Monday, February 29, 2016

Release Day Review: Lovers Leap by JL Merrow


Title: Lovers Leap

Author: JL Merrow

Publisher: Riptide Publishing

Release: 29th February 2016

Genre: M/M (Romantic Comedy)


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If they looked, would they ever leap?

Good-looking, confident, and doted on by his widowed mum, Michael is used to thinking only of himself. Getting shoved off an Isle of Wight pier by an exasperated ex ought to come as a wake-up call—but then he meets Rufus and he’s right back to letting the little head take charge. Rufus is cute, keen, and gets under Michael’s skin in a disturbing way.

Would-be chef Rufus can’t believe his luck when a dripping wet dream of a man walks out of the sea on his birthday, especially when Michael ends up staying at the family B&B. Life is perfect—at least until Michael has to go home to the mainland.

Rufus can’t leave the island for reasons he’s entirely neglected to mention. And though Michael identifies as bi, breaking his mum’s heart by coming out and having an actual relationship with a guy has never been his plan. With both men determined to keep their secrets, a leap of faith could land them in deep water.

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Mark’s Review

What a delightful romantic comedy this is. Packed full of British humour and hilarious situations with a bit of seriousness thrown in when needed. I was thoroughly entertained with the antics from Rufus, Michael, Liz and Trix from the beginning and what a great opener it was too - lol! What a way to meet the guy of your dreams!

At the beginning Michael is your typical bi male which basically means for him a licence to shag anything that has legs. He also has his hang ups, well at least in my books, and doesn’t consider himself gay. Men are just for fun end of story. What he doesn’t reckon with is Rufus.

Rufus is kind and loving, if not a bit of a romantic dreamer, that he’ll find true love and sail off into the sunset which would be a bit of a task as he has hardly ever left the Isle of Wight. However, he finds himself losing his heart to Michael and Michael starts finding himself developing feelings for a bloke that go beyond the physical. This of course was never a consideration for him before and finds himself in a bit of a quandary.

Rufus’s dad and step mum are understanding of him being gay but the story is very different with Michael’s mum who is a bit of a religious zealot. So even if he’s bi, gay or whatever his mum would never really accept anything that doesn’t conform to the norm. Michael’s answer to any situation that he can’t deal with is to have a knee-jerk reaction, stick his head in the sand or do a runner. One situation with Rufus and his family sends Michael running back to the mainland and now Rufus has to go hunt him down. Normal people with maybe a not so normal situation.

These two characters are complete opposites in many respects. I felt maybe in real life would never have a chance but here opposites attract and makes for a whole set of larger than life characters. That for me was one of the strengths of this book. Ms Merrow always pens the most delightful characters whether they are to laugh at, cry at, shout at or tear your hair out at, they always fit the nature of the story being told perfectly.

As is the publication date it also uses the Leap Day as the theme for the book which I thought was a wonderful touch. Rufus was born on Leap Day. Michael meets Rufus on Leap Day, still laughing at that, and the whole book ends with a super and fitting finale also on Leap Day.

There are definitely some hilarious moments. I loved the scene with the Lego and Rufus’s dad protecting his son’s virtue from a randy imposter - lol! I could imagine the whole thing. This story for me is light entertainment with many hilarious moments to have good laugh over. The humour is typically British, as are the characters, but underneath all this hilarity lies a deeper more meaningful story about people, their everyday lives, trial and tribulations. Motto being that life is too funny at times to be taken seriously.

This story is one of Ms Merrow’s light-hearted romantic comedies. There is no intricate plot to concentrate on or heavy angst to get involved with but a story that I could read, enjoy, have a laugh and be entertained from start to finish leaving me with a big smile by the time I finished. If you’re in the mood for something light, something to push away the blues and put you in a good mood then you’ll love this book.

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Meet JL Merrow

Waterhouse_a_mermaid hiresJL Merrow is a very English writer of (mainly) m/m fiction who finds writing the only way to stay sane, except of course when a plot is driving her crazy. Having grown up on an island, she can’t remember a time before she could swim and prefers to remain close to water at all times. Luckily, the weather in her native land being as it generally is, this is not difficult.

I’m that rare beast; an English person who refuses to drink tea. I’m a writer of (mainly) m/m or f/f romance, mostly contemporary or paranormal, but with a fickle muse that occasionally ambushes me in dark alleyways and drags me off, cackling, to write historical or science fiction.

Some might call all this pillar-to-posting tragic evidence of a short attention span; I couldn’t possibly….er, what were we talking about, again?

I enjoy reading, martial arts, and surprising people who judge a book by its cover.

She is a member of the UK GLBTQ Fiction Meet organising team.



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