J.L. Merrow Week Review: Permanently Legless

Reviewed by Nikyta

1Title: Permanently Legless
Author: J.L. Merrow
Heroes: Chris/Josh
Genre: M/M Contemporary
Length: 25 Pages
Publisher: Amber Allure
Release Date: January 22, 2012
Available at: Amber Allure, Amazon and Barnes & Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

Blurb: The Taliban may have taken both of Chris’s legs, but he came back from Afghanistan with his sense of humour and his lust for life firmly intact. The one thing that can shake his confidence, however, is meeting Josh, the one-night stand from before his tour of duty he hasn’t been able to forget.

It turns out Josh hasn’t forgotten Chris, either. But with Chris such a changed man, can they still have a future?



Before Chris shipped off to Afghanistan, he had a one-night stand with a man that left a big impression. Now back from the war and missing both his legs, Chris dares not call Josh for fear of being rejected. But he can’t avoid Josh when he sees him at a local gay club. Now that Josh is there, Chris won’t let the opportunity to speak with the guy he can’t get out of his head pass him by. The question is, will Josh accept the man Chris has become?

I’ll be honest here, I wasn’t expecting much from this story because of how short it is. I mean, 7,000 words? That’s almost nothing so I didn’t really expect much meat to it but instead having it filled with smut. How wrong I was! Yes, there is smut but there’s also a lot of substance to the story, enough that I really liked it!

Chris is the type of person who cracks jokes about his disability. He has no legs? So what, that’s not going to stop him from going out and living and being funny while he’s at it! I really loved him and I really liked that Josh didn’t let Chris’ no legs become an issue between them. Granted, Josh is a bit of an enigma in that we really know nothing about him. Still, it was obvious that he cared for Chris just as much as Chris cared for Josh. He was upset that Chris didn’t call him when he got back from the war and I really liked that he was so invested in Chris even though they barely knew each other.

I enjoyed this story but I did feel it was too short so it left me with a lot of questions. Like, who was the guy Josh was with when Chris saw him? What was the deal with him? What happens now? Are they dating or are they just casually hooking up? How does Josh feel about Chris’ disability? What exactly happened to have Chris lose both legs? I felt like that wasn’t explained very well and almost seemed like there were two incidents where he lost a leg each time but I don’t understand how that’s possible. Just so many questions that I felt a longer story could have answered… plus, I just really wanted more of them!

In the end, this was a great short story about a man who might have lost both of his legs but that’s not going to stop him from living his life or hooking up again with the one-night stand he left before he went off to war. I really liked that for such a short story, it held such a big punch. If you’re looking for something quick, sweet and about a wounded warrior, give this one a go because you won’t regret it 😉

Overall Impression: I really liked it!

*I purchased my own, personal copy of this book for review.*

Categories: 4 Star Ratings, Author Week, Book Review, LGBT, Nikyta's Reviews, Published in 2012 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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