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Pricks and Pragmatism Easy come, easy go until the heart gets involvedEnglish 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 menExcept 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 RussellLuke 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 specialAt first Luke is annoyed, but the 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

About the Author: J.L. Merrow

JL Merrow is that rare beast, an English person who refuses to drink tea She read Natural Sciences at Cambridge, where she learned many things, chief amongst which was that she never wanted to see the inside of a lab ever again Her one regret is that she never mastered the ability of punting one handed whilst holding a glass of champagne She writes across genres, with a preference for contemporary gay romance and the paranormal, and is frequently accused of humour Her novella Muscling Through was a 2013 EPIC Award finalist, and her novel Slam won the 2013 Rainbow Award for Best LGBT Romantic Comedy Her novel Relief Valve is a finalist in the 2015 EPIC Awards.JL Merrow is a member of the UK GLBTQ Fiction Meet organising team.Find JL Merrow online at, on Twitter as jlmerrow, and on Facebook at

10 thoughts on “Pricks and Pragmatism

  1. says:

    Y knowIt s the third J.L Merrow story I ve read that lays out unappealing or disturbing or even outright repellant circumstances and still manages to make me feel things for people who are, at best, disquieting, and at worst outright appalling.She s a crafty one, that Merrow.How else to explain why the travails of a mooching, self absorbed demi prostitute should even register with me, let alone make me cry a little i

  2. says:

    Meh It was ok I m a big JL Merrow after reading Muscling Through I think the author does a great job of writing simple characters who forge unlikely bonds and find love P P was a similar storyline but lacked the strong MC s that you find in Muscling Through really, no one can beat Al Luke Russell are sweet enough, but just not that interesting.Luke is a student who dates up and lives off of his relationships Russell, i

  3. says:

    3.5 starsI started out disliking Luke not that there was much to like about him in the beginning, mind, but I gradually warmed up to him and ended up rooting for him and Russel Russel was the shy, socially challenged geek you love and feel protective of from the get go.I would have liked a bitinfo on what happened with Luke s father, but I suppose it went all right, he was already making an effort view spoiler One detail

  4. says:

    Hiding behind a smile, a protective smile, that hides all the hurts Wearing your hurts on your sleeve is not the done thing, after all.Yes I loved this poignant little short Quiet, without lots of fanfare but with a good punch Hiding behind a smile, a protective smile, that hides all the hurts Wearing your hurts on your sleeve is not the done thing, after all.Yes I loved this poignant little short Quiet, without lots of fa

  5. says:

    Possibly I wouldn t grade this so highly if I werefamiliar with m m, but it seemed unique to me as well as delightful What I most liked about it is that though it s unquestionably a romance, it seemed to be aimingfor authenticity than for pleasing straight women readers I have no idea whether it was written by a man or a woman and I don t much care Our narrator Luke is a homeless student who gets by on his looks, charm, and

  6. says:

    4.5 StarsThis was such a sweet and fun read Luke s voice just sucked me right in Of course I wantbecause I m greedy like that Some of the scenes seemed a little rushed but the ending was satisfying There were so many lol moments This one had me going for a bitI watched sadly as he scampered to the kitchen like a virginal Hobbit being chased by a sex mad Ring wrathHAHA, ok big LOTR fan here.This will definitely be one of my go

  7. says:

    This is entitled WHY DO I KEEP WRITING SUCH LONG FUCKING REVIEWSThe first time I read this book was directly after falling head over heels in love with Merrow s Muscling Through Now that s a book I enjoy as a good read but I also admire it for its FUCKING AWESOME WRITING Merrow is just so damn good.So, in light of that, I was rather disappointed in this book I thought Luke was, yes, a pragmatist, but also a giant PRICK Just a bi

  8. says:

    I m giving this a 3.5 Luke is absolutely adorable as this story is told in his point of view Yes, he uses sells himself with sex so he can crash in people s apartments as he finishes school but he is so darn funny He meets Russell super geeky, bearded swoon 30 yr old virgin OMG SWOON and 95% of this book is them living together, awkwardly at first, and eventually becoming friends My only complaint is that I wish we would have seen

  9. says:

    This took me a bit to warm up to as I couldn t really relate to Luke, the narrator In addition I found Luke and Russell s communication difficulties rather fake and getting Russell s side through Luke s POV just makes Luke seem kind of stupid for not getting it, despite the fact I can relate to a sort of relationship blindspot Still, somehow I generally liked it and came away from the story with a favorable inclination toward the au

  10. says:

    I adored this book I loved both the protagonist and the love interest The sweetness of this story is hard to describe It s subtle and slow and seductive Like their relationship I was so involved in this romance that I had to read through the novel in one night to get my happy ending I really wanted it for these two.

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