Guest Reviewed by Gyn
Author: J.L. Merrow
Series: Shamwell Tales #1
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 276 Pages
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Release Date: August 19, 2014
Available at: Samhain Publishing, Amazon and Barnes & Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: You can run from the past…but the past runs faster.
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.
Review: Oi! You would have to be absolutely barmy not to check out J.L. Merrow’s first book in her new series, The Shamwell Tales. It was totally brill! I fell arse over elbow in love with this book’s characters and setting. So, before actual Brits get brassed off over my horrendous use of their vocabularies, here’s a list of the reasons you should pick up a copy of Caught!
1.) That cute and nerdy cover that perfectly represents the story in so many ways. Robert is a school teacher who recently uprooted and moved to a small town after his personal life took a dive. His posh background and quirky ways make him stand out, but that doesn’t stop him from continuing to quote Dr. Who and wear absurd bow ties. Good thing Sean, the uncle of his students, finds the small slip of material both adorable and sexy!
2.) The small British town where everybody knows your name and you’re always glad you came. (I refuse to make a bad pun here. Ah, hell… Sean and Robert sure are glad they came!) Merrow manages to bring all that the UK has to offer across the pond in her story. From Robert’s cottage, to the pubs, and the streets in between, this story made me fall in love with the town.
3.) The ginger. Sean is a pest control technician. He’s big and muscular, down to earth and funny, and has a head full of hunka hunak burnin’ love hair! As if the leather jacket, motorcycle and kind nature weren’t enough to make readers fall in love with him!
4.) The people. I always find that the best authors out there have an amazing cast of characters in their stories, and J.L. Merrow is no exception. From the fiery little heathens that call Sean uncle and Robert Mr. Enemy, to the nosy neighbor that tries so hard to teach a helpless Robert how to cook, Caught! is full of loveable people. I especially loved Robert’s sassy and sarcastic bestie! There’s even a particularly likeable squirrel!
5.) Cock up. Now, now, that’s not what you think it is! Although the story does eventually get around to that too! Basically, a Cock Up is a mistake, as in ‘It would be such a cock up on your part not to check out this book’.
Overall Impression: I really liked it!
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*