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Wight Mischief [Kindle Edition]

J.L. Merrow
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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Book Description

A stranger could light up his world...or drive him deeper into darkness.

Will Golding needs a break from his usual routine, and he’s been looking forward to a holiday helping Baz, his friend-with-benefits, research a book about Isle of Wight ghosts. When an evening beach walk turns into a startling encounter with Marcus Devereux, Will can’t get his mind off the notoriously reclusive writer’s pale, perfect, naked body. And any interest in ghostly legends takes a back seat to the haunting secrets lying in Marcus’s past.

Marcus, painfully aware of his appearance, is accustomed to keeping to himself. But the memory of tall, athletic Will standing on the beach draws him out from behind defenses he’s maintained since age fourteen, when his parents were murdered. While his heart is hungry for human contact, though, his longtime guardian warns him that talking to anyone—particularly a journalist like Baz—is as dangerous as a day in the sun.

As Baz gets closer to the truth, the only thing adding up is the sizzling attraction between Will and Marcus. And it’s becoming increasingly clear that someone wants to let sleeping secrets lie…or Will and Baz could end up added to the island’s ghostly population.

Warning: Contains perilous cliffs, elusive might-be ghosts, a secret tunnel, and skinny-dipping by moonlight.

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 402 KB
  • Print Length: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Samhain Publishing, Ltd. (8 Nov. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005EN6A9S
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #74,774 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. 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:, on Twitter as @jlmerrow, and on Facebook at

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4.0 out of 5 stars A surprisingly good read 18 Sept. 2012
By Phase58
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First of all don't let the awful cover picture put you off, this was a good holiday read for me, it had a story and it took me longer than half an hour to read so - result. I enjoyed the interaction between the characters Will and Baz and was glad that Baz wasn't as bad as he appeared. Marcus I felt sorry for but he was a bit spineless until he had Will for support. I liked that it was local - Isle of Wight to where I have never been but the author seemed to know it which I liked. A good read which had me intrigued, better written than a lot of this genre. I've read Hard Tail and Muscling Through by the same author which were also enjoyable, so I shall read more.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A decent thriller with a romance kicker 4 Jan. 2014
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This was a delightful find: while so many offerings in the MM romance genre are simply dull rehashings of the same formula this tale gives us an interesting premise, an atypical and well-realised setting and solid characterisation. What took it from a solid 4 star novel and made it a resounding 5 star book was the mystery / thriller aspect: the author teasingly delivered a number of small mysteries which were gradually unravelled only to discover they were themselves only a component of a larger riddle.

If you are jaded with supernatural plot clones or fed up with wading through the flood of overpriced, under-talented garbage on the market, look no further. This is a quality read from an author who knows their craft.
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Great story set in a great setting; written authentically and no gratuitous, boring, descriptions of sex - very tastefully written
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good yarn 21 May 2014
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A good story. Believable characters. Nice descriptiins of the Isle of Wight. Couldn't put it down till I reached the last page.
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4.0 out of 5 stars I enjoyed it overall but had couple niggles 21 Nov. 2011
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Other reviewer described the plot in sufficient detail, so I will not go there. I like JL Merrow's writing and enjoyed most of her books and this one is one of the books I liked. I do have to wonder why this overwhelming attraction to the the pairing of big and athletic hunk and slim guy even in the best mm writers' work. For me this writer writes well enough to not think of Marcus as chick with brick, for the most part anyway, but I know readers who will not go there just because of how the guys are described, so beware. The plot is interesting, engaging and fun. The resolution of the mystery is rushed and I am still not clear on the motivations of the murderer. Will and Marcus have had great chemistry and I was glad to see that Marcus grew stronger by the end of the story.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another of Merrow's romances with brains... 4 Mar. 2012
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J. L. Merrow writes fun books - and they give a great deal more than the required love story - for the gay male reader of m/m romances, this is essential. We love our hearts and flowers, but we want other content too (as would any intelligent reader).

What makes Merrow's books and stories so good is their vivid sense of place. You learn something about where you are and about what makes it special to the characters. Here, the tourist attractions of the Isle of Wight (not so well known to Americans) is a very concrete backdrop to this classic tale of a lonely jock and an even more lonely writer. But there is also the fact that the jock is still hung up on his childhood best friend, who takes shameless advantage of that relationship while giving almost nothing back. The other part of the equation is a frightened oddball writer, whose guardian has turned his protective embrace into emotional chains that are beginning to feel more like prison than protection. The Isle of Wight and its ghost legends serves as a catalyst for the meeting of these two isolated young men - and kindles the unlikely attraction that will ultimately be their salvation or their death.

We all know what has to happen, but getting there is the whole point. Merrow scores big with this one.
4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars 3 Blue Ribbons from Romance Junkies 8 Nov. 2011
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Will Golding loved visiting the Isle of Wight as a child, and he's even more excited to return as an adult. He's on a beachside camping trip with his best friend, Baz, whom Will desires but can never truly have. Baz is researching a book on the Isle of Wight ghosts, but it's a not-so-ghostly encounter that captivates Will; a beautiful, naked man in the sea.

Novelist Marcus Devereux is used to people staring at him, but he's not used to wanting to stare back. The tall, muscular image of Will haunts him, but when he meets Will again - this time with Baz - Marcus shies away from the object of his attraction. It's not just Marcus's looks that make him a recluse; it's the story of his parents' murders that makes him wary of people like Baz and, by extension, Will. Yet the attraction between Marcus and Will is too tempting to resist and the two men tentatively start something. But Marcus's secrets may doom their relationship before it has a chance to start. With Baz digging around Marcus's past, both his and Will's lives are in jeopardy.

Mystery, murder and ghosts - oh my! Author J.L. Merrow has delivered an original, engaging book with WIGHT MISCHIEF. On the surface, Marcus and Will couldn't be more different. Marcus is isolated, self-conscious about his albinism and suspicious of all strangers because of his guardian's warnings. Will, on the other hand, is affable and athletic but is often mistaken for being dumb by those who don't know him. Each man sees the other for who they truly are and that goes beyond looks...though lust is definitely present in WIGHT MISCHIEF. It was easy to get lost in WIGHT MISCHIEF because J.L. Merrow made me care about Will and Marcus. The ghost stories - and the threat of Baz and Will becoming ghosts themselves - adds dimension to WIGHT MISCHIEF and keeps the story moving along at a brisk pace. With romance, danger and ghost stories in the mix, there's no going wrong with WIGHT MISCHIEF.

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5.0 out of 5 stars The Wight place to be. 31 May 2014
By .Jerry Evans - Published on
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Morrow has a tale to tell and does it well. Ghosts of the past (not the see through kind) raise up and bring together two lonely souls. As they say opposition's attract and in this tale in a sensual way.
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent story and great characters 28 Jan. 2013
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I liked JL plot and the characters. Interesting, with a plot that kept me guessing. Great characters that were lovable and believable.
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