Author: Jay Northcote
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Rating: 4 stars
Type: Standalone Novel
Received from Publisher
Blurb: 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.
Review: Twenty-five year old shy geek, Noah is living at home after having graduated college. He travels the train everyday to where he works for bookstore WHSmith. It would be a boring journey were it not for the gorgeous man wearing a London Zoo uniform he’s been crushing on for the past couple of months. Unable to approach his crush, believing him to be far out of his league, Noah settles for admiring him from affair. Until the day when his friend and workmate plants the seed of an unlikely idea into his head and dares Noah to take a risk – Rush Hour Crush is a section in the free newspaper The Metro devoted to ads declaring a crush in the hopes of making a connection. When Noah finds enough courage to set next his crush on the train, he glances over to see him reading that very section of the paper and, on an impulse, texts Dom to submit the draft ad they had come up with.
For days after the ad is published he doesn’t see so much as a glimpse of Mr Perfect, Noah believes he has scared him away completely. After all, why would someone so gorgeous be interested in someone as ordinary as Noah when he could have anyone he wanted? When Noah has just about given up all hope, while waiting for the train several days later he feels a tap on his shoulder and turns to find himself staring into a pair of melted chocolate eyes belonging to one Sol, aka Mr Perfect, aka his rush hour crush.
Sol is sweet, mischievous and fun and their first date extends well beyond the dinner when neither Sol or Noah are willing for it to end. Noah is, in the words of his friend Dom, adorkable. Both MCs are endearing and I found Noah’s inability to see himself the way Sol does completely believable. The internal conflict it caused wasn’t overdone or dragged out, though, which I was glad about. They were such a lovely couple and I really enjoyed seeing them interacting, not just sex, but things like spending the day at the zoo and Sol drawing Noah. I also loved their playfulness.
Nothing Special was just a really lovely read. The epilogue was truly delightful and a wonderful way to end the story of their romance. If you’re in the mood for a delightful, easy-going romance with just a hint of conflict to keep things interesting, then I would highly recommend this book. This is romance through and through. The relationship between the two very likeable MCs was without doubt the driving force behind the story and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Even-paced and sweet, with wonderful characters. This is the first book I’ve read by this author and I will definitely be looking for more.