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Helping Hand

(Housemates #1)

3.77  ·  Rating details ·  3,766 ratings  ·  562 reviews
Jez Fielding and James MacKenzie—Big Mac to his mates—are in their second year at uni. After partying too hard last year, they make a pact to rein themselves in. While their housemates are out drinking every weekend, Jez and Mac stay in to save cash and focus on their studies.

When Jez suggests watching some porn together, he isn’t expecting Mac to agree to it. One thing le

ebook, 1 edition, 107 pages
Published June 26th 2015 by Jay Northcote (first published June 24th 2015)
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☆ Todd
Jun 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing

Ever wonder what closet case gay college boys dream of while sitting in their repressed ivory towers, eating Top Ramen?

Shit exactly like THIS...

And THIS...

(Trust, I speak from experience.)

Many times, the object of desire is a roommate, a housemate, a frat buddy, a guy from the gym or one of their classes.

But what do they usually have in common? Other than, of course, a pretty face and a kickass body?

You guessed it. They're straight.

And that's precisely where where Jay Northcote's latest book
Heather K (dentist in my spare time)

No matter how many times my straight guy friends deny it, this is ALWAYS what my brain will think of when I think of guys living together in college.

*cue bow-chicka-wow-wow music*

A few beers and you get a little handsy. What? It could happen! At least, in my GFY fantasies, it does...

Jay Northcote delivered and he delivered BIG TIME with this little number. Lots and lots of touching, slowwwly leading up to more... ugmph, does this author understand what gets me going or what?!

Jez and M
~✡~Dαni(ela) ♥ ♂♂ love & semi-colons~✡~

Good god, is there anything headier than two college boys getting each other off?

Jez (whose third-person POV we get in this story) and Mac (aka, Big Mac, cause he's got really big, um ... shoulders *ahem*) are roommates and casual friends. One night they’re bored and watch some porn together.

Ay, there’s the rub. (view spoiler)

What begins as side-by-side wanking turns into something much sexier, and much more fulfilling. But Mac insi
Recently I find GFY stories a bit annoying: lots of freaking out, and even more whining. No, thanks.
But Helping Hand is perfect to my taste in many ways. It is how a GFY story should be written!

❤ The romance: from an easy, comfortable but not too deep friendship to falling for each other, but without hasty love confessions, giving a promising start for their relationship. No unnecessary drama, only fun!

❤ Plot, pace, and timing: perfectly-timed, well-structured, though totally predictable plot -
Aug 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing

OMG...this is a little gem if you're a fan of sexy man on man loving....
There's not much that turns me on more in erotic books than 2 men getting down and dirty and this one certainly hit the spot *winks*

Jez and Mac are at University sharing a house with other students.Mac is straight,Jez is a bit unsure....he likes girls but has had a few 'experiences' in the past with boys.

What starts of as some hand action one night watching porn eventually develops int
4.5 stars!

I don't usually include sexy gifs in my reviews. But this book deserves a few.

So here:

And this

Seriously, this book is hella hot. Like "I had to put it down for a second and take a breather" kind of hot. And the best part? It was real sex. These boys don't go from friends to porn-star-lovers in a heartbeat. They're awkward and hesitant, and their discovery of each other is a slow step-by-step process. It was as sweet as it was hot.

I also have to give Jay Northcote kudos for being able t
Nick Pageant
Jun 24, 2015 rated it liked it
I'm not saying anything everyone doesn't already know. This was HOT! The plot was barely there, but...


Thanks to Mish and Sandi for the BR.
Sep 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Story Rating ~ 4 Stars

Character Rating ~ 5 Stars

Heat Level ~ 5 Stars

Romance Rating ~ 4 Stars

Ending ~ 5 Stars

Overall Rating ~ 4.5 Sexy Helping Hand Stars!

This was such a yummy read, I truly enjoyed reading about how these two sweet but sexy young men got together. Jez and Mac were SO FUCKING HOT, they tipped my heat meter way over the edge. Mac surprised me on a few occasions with his reactions in a very good way. As for Jez, I was just so happy things worked out for him.
May 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: m-m
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A word to describe this book:

As soon as I read:

*College setting
*Friends to lovers

I was all over this like white on rice! And boy did it deliver! The experimenting, the secret touches, and pushing the limits-

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It was yummy!!!! My only complaint is the lack of epilogue. I wanted a little more at the end. Other than that this was a solid read. My favorite by far from this author. 4.5 Stars rounded up!

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Mirjana **DTR - Down to Read**

**7/29/2016 - Re-read via Audiobook. Goes to show how stuck in your own head you could be sometimes. The narrator began and he had a British accent....completely forgot that this book takes place in England! Really gave the experimental sex a posh and classy feel. I enjoyed my cock with crumpets and tea.


***4 Stars***

My review, with self-explanatory gifalicous visual aids.

Jez and Mac drank away their freshman year of college. Now Jez is in debt up t

I'm not sure why I liked this so much...

Maybe because Jez & Mac were so hot.
Maybe I liked reading two supposedly straight friends getting it on together. Like really getting it on together.
Maybe I liked Jez's discovery of his sexuality.
Maybe I liked how unapologetic Jez is.
Maybe I liked reading friends falling for one another.

So maybe, I can RECOMMEND this to you guys. So hard. Because, really, you'll like it.

4.5 STARS!

Darling, hold my hand
Oh, won't you hold my hand?
'Cause I do
Jul 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This was so good that I didn't even have time to post updates. So damn hot!
Mar 14, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2015, m-m
3.5 Stars

It was meh, not really good for me. The second half was better than the first but still, I didn’t enjoy it as much as I expected. Told in single POV, 3rd person. It’s the first installment in the "Housemates" series and it can be read as a stand-alone. It’s a quick read and angst-free. Hope you enjoy it more than me!
Optimist ♰King's Wench♰
What can I possibly say about this book that hasn't already been said?

So many reviewers have said everything so well and so much better than I can.

So what do I do? Try to match the hot gifs?

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Try to say something others haven't?

Did anyone mention how apropos the title is? Because apropos title is apropos.

Jez and Mac lend helping hands literally and metaphorically. They are roommates who have made a pact to focus on their education this semester whilst their other roommates continue to party like
Jun 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: college, ya-na, m-m
4.5 stars

Jez and Mac are straight college roommates. Instead of going out every weekend to drink with their housemates, they decide stay in to save cash and focus on their studies.

One night, Jez suggests Mac to watch some porn together. And, surprisingly, Mac agrees. However, it doesn't only become a one-time thing and with time they get more of a hands-on experience.

Their friends with benefit relationship gradually turns into something deeper and they have to deal with their complicated feeling

Two college guys helping each other get off, yes please! I went into this book with very high expectations, but unfortunately they weren't met. I did enjoy the story and the characters were okay, but the hotness that I was looking forward to just wasn't there. Sure there were plenty of moments with Mac and Jez together, but they became repetitive after the first few times. It was like the author was telling us what happened, rather than show us it happening and it felt like it was the same thing
4.99 stars (rounded up)

This easily could have been a 5 star book if there was another 300-400 pages of Jez and Mac.....but noooooo the stingy author had to be greedy with her magical words. ;D

There's not much I can say about this book that hasn't already been said dozens of times. It's sweet, it's romantic (that ending *sigh*) and it's smokin hot.

I think this is one of those books that would appeal to almost anyone so if you haven't already, go get yourself a copy. Highly Recommended!

Favorite q
Jan 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
**** 4 Stars****

What a little gem! Uncomplicated, addictive and freaking hot.

I am a fan of animated movies but even if I wasn’t I would have to get over it, because my kids. You must be thinking where is this weirdo going with it? Well, Shrek. It came to my mind several times whilst reading this.

That masochist thrill of thinking that something major is about to happen at any time kept me on edge and holding my breath for almost forever! I felt like Donkey

And oh boy, I loved that!

Everything start
Jun 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mm-love
This series is turning out to be fantastic. It is pretty short but well worth for me!
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Jez and Mac are housemates at the university they attend. They are both on a strict budget and trying to keep their grades up. While the other housemates are going out on Friday nights, they stay in and "study".
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Mac 100% dates girls and has never thought about another guy. Jez likes girls but is somewhat curious about Mac.
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One night of watching porn and handjobs changes everything. They are both unsure about
Eli Easton
May 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle-lendable
This is a fun and very sexy short that satisfies that immediate gratification sweet tooth. I've always loved GFY stories and a college setting is the perfect place for one. The writing is smooth and the story goes down like a cherry sundae. Recommended!

Let me ask you this…
If one hand is nice, wouldn’t two hands be twice as nice?

Silly question, right? Two hands are always better than one!
The title fits to an O….err wait, that’s suppose to be T.
The blurb nails it. Nails it soo hard. *focus Sheri focus*

Do you ever get a song in your head when you are reading? I hear music in-between my ears all the time. Can you guess what was on repeat while reading this?

“We be strokin….I stroke it to the east, I stroke it to the west…”

So here’s the thing, th
Jun 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: buddy-read, shorts
"If I've said it once I've said it a thousand times. Porn brings people together!"

Enough said. :)

Thank you Cory for the BR! I fell a little bit (a lot) behind, but still an enjoyable experience.
~Mindy Lynn~
Loved it. These two guys are sexy, sweet, adorable, and so fucking hot when they get their smexy on.
I usually don't go for shorty's like this but when I see them blowing up with high ratings I have to give in and read them. So glad I did.
I loved Mac and Jez together. They were adorable together. There was a sweetness that made me want more of their story.
I appreciated the low amount of angst the book had considering it wasn't very long. Sometimes the angst can be overwhelming in a short story
*3.5 stars*

I liked this story but I didn't love it like everybody else did.

It had a lot of

and plenty

but not enough

It was more like two guys exploring their sexuality and the attraction between them, learning each other's body and eventually developing feelings for each other. I particularly liked the realism with which the sex scenes were described.

Overall, a nice, easy and sexy story.
Jun 27, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: m-m
Very nice. I liked this a hell of a lot. Reminded me of one of my favorite books ever...which is Sterek but whatever. I really like this kind of storyline. And shit, this was hot as Hell.
Jun 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mm
4.5 stars

Super cute, adorable and sweet with a little bit of angst.


I loved this one! I have such a soft spot for college boys falling in love. And a double GFY, with HOT HOT sexy times. What more could a girl want?

Mar 25, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2018
You want to know how a "Helping Hand" can completely change the relationship between two friends?

This is the perfect story to get your answer!

Sweet, simple, sexy, perfect for a low-key afternoon story with two great characters learning how to go from friends to lovers.
Yes, yes, f*ck yes!

Mac and Jez are totally hot together. They're perfect. I even liked the awkwardness between them. (view spoiler)

This is what I've been waiting for. This moment.. Thank goodness I was right. I thought me and Jay Northcote did not have a chemistry at all. I guess I just need to pick the right book for me.

This is like manual guideline of 'How to have a gay sex
~Mindy Lynn~

Second time round wasn't as good as the first round I guess. I still enjoyed the story. It just didn't appeal to me as much as it had the first time I read it.
4.5 stars

Jay Northcote hits a great balance between smutty and sweet with this novella. After spending their first year at uni partying, Mac is on the verge of being kicked out of school and Jez is flat broke and in debt to his parents. As their other four housemates are out partying, they are stuck at home drinking cheap beer and watching the television. Staying home means no hooking up with girls at the bar, and since Jez did some messing around with other boys when he went to an all boy schoo
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