With apologies for being a few hours late posting it.
Rainbow Place (Rainbow Place #1) by Jay Northcote 4*
BLURB: Can Jason find the courage he needs to be the man Seb deserves?
When Seb Radcliffe relocates to a seaside town in Cornwall, he feels like a fish out of water. He misses queer spaces and the sense of community he enjoyed when he was living in the city, and decides to open an LGBT-friendly cafe-bar.
Jason Dunn is the builder Seb hires to help renovate the rundown space where the cafe will be housed. Jason is also gay, but unlike Seb, he's deep in the closet. He's never had a relationship with another man--only allowing himself the occasional hook up with guys who are prepared to be discreet.
The attraction between the two men is instant and impossible to ignore. But while Seb is out and proud, Jason is terrified of being exposed. With the grand opening of Rainbow Place approaching, tension is growing among some locals who object to Seb's plans. When things escalate, Jason is forced to choose whether to hide in the shadows and let Seb down, or to openly support the man he's fallen so hard for.
Although this book is part of a series, it has a satisfying happy ending and can be read as a standalone.
My Review: I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review. I really enjoy Jay Northcote's books, his Characters are always very down to earth individuals with all the foibles and problems I can identify with. That said, each of the stories has it's own unique touch and this one was no exception.
I loved how the story and the romance unfolded and I really want to go to Rainbow Place for a slice of Rainbow Cake. I am left wondering if Jay invented the cafe or if there truly are such places in Cornwall. It certainly felt like it whilst reading the story.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys realistic characters, hot sex, and all the feels, in their romance reading.