Reviewed by Heather C
Title: Poacher’s Fall
Author: J.L. Merrow
Series: Midwinter Manor #1
Heroes: Danny Costessey/Philip Luccombe
Genre: MM Historical Romance
Length: 65 Pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: January 30, 2013
Available at: Dreamspinner Press, Amazon and Barnes & Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: One snowy night just before Christmas, 1922, poacher Danny Costessey rounds off a night trapping rabbits by climbing a tree to fetch some mistletoe for his mother—only to fall and break his leg. Taken to the manor house to recover from his injuries, Danny meets the reclusive owner, Philip Luccombe. Village gossip has it Luccombe went mad during the war, but Danny soon realizes he’s simply still mourning his late lover. As friendship grows between them, Danny starts to fall for handsome, shy Philip.
Danny’s lively nature, roguish good looks, and ready laughter enchant Philip, and he finds himself being drawn out of his shell whether he will it or not. But when Danny tries to move beyond friendship, Philip panics—and his rejection threatens not only their happiness, but Danny’s health.
This is a revised and expanded version of the story previously published under the title of Pleasures with Rough Strife. Everyone who has purchased a stand-alone copy of Pleasures with Rough Strife from the Dreamspinner website (ie not as part of the Mistletoe Madness set) will be able to download Poacher’s Fall free!
Poacher’s Fall tells the story of poacher Danny Costessey and what happens to him after his fall from a tree while trying to cut down some mistletoe to bring to his mother for Christmas. He is found unconscious and brought to the land owner’s home to convalesce from his injuries. Philip Luccombe, the owner, has been living in seclusion since he lost his lover a few years ago. But Danny’s presence is brightening Philip’s days and giving him moments to look forward to his visits with Danny…but it is also bringing back memories and wounds that may not yet be healed.
This was a really sweet Christmas story that I really wish I could have read on a cold winter day sitting in front of the fire. Ah, but it is summer and I still enjoyed it immensely.
I loved how I didn’t know everything about Philip’s past immediately and it had me guessing along the way. And the sexual tension between Philip and Danny was nice. The fight of the attraction always gets to me. There isn’t a lot of sexy time in this story but they do have a “moment”.
It is a VERY short read so there isn’t much I can say about it without spoiling the whole thing. I was okay with the Happy For Now ending, but then I discovered that Keeper’s Pledge is a sequel to Philip and Danny’s story and now I HAVE to read it.
Overall Impression: I Really Liked It
*I purchased my own, personal copy of this book for review.*