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Watching and Wanting

Housemates Series, Book 4
Lu par : Lewis Carter
Série : Housemates, Volume 4
Durée : 5 h et 17 min
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Watching Jude’s cam show stirs desires Shawn’s always denied... 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.

©2017 Jaybird Press (P)2018 Jaybird Press

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  • Global
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  • Alex Korent
  • 18/12/2019

Amazing!

Shawn and Jude are so amazing in this book. In other books, Shawn was an a*shole and had barely any redeeming qualities. However, in this book, we see a different side of him and his redemption arc is AMAZING. The book is hot and awesome and I completely adored it.
It is another awesome installment in Housemates series :)

  • Global
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  • W.F.
  • 09/02/2019

Engaging read

Watching and Wanting deals with an exploration of many themes of modern-day ; such as inner homophobia, sexual discovery and orientation, internet Porn , sexual acceptance and light BDSM .
Northcote''s voice is fluid , captivating and this story as the others in the series are written with compassion, empathy and passion.

I was surprised and a bit annoyed, that mid series, the actor narrating was changed, but my fears were unfounded, as Lewis Carter did a magnificent job. His voice is utterly delicious.

  • Global
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  • <Stacy> @SoCalBookReviews
  • 01/06/2018

Watching and Wanting

This book is a standalone, but I really do think you need to read and/or listen to the first three books before this one to get the full and complete story. And also because every book in this series is pretty great, so you might as ...
Finally we get Shawn's story with this book. In the past Shawn has been a jerk and slightly homophobic towards the Housemates, to the point you just wanted to smack him upside his head. lol. But as we learn in this book, its due to some past hurts and he is just trying to hide his real feelings. It all comes out in a spectacular way when he finds one of the housemates Jude performing a Cam show; that Shawn just cant get out of his head. I love the premise of this book and The Cam show, Voyeurism aspect is so dang HOT in this one. And then once Shawn and Jude finally get together it just gets even better. I mean, who knew Shawn had all those Smutty desires hidden inside him?!? Great book!!!
Audio - New narrator Lewis Carter brought in for this one (the first three books were narrated by Mark Stedman) and while I was disappointed by the change mid-series. I Was NOT disappointed with this narration at all, and kind of wish this narrator had done the last book #3 as well, since that is my favorite of the whole series. We only get snippets of his Accent for one of the housemates Ewan (from book3) but dang he does a great job with his Scottish brogue... I really did like this book in Audio and I would be perfectly happy if Lewis was going to finish narrating the rest of this series, I look forward to hearing more from him.

  • Global
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  • tragedyann08
  • 20/05/2018

Possibly my favorite in the series so far!

The entire Housemates series is a deliciously filthy treat and Watching and Wanting may now be my favorite of the 4. Although I seem to say that after every one I listen to, sooooo take that how you will. The author says this can be read/heard as a standalone (and it can), I would ask, why would you do that???

Shawn has been a periphery flatmate from early on and I’m so glad he got his story and Jude was the perfect person for him. When two characters sexual appetites and preferences line up, the chemistry can be downright explosive and that is certainly the case with Shawn and Jude.

The two are flatmates but don’t really socialize. Shawn and his girlfriend have split up and he’s floating through life aimlessly. He’s always had an inkling that he may not be completely hetero, but fear has made him bury feelings deep and he has a tendency to be a bit of a dick when he’s feeling cornered. So he doesn’t always come across as the most likable of characters at times. As you get inside his head though, you can’t help but feel for the guy, especially living in a house where a decent portion of the sexual identity spectrum is represented and he doesn’t feel as if he can be a true part of it. He doesn’t even know how to try.

Jude is an exhibitionist who makes cash while going to school by hosting a cam show where he is quite popular. Jude makes no apologies for who he is or what he does with his life. He’s not ashamed but he does keeps the cam thing quiet, it’s his private gig and he likes to keep it that way. One day Shawn walks into Jude’s room while a show was in progress and oh my sweet baby jeebus is Shawn thrown for a loop. You remember how I said Shawn buried all the things? Well, seeing Jude in action, however briefly, digs up all those feelings with a backhoe and shines a spotlight on them.

I have to give Shawn credit for being self aware when it’s time for him to be. He could have very easily kept burying, but he’s tired of being adrift and he likes Jude, the two of them talk and a tentative friendship with cam benefits is born. I’ve been remiss in not mentioning the narrator to this point and while this is the first book I’ve listened to from Lewis Carter, it will not be my last. He was a perfect fit for this story. His characters were distinctive and his tone matched their moods very well throughout. He’s also really good at the dirty bits. Really good. Really. Good.

Jay Northcote is a master of giving his characters unexpected depth. This setup could easily have been a fun diversion and nothing more, but it is more and the author always delivers that extra something that fully fleshes out his MC’s and takes a cute setup and turns it into a bit of a character study with multi dimensional characters.

Shawn isn’t accidentally stumbling on a previously unknown kink, he’s finally accepting a piece of himself he’s kept hidden and it will affect him greatly and deeply. I don’t think he would have been able to do it in such a healthy way without Jude. Jude’s confidence gave Shawn strength and the real Shawn, the Shawn that had been hinted at throughout finally comes out. Shawn becomes the man that Jude deserves, Jude hides in the closet for no one and both of them deserve to be happy, out and proud.

It’s amazing what love can do and Watching and Wanting reminded me of that in the best of ways.

  • Global
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  • LGB
  • 18/05/2018

Smoking Hot! Loved it!

A very enjoyable series with some super hot storylines and this is definitely one of my favourites stories. Each book can be read as a standalone, but it’s worth starting at the beginning to get a feel for the various main characters that pop up as housemates in each story. It’s definitely a good idea to go back and check up on Shawn again if you’ve already read them. No wonder he was always grumpy! He’s certainly different in this story and now we find out why.

Much of this story takes place in the house these guys share (and Jude’s bedroom). The focus is on Shawn and Jude and we are given both characters’ points of view as they fall for each other and share some sizzling scenes together on and off the camera—with a little bondage and domination mixed in. These are some of Jay’s hottest and with an added edge to them. Shawn eagerly lets Jude guide him in the joys of gay sex, along with plenty of dirty talk and exhibitionism. Phew!

I liked how the tension built around Shawn’s denial, his gradual self-awareness of his sexuality and his need to keep their relationship secret. Both characters are endearing as they try to work out if, and how, they can be together outside of the bedroom. Although I thought Jude became a little too pushy too soon for Shawn with regard to coming out as bi. I could appreciate how Shawn was torn and felt fearful. I always like these angst-filled times when characters are sorting themselves out.

I liked that previous characters were involved here—Mac and Jez especially, and also Dev and Ewan—not only to see how their relationships have developed, but also for their interaction with Shawn and Jude and the humour they add to the story.

The story flowed effortlessly and kept my attention throughout. All scenes and dialogue are there for a reason and nothing felt superfluous. The ending works well and is HFN. I loved Shawn and Jude together. Fabulous story.

Changing narrator midway through a series must be a daunting prospect for an author. But no worries here. This was the first time I’d listened to Lewis Carter and I soon took to his voice and style of narration. He did a very admirable job at making the voices distinct and recognisable. He set the right tone and mood for each scene, and delivered the steamy scenes superbly. A great voice that matched the characters and story. Great job.

  • Global
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  • Mandie Mills
  • 09/05/2018

Amazing! Loved it!

I absolutely love this book and have read it at least a dozen times since it was released in ebook. This audio book is incredible. The narration was spot on, and I got lost in the story. I meant to only listen to a few chapters before bed but ended up staying up until almost 4 in the morning to finish it because I didn't want to interrupt the flow. Amazing, I can't wait to listen to the rest of the series!

  • Global
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  • Meph666
  • 06/05/2018

Fantastic book, a great addition to the series!

I am a massive fan of this series, both to read and listen to and even with a new narrator that hasn't changed.
I love these being set in Plymouth, England, and it's so different hearing an English accent in narration with how many American books are out there.
Jude is proudly gay and works as a cam boy from his room to pay his bills.
Shawn has just broken up with his girlfriend and is unsure about things. Then he walks in on Jude...
What builds between them is surprising to them both, causing some soul searching from Shawn and patience from Jude.
Jay writes amazing characters and story lines, drawing you in from the beginning and keeping you engaged and rooting for the MC's throughout.
Lewis Carter does an amazing job with the narration of this story. I'd imagine coming in half way through a series may be slightly daunting but there's no need to worry as he brings authenticity emotion to both characters and the story itself.

  • Global
    3 out of 5 stars
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  • Em
  • 04/05/2018

Usually a big Jay fan but not so much on this one

This was not my favorite of Jay’s books. I guess I’m not voyeuristic enough lol. The story was nice but I finished only because I was listening to audiobook and because it’s part of the series.

Lewis did fine though some things I would’ve read very differently in my head. Which is a problem I have with many things I listen to in audio form. Not anyone’s fault. Jude saying “Yeah, baby” came out as very specific comedic character in my head and it took me out of the moment every time. :/

  • Global
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  • Einatsu
  • 04/05/2018

spicy short read

Lovely short story with sweet two characters. The 'straight' guy isnt exactly that, but then that allows for the Happily Ever After in the end with a dab of kink ;)

The narration was amazing and well acted, very sexy in the erotic parts.

  • Global
    4 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars
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  • Neta_BER
  • 03/05/2018

A wonderful addition to the Housemates series

The audio narration:
Lewis Carter is a new narrator to the series and I have to say it is a refreshing change! While the previous narrator did do a good job he lacked some of the emotional depth that Carter added to the narration. He had nice range of accents, changed his voice to soft and breathy and added all the vocal effect I love to hear while listening. He made the re-reading of this book a 'first time reading' experience and I look forward to the next book (my all time favorite from this series) narrated by him after seeing and hearing his rendition of this story.
***I will say he did have some small mispronunciations and slip-ups and I hope the next book will be tighter and have these small issues fixed.***

Watching and Wanting is one of my favorite books by Jay, it is very erotic and sensual, the connection between Jude and Shawn building slowly. Like all the other books in the series, they first find the physical comparability out of need/lust/curiosity and then develop deeper emotions as they spend more time together. I love how through exploring their sexuality, especially Shawn's, we start to see who these characters are, unraveling years of denial and fear, and what started out as an awkward situation, leads to love and acceptance.

This series really gives the feeling of friendship, even though each book is a standalone, the progression of all the character's lives is fun and wonderful to read about. There is a true sense of caring for one another here. I love the honesty and lack of judgment in his books, characters usually talk, deal with that they feel and even if there is a misunderstanding they solve it fast. there is no angst or drama here, just pure human faults and insecurities getting in they way. Jay's books always give me a sense of realness, like these are ordinary people, and even subjects that can be conflicting are portrayed in a genuine, non- dehumanizing way, like Jude's job as a camera boy. It is not something to be ashamed of and nor does it become a conflict in their relationship.
The elements of kink are nicely done, respectful and consensual, adding to the delicious romance between Jude and Shawn.

This is a very sweet book, but it has hidden depths is it's apparent simplicity, a wonderful read after an emotional book and when you need a 'pick-me-up' story with lots of heat.