Audiobook Review ~ Tops Up Bottoms Down by Jay Northcote

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Length: 23,000 words approx
Cover Design: Garrett Leigh @ Black Jazz Design

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?

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.

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4 Stars
Tops Down Bottoms Up is an enjoyable short detailing how a festival weekend hookup turned into more. This short had just enough details, steam, and development to keep me invested. The story is made that much better by a great narrator who I always enjoy listening to.
I liked both main characters in Tops Down Bottoms Up. Considering the brevity, I was pleasantly surprised by just how much of Rowan’s personality and past came through. Since the story is told from Rowan’s point-of-view, Seth was a little less developed, but I still felt like I got to know him well enough to be rooting for Rowan and him to get their happily ever after. From a romantic standpoint, the story was pretty limited. However, I was happy there was a good range of emotions throughout which inevitably delivered a satisfying story.
The narrator of Tops Down Bottoms Up further elevated the story with a smooth and expressive delivery. He brought the story to life without overacting the scenes, complete with a pleasant tone that makes for an easy listen. If you are in the mood for a shorter, enjoyable audiobook, I’d certainly recommend this story and narrator.