Loved this romance with its British flair

Muscling Through
Muscling Through by J.L. Merrow

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


This book had possibly one of the best openings and first meetings between the main characters that I’ve read. It managed to be incredibly sweet and yet still told you everything you needed to know at the same time.

It’s also not easy to write purely in first person present tense and still have a feel for what’s going on in the other MCs head but J L Merrow did it with consummate ease.

All was such a wonderfully realised character, his simple expressions brought him to life wonderfully but without making me feel uncomfortable. He may not have been intellectually bright but he was never written as stupid. His straight forward honesty was refreshing.

Through Al’s eyes we also got to see and discover Larry and it worked really well for me. I never felt like I was missing out on knowing his inner thoughts because they were interpreted by Al perfectly.

The British setting was also great. I love reading stories set in places I know and, while I’ve never been to Cambridge, I’ve wandered the streets of its compatriot city Oxford many times.

This is a romance with a difference but it’s no less beautiful for that.

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