Book Review: Nothing Special by Jay Northcote

Reviewed by Nikyta

1Title: Nothing Special
Author: Jay Northcote
Heroes: Noah/Sol
Genre: M/M Contemporary Romance
Length: 184 Pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: August 13, 2014
Available at: Dreamspinner Press, Amazon and Barnes & Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

Blurb: Noah thinks he’s nothing special. Average height, a bit on the skinny side, and cute but rather geeky, he’s relentlessly ordinary. He certainly doesn’t expect to be noticed by Sol, the gorgeous dark-haired stranger Noah sees on his commute home most days. But when Noah’s friend, Dom, persuades Noah to take a huge risk in a bid to get Sol’s attention, things turn out better than Noah dared to hope. Noah and Sol start dating, and much to Noah’s surprise, his feelings seem to be reciprocated.

But Noah’s insecurities make him doubt Sol. He doesn’t believe he’s interesting enough or sexy enough to hold Sol’s attention, and as Sol tries to get closer, Noah’s instinct is to pull away to protect himself. If their relationship is going to survive, Sol needs to convince Noah that he sees Noah very differently than Noah sees himself. Because to Sol, Noah is something very special indeed.



When Noah sees gorgeous Sol on his commute home, he starts to develop a little crush but is sure that someone like Sol would never notice someone as ordinary as Noah. But when his friend convinces Noah to get Sol’s attention in an unique way, Noah realizes that the man he’s been crushing on may just have the same feelings. With the start of a date, the two instantly connect and don’t feel the urge to end it, making their night out extend into a whole weekend. Before they know it, they’ve been dating for weeks and still aren’t sick of each other. But the longer they’re together, the more Noah starts to wonder why someone as extraordinary as Sol would want to be with someone as boring as Noah. Can these two get passed Noah’s insecurities or will their brief relationship end in heartbreak?

This was a very cute story. I liked that it was so easy to read and showed how nervous Noah was of pursuing something with Sol. With his fear of rejection, Noah doesn’t want to ask Sol out but I loved that he finally did in such a weird, but sweet, way. I also loved that Sol seemed to be just as interested in Noah as Noah was in Sol. The two fit together perfectly and their time spent together is so comfortable. I really liked that, for them, it felt like they’ve known each other forever. The epilogue was one that gave me a huge smile. I just ADORED that Sol used Noah’s way of getting his attention back on Noah. It was just so darn cute!

I liked this story but I had two problems with it. First, there was too much sex for someone like me and second, it was too easy for me to put down and read something else. I liked the story but nothing really happened in it. It’s a sweet romance but I felt like it could have been cut down. I liked the concept of Noah and Sol going on dates, etc. but the sex (or sexual) scenes outnumbered those scenes, which was the opposite of what I like to read. So, by the end, I didn’t really feel like I knew either character.

Overall, though, I still enjoyed the story. It’s a romance through and through and takes the reader on a journey through a few weeks where the connection between Noah and Sol mean they spend as much time as possible together. It’s sweet and adoring and I think if you’re looking for something easy to read that has just a hint of angst towards the end but is still a sweet love affair, give this one a try.

Overall Impression: I liked it!

*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*

Categories: 3.5 Star Ratings, Book Review, LGBT, Nikyta's Reviews, Published in 2014 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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