An Invitation, by Jay Northcote
Release Date: March 5, 2017
Rating: 2 out of 5 stars
Jake’s new boss, Cal Mackenzie, is hotter than hell. Fortified by a little liquid bravery on a work night out, Jake makes his move and finds out that Cal is interested too. To Jake’s dismay, Cal makes it clear that nothing is going to happen as long as they work together. Fortunately for both of them, this is just a temp job and there’s only a week left in the contract.
Cal admonishes Jake to behave while he waits, but as the week drags on, Jake can’t resist flirting and teasing. When Friday finally arrives, Cal shows Jake what happens to people who can’t follow his rules. Jake learns a surprisingly enjoyable lesson over Cal’s knee–one that he won’t forget in a hurry.
I picked this up because someone on GR had reviewed it with the word “Spanking” front and center. Let me introduce myself: “My name is Pixie and I go hard for men who enjoy a good spanking and occasionally dress up in lingerie”. If your book is said to have either one of those things, I am here for you.
I don’t even know what to say. There was spanking, but not exactly what I expected. Something about this felt… off. I didn’t love the boss/employee dynamic in this one because it ended up being primarily a one sided story about Jake (a temporary employee’s) immediate, intense attraction to his boss Cal. Cal isn’t opposed, but obviously doesn’t want to take advantage, so he puts things on hold until Jake’s temp assignment is up and they are no longer employee/boss. I thought it was a good idea that could have been more teasing. The end felt anticlimactic to me. Very little spank and tickle if you know what I mean *wink*.
But here is where things get… subjective. I star rate this book, and my GR feeds into my twitter, and a friend on there asks if this is the author I have the thing with. Yes… yes it is. I literally have read about 90% of what Jay Northcote has put out. I have books on my TBR with no release date. When I say I’ve read 90% I should mention that I read them the day they come out. My average star rating… 2 stars. I have absolutely no idea how to explain myself. So was this book enjoyable, sure. Was it my favorite book ever, no. Did I feel it delivered on the spanking I had been seduced by, not really. Should you read it, why yes, yes you should because apparently you should read anything and everything Jay Northcote puts out.
Jay lives just outside Bristol in the West of England. He comes from a family of writers, but always used to believe that the gene for fiction writing had passed him by. He spent years only ever writing emails, articles, or website content.
One day, Jay decided to try and write a short story—just to see if he could—and found it rather addictive. He hasn’t stopped writing since.
Jay writes contemporary romance about men who fall in love with other men. He has five books published by Dreamspinner Press, and also self-publishes under the imprint Jaybird Press. Many of his books are now available as audiobooks.
Jay is transgender and was formerly known as she/her.
Find Jay online at https://jaynorthcote.com/