Book Name: Like a Lover
Series: Housemates #2
Author's Name: Jay Northcote
Genre: M/M Contemporary Romance
Main Characters: Josh & Rupert
Release Date: September 4, 2015
Book Provided by: ARC author
Reviewed by: Wendy
My Rating: 3.5 Stars
Josh has a plan: get through uni with a good degree and no debt. Focused on his goals, he pays his way by working as an escort. He enjoys the no-strings sex because he doesn’t have time for a relationship. Falling in love definitely isn’t part of the deal—especially not with a client.
When Rupert meets Josh in a bar, he’s smitten on sight. He’s never paid for sex, but when Josh propositions him, he can’t resist. He should’ve known one night would never be enough. Luckily for him he has an inheritance to fund his addiction to Josh, because his job in IT support wouldn’t cover the cost.
With each encounter the lines get blurred, creating something that feels more like a relationship than a business transaction. But they come from different worlds, and to go from client-and-escort to lovers seems impossible. If they want a future together, Josh and Rupert have a lot to overcome.
With each passing page I caught myself rooting for Rupert to win Josh's heart once and for all. The differences between these two men's lives were pretty much night and day but the growth they both had to do separately and together made this a good story.
I enjoyed the dynamic between Josh and Rupert. Josh knowing that in his profession love was not an option, and Rupert knowing that Josh was it for him the first time they were together, that made this story a good read. Josh learning to bend without breaking and Rupert learning to help without taking over are just two of the lessons these two had to learn to make their love work for the both of them.