Title: Like a Lover
Series: Housemates #2
Author: Jay Northcote
Genre: MM Romance
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.
I expected this story as sweet and fun as book 1 is. But Like a Lover is nowhere compared to Helping Hand as for romance, emotions, and smile-worthy moments.
The story is too Pretty Woman-ish. Josh is and escort, who falls in love with one of his clients, Rupert. While I have no problem with the theme, I have issues with the plot (too predictable) and with the erotica (no built-up, no tension, no anticipation).
Josh and Rupert are likeable enough, but not as adorable as Jez and Mac (can’t help but comparing, sorry!).