Review: Happy Place by Jay Northcote (Rainbow Place #5)

Note: An advanced reader copy (ARC) was provided by the author.

Jay Northcote returns to his Rainbow Place series with the fifth and latest novel, Happy Place. Quentin should be a familiar character to those who have read the earlier books, particularly the series starter, Rainbow Place, however, you don't necessarily need to read any of the previous books in order to fully enjoy this new one. (But read them anyway because this is a great series.) He's paired with an older man buried deep in the closet but shares a strong connection with Quentin.

Divorced for years, forty-five-year-old George Rowe lives a solitary life on his boat and works on, restores, and builds boats. His never divulged his sexuality to anyone, but when he meets a journalist eighteen years his junior, it sparks in him the desire to fully explore it, albeit in secret. Quentin is understanding and agrees to weekly hook-ups, but the more time they spend together, the deeper the bond they forge. But how long is Quentin willing to wait for George to finally come out?

This was such a thought-provoking read that was ultimately quite heartfelt. I loved how real it came off. There was awkwardness and missteps galore, but that's to be expected, especially given the fact that being with another man was new to George. My heart squeezed in empathy for both George and Quentin because they both had insecurities and doubts based on George's conservative upbringing and Quentin's last relationship. Jay Northcote doesn't disappoint at all with this fifth Rainbow Place book. 4.5 stars for Happy Place. 🖤

Date Read: 22 March 2020

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