Caught! – #1 in The Shamwell Tales

Caught-200x300Bow ties are cool . . . but secrets, not so much

Shamwell Tales, Book 1

Behind Robert Emeny’s cheerfully eccentric exterior lies a young heart battered and bruised by his past. He’s taken a job in a village primary school to make a fresh start, and love isn’t part of his plans. But then he’s knocked for six—literally—by a chance encounter with the uncle of two of his pupils.

Sean Grant works in pest control, lives on a council estate, and rides a motorbike. Robert is an ex–public schoolboy from a posh family who drives a classic car. On the face of it, they shouldn’t have anything in common. Yet Robert can’t resist Sean’s roguish grin, and passion sparks between them even after an excruciatingly embarrassing first date.

Too bad the past Robert’s hiding from is about to come looking for him. His increasingly ludicrous efforts to keep his secrets are pushing Sean away—but telling the truth could make Sean leave him for good.

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

Finalist in the romance category of the 2015 Bisexual Book Awards.

Finalist: 2014 Rainbow Awards category Gay Romantic Comedy

This is a must read. It is the funniest and most endearing novel I have read in a long time5 stars, Beverley, Prism Book Alliance

As I opened and read Robert’s hilarious thoughts and met his car, I fell in love… can’t wait to see who is the starring couple in the second Shamwell book!A Must Read Romance, Jessie Potts, HEA, USA Today

I enjoyed [Robert and Sean’s] interactions and the way they celebrated their differences as well as the things they had in common (of which there were surprisingly many). They have a good sexual chemistry…  I’m definitely looking forward to more Shamwell Tales. A Recommended Read, Kaetrin at Dear Author

Oh, I do so love J.L. Merrow’s writing and Caught! captures so much of what makes her books so wonderful. She immerses us in the fabulous British setting, gives us quirky, but lovable, characters, and a healthy dose of humor along the way – 
 Jay at Joyfully Jay

Voted BoM by LASR Readers 2013 copyHumorous and delightfully quirky characters fill the pages creating an engaging and entertaining story from the start –  Cactus, Long and Short Reviews                                        Voted Book of the Month

Reading Caught! was like watching one of my favorite British rom-coms, like Notting Hill or Four Weddings and a Funeral. It was completely hilarious, charming, smart, and romantic. I loved every single bit of it – Jules, The Novel Approach

Robert, I love him… as always with this author, the story is full of humor and fun, but also enough meat to keep me hooked. I can’t wait for the next book in the Shamwell tales series – Mandy, Hearts on Fire Reviews

it was really nice to see the way Robert got attached to his students and really became a member of this small village. He went there to run away and, instead, he found exactly what he needed…I can easily recommend this because it’ll be a for sure reread for me – Christy Duke, Rainbow Book Reviews

JL Merrow adds another fine addition to an already strong body of work, don’t miss it – Slick, Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews