4.5 stars adult - 18+ Angst Level Author Provided Book Contemporary Dancer Enemies to Lovers Gay Heat Index Holiday Romance Humor Insta Love Little to no angst m/m Mid level steam/heat Morgan Novella 20-160 pgs (20k-40k words) Re-Release Standalone

Tops Down Bottoms Up by Jay Northcote

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Will Rowan’s festival fling with sexy dancer Seth lead to something more permanent?

Rowan is stuck at a folk festival helping out a mate, and it really isn’t his scene. The yoga and singing workshops are bad enough, but morris dancing is the final straw. Bearded men with beer guts prancing around wearing bells—who wants to watch that?

All Rowan’s preconceptions are shattered when he meets Seth—a morris dancer, and the stuff Rowan’s fantasies are made of. Seth persuades Rowan to come to a dancing workshop, and Rowan’s willing to do whatever it takes to get to know Seth better. The attraction is mutual, and a lesson filled with innuendo and flirting leads to an incredible night together.

When Rowan arrives home, he’s gutted to find that Seth has given him the wrong phone number. Assuming Seth did it on purpose, Rowan resolves to forget about him. But fate—and friends—conspire to get them back together. Will they manage to stay in step this time around?

length: 23,000 words approx
A much shorter version of this story was originally published in the Not Quite Shakespeare Anthology by Dreamspinner Press. This version has been revised and extended. Almost half of it is new content.


This was a very fun, very sweet and somewhat informative novella and quick, light read.

If you’ve never heard of the Morris Dancers, like me, you’ll want to look them up! Now that I’ve read about them I wanted to see what the author was talking about and it’s so fascinating!

In addition to learning about the Morris Dancers, we get a quick story of “enemies to lovers” where we almost think it’s bound to be a one-night-stand – but we find out something entirely different!

Highly enjoyable!

4.25 (rounded up to 4.5) of 5 stars


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