J L Merrow – Caught! (The Shamwell Tales #1)

caughtAuthor: J L Merrow
Reviewer: Mandy
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Genre: M/M Contemporary

Rating: ★★★★¼ 

You can run from the past…but the past runs faster.
Shamwell Tales, Book 1
Behind Robert’s cheerfully eccentric exterior lies a young heart battered and bruised by his past. He’s taken a job teaching in a village primary school to make a fresh start, and love isn’t part of his plans. But he’s knocked for six—literally—by a chance encounter with the uncle of two of his pupils.
Sean works in pest control, rides a motorbike, and lives on a council estate. On the face of it, he shouldn’t have anything in common with Robert’s bow-tie, classic-car style and posh family background. Yet Robert is helpless to resist Sean’s roguish grin, and a rocky, excruciatingly embarrassing start doesn’t keep the sparks between them from flaring.
Despite Robert’s increasingly ludicrous attempts to keep his past where it belongs, his past hasn’t read the memo. And soon his secrets could be the very things that drive Sean away for good…
Warning: Contains the alarming misadventures of a pest control technician, a stepsister with a truly unfortunate name, and a young man who may have more bow ties than sense.

“He looked dangerous and inviting, like a sleazy club on the bad side of town with a half-price drinks offer you know you’ll end up regretting in the morning.”

Robert, I love him, he wears bow ties, named his car and in typical JL Merrow fashion his inner thoughts are great and highly entertaining.

Sean, the pest control worker, motorcycle driving great brother and wonderful uncle and all around sexy hunk. He not only accepts Robert’s quirks, he finds them attractive, but he also feels like he might not quite be up to Robert’s posh standards.

As for Robert, his insecurities, the fear of Sean finding out his secret and that Sean is a bisexual and Robert is sure it’s only a matter of time before he moves on, it’s hard for him to believe this could be more than a fling.
There are a few touching moments, a few embarrassing ones, quite a few funny ones and a burning dress.

I liked the side characters, they rounded the story off well and I was especially happy to have a bisexual character. I thought Sean was good at explaining and clearing up misconceptions about his bisexuality.

All in all a very entertaining story with two, at times a little slow on the uptake men, but that’s what they had Rose for. And as always with this author, the story is full of humor and fun, but also enough meat to keep me hooked. I can’t wait for the next book in the Shamwell tales series.

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  1. I love JL Merrow’s stories so this is in my diary for release day!

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