4.5 stars adult - 18+ Angst Level Book Boss/employee Contemporary Exploration Friends to lovers Gay GFY/OFY Heat Index Hurt/comfort Little to no angst m/m Mid level steam/heat Morgan Novella 20-160 pgs (20k-40k words) Purchased

Why Love Matters by Jay Northcote


All royalties from sales of this story will be split equally between two LGBT charities: The Human Rights Campaign in the USA and Stonewall in the UK.

Alastair needs help overcoming issues with touch and physical intimacy in order to clinch a business deal with some demonstrative Italians who prefer hugging to handshakes.

Martin, his assistant, has the perfect solution. His mother runs cuddle workshops, which could help Alastair overcome his fears–if he’s brave enough to try. Alastair is nervous not only about the workshop, but also because he will be sharing a room with Martin, who’s starred in his fantasies more often than an assistant should.

Alastair reluctantly decides to give it a try, so they head to a commune in Wales where Martin grew up. The weekend at the commune with Martin proves to be transformative in more ways than one.


Alastair is a cold, anxious man with a lot of potential. His employee of two years, Martin, has become more than Alastair’s willing to admit. When the two end up on the road and sharing a room Alastair can’t hide from his feelings any longer.


This is short and sweet, with just enough smexy to make it hot, too! Jay is a fantastic writer and knows how to deliver well-rounded characters – even in a short story.

I loved the “cuddle workshop” and how transformative it was. I also loved that Alastair didn’t hedge once he and Martin got involved. Martin is wonderful and my only complaint was that we didn’t get more of him!

Highly enjoyable!

4.5 of 5 stars


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