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If you're looking for a steamy, friends to lovers, beach/holiday listen with fairly low angst and you've liked Jay Northcote in the past - you should definitely check this out.
There's no reinvention of the wheel here. It's pretty formulaic, and similar in tone and plot to other Northcote novels.
When Adam finds out his long-term boyfriend/fiancé is leaving him for another man, he goes to his best friend, Finn, for comfort. Finn ends up going with Adam on a summer holiday to Spain that had originally been for Adam and the ex.
The plan is simple, tried, and true - get over his ex by getting under someone new.
There's definitely some high steamy moments here - starting with a threesome that acts as the catalyst to Adam and Finn finally breaking the friends-only barrier. Once the wall is down it's all sex, all the time.
There's also the obvious miscommunication where neither Finn or Adam can tell they are falling for the other and keep saying things that make it seem like they want to only remain friends, when the opposite is totally the case.
Of course, there's finally the AHA! moment where they finally gets themselves on the same page and there's a HFN/HEA to be had in the end.
Mark Steadman narrates the British character voices with ease and it's an easy listen overall for the most part. I once again noticed Steadman's pacing as I continue to have issues with his excessive pauses and his inflection at times. However, I was prepared for his performance as it seems that's just how he narrates.
All in all I recommend Summer Heat if you're in the mood for a quick listen with a lot of sexy times coupled with a light, low-angst read.
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Summer Heat is exactly the type of story that I expect from Jay Northcote. This is a friends to lovers story with no real angst and a lot of focus on sex. Adam is dumped by his fiance, who has been cheating on him with a younger man. Adam runs to his best friend, Finn, for a place to stay and comfort. Finn hates that Adam is upset, but he's happy that Adam is now single. Finn's never liked Adam's fiance and has had a crush on him but never had a chance to act on it. Adam is setting in when he suddenly remembers the vacation he had already paid for and instead of his fiance, Finn goes in his place. Of course, the two men have to share a room and a bed on this vacation. Finn's pretty obsessed with getting Adam naked with someone else, but all of that changes when the two are involved in a threesome. Once Adam and Finn are together, there's no going back and what's supposed to be a vacation fling turns into more.
Both men are likable, but Adam more so, in my opinion. Finn grated on my nerves with his obsession with getting Adam in bed with someone else. I wanted to just tell Finn to grow a backbone and tell Adam what he wanted. If it wasn't for Adam being an adult and saying, I want a relationship with you, they'd still be friends with Finn crushing and Adam having no idea. Seriously, communication is an important part of a relationship. If they're not adult enough to talk, how are they going to have a successful relationship? Sometimes this story felt like they were men in their very early 20's, then 30 year old men. And, I think like all of the author's work, there was a lot of heat between characters!
The narrator of this story is Mark Steadman and I seem to go back and forth in how I feel about listening to him. I like that his voice is authentic to the books that I've listened to. He keeps a fairly good pace, and in this story I didn't feel that his non-dialogue bits were as monotone as in a previous book I listened with him as a narrator. He's fantastic at the dialogue and bringing emotions to the story. But, he pauses in the middle of a sentence, and I find that very distracting. I try to imagine the sentence written to determine if there's a comma there and that's why he's pausing but then I'm distracted by the story trying to figure it out. He does give the characters individual voices, but women voices or a Spanish accent is not his strong point based on this audio.
If you're looking for a fun, friends to lovers story, low angst story this is definitely for you! I enjoyed this book, even though I felt at times it had very little surprising moments. Even the ending with Adam's ex-fiance, I knew that would happen before it did. This is the book that you grab when you need time to just ignore what's going on in the real world, and get some steamy action and love happening.