Wake Up Call

A Porthkennack Novel

South London mechanic Devan Thompson has gone to Porthkennack to track down someone he’s been waiting all his life to know. But Dev’s distracted from his quest by Kyle, a broodingly handsome local of only a few months, who’s already got a reputation as an alcoholic because of his strange behaviour—including a habit of collapsing in the street.

Kyle Anthony fled to Porthkennack to escape from the ruins of his life. Still raging against his diagnosis of narcolepsy—a condition that’s cost him his job as a barrister, his lover, and all chance of normality—the last thing he wants is another relationship that’s doomed to fail. But Dev’s easy-going acceptance and adaptability, not to mention his good looks, have Kyle breaking all his self-imposed rules.

When disaster strikes Dev’s adored little sister, Kyle steps up to the plate, and Dev sees a side of his lover he wasn’t prepared for: competent, professional—and way out of Dev’s league. With one man determined that they don’t have a future, and the other fearing it, life after Porthkennack is starting to look bleak for both of them.

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Merrow navigates [her characters’] interpersonal concerns supremely well, making each hiccup feel real and raw. Her treatment of chronic illness elicits real empathy…This tale of deep characters with real problems is a genuine treat for fans of contemporary romancePublishers Weekly

There’s plenty of adventure along the way involving both friends and family members who provide a wonderful cast of secondary characters and a strong and realistic storyline. Highly recommend this one to all lovers of MM romance, and especially to those who enjoy stories set in the UK – Barb, Hearts on Fire Reviews

The chemistry between Dev and Kyle was amazing… I really enjoyed this book! It was sweet and fun and relatable, with some angst to keep things interesting – Mari, Bayou Book Junkie

If you wish for an uncomplicated, sweet love story then this is the read for you –  All About Romance

I came away from this book determined to do better…. I really cannot recommend this book enough. It was so well written and it had an unique and entirely entertaining cast of characters – Chris, Love Bytes Reviews


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.