’s expecting it to be a bit of a laugh. The training will be tough, but Aiden could use the motivation to regain some fitness.
Matt is the sexy cousin of one of Aiden’s coworkers and a last-minute addition to the team. When he agrees to train with Aiden, Aiden suddenly finds the prospect of regular workouts a lot more appealing.
Soon attraction flares, and they embark on an intense physical relationship. Matt doesn’t want to fall in love with a man, and Aiden doesn’t want to fall in love at all, but despite their insistence on no strings, they grow closer. As the day of the race approaches, time is running out for them to work out how they feel about each other.
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Review: Aiden is tricked into taking part of a race by his friend Liv, via the use of Tequila. One of the team members happens to be Liv’s Cousin Matt who has recently returned to the UK. Matt agrees to help Aiden train for the race.
From the get go Aiden is attracted to the buff Matt. But since Mat was engaged to a woman prior, Aiden has labeled him as straight. As the weeks pass and the truth is revealed. Matt is bisexual but hides his male loving side firmly in the closet. Matt’s father was a homophobe and even dead, his beliefs were still affecting Matt.
The two of them start a friends with bennies relationship. No strings attached is what they agree too, since Aiden has given up on relationships and Matt doesn’t want to fall in love with a man. So between Aiden with his relationship phobia and Matt with his internal homophobia the two had some things to overcome. Their no strings attached idea does not go as planned for either of them. As they continue to train and have sex both have to face the facts and finally come to terms and own up to their feelings for the other.
So minor angst caused some issues for the two MCs, but otherwise this was a very HOT story. The sex scenes are frequent and very descriptive. Since many of their sexy times happens after they have been working out it just makes it hotter. I did think the issues worked out a little too easy, but that is just my opinion.
This was definitely a light, sexy, and enjoyable read.
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