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Thursday, November 4, 2010

Pricks and Pragmatism by J.L. Merrow

Pricks and Pragmatism by J.L. Merrow
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (60 pgs)
Other: M/M, Anal Sex
Rating: Best Book
Reviewed by Rosemary

Easy come, easy go…until the heart gets involved.

English student and aspiring journalist Luke Corbin should be studying. Instead he’s facing homelessness, thanks to the lover who’s just kicking him out of their posh digs. It’s not his first rejection—his father tossed him out at age sixteen—but Luke has no problem trading his favors for a home and security. Especially with rich, powerful, handsome men.

Except now, with finals bearing down, there’s no time to be choosy. He needs a roof over his head and he needs it now. Even if it means settling temporarily for a geeky, less-than-well-off chemical engineer called Russell.

Luke’s fully prepared to put out for the guy—because after all, in this world no one gets something for nothing. But Russell isn’t just a nerd; he’s an honourable nerd who wants to save himself for someone special.

At first Luke is annoyed, but the more time he spends with Russell, the closer he comes to a devastating realization. He wants to be that someone special. Except he’s fallen for the one man he can’t seem to charm…

When Russell Winchester does not immediately fall for the irresistibly charming Luke Corbin, Luke learns the valuable lesson that all good things come to those who wait.

With his current relationship over and nowhere to go, Luke calls up ex-lover Tom hoping they can hook up again. Tom is now engaged to Nigel, but they introduce him to their friend, Russell. Russell is not the usual suave, sophisticated man Luke usually lives with, but with no other options on the horizon, he and Russell become platonic roommates. When he begins to see the kind and caring man beneath the beard, glasses and slightly geeky exterior, Luke discovers he wants to be the special someone that Russell has been searching for. But is Luke ready to risk opening his heart? And is Russell prepared to accept what Luke has to offer?

Pricks and Pragmatism is a delightfully charming novella. Russell and Luke are not perfect characters but that is what makes them so realistic and likable. Told from Luke’s point of view, J.L. Merrow does a spectacular job of developing both characters through their caring actions for one another, in depth conversations and witty banter. Luke’s current actions are a direct reflection of his troubled past, and he is brutally honest with himself and Russell when he needs to be.

A well developed plot, compelling characters, and excellent writing prove to be a winning combination. Pricks and Pragmatism by J.L. Merrow is a refreshing story about love and redemption. The ending will tug at the heartstrings, but it will also leave a smile on the reader’s face.

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