Shawn is adrift. Recently graduated, he’s stuck in a dead-end job that barely pays the bills. His girlfriend dumped him, his friends have moved on, and he’s still in Plymouth—going nowhere.
Jude is a student living in the same shared house. Out and proud, he’s everything Shawn’s been running from since he hit puberty. When Shawn discovers Jude works as a cam boy, he can’t resist the urge to watch one of his shows. It makes Shawn want things that scare him, yet his fascination forces him to confront his attraction.
Keen to explore his bicurious side, Shawn suggests they do a show together. Jude agrees, and things get complicated—and kinky—fast. But Jude isn’t looking to get involved with someone so deep in the closet. If Shawn’s going to get what he wants, he needs to find the courage to stop hiding from himself and be honest about who he is.
This book can be read as a standalone, but I have read the others and loved them all. Housemates #3, I read directly before this one, so I had already met MC Shawn in that book. He’s the occasionally-mentioned grumpy, taciturn housemate whom Dev and Ewan are a little wary of. I was keen to find out what Shawn’s problem was, so I was delighted he got his own story in Watching and Wanting.
Shawn’s grumpiness stems from his failing relationship with his girlfriend (which ends right at the beginning of this story), and his denial that he could be bi. Constantly surrounded by gay/bi housemates and friends, he refuses to see what’s staring him in the face.
Without giving the game away, he barges in on housemate Jude, who is putting on a very hot show on webcam, and Shawn’s intrigued and aroused. When he joins in with one of Jude’s shows, it’s extremely hot for all concerned, and suddenly Shawn can’t get enough. I really felt for him as he longed for something he’d always pretended he didn’t want. Although some of his outbursts were rude and hurtful to the others in the house, at least he had the decency to apologise, and was so caught up in his own turmoil, it was easy to forgive him.
The book was a real page-turner. I read the whole thing in one sitting, unable to put it down without finding out where Shawn and Jude’s online play would lead. There are lots of scenes to get you very hot under the collar, and towards the end there’s some tugging on the heart strings when the pair decide (temporarily) they have no future, because Jude doesn’t want to step back into the closet with Shawn, and the idea of everyone finding out horrifies Shawn.
If you haven’t read any of the Housemates series, you should definitely stock up your eReader with the whole set. I’ve enjoyed them all, but this one was particularly gripping and should be top of your list!
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.
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