The Law of Attraction by Jay Northcote

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thelawofattraction_final_smallThe Law of Attraction by Jay Northcote
Release Date: February 5, 2016
Pages: • Published by: Jaybird Press  Format: eARC
Purchase Links: Amazon US  Amazon UK • Universal Amazon

When a professional relationship turns personal, it’s impossible to resist the law of attraction.

Alec Rowland is a high-flying lawyer in a London firm whose career is his life. He doesn’t have time for relationships and his sexuality is a closely guarded secret. After picking up a cute guy on a Friday night, Alec’s world is rocked to its foundations when his one night stand shows up in the office on Monday morning—as the new temp on his team.

Ed Piper is desperate to prove himself in his new job. The last thing he needs is to be distracted by a crush on his boss. It’s hard to ignore the attraction he feels, even though Alec’s a difficult bastard to work for.

Both men strive to maintain a professional relationship, but tempers fray, passions ignite, and soon they’re both falling hard and fast. If they’re ever going to find a way to be together, Alec needs to be honest about who he really is because Ed won’t go back in the closet for anyone.

three-half-stars

This reminded me of those arrogant billionaire guys with all those internal issues, and the lowly interns from good families coming together stories. It wasn’t like that per say, but I definitely didn’t role my eyes at Ed at all. He was my glory for me in this book. I really liked him. Alec had some issues as do we all, but while he did overcome them I still don’t like him really. I just don’t feel like he was relate-able at all. One thing I’ve noticed reading Jay Northcote books are they generally fall under the same formula. All her guys seem to be the same build and kinda surround same gist, but these are just my opinion based off the books I have read of hers. It isn’t necessarily a bad thing whatever works for you I’m happy about.

I liked the beginning of the story, the attraction between the two was high from the start. Then we fall into the one night stand meets the new employer trope. I like this trope because it’s never happened to me! Ha, I’m joking, I like the element of surprise as well reading about people’s first reaction to their dirty little secrets. Ed is a boss! Sure he was rattled, but he handled himself well. For me Alec was very one noted character. Between his internal problems, his broody nature(usually my attraction) and his dismissal of Ed this was all I could see him as. I wouldn’t say he changed, I would say he had a weight being lifted off of him that allowed him to open up more. I can’t really tell you if him opening us was a plus or minus, but I can say Ed’s character was good for me.

For me the disconnect came after 50%, I don’t know what it was, but it kinda lost it’s steam. It was just straight shooting from their. Nothing epic happened, but two scenes made me happy afterward. It was Ed family scene. I loved Ed’s family, and it was great seeing Ed and his happiness be there. The other scene was Alec doing what he needed to do himself.

All in all, I think it was an okay read. The writing was really good. I think if it was longer and maybe we saw Alec evolve into someone else then I would have probably liked it more.

About Jay Northcote

Jay lives just outside Bristol in the West of England, with his husband, two children, and two cats. He comes from a family of writers, but he always used to believe that the gene for fiction writing had passed her by. He spent years only ever writing emails, articles, or website content.

One day, he decided to try and write a short story—just to see if she could—and found it rather addictive. He hasn’t stopped writing since.

Jay writes contemporary gay romance about men who fall in love with other men, usually set in or near her home town of Bristol. He enjoys the challenge of bringing the men in his head to life through his words. Jay has five books published by Dreamspinner Press, and he also publishes his own titles under the imprint Jaybird Press. Some of his books are now available as audiobooks.

Jay is a transgender man and was formerly known as she/her.

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