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The Dating Game by Jay Northcote

OUT OF 5 STARS

OUT OF 5 STARS

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Just when I needed a lighthearted, fun read after all the angst I've been consuming, I came across The Dating Game, and it was exactly the sweet story I craved. If you're in the mood to be swept along in an enjoyable, cheerful read, this is the book for you. It's set in Britain too, which earns extra brownie points in my book. Loved the characters and the writing! [September 2014]

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Shameless Recommendation

Solange Gay Rom Mini Banner

Just when I needed a lighthearted, fun read after all the angst I've been consuming, I came across The Dating Game, and it was exactly the sweet story I craved. If you're in the mood to be swept along in an enjoyable, cheerful read, this is the book for you. It's set in Britain too, which earns extra brownie points in my book. Loved the characters and the writing! [September 2014]

Where To Buy

Buy Now From Amazon

About Our Heat Ratings

The hottest of the hot!
ex. BDSM, kink, dub-con

Super hot for adults only.
most modern romance

A little bit of heat.
not overly descriptive

Light romance and fade-to-black.
ex. young adult

Publisher Synopsis

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Five sex-free dates—how hard can it be?

When they were at uni, Owen always had a bit of a crush on Nathan. But Nathan was apparently straight, and Owen was too busy with other guys to take his crush seriously.

When Nathan moves back to Bristol after a year away, Owen hears that Nathan has come out of the closet, and he propositions him. Nathan doesn’t want to be just another notch on Owen’s bedpost, though, so he challenges Owen to prove he can be serious: five dates before they have sex.

Owen doesn’t think that sounds too difficult. He’s expecting Nathan to find his charms irresistible anyway. But as they grow closer, Owen begins to care more about proving himself to Nathan than he does about getting him into bed.

ASIN: B00NF6TM00

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Favorite Quote

[su_quote]”I’m not sure about this,” Owen said, mock serious. “Maybe we should wait another week.”[/su_quote]

Excerpt

‰ÛÏSo,‰Û Owen began. ‰ÛÏI gather you‰Ûªre into cock now?‰Û
Nathan‰Ûªs eyes widened, and his cheeks flushed pink. ‰ÛÏUm‰Û_. Yes?‰Û
‰ÛÏCool. So, do you wanna get out of here and go someplace to fuck, or suck, or whatever?‰Û
Nathan raised his eyebrows. ‰ÛÏSeriously?‰Û
‰ÛÏYeah.‰Û Owen let his gaze slide down over Nathan‰Ûªs torso to land on his crotch. It looked like Nathan might be getting a little hard. Either that, or he was a shower rather than a grower. ‰ÛÏI always thought you were hot. I just never knew you swung my way. So how about it?‰Û
Nathan cleared his throat and shifted uncomfortably in his seat. He was definitely getting hard. Owen lifted his eyes expecting to see a smile. But Nathan was frowning and biting his lip.
‰ÛÏThat‰Ûªs flattering, but I‰Ûªm not interested.‰Û
Owen raised an eyebrow and glanced briefly at the bulge in Nathan‰Ûªs jeans again. ‰ÛÏYou sure about that?‰Û
Nathan‰Ûªs face was even pinker now, but he held Owen‰Ûªs gaze. ‰ÛÏI‰Ûªm not interested in a hookup. I‰Ûªve been there, done that, and decided casual sex isn‰Ûªt for me. I‰Ûªm looking for something more serious.‰Û
Owen blinked. This wasn‰Ûªt how the conversation was supposed to go. He found himself blurting out his next words without thinking. ‰ÛÏWhat, like a relationship? I could have a relationship. With you, I mean.‰Û
Nathan chuckled then, a snort of laughter that raised Owen‰Ûªs hackles, because what the fuck? He‰Ûªd made a move and was being laughed at. That wasn‰Ûªt cool.
‰ÛÏWhat‰Ûªs so fucking funny?‰Û
‰ÛÏSorry.‰Û Nathan pulled himself together and pasted on a more serious expression. ‰ÛÏBut Owen. You don‰Ûªt do relationships. Everyone knows that. I know what you were like at uni, and from what I‰Ûªve heard on the grapevine, you haven‰Ûªt changed much. And that‰Ûªs fine‰ÛÓeach to their own. But I don‰Ûªt want to be another notch on your bedpost. I‰Ûªd rather be friends with you than one of your conquests.‰Û
Owen‰Ûªs irritation rose, and he resisted the urge to pout childishly, but he wasn‰Ûªt prepared to back down. Nathan‰Ûªs words had stung, because yes‰ÛÓOwen would be the first to admit he was a bit of a tart on the surface, but at least he was honest about it. He‰Ûªd never strung anyone along or made promises he couldn‰Ûªt keep. And he‰Ûªd never met anyone who made him want more than a one-night stand or a few casual no-strings repeats.
But that didn‰Ûªt mean he wasn‰Ûªt capable of having a relationship, and he found himself wanting to prove to Nathan that he wasn‰Ûªt as bad as his reputation seemed to imply.
‰ÛÏWill you go on a date with me instead, then?‰Û he asked.
‰ÛÏA date?‰Û Nathan narrowed his eyes. ‰ÛÏWhat, so we eat first and then have sex? I‰Ûªm not sure that would be any better.‰Û
‰ÛÏWe don‰Ûªt have to have sex!‰Û Owen protested, raising his voice in frustration, then lowering it quickly as he noticed a few people glancing their way. ‰ÛÏJesus. Contrary to popular opinion, that‰Ûªs not the only thing I‰Ûªm interested in.‰Û
‰ÛÏSo if we went on a date, you wouldn‰Ûªt expect me to put out?‰Û Nathan‰Ûªs lips quirked in amusement. He seemed to be enjoying this conversation a little too much.
‰ÛÏNot unless you wanted to.‰Û
‰ÛÏI‰Ûªd like to get to know you better first. I think we‰Ûªd need more than one date for that.‰Û
‰ÛÏOkay, so what‰Ûªs your magic number? Try me.‰Û
Nathan‰Ûªs brow furrowed as he considered the question for a moment.
‰ÛÏFive,‰Û he finally said. ‰ÛÏFive sex-free dates. Then when we‰Ûªve had a chance to connect, we can take it from there. Oh‰Û_ and in case it wasn‰Ûªt obvious, if this is going to be a relationship, I‰Ûªd expect you to be exclusive.‰Û Nathan sat back in his seat and folded his arms. ‰ÛÏSo, what do you say?‰Û
Owen glared at him. Nathan‰Ûªs pink lips stretched further as he grinned, and all Owen could think was how he wanted to come all over Nathan‰Ûªs smug face.
‰ÛÏI‰Ûªm in.‰Û
Nathan‰Ûªs smile vanished abruptly. ‰ÛÏYou‰Ûªre‰Û_ what, really?‰Û
‰ÛÏReally.‰Û Owen smirked, finding Nathan‰Ûªs obvious surprise very satisfying. ‰ÛÏFive dates with no sex. So, when are you free this week? I can see you every night apart from Thursday, so if you‰Ûªre free to meet most nights we can be done with all five dates by next weekend.‰Û
‰ÛÏOh no. No way.‰Û Nathan shook his head. ‰ÛÏIf we‰Ûªre going to take things slow, the dates need to be spread out. One a week for five weeks.‰Û
Somehow Owen had thought his loophole was too good to be true.
‰ÛÏYou drive a hard bargain, but okay.‰Û He shrugged, conceding some ground, but not defeated. ‰ÛÏNext weekend for our first date then?‰Û
‰ÛÏOkay.‰Û
‰ÛÏAnd while we‰Ûªre discussing ground rules for this‰Û_ whatever-the-fuck this is.‰Û Owen waved his hand disparagingly. ‰ÛÏWhat are we counting as sex for the no-sex rule? No fucking obviously, but does that extend to no blowing each other? No handjobs? What about dry humping?‰Û
‰ÛÏShh!‰Û Nathan‰Ûªs face was flaming, and he moved his chair closer, leaning in so he could talk quietly. ‰ÛÏKeep it down, for fuck‰Ûªs sake.‰Û
To be fair, Owen‰Ûªs voice had got rather loud, and a group of girls at the next table were looking very interested in their conversation.
‰ÛÏWell?‰Û Owen asked. ‰ÛÏWe need to be clear what the boundaries are. Can we even kiss?‰Û
‰ÛÏKissing is fine,‰Û Nathan replied promptly, and his gaze dropped to Owen‰Ûªs mouth. He paused before adding, ‰ÛÏNo orgasms. That‰Ûªs the line.‰Û


Author Bio

Jay lives just outside Bristol in the West of England, with her husband, two children, and two cats.
She 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‰ÛÒjust to see if she could‰ÛÒand found it rather addictive. She hasn‰Ûªt stopped writing since.

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