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Out! by JL Merrow

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Out! by JL Merrow

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Book Series
The Shamwell Tales
Authors
Publication Date
January 19, 2016
Pages
257
ISBN
9781619229938
ASIN
B016XTOR6O
When the costs are added up, will love land in the black?The Shamwell Tales, Book 3Mark 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.Warning: Contains historically inaccurate Spartan costumes, mangled movie quotes, dubious mathematical logic and a three-legged pub crawl.

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Sexy, romantic fun!
(Updated: January 16, 2016)
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This book contains one of the things that I find both infuriating and heartbreaking- a gay man, closeted for the perceived benefit of others. Despite that, I really liked the book. JL Merrow's talent for mixing humour and fun with the more serious storyline is wonderful.

Mark is a great character; successful professional, frustrating gay, and total noob at parenting!  Patrick is adorable - there is no other word for him. Out, proud, determined, and he loves his Mum!
Fabulous Florence (Fen), Mark's 14 yr old daughter gave me nightmares. In six months time I will have three teenagers in my house, God help me!

The secondary characters in this story are entertaining and widely varied personalities, both those that we have met in previous books in this series and a few new ones. The only character I didn't take to at all was Mark's ex-wife. Whilst I don't begrudge Ellen her bitterness at her situation, she uses their daughter to win arguments and bring Mark down. Not on in my book!!

Patrick and Mark do a fair amount of both flirting and falling out before they actually get together, but once they do? Hoowee! Sexy, sexy, sexy.
They are sweet and a bit awkward, but oh so fabulous together. Despite their differences they have such great chemistry, you need them to succeed as a couple.

Out! Is an emotional, funny, sexy romance - a wonderful read that should stand as a lesson to us all; sometimes, teenagers do know it all!

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