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Pricks and Pragmatism

Pricks and Pragmatism [Kindle Edition]

J.L. Merrow
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Easy come, easy go…until the heart gets involved.

English student and aspiring journalist Luke Corbin should be studying. Instead he’s facing homelessness, thanks to the lover who’s just kicking him out of their posh digs. It’s not his first rejection—his father tossed him out at age sixteen—but Luke has no problem trading his favors for a home and security. Especially with rich, powerful, handsome men.

Except now, with finals bearing down, there’s no time to be choosy. He needs a roof over his head and he needs it now. Even if it means settling temporarily for a geeky, less-than-well-off chemical engineer called Russell.

Luke’s fully prepared to put out for the guy—because after all, in this world no one gets something for nothing. But Russell isn’t just a nerd; he’s an honourable nerd who wants to save himself for someone special.

At first Luke is annoyed, but the more time he spends with Russell, the closer he comes to a devastating realization. He wants to be that someone special. Except he’s fallen for the one man he can’t seem to charm…

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 198 KB
  • Print Length: 76 pages
  • Publisher: Samhain Publishing, Ltd. (21 Sep 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00436EZGM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #35,591 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A very good little tale, well worth a try 1 Feb 2012
By H
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I don't really know what I was expecting from this book, but I was quite impressed!

I've no idea how realistic the plot is: a student (Luke) hopping from 'friend with benefits' to 'friend with benefits' exchanging his body for a roof over his head.

In all honesty, the lifestyle of the main character shocked me just as much as the main character's attitude to it! Poor Luke doesn't seem to be too concerned about what he's doing! I was instantly given the impression of someone who is selling themselves short and lacking in support in his life - and I wasn't far wrong. These 'friends' of Luke's can only loosely be described as such, and it appears that a few of them have little regard for him.

Luke is asked to leave his current residence at the beginning of the book, as his 'friend with benefits' has met someone and wants him to move out by the weekend. Luke calmly packs his things and leaves - more concerned about his final exams at university coming up, rather than not immediately having anywhere to stay. He mentally goes through his list of 'friends' and makes a call to Tom. This particular friend is actually getting married, and isn't prepared to offer him a room - but the friend has an acquaintance that just might... Russell.

Russell isn't what you'd expect. The other affore-mentioned 'friends' have appeared to be rich, well dressed in designer labels, prepared to spoil Luke like a little pet at times, and rather shallow. Russell is a chemical engineer, doesn't handle social situations well, and may as well as have 'geek' tattooed on his forehead... to say he isn't Luke's usual type is an understatement - but with his exams just over the horizon, Luke accepts the room.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars it takes a lot of suspension 13 Jan 2012
By Furio
Format:Kindle Edition
This short novel is well written, well plotted, well executed. It is the work of a real professional and that is not a given among M/M romance authors. It never drags, it is consistent and draws unerring to its satisfying end.
The two leads are likeable, the side characters are bidimensional but play a proficient chorus.

You are sensing a "but", of course, and there is a huge one coming.


Luke is a gorgeous young man. Thrown out at 16 by his homophobe father he not only managed to survive but to complete his studies up to college by being kept by wealthy AND handsome men. Oh, did he? Just as he is about to graduate his impossibly gorgeous and rich sugar daddy throws him out and he calls on a former sugar daddy who finds another one for him. Oh, does he? But this time the sugar daddy is not as sugary in that he is not rich but he is ready to welcome a complete stranger in his home. A complete stranger he knows is a kept boy-toy. Oh, is he? The new -not so sugary- daddy is 30 and mousy looking AND a virgin. Oh, is he? But slowly Luke gets to know and love him. Oh, does he?

You get my meaning. This plot is delightful in itself, there is even a lot of good humour throughout, but you will have to be prepare not only to suspend disbelief but also to lock it in the attic, perhaps in a closet, to avoid its coming back to hunt you.
Having both POVs, that of Luke but also that of the not so sugary Russel might have helped. It would have been more difficult of course. It is hard to deal with a man who knows he is gay but is saving himself for Mr. Right, but perhaps it would have been rewarding as well.

Accept that and you will get a light-weight, entertainig, nice M/M story.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Small but perfectly formed 24 May 2011
By Figno
Format:Kindle Edition
Luke Corbin is a kept man - at least while he's still a student. The only problem is, nobody wants to keep him for very long. Charming his way from one rich lover to the next, he's suddenly stuck for a way to bridge a gap in the crucial last 3 weeks before his final exams. He lands on Russell, not his usual type at all, who offers not half his bed but a whole spare room. Sounds great - but can Luke handle having nothing to give in return?

J.L. Merrow has a superb writing style, well above the average for the genre: engaging, funny and never talking down to the reader. This is a quick read, novella rather than novel, but excellent value for the low price. Expect some gay sex scenes, although given the storyline, there aren't too many. Highly recommended.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pleasantly surprised 10 Mar 2011
By Graemey
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I was pleasntly surprised by this book - set in a place that I used to live and know well. Readable, engaging, with a story that flows and with characters that are believable, it leaves you wanting more.
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5.0 out of 5 stars good character development and plot line 2 July 2014
By Joe
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Gripping story, good character development and plot line. Made me quite emotional which always tells me the author is good.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sweet!!! 2 Jan 2014
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A very sweet romance. I enjoyed reading it. My only complain is that it was too short. I would have loved to know how Russell and Luke managed after getting together. But still a wonderful story. Definitely recommended!
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4.0 out of 5 stars A gentle love story. 25 Aug 2013
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A nice read, not as dramatic or comical the J.L. books I've read but very enjoyable. I would like to see a follow-up.
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