Book Reviews

Spun! (Shamwell Tales 4) by JL Merrow at Riptide Publishing

Genre Gay / Contemporary / May/December / Romance
Reviewed by Christy Duke on 05-August-2017

Book Blurb

With friends like these . . .

An ill-advised encounter at the office party leaves David Greenlake jobless and homeless in one heady weekend. But he quickly begs work from his ex-boss and takes a room in Shamwell with easygoing postman Rory Deamer. David doesn’t mean to flirt with the recently divorced Rory—just like he doesn’t consciously decide to breathe. After all, Rory’s far too nice for him. And far too straight.

Rory finds his new lodger surprisingly fun to be with, and what’s more, David is a hit with Rory’s troubled children. But while Rory’s world may have turned upside down in the last few years, there’s one thing he’s sure of: he’s straight as a die. So he can’t be falling for David . . . can he?


Their friends and family think they know all the answers, and David’s office party hookup has his own plans for romance. Rory and David need to make up their minds and take a stand for what they really want—or their love could be over before it’s even begun.


Book Review

Ah, Shamwell. I love this town and all of its wildly interesting characters. I'm thrilled the author decided to write a book featuring David. I met him in Mark and Patrick’s story, and David is so fabulously flamboyant and colorful that I knew I'd be in for a treat, especially considering the very British writing of JL Merrow.

The very sight of David — showy, dramatic, and eye-catching as all get out, impeccably styled, with a razor-sharp wit, and sweet, gentle Rory, forty-something with a wee belly, a postman, and divorced father of two, settling into a roommate situation had me in stitches. David’s perpetual innuendos just bounced right off Rory, or flew over his head. Although, I have to admit that Rory’s sweet, easygoing nature made David really like him. Not true in terms of Rory’s best mate, Barry. There's something off about him and he certainly doesn't hide his distaste for David.

Rory is enjoying having someone else in the house. It doesn't bother him a bit that David is gay, he just enjoys having someone to talk to, and watch the telly with. There are a lot of things Rory misses about being in a relationship. It didn't take me long to deduce that Rory isn't a deep thinker (nothing wrong with that) and he has probably ended up with the wrong women for him his whole life. He loves the cuddling, having someone there in the evenings, and even doing the cooking together… he just doesn't understand what women want.

This was such a wonderful romance. I loved how accepting Rory was, especially faced with his own sexual identity at his age, and even though he and David really bumbled things up more than once, the end result was perfect. I can't say I didn't want to throttle them more than a few times with their lack of communication, however! I loved all the British-isms that I always get with this author’s writing, and Spun! is a great addition to the series and I honestly hope there might be more.





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Additional Information

Format ebook and print
Length Novel, 328 pages/83700 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 03-July-2017
Price $4.99 ebook, $18.99 paperback, $23.98 bundle
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