Nothing Special by Jay Northcote


Noah thinks he’s nothing special. Average height, a bit on the skinny side, and cute but rather geeky, he’s relentlessly ordinary. He certainly doesn’t expect to be noticed by Sol, the gorgeous dark-haired stranger Noah sees on his commute home most days. But when Noah’s friend, Dom, persuades Noah to take a huge risk in a bid to get Sol’s attention, things turn out better than Noah dared to hope. Noah and Sol start dating, and much to Noah’s surprise, his feelings seem to be reciprocated.

But Noah’s insecurities make him doubt Sol. He doesn’t believe he’s interesting enough or sexy enough to hold Sol’s attention, and as Sol tries to get closer, Noah’s instinct is to pull away to protect himself. If their relationship is going to survive, Sol needs to convince Noah that he sees Noah very differently than Noah sees himself. Because to Sol, Noah is something very special indeed.

A naked man holds his head with his back to the viewer. There's a big tattoo of a sun between his shoulder blades. This is an aptly titled book. It’s an easy, fluffy story about two guys lusting at each other from afar and getting together with a little help of a paper thin secondary character. There’s actually a good set up in Noah’s insecurities for a decent conflict but it’s never fully explored. It ends up being nothing more than a minor speed bump on their way to happily ever after in a totally unrealistic resolution.

I’m expecting Noah and Sol to make through year three, before Noah’s insecurities resurface and Sol gets frustrated enough to dump him for someone willing to work on his issues. In fact, Noah deserves better than Sol, he deserves someone who is willing to work with him through his issues instead of offering a plaster-placation in the form of a desperate “I love you, stupid” plea.

Still, a never ending date with mindless sex scenes and cute boys was exactly what I wanted to read in my spare moments, so a meh three stars it is.


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3 Responses to Nothing Special by Jay Northcote

  1. I think the title says it all: nothing special. 🙂

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