Reviewed by JustJen
Title: Making It Pay
Author: J.L. Merrow
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 11 Pages
Publisher: JMS Books
Release Date: November 16, 2014
Available at: JMS Books and Amazon
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Blurb: Sometimes you can’t see the silver lining for the clouds.
Abandoned as a baby and now working as a rent boy, Daniel finds it hard to let people get close to him. But nightclub bouncer Rob has a kind face and he’s helped Daniel out once already, so when he catches Daniel on a bad night, Daniel accepts his offer of money and goes home with him.
Even though it breaks his heart.
Letting Rob pay him for sex may have wrecked their friendship just when Daniel needs all the friends he can get. But there are more reasons why he hasn’t seen Rob since that night — and one in particular that makes building a relationship seem almost too much to hope for.
Review: A few minutes into this story, it felt like I was meeting up with an old friend. I can name this author within 3 pages! It’s so much fun when that happens! I absolutely love J.L. Merrow’s writing style. There is a casual feel to it, the story is just told without feeling made up. I’m not really sure how else to describe it. I think that you will either love it, regardless of the story being told, or you won’t. I fall into that first category, and when the story is good as well, it’s a win/win situation.
Here, Daniel seems the typical down on his luck guy, turning tricks to get by. But there is more to his story. He is trying to make as much money as quickly as he can, or while he still can. But, enough of that. Don’t want to give too much away.
He meets Rob, a club bouncer, who helped him out of a bad spot, and the two became friends of a sort. To get Daniel to spend time with him, Rob offers to pay for his time. This, of course, changes things for both of them. With the money having been passed, it appears certain lines have been drawn.
Rob is a sweetheart, and he wants more with Daniel, but that money issue has negatively affected that. After a few days of not seeing Rob around, he finally runs into him, and things become more clear. Again, I don’t want to say too much.
This is a really short story, and it leaves you a little in the dark about some things for a bit, but it all plays out rather quickly leaving you wishing there had been more. I loved how this story ended. It was really sweet, and the final turn of events was a really great touch. I definitely recommend this little gem, most especially if you’re already a fan of Ms. Merrow.
Overall Impression: I really liked it!
*I received a copy of this book from the author in return for a fair and honest review.*