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J. L. Merrow
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Jan 2013
The hookup from hell...or the ride of his life? Leon's drifter lifestyle gives him the freedom to attend as many music festivals as his heart desires. Even the ones that leave him covered in feathers. Wet feathers, thanks to the rain as he hitchhikes back to his hostel. When he's offered a ride by a good-looking man in a Porsche, Leon thinks it's his lucky night. Until he discovers his savior from the storm hides a dark secret: he's a werewolf. At first glance, Christoph thinks the shaggy stranger walking Berlin's streets is a rogue werewolf. By the time he realizes his mistake, it's too late for both of them. Forced to turn Leon into a monster to save his life, Christoph still has to suffer his pack leader's brutal punishment for endangering them all. Leon awakens, horrified by what he's become-but it's his lover's fate that spurs him to action. Freeing Christoph is easy, but the aftermath complicates everything as they go on the run, desperate to uncover the secrets their pack leader is hiding. Secrets the pack will kill to protect... Warning: Take a trip to Europe. Soak up the local culture, meet a creature from your worst nightmares. Contains werewolves behaving badly, clothed and unclothed. Author is not responsible for unexpected, uncontrollable urges to consume massive amounts of, um, bacon.

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  • Paperback: 234 pages
  • Publisher: Samhain Publishing (Jan 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1609288904
  • ISBN-13: 978-1609288907
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 14 x 1.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,925,237 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

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 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.

JL Merrow is a member of the UK GLBTQ Fiction Meet organising team.

Find JL Merrow online at: www.jlmerrow.com, on Twitter as @jlmerrow, and on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/jl.merrow



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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book 21 Oct 2012
By Jenny
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Just one more fantastic book from a brilliant writer. She has a very clear voice, cracking plots and some nice twists and turns. Give her a try, she's great!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Someone make this into a movie ! 24 Jan 2014
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Fabulous story that gets you hooked from the beginning ! It teases wonderfully. The "will they, won't they" dynamic between the two main characters is just brilliant. The attention to detail in the backdrop of Berlin is excellent (although I would question getting 4 grown men into a Porsche!)..... Brilliant storytelling and a book you just want to go on and on !
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4.0 out of 5 stars 4.25 stars 23 Feb 2012
By Lasha - Published on Amazon.com
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So far I have enjoyed every JL Merrow book I have read. She has a distinctive voice in her novels and Midnight in Berlin is no exception. Set in Germany, the setting is everything in this book about an American drifter turned into a werewolf against his will. All throughout the book, I was transported into German culture, life and location. (And this comes from someone who only ever visited Germany once - and doesn't remember much since it was Oktoberfest!) Told in first person from Leon's perspective, the novel explores his viewpoint as his life is turned upside down once he is turned into a werewolf and forced into a dysfunctional pack that includes the man who turned him (Christoph).

The plot revolves around Leon, an American living and working in Germany. In the beginning, I found Leon to be unmotivated, flighty and unsure of where he is going in life. Once a hot guy in a Porsche picks him up, his life will never be the same again. You see Christoph is a werewolf, and he mistakes Leon for another shifter, a potential mate, and winds up biting Leon. That bite turns Leon and he is forced into Christoph's pack, having to learn the ropes from some seriously demented werewolves, who seem more like they are in a cult, than a pack. As Leon and Christoph grow closer they decide they have to leave their pack, but will the pack leader let them go?

The best thing about this book was its characterizations. Normally first person POV is limiting, but in my estimation Midnight in Berlin has a great deal of interesting characters, who are complex, multi-faceted and intriguing. Whether I was hating the `villain,' or cheering the protagonist, I was emotionally invested in every aspect of the plot which for me is sometimes lacking in werewolf novels where the mating/bonding/Instant-Love trope is paramount.

Secondly, every time I thought I knew where the novel was going in terms of plot (I mean I've read enough of these shape shifter books to know what usually happens), JL Merrow would take the action in an opposite direction. In fact, a totally opposite direction that was so much more emotionally satisfying than if she had just followed the tried and true trope of the genre. Since I can't give away spoilers, what I can say is that Midnight in Berlin bucks the traditional werewolf/shifter book in a genuinely fascinating way. When an author can make a reader feel sympathy for a formerly despised character, that takes true talent.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Good, But Not For Me 28 Mar 2014
By Alan Arthur Katz - Published on Amazon.com
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JL Merrow is one of my two or three favorite authors.

Her writing, her dialog, her characters are generally rich, precise and beautifully written. "Midnight In Berlin" is no exception.

So why only three stars? Well, this is about me, not Ms. Merrow. Werewolves are not my thing, and this particularly cavalier treatment, even less so. No big deal, we just grow big noses, fangs, lots of hair, but things could be worse.

Don't let my review prevent you from buying and enjoying this book if you're into the Werewolf thing. It's just not for me. I bought it only because I became desperate for a Merrow fix, and I'd already read all her other full-length books.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty Good 12 Aug 2012
By shacary - Published on Amazon.com
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I ordered this last nite after a sampling. It was pretty good. There was a gritty realism in the nomadic, alternate lifestyle character [Leon ] that was expressed well.
The plot line was decent and ended with a twist. I have to confess I was totally not expecting that. There was limited character growth visible outside of the MC but I found it interesting anyways. It takes time and toil to learn a persons total being; so being thrust in the hectic/ dangerous/ violent situations with few comrades I can totally see how things developed so fast.
If one is looking for scintallating sex, its absent here. There were a few "scenes" but it was short and nothing gripping. Perhaps this is more realistic perspective anyways, just that as a Yaoi fangirl I had hoped for hot and heavy { nonviolent } closures.
There were a few typos but nothing serious and it did not stop me from devouring the story in a few hours. I have and reccomend purchasing other books. I did like the plotline and the story flowed well. It ended kinda abruptly would have been neat to see what became of the other "pack"; especially the young teen. Mb a sequel incoming? all in all,a Pretty Good read!
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5.0 out of 5 stars "Violence, gore, and action mix in with a sweet, tentative romance" 7 July 2012
By MNix - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
On his way back to his lodgings from a music festival, Leon is pleased to be offered a ride from a sexy guy in a Porsche. He thinks it may be his lucky night, until the guy starts acting really weird. Before he knows it, the man has bitten him, and suddenly his simple drifter lifestyle is a lot more complicated.

Christoph has made a huge mistake. Thinking Leon is a werewolf without a pack, he attacks the man. Once he realizes he's misread the situation, it's too late, and he's committed to a course of action. Being turned into a werewolf makes Leon furious, but not enough to leave Christoph tormented and locked in a cage.

Without really considering the results, Leon frees Christoph from the cage and flees with him. Unfortunately, they now have to contend with a vengeful pack leader, and way too many unknowns. Will Leon and Christoph survive the terrifying challenges they are about to face?

If you like dark yet romantic stories, Midnight in Berlin will be right up your alley. JL Merrow takes a lot of the tropes of both paranormal / horror and romance and twists them a bit. Leon is not your typical hero. He's a drifter, content to hold a series of menial jobs so he can travel around Europe attending music festivals and just hanging out. Everything he owns can fit into a single backpack, and that's the way he wants it. Then he's changed into a werewolf, and his entire life is turned upside down. He begins to realize that there might be more to life than what he has been settling for. Christoph, with his gorgeous face, sweet Porsche, and obvious money, should be a princely romance hero, yet he is a werewolf. He's a member of a ruthless pack, but he tries to be a good man. The contrasts in both men's characters make for great conflict and a lot of realism. It's especially effective that Leon is the point of view character, given how much growth he goes through. I loved the way Leon grew and changed throughout the story while still remaining the same at his core.

Most of the werewolves in Midnight in Berlin aren't the beautiful, graceful wolves seen in most stories, but werewolves in the truest sense: created monsters that walk on two legs, caught between two forms. They often behave like monsters, something Christoph fights against. Some of them believe they are special due to their status, others that they have become abominations. JL Merrow's choice to make the werewolves the horror type rather than the more romantic one made for a more brutal story, which I liked. Violence, gore, and action mix in with a sweet, tentative romance. Midnight in Berlin may be dark, non-traditional, and often surprising, but it's also a very enjoyable romance.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I enjoyed this book 23 April 2012
By kathyblue - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
I'm not a prolific reviewer, but I wanted to encourage more people to read this book. I almost didn't due to previous reviews. If you like humor along with the passion, you will like this book. The ending was perfect.
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