Muscling Through


muscling_through_200The bigger they come, the harder they fall… in love.
Cambridge art professor Larry Morton takes one, alcohol-glazed look at the huge, tattooed man looming in a dark alley, and assumes he’s done for. Moments later he finds himself disarmed—literally and figuratively. And, the next morning, he can’t rest until he offers an apology to the man who turned out to be more gentle than giant.

Larry’s intrigued to find there’s more to Al Fletcher than meets the eye; he possesses a natural artistic talent that shines through untutored technique. Unfortunately, no one else seems to see the sensitive soul beneath Al’s imposing, scarred, undeniably sexy exterior. Least of all Larry’s class-conscious family, who would like nothing better than to split up this mismatched pair.

Is it physical? Oh, yes, it’s deliciously physical, and so much more—which makes Larry’s next task so daunting. Not just convincing his colleagues, friends and family that their relationship is more than skin deep. It’s convincing Al.

Contains comic misunderstandings, misuse of art materials, and unexpected poignancy.

Now available in ebook and on Kindle

Also available in paperback for the first time on Amazon

and at other retailers in due course

Note: this book was previously published by Samhain Publishing. This edition contains only minor revisions.


The romance was well paced, imaginative, incredibly funny, hot, and so heartfelt and sensitive in the way that Larry and Al dealt with their own insecurities I marvelled at the author’s skill in writing such well crafted characters…I can’t express how much I adored it – 5 stars from Jessewave

I can’t recommend this story enough, I reread it when I’m in a bad mood and need a lift and a smile, when I finish I always feel like I’ve just had a really good hug! – 5 hearts from Mandy, Hearts on Fire Reviews

I adore every single thing about this book and hope everyone else does too. It’s so heart warming, genuine, funny, romantic, sexy, caring, sensitive, witty…easily one of my favorite books of the year – 5 cherries from Whipped Cream Reviews

It’s engaging, interesting, and heartwarming. Sometimes it’s tinged with sadness but more so with the kind of emotion that tugs at your heart strings. I simply adore Al and love his relationship with Larry… Overall there are so many things to recommend this story I can’t recommend it enough. – 5 stars from Kassa.

I really enjoyed the book. I loved, as I always do, the utter Englishness of your voice…. a really sweet love story that asked some deep questions without seeming to do so. – A recommended read from Dear Author

an absolutely lovely romance. Tender moments, great dialogue, and sensual encounters, as well as a solid plotline make Muscling Through a treasure to read – Joyfully Reviewed

This is such an amazing book… It is touching, sweet and made me cry and smile at the same time. I cannot recommend it enough! – Serena Yates, QMO.