Series info: Part two of the Housemates series*
Author: Jay Northcote
Publisher: Jaybird Press (self published)
Length: 49,000 words
Genre: Contemporary gay romance
Cover Artist: Garrett Leigh
Release Date: Friday September 4th 2015
*Helping Hand is the first in the series. This story is a spin-off and both books can be read as standalones.
When Rupert meets Josh in a bar, he’s smitten on sight. He’s never paid for sex before, but when Josh propositions him, he can’t resist. He should have known one night would never be enough. Luckily for him, he has an inheritance to support his addiction to Josh, because his job in IT wouldn’t cover the cost.
With each appointment the lines get increasingly blurred. Something is developing between them 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.
Josh to me, comes across as a very sensitive person, but also someone who has had to find a way to finance a way to see himself through uni with no debts - and the only way he has found is to be an escort. I don't think he is happy with this, but hey what else can he do to get the money he needs to pay his tuition and keep a roof over his head..
Rupert and Josh meet when they are both stood up one night, and seem to hit it off, and when Rupert mentions spending the evening with Josh, he is astounded when Josh says it will cost him!! Rupert is thrown by his reply, but almost straight away he agrees to pay Josh.
Rupert is totally smitten with Josh, and pays to spend time with Josh, and over time he increases it to more than one day. Rupert is falling for Josh in a big way, and Josh has feelings for Rupert, but I don't think he has any idea of what they are, as to me it is like he has never had anyone love and cherish him before.
Things all come to a head, when Rupert has to attend his mothers wedding, and he decides to ask Josh to accompany him, paying him for the whole weekend they would be away. However, during the reception after the wedding, his new stepfather confronts Rupert and Josh about dancing and kissing, and in defending Josh, Rupert admits he is in love with Josh.
Can Josh accept that Rupert means what he says?? Will Josh allow himself to admit to Rupert that he is in love with him too?? You will have to read and find out - I promise you won't regret it.
“Swallows.” Rupert would just be able to see the wing tips that showed in this low-necked T-shirt. “Two of them.”
“Have you got any other tattoos?”
Josh gave a slow, teasing smile. “Maybe. Do you want me to show you?”
Rupert met his eyes again. There was a flicker of uncertainty before he answered. “Yes. I’d like that.”
Josh turned over the possibilities in his mind. It had been a long time since he’d had sex for anything other than for money. He usually saw clients at least three nights a week. They scratched the itch for him, and he didn’t have the time or inclination to hook up with other guys. He hadn’t dated since he’d started working as an escort. Josh didn’t like lying about his job, but most guys didn’t want to date escorts.
It would be easy to pick Rupert up tonight, though, and have no-strings sex with him for fun rather than cash. But Josh’s rent was due.
“Me too. But it’ll cost you,” he finally said.
Rupert frowned, obvious confusion crossing his features as he tried to make sense of Josh’s words. “What? I don’t—”
“You’re hot, and I wish I could do this without asking you for money. But a client let me down this evening. I have a hotel room booked and paid for next door, and I need someone to cover the cost for me.” The lie came smoothly. “I can’t afford to have sex for free tonight.”
Rupert’s mouth dropped open. Shock was evident on his face, but there was something else that was harder to read. His cheeks flooded pink again and his eyes went dark. “You’re….” His voice came out husky, and he cleared his throat. “You’re a….”
“A sex worker. An escort, to be precise. Hooker, rent boy, you get the gist. I’m an expensive one too. But my clients think I’m worth the money.” Josh waited, tension making a muscle tick in his jaw as he forced himself to stay still and hold Rupert’s gaze. On the occasions he’d tried picking up clients face-to-face, their reactions had varied. Interest, anger, excitement, disgust… he’d seen them all. He steeled himself, ready for rejection.
Rupert licked his lips. “How much?” he finally asked.
She comes from a family of writers, but she always used to believe that the gene for fiction writing had passed her by. She spent years only ever writing emails, articles, or website content. One day, she decided to try and write a short story–just to see if she could–and found it rather addictive. She hasn’t stopped writing since.
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