Twas the Rainbow Snippet before Christmas

KeepersPledge.jpg…and in honour of the season, I bring you angst! This is from Keeper’s Pledge, the sequel to Poacher’s Fall:


It wasn’t much of a Christmas for Danny. Oh, he tried to make merry for his mam and his sisters’ sake, but his heart wasn’t in it. His heart was still up at the manor, being trampled on by Matthew bloody Cranmore. Lord, but he’d be hard pressed to avoid temptation on the day of the pheasant shoot, with a shotgun in his hand and that simpering lad in his sights….

Danny caught himself. This wasn’t him, thinking like that, and it wasn’t Matthew he had to blame for his present misery. He’d no proof of anything between Philip and Matthew…

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Keeper’s Pledge

A sequel to Poacher’s Fall, set four years later, in 1926.

Landowner Philip Luccombe has been enjoying a passionate relationship with young poacher turned gamekeeper Danny Costessey for four years now. Danny’s love has brought him out of the shell he retreated into when his first lover died after the Great War. But this Christmas, visitors to the manor threaten their happiness. Philip’s young cousin Matthew is artistic, vivacious, and flirtatious: just the sort to remind him of his long-dead first love—and to emphasise the social gulf between Philip and Danny.

But the worst danger comes from much nearer home. An old flame of Danny’s is discovered in incriminating circumstances, forcing the lovers to keep their distance for fear of being tarred with the same brush. Meanwhile, Danny’s younger brother, Toby, has grown to resent the connection between his brother and the lord of the manor. Danny wants to do the right thing—but that could divide the lovers forever.

Available in ebook:  Dreamspinner Press | Amazon

About jlmerrow

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 ever 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. Find JL Merrow online at:
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13 Responses to Twas the Rainbow Snippet before Christmas

  1. Ooh, intriguing 🙂 More, please.

  2. P.T. Wyant says:

    Intricate plot!

    I love the thoughts of avoiding temptation…

  3. velvetpanic says:

    Wow–so happy there’s a sequel 😀

  4. louiselyons013 says:

    Ooh, I like the sound of this! 🙂

  5. Angst for Christmas is one of my favorite things! Poor Danny, i hope he ends up happier than he is here.

  6. Jana Denardo says:

    Aww poor guy.

  7. Dangerous! Maybe he shouldn’t be carrying the gun in his present mood. I need more!

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