Reviewed by Morgan
Title: Permanently Legless
Author: J.L. Merrow
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 22 Pages
Publisher: JMS Books
Release Date: June 4, 2016
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: Only half the man he used to be — but maybe that’s enough
The Taliban may have taken both 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 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. He spent the time they were apart fearing the worst every time a soldier was reported killed in action — and wishing Chris would use the number Josh gave him, and call.
Josh’s delight on seeing Chris again quickly turns to shock on seeing his injuries. With Chris such a changed man, can they still have a future?
Review: First – ignore the cover – because – WOW – it’s not a good one.
Second – Read this! It’s sweet, sexy, and a bit moving, if I do say so myself.
It’s only 22 pages and the blurb tells you all you need to know about the basic story. But what it doesn’t tell you is that in these few pages, Merrow creates a perfect short story. It shows, it doesn’t tell. The MCs are real people who move through their lives, but are constantly sort of “pining” for the other, without really acknowledging the fact.
When they get together again, there’s no fanfare or fuss, just two lost souls finding one another again.
It was infinitely “sigh worthy” and had a bit of smexy times, but mostly it was a bit funny and tremendously sweet.
I love the British that Merrow puts in her books. In this case, the “Permanently Legless” refers to their euphemism for drunk being “Legless”. But there’s a deeper meaning hidden in here as well.
Overall Impression: It was amazing
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*