Review: The Law of Attraction by Jay Northcote


Note: This ebook was provided by Enticing Journey Book Promotions in exchange for an honest review.

The Law of Attraction is a standalone M/M romance and also happens to be my very first from author Jay Northcote, whose numerous previous books are on my never-ending to-be-read list, and after finishing this book, it certainly won't be my last Jay Northcote read. Alec Rowland is a self-assured lawyer who goes after what he wants, climbing the ladder of success at work without looking back. Everyone knows just how good he is at his job, but Alec is hiding one huge secret from almost every single person who knows him: Alec is gay. He temporarily sates his sexual needs with one-time hook-ups, and meeting a guy named Ed was supposed to be par for the course. But there's a connection, one that Alec isn't inclined to explore due to his being closeted. Fate, however, throws him a curve ball when he meets the new temp that's been added to his team at work. The temp's name? Ed Piper--the very same Ed that he can't get out of his head.

I really, really, REALLY liked this book! The basic story line is familiar, but it was paced in a far steadier fashion than I would have expected. Speaking of expectations, it doesn't necessarily go on the direction that I think a story like this would go and both the main characters--thirty-two-year-old Alec and twenty-three-year-old Ed--surprised me, having them pegged one way only to evolve into much more substantial personalities. While Alec and Ed do jump into bed the very night they meet, their love story is a slow burn, taking its time to forge an actual relationship--complete with the good and bad--between the two men. There's a reason why Alec refuses to disclose his sexuality and he's spent his life pretending to be straight that he doesn't know if there will ever come a time for him to be honest with himself and everyone else around him about who he really is. But Ed could be the one catalyst for the very kind of change Alec needs.

If this were simply about heat alone, I'd recommend this book in a jiffy, but see, it's more than heat. There's an honest-to-goodness story here, one that I enjoyed every minute of. I've read quite a few coming out stories over the years, and without me looking through each of those books, I would hazard a guess and say that they involve characters in their teens or in their early twenties. Here we have a man in his thirties, someone who has already achieved success in his chosen profession. He's cool and confident, so it isn't immediately obvious that there's something fundamental missing in his life. He grew up with money and now makes his own, yet he can't help but compare how different Ed's life is from his own, what with supportive parents and being open about who he is. This isn't a lengthy read, but it is a book that doesn't lack substance, and it's one that I would readily recommend. The Law of Attraction easily gets five stars. ♥

Date Read: 28 March 2016

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