Today I am so pleased to welcome Jay Northcote to Joyfully Jay. Jay has come to share an exclusive excerpt with us from Into You (which I reviewed and loved). Please join me in giving Jay a big welcome!
Olly knew he shouldn’t ask.
He really shouldn’t.
It would probably make Scott super uncomfortable and awkward.
But he couldn’t help himself. It was all he’d been thinking about since their text exchange that morning and he wanted—no, he needed—to know.
They were finally shut away in the privacy of Scott’s garage, lifting weights after finishing a five-kilometre run, and he couldn’t hold back any longer.
It was probably weird to ask. But it was his body, so maybe it wasn’t? Hell, who was he kidding? This whole situation was beyond weird, but Olly had to know if Scott had tried using his fingers after Olly did everything but send him an engraved invitation saying, Hey, please finger my arse while you jerk me off.
He looked down at Scott, who was attempting to bench-press something that was probably way too heavy for him in his current form. His face was red and strained with the effort.
“So, did you use the lube this morning?”
“Fuck!” There was a loud clang as the weight landed back in the cradle.
Okay, maybe that wasn’t the best time to ask him, but it was too late now. Scott’s reaction, the darkening flush of his face, and the way he wouldn’t meet Olly’s eyes made the answer obvious. “I’ll take that as a yes, then.”
“Jesus, Olly.” Scott sat up and glared. “You practically told me to. So yes, I did. Are you satisfied now?”
Olly grinned. “I don’t know—you tell me?”
Scott chuckled, some of his discomfort easing with the humour. “Yeah, I think satisfied covers it.” He flicked Olly’s dark fringe aside and wiped the sweat off his brow with his forearm. “God, you need a haircut. Maybe I should nip into the barbers for a buzz cut next week.”
Olly gasped in mock horror. “Don’t you dare. If you do, I’m getting your ears pierced.”
“Okay, okay,” Scott said hastily. “I was just kidding.”
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.
Jay lives just outside Bristol in the West of England, with her husband, two children, and two cats.
She comes from a family of writers, but she always used to believe that the gene for fiction writing had passed her by. She spent years only ever writing emails, articles, or website content. One day, she decided to try and write a short story–just to see if she could–and found it rather addictive. She hasn’t stopped writing since.