The Little Things

Jay Northcote
The Little Things
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Dreamspinner Press
Release Date
November 2013
Contemporary Romance, LGBTQ

There are lots of things that brighten Joel's life. His three-year-old daughter, Evie, is one. His close relationship with her mother, his best friend from university, is another. Joel's boyfriend, Dan, adds spice to his child-free nights, and Joel is pretty happy with how things are.

Then one cold and rainy night, everything changes. Joel's life is turned upside down when he becomes a full-time dad to Evie, and his previously carefree relationship with Dan cracks under the strain.

Meeting Liam, who acts as if getting hurt isn't a foregone conclusion, shakes Joel to the core. Their attraction is mutual, and Liam makes no secret of how serious he is about Joel. But Joel is wary. He tells himself he's keeping Liam at a distance for Evie's sake, when really he's protecting his own heart. Taking a chance on this new relationship with Liam may seem a small step—a little thing—but is it one Joel can take after losing so much already?

Book Review by Laurie P (reviewer)
Dec 28, 2013   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
169 people found the following review helpful
THE LITTLE THINGS is a wonderfully heartwarming story about love and loss. And facing the one fear we all have, losing our most loved ones.

You feel for Joel as he's already lost the most important person in his young life--his mom. So he clings to his best friend Claire even tighter. In a night of exploration, they go beyond friends and step into the world of lovers. But Claire soon realizes that Joel is more into men, and they step back into just friends. But their passion-filled night has a surprise--Claire has become pregnant. And so Joel and Claire become parents of a shared daughter.

Author Jay Northcote made Joel real and relatable as a parent to Evie. You feel all of his frustration, sadness and anger in dealing with what life has thrown at him. And you can relate to his need to balance his life as Evie's dad with his own as Joel the man. And Joel the man comes in second.

Liam is a thoughtful, kind and caring man. He is slightly older and is a mature character. I loved his open and honest approach to his handling of Evie and his relationship with Joel. He's a bit older and knows what he wants, so he may have pushed Joel a bit harder than Joel was ready for. But he realizes that you can't wait for things to happen, and sometimes you just have to grab what life gives you.

When tragedy strikes, leaving Joel a single parent, he realizes that his relationship with his current boyfriend isn't what either of them need, so he lets Dan go, knowing that neither of them is what the other truly wants. He needs to focus on Evie. But a chance encounter the night of the tragedy leads him to meeting Liam outside of the hospital, a second meeting that starts the two of them on their way to happiness.

When the pain of what he's already lost gets to be too much for Joel, he breaks things off with Liam before he can lose him too, but he comes to realize that while he's scared again of losing someone he loves, he's already pushed away that chance for love through his fear...

I love the emotions and heartbreak Joel goes through, and his coming out on the other side. The growth of Joel's relationships and his interaction with his sister Miranda and Liam were written in a way that felt real and easy to relate to. This was a beautiful, emotion-filled story that I truly enjoyed.
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