To Love a Traitor



2017 EBook_finalist-LGWounds of the heart are the hardest to heal

Solicitor’s clerk George Johnson has a secret goal when he moves into a London boarding house in the winter of 1920: to find out if his fellow lodger, Matthew Connaught, was the wartime traitor who cost George’s adored older brother Hugh his life.

Yet the more he gets to know his quarry, the more George loses sight of his mission—and his heart. Blessed with boyish good looks and charm in abundance, ad man Matthew is irrepressibly cheerful despite having lost an arm in the Great War—and soon makes plain his attraction to George.

Matthew’s advances become ever harder to resist, and George tries to tell himself his brother’s death was just the luck of the draw, and to forget he’s hiding secrets of his own—including who he really is.

But as George’s feelings for Matthew grow, so does his desperation to know the truth about what happened that day in Ypres.  Even if it means he’ll lose the man he’s come to love.

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Note: this novel is an expansion of the previously published novella Dulce Et Decorum Est, (now out of print) with a substantially different storyline. The second edition of To Love a Traitor contains no significant changes from the first (Samhain) edition.

To Love a Traitor is a unique and truly lovely romance that will live in your heart long after you’ve finished the book. I loved every minute I spent reading it and look forward to reading more historical romances by JL Merrow in the future. Highly Recommended! –     5 kisses, Gabbi, Top2Bottom Reviews

It was light but at the same time very emotional, easy to read since it was so well written. I particularly enjoyed how the story solved at the end, it left me with a smile on the face… Highly recommended! – Stella, Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words

Matthew is one of the most charming and luminous characters this author has ever created…George and Matthew and the simple pleasures they find in spending time together elevate this story from one that might have offered us a standard-fare historical romance into a love story that speaks to the optimist in us all – Lisa, The Novel Approach

An excellent, historical novel that has been well researched. A thrilling read of spies and treachery but this is balanced out with people caught up in circumstance and impossible situations, so even the treachery is sad, understandable and heart-rending in its nature –  5 stars, Mark, Sinfully Addicted to All Male Romance

Merrow hits the nail on the head with her latest story, To Love A Traitor…a tender romance that swept me into a long ago era where love was forced to hide in the shadows but still burned brightly – 4.5 stars, Sammy, Joyfully Jay