JL Merrow

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Autor von Muscling Through, Caught! (Shamwell Tales Book 1) und weiteren Büchern.

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JL MerrowMuscling Through
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Muscling Through
Muscling Through
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Erschienen am 17.06.2017
JL MerrowCaught! (Shamwell Tales Book 1)
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Caught! (Shamwell Tales Book 1)
Caught! (Shamwell Tales Book 1)
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JL MerrowSpun! (The Shamwell Tales) (Volume 4)
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JL MerrowGood Breeding
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Good Breeding
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Erschienen am 02.12.2012
JL MerrowIt's All Geek to Me
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Rezension zu "Muscling Through" von JL Merrow

Heartwarming tale about two very diferernt people
Sakukovor 8 Monaten

When Lawrence stumbles upon thuggish-looking Al in an dark alleyway, he thinks he'll get robbed or raped. But Al is simply trying to get the intoxicated man home safely. The next day finds Larry apologizing to Al for the misunderstanding and even though the two men could not be more different from each other, they find they get along rather well.
But not only Larry's posh parents aren't satisfied with Larry's choice of partner, even Al himself has a hard time seeing that he has more to offer than just his physical attributes.

This book is just so awesome. I don't think I've ever read such a good first person narration depicting someone low-intelligence, without going into condescending.
The language is basic and unadorned, more descriptive than anything else, but it's really interesting how much you can do with that.
We only get Al's POV, and since he's not all that good at understanding peoples motives and facial expressions there's a bit of guesswork involved, what people are feeling, but in contrast Al is actually very profound where his own reactions and feelings are concerned.

I don't think it's possible not to like Al. He's just simply a very good guy: helpful, kind, honest, guileless. He simply doesn't have a mean bone in his body, even though he looks like a big bruiser and can hold himself in a fight. He's not clever or quick-thinking by a long shot, but he understands more than you might give him credit for and he does listen and learn.
We only see Larry through Al's eyes, but he's very much the polar opposite: learned, clever, well-bread and physically small. But he genuinely likes Al for who he is, he encourages him, exposes him to new experiences and defends him when people look down on him.

It's just a really sweet book. Al sometimes says the most guilelessly romantic things, it's so heartwarming. And Larry can be a bit of a prat, even though Al doesn't tend to see it that way. But he's also always really good about reassuring Al, since he guy has quite a few hangups. People don't tend to be serious about him, and he obviously has been hurt before, even though he doesn't really say so.

The only minor complaint I have is that the sex scenes aren't really all that hot. I still enjoyed them, and I don't think they could have been done differently, because the style just fits the rest of the book, but they are rather simple and descriptive and not high on the feelings.

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Rezension zu "Good Breeding" von JL Merrow

Too short
Sakukovor 9 Monaten

Giles grew up with rich adopted parents, but he wants to know where his roots are. It turns out this real mother is loud, uncouth and very low-class but readily welcomes him into her family.
Then Giles's very snobbish boyfriend dumps him, because of his newly discovered origin. But his friend Oz always has his back.

I thought it was a cute and entertaining story. The characters are a bit overdone and considering the length, rather one dimensional. But I thought I could really get to like them, if the book where just a bit longer.

It's not really a romance though. It's more of a growing up story for Giles, who finds out that not only his own roots are lower class but also where his best friend comes from and has to reassess his values.
I thought we didn't get enough interaction of Giles and Oz to really sell the romance, but it's a nice story regardlessly.

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Rezension zu "It's All Geek to Me" von JL Merrow

Cute, but not very geeky
Sakukovor 9 Monaten

As Jez is buying a comic book for his friend, he's just blown away by the sexy guy behind the counter, Rhys. Since he doesn't want to admit he has no idea about comics and other nerdy stuff he asks his friend to teach him geek speak so he can impress Rhys and ask him out.

I wasn't sold on this one. I'm a geek myself and I hoped the book would have more actual geeking in it. Jez doesn't really get into the geek lifestyle though, he just wants to learn enough to fake it.
Also, most of the geek stuff was made up, for some reason. Talking about Yoda is fine, apparently, but not using real superheroes, or games, or shows.
 
Jez is kinda adorable, though, he gets very flustered and he's awkward as hell, which was cute, but he's also very, very insecure and it started to grate on me. He kept telling Rhys again and again how he doesn't find himself attractive, too soft, chubby, too white, etc. even as they where having sex. That's just not sexy at all and it turned me off the whole book. I do get body issues, but if you have a dude you like try to get into your pants, why would you bother to tell him you look like shit? He obviously doesn't think so.
It might work with a longer book, where there's time to address the issues he's having and work through it, but in a short story it's simply annoying.

Also, I felt Rhys felt a bit flat in the end. Jez is played up pretty quirky, but Rhys stays a bit mysterious, especially after the twist. I didn't quite get what he did and liked.
And while the twist was interesting, I thought it was telegraphed too hard to be very surprising.

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