Love at First Hate

A Porthkennack Novel

LoveatFirstHate_200x300First impressions can doom second chances

Bran Roscarrock has been living in the closet all his life. As heir to an expansive family legacy in the town of Porthkennack, old-fashioned ideals of respectability and duty were drummed into him since childhood, and he’s never dared to live—or love—openly.

Sam Ferreira, an old friend of Bran’s brother Jory, is a disgraced academic desperate to leave his dead-end job. When Jory asks him to take over as curator of a planned exhibition on Edward of Woodstock, the fourteenth-century Black Prince, Sam leaps at the chance to do what he loves and make a fresh start.

But Bran’s funding the exhibition, and though sparks fly between the two men, they’re not all happy ones. Bran idolises Prince Edward as a hero, while Sam’s determined to present a balanced picture. With neither of them prepared to give ground, a hundred years of war seems all too possible. And if Bran finds out about Sam’s past, his future may not be bright, and their budding romance may be lost to history.

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The writing is superb, the characters are memorable (two characters who found redemption after being some of the least liked people going), history made lively, vivid, and incredibly important in how its presented, and a whole HEA that made my heart sing – Melanie M, Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words

Love at First Hate is a story of two men whose lives are a mess but in different ways. One is a victim of love and trust, the other of birth, expectation, and circumstance…It’s about confrontation, introspection, comparison with historical figures, hiding oneself, and challenging choices…I couldn’t stop turning the page – Taylin, Love Bytes Reviews

A great enemies-to-lovers story, this truly was first hate before the two decided to compromise and get to know one another. After that, the sparks were flying for a different reason… I highly recommend this series, and most definitely this story – Barb, Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words

I’ve read a few of the Porthkennack stories, and they are all entertaining. This is a great addition to Jory and Mal’s One Under” and Devan and Kyle’s Wake Up Call. JL Merrow’s writing style has an easy flow, with lots of emotion to draw your interest – Maryann, The Novel Approach

[Love at First Hate is] about Branok (Bran) who was a real git in the first two books, and whom I’d basically written off as a jerk not worth my time…Boy, was I wrong – Sandra, My Fiction Nook


porthkenneck_seriesCover200x300Welcome to Porthkennack, a charming Cornish seaside town with a long and sometimes sinister history. Legend says King Arthur’s Black Knight built the fort on the headland here, and it’s a certainty that the town was founded on the proceeds of smuggling, piracy on the high seas, and the deliberate wrecking of cargo ships on the rocky shore. Nowadays it draws in the tourists with sunshine and surfing, but locals know that the ghosts of its Gothic past are never far below the surface.

This collaborative story world is brought to you by five award-winning, best-selling British LGBTQ romance authors: Alex Beecroft, Joanna Chambers, Charlie Cochrane, Garrett Leigh, and JL Merrow. Follow Porthkennack and its inhabitants through the centuries and through the full rainbow spectrum with historical and contemporary stand-alone titles.