Book Review: The Law of Attraction by Jay Northcote

Reviewed by JustJen

28365986Title: The Law of Attraction
Author: Jay Northcote
Heroes: Alec Rowland/Ed Piper
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 173 Pages
Publisher: Jaybird Press
Release Date: February 5, 2016
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

Blurb:  When a professional relationship turns personal, it’s impossible to resist the law of attraction.

Alec Rowland is a high-flying lawyer in a London firm whose career is his life. He doesn’t have time for relationships and his sexuality is a closely guarded secret. After picking up a cute guy on a Friday night, Alec’s world is rocked to its foundations when his one night stand shows up in the office on Monday morning—as the new temp on his team.

Ed Piper is desperate to prove himself in his new job. The last thing he needs is to be distracted by a crush on his boss. It’s hard to ignore the attraction he feels, even though Alec’s a difficult bastard to work for.

Both men strive to maintain a professional relationship, but tempers fray, passions ignite, and soon they’re both falling hard and fast. If they’re ever going to find a way to be together, Alec needs to be honest about who he really is because Ed won’t go back in the closet for anyone.

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Review: This starts out fairly typical and predictable, but there were some pleasant surprises along the way. Alec hooks up with Ed in a bar one night only to find that Ed is the new intern on Alec’s team. Alec is closeted, Ed is not. They agree to not mention their previous encounter. Unfortunately, Alec has a hard time not being distracted by Ed.

Ed is just starting his new job, wanting to make a good impression and get the much needed experience he needs. He is a bit distracted by Alec as well, but they maintain their working relationship and stay professional. That is, until they have to travel together to meet a client. They decide to enjoy the trip together, but Ed is not willing to allow them to carry on in a hidden relationship.

Alec has concentrated on his career and staying closeted. This stems from a childhood encounter that was not handled very well by Alec’s father and so Alec kept up with his assurances of straightness. He didn’t treat Ed the best for the first half of the book, but it was easy to see he was struggling and making an effort. Seeing how easy it is for Ed to be out, combined with the feelings Ed brings forth in him, give him the strength and push he needs to reevaluate his life and finally do what’s best for him.

I really enjoyed this story. I loved Ed and his easygoing nature. He never let Alec push him into something he didn’t want. I loved that he was there for Alec when he was needed the most and that they were able to work things out together. Alec really stepped up to the plate where Ed was concerned and it was great seeing him find that same freedom.

This was well written, engaging and sexy, with a gorgeous cover to boot. Everything wraps up nicely by the end, leaving me smiling and happy. This is my first book by this author, and it definitely won’t be my last.

Overall Impression: I loved it

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

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Categories: 4.5 Star Ratings, Book Review, JustJen's Reviews, LGBT, Published in 2016 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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