Starting from Scratch (Housemates #5) by Jay Northcote #mm #trans #review @jay_northcote

Disclaimer MaleTAGStarting over isn’t easy, but Ben is ready to live his life as the man he was always meant to be.

Ben is transgender and back at university after hormone treatment and chest surgery. His new housemates have no idea about his history and Ben would prefer to keep it that way. He’s starting from scratch and his life is finally on track, except in the romance department. The idea of dating guys as a guy is exhilarating but terrifying, because if Ben wants a boyfriend he’ll have to disclose his secret.

Sid is drawn to Ben from the moment they meet. He normally gets what he wants—in the short term at least. Ben’s guarded at first, and Sid’s not used to guys rejecting his advances. He eventually charms his way through Ben’s defences and helps Ben on his journey of sexual awakening.

It doesn’t matter to Sid that Ben is trans. He’s attracted to the whole person, and isn’t worried about what is—or isn’t—in Ben’s pants. They’re good together, and both of them are falling hard and fast, but Ben’s insecurities keep getting in the way. If Sid can convince Ben he’s committed, will Ben finally be able to put his heart on the line?

Although this book is part of the Housemates series, it has new main characters, a satisfying happy ending, and can be read as a standalone.
Length: 57,000 words approx. addtogoodreads_zps55cd15da14Listening to Andrea LeeTAG

Without sounding like Jay didn’t write the other books from the heart, I really felt like this one was wrote with a little more passion. Maybe because we all ‘lived’ this a little through Jay’s posts on FB?


I loved how these two had a wonderful courtship, that was perfect for the situation. I loved how we got to learn not just about Ben and Sid but how they became.  But we also got a story, not just the Ben and Sid show. It was a perfect balance. Dealing with real life insecurities, failed relationship issues. Friend issues, school and family. All things that at some point we’ve all been through.

And of course, we got the gut wrenching ups and downs and the final HFN ending we so love

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