Rainbow Snippets has gone medieval

Psst! Don’t tell anyone, but I’m not actually here; I’m in Gloucestershire (if all has gone well) watching a re-enactment of the Battle of Tewkesbury. But I didn’t want to miss giving you this week’s Rainbow Snippet – and as Camwolf was re-released yesterday, that’s where this one comes from.

Here, Nick Sewell, lecturer at Cambridge University, is talking to his best friend and colleague, Nadia, about Julian, the student he’s got a crush on:

“Now, I’m not one to gossip—” Nadia acknowledged the lie with a devilish twist to her mouth “—but judging from his essays, that young man’s seen entirely too much of the darker side of life for a lad his age. Wouldn’t want to be adding to his troubles, would we? Coffee?” She didn’t wait for an answer, simply pouring him a cup. “And don’t forget you’re coming round for dinner next week. Marjorie’s got a new recipe she’s simply gagging to try out on you.”

Nick smiled. “How could I forget? I’ll be there, Nads.”

She winced. “Nick, darling, please don’t call me that. It makes it sound like you’re talking to your testicles.”

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Camwolf_200A race to save his lover—by becoming his own worst nightmare.

Dr. Nick Sewell has it all. Good friends, a career as a Cambridge academic… and recently, a tendency to turn into a wolf every full moon.  When a new student arrives from Germany, Nick is horrified by his visceral attraction to the troubled youth—not to mention his violent jealousy when he sees Julian with another man. He’s floored to find out Julian is a werewolf too.

Unlike Nick, Julian has spent his life among other wolves, and in this subject, he’s the teacher and Nick the student. Nick struggles to adjust to this reversal of roles, especially since he’s an alpha and Julian a natural submissive. That dynamic just adds to the attraction smoldering between them, whether they’re in human form or wolf.

But Julian’s pack and the abuse he suffered isn’t far behind him, and the pack wants to reclaim him. For Nick to hold on to his lover, he’ll have to embrace the monster within.

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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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13 Responses to Rainbow Snippets has gone medieval

  1. There’s just so much to love about this snippet. The humor throughout, the opening line from which we know gossip will follow, and the way Nadia smoothly moves from that to basic chit-chat. 💖

  2. Nephy Hart says:

    This was awesome. I wasn’t to go out to lunch with Nadia 😀 The last line was just classic.

  3. Nephy Hart says:

    Oh, and I LOVE Twekesbury. I keep meaning to take my son, his father and I used to take part in it once upon a long ago. I bought the fabric for my best medieval dress from there. SIgh. All those half naked men in hose.

    • jlmerrow says:

      Tewkesbury was fabulous! My friend’s been loads of times, but this was the first time I’d been staying with her at the right time. Well worth braving the heat (and in any case, hard to complain about being hot when there are people in heavy woollen frocks or full armour.)
      Although I have to say, all the men in hose were fully clothed when I went! 😉

  4. darlamsands says:

    Sounds like a delightful time! And, oh by, look what you made me do. I’ve spent more money on books. ~grin~ Thank you for sharing. Be well and Happy Writing!

  5. P.T. Wyant says:

    I nearly choked at that last line, and considering that I’m at work at the moment… Fun snippet and the blurb sounds awesome!

  6. Beautiful character description and interaction!

    Right now, my inner twelve year old fangirl is squealing, “Ohmigod, a re-enactment of the War of the Roses is going on! That means Richard is going to be there! (swoons) Please go for the historically accurate and not the Shakespearean…” (wry grin) Yes, Richard of Gloucester was my 12 year old crush…I was going to prove his innocence. 🙂 Now that I’m older I have a bit more of a balanced perspective of things…although I do still find the conflicted relationship between Edward IV and the Duke of Warwick, his Kingmaker fascinating. Ahem, sorry, getting off topic…the War of the Roses is one which I will go on and on about if allowed. (wry grin) To get to the point of this roundabout reaction, I envy you, even if it was hot. 🙂

  7. Nadia is hilarious! And I’m glad you had a great time at the re-enactment. 🙂

  8. janadenardo says:

    Hope the battle was interesting. That last line slayed me

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