Reviewed by Dee
TITLE: Into You
AUTHOR: Jay Northcote
PUBLISHER: Jaybird Press
LENGTH: 228 Pages
RELEASEDATE: September 9, 2016
What do you do when the body you wake up in isn’t yours?
Olly and Scott promised to be best friends forever. They grew up on the same street, went to the same school, and did everything together. But one hot summer night, teenage experimentation caused hurt feelings and confusion, and their friendship was destroyed.
Four years later they’re both eighteen years old and in their final term at school. Scott is a football star and Olly’s preparing for a main role in the school play. After a heated argument in the street—witnessed by their mysterious, elderly neighbour—they wake up the next morning stuck in each other’s bodies.
With no idea how to get back to normal, they have to co-operate in order to hide their secret. Spending time together rekindles their friendship, yet feelings run deeper for both of them. With the end of school fast approaching, the clock is ticking. Unless they discover how to change back, they could be stuck in the wrong bodies forever.
This book goes to show you shouldn’t always judge a book by its cover. To be honest I initially overlooked this story because of such, shallow I know, but I don’t, scratch that, didn’t used to care for young adults in my erotic fiction. Jay just blew that theory apart.
I absolutely adored Olly and Scott, they took up residence in my heart and stayed there long after I turned the last page.
The plot also blew apart any preconceived ideas I had about how the story would go. Having seen the movie Twins, I thought it would follow a similar path, how very wrong I was. This story really made me stop and think in so many ways. Imagine being hot for someone, ending up in their body, and being entrusted to keep said body healthy, to learn about what activities they enjoy, to battle with whether or not it’s okay to touch ‘it’ intimately. That part of the story was so much fun. But it wasn’t all fun, imagine being out and suddenly finding yourself living in a home with a homophobic father. A part of the story that was gut wrenching, and I’m sure all too common in real life.
I’ve said it time and time again, for me to love a story, I have to be able to connect with the characters, for it to move me one way or another. This story moved me in every emotional direction possible.
There’s some sexual exploration. Thankfully the author stayed true to these boys age and experience, or lack thereof in the case of Olly, the scenes were steamy and fitting.
I highly recommend this story to all and sundry, regardless of so-called preferred genre. MM and new adult are far from my go to genres. This had both and I loved it.