Rainbow Snippets is considering a style revamp

To celebrate Caught! coming out in audiobook, today’s snippet features our hero, young fogey Robert Emeny, in conversation with his decidedly more with-it friend Rose, as they debate his idiosyncratic style choices:

“Bow ties are cool,” I said, confident of this at least. “Doctor Who said so.”

“Yeah, about three incarnations ago, wasn’t it? Not that Matt Smith was cool in the first place. Sweetheart, you need a new style icon.”

I had horrible visions of being dragged around Burton’s in an upside-down version of Queer Eye for the Straight Guy. “I’m fine how I am,” I said stiffly.

She shrugged and forked up a pork ball. “Your funeral.”

When I was sure she wasn’t looking, I glanced down surreptitiously at my checked shirt and corduroys. What was wrong with my clothes? Lots of people I knew dressed like me. My stepfather dressed like me.

Hmm. Possibly that was her point?

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Bow ties are cool . . . but secrets, not so much

Shamwell Tales, Book 1

Behind Robert Emeny’s cheerfully eccentric exterior lies a young heart battered and bruised by his past. He’s taken a job in a village primary school to make a fresh start, and love isn’t part of his plans. But then he’s knocked for six—literally—by a chance encounter with the uncle of two of his pupils.

Sean Grant works in pest control, lives on a council estate, and rides a motorbike. Robert is an ex–public schoolboy from a posh family who drives a classic car. On the face of it, they shouldn’t have anything in common. Yet Robert can’t resist Sean’s roguish grin, and passion sparks between them even after an excruciatingly embarrassing first date.

Too bad the past Robert’s hiding from is about to come looking for him. His increasingly ludicrous efforts to keep his secrets are pushing Sean away—but telling the truth could make Sean leave him for good.

Now in audiobook, narrated by the wonderful Mark Steadman:
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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: www.jlmerrow.com
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6 Responses to Rainbow Snippets is considering a style revamp

  1. P.T. Wyant says:

    I think you may have created someone less fashion-aware than I am! (Love that last line!)

  2. Kai Tyler says:

    Hahaha. I had to laugh out loud at this scene. Yep, she has a point, Robert.

  3. Er, yes, Robert. I think that’s what she means! 😀

  4. Love that last line! 🙂

  5. More than possibly, I think! 😀

  6. Great snippet. I loved Caught!

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