Review: J.L. Merrow – Heat Trap (The Plumber’s Mate #3)

heat trapAuthor: JL Merrow
Reviewer: Mandy
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Genre: M/M Thriller

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

The wrong secret could flush their love down the drain.

It’s been six months since plumber Tom Paretski was hit with a shocking revelation about his family. His lover, P.I. Phil Morrison, is pushing this as an ideal opportunity for Tom to try to develop his psychic talent for finding things. Tom would prefer to avoid the subject altogether, but just as he decides to bite the bullet, worse problems come crawling out of the woodwork.

Marianne, a young barmaid at the Devil’s Dyke pub, has an ex who won’t accept things are over between them. Grant Carey is ruthless in dealing with anyone who gets between him and Marianne, including an old friend of Tom and Phil. Their eagerness to step in and help only makes them targets of Grant’s wrath themselves.

With Tom’s uncertainty about Phil’s motives, Tom’s family doing their best to drive a wedge between them, and the revelation of an ugly incident in Phil’s past, suddenly Tom’s not sure whom he can trust.

The body in the Dyke’s cellar isn’t the only thing that stinks.

Warning: Contains British slang, a very un-British heat wave, and a plumber with a psychic gift who may not be as British as he thinks he is.
I’ve been eagerly waiting this book since the end of book 2 “Relief Valve”, which I absolutely adored even with a bit of a surprise and revelation ending. This one picks up that story line and of course we have more murder and mayhem, a wedding or two..and maybe a little trouble in paradise? Grant Carey (yes in my mind he was Cary Grant) is up to no good and Phil is hired to help take care of the situation, but it can’t be that easy now, can it? Some of Phil’s history is revealed to Tom and that throws a wrench ( a bad pun, I know ) in to their relationship…I actually started to feel sorry for Phil, especially after having to face Tom’s Mum. Tom’s talents are needed to figure out who’s behind the attacks but he’s confused and questioning whether he really knows Phil…but well….it’s love , isn’t it? The third book in this series doesn’t disappoint, its got JL Merrow’s trademark British humor and wit, my favorite psychic plumber and his PI boyfriend and all the crazy cohorts and I’m more than ready for the next book in the series!


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