Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Release Day Post: Out! by J.L. Merrow #Review #Giveaway

Author: J.L. Merrow
(Book 3~ Shamwell Tales Series~ Standalone)
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Publication date: January 19, 2016
Length: 257 pages

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When the costs are added up, will love land in the black?

Mark Nugent has spent his life in the closet—at least, the small part of it he hasn’t spent in the office. Divorced when he could no longer deny his sexuality, he’s sworn off his workaholic ways and moved to Shamwell with his headstrong teen daughter to give her a stable home environment.

His resolve to put his love life on hold is severely tested when he joins a local organization and meets a lively yet intense young man who tempts him closer to the closet threshold.

Patrick Owen is an out-and-proud charity worker with strong principles—and a newly discovered weakness for an older man. One snag: Mark is adamant he’s not coming out to his daughter, and Patrick will be damned if he’s going to start a relationship with a lie.

Between Mark’s old-fashioned attitudes and a camp, flirtatious ex-colleague who wants Mark for himself, Patrick wonders if they’ll ever be on the same romantic page. And when Mark’s former career as a tax advisor clashes with Patrick’s social conscience, it could be the one stumbling block they can’t get past.

Product Warnings: Contains historically inaccurate Spartan costumes, mangled movie quotes, dubious mathematical logic and a three-legged pub crawl.


**Book 3 in this series but absolutely can be read as a Standalone**
I have not read the other 2 books in this series and had no issues.

I really loved the Dad (Mark)moving to Shamwell with his daughter. It's not a common thing to read and I loved that. It added a lot of entertainment to the story. Patrick, the other MC, is half Mark's age which I have to say was also fantastic. I feel that it's an underwritten trope.
Both Patrick and Mark meet through SPARTANS, a local club.

The ensemble is marvelous, I must say. From the SPARTAN guys, to Mark's teenage daughter, his former PA David, Patrick's mother, all of them! It all mixes into the story wonderfully.

There was so much to love about this tale. J.L. covered so many bases flawlessly. The grumpy teenage girl, age gaps, acceptance, Lex who' gender is not determined. That was refreshing and only added to an already terrific story. You have to read this book!


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  1. Happy Release Day, JL! The book sounds wonderful.

  2. Congratulations on the new book! It looks really good. Thanks for the chance!