Pricks and Pragmatism

Southampton Stories #1

Pricks and Prag 200x300.72dpiKicked out by his father at age sixteen, English student Luke Corbin’s used to trading on his looks and charm to keep a roof over his head until he can make it big as a journalist. He goes for men with money, power and looks, in that order, and he doesn’t let emotions get in the way. But when his lover tells him it’s over, Luke finds himself homeless—just as his final exams are looming.

Moving in with geeky chemical engineer Russell may be a step down for him, but Luke can’t afford to be choosy. Fully prepared to put out as usual, Luke’s confused and frustrated when Russell refuses to take advantage of him—and even more so when he finds out Russell’s saving himself for someone special.

The more time he spends with the shy, honourable man, the more Luke finds himself bowled over by Russell’s sweetness and integrity. But just as he’s coming to terms with his own wish to be that special guy for Russell, Luke has to face facts: he’s fallen for the one man he can’t seem to charm.

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And now in audiobook, narrated by the wonderful Mark Steadman:

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– a pretty terrific, well written story about looking below the surface to find love. If you’re looking for an entertaining story with likeable characters, then you can’t go wrong with Pricks and Pragmatism. – Jenre, on Three Dollar Bill Reviews  (awarded 4.5 stars)

– this story works – beautifully so – Mrs Giggles

– a delightful and absorbing read. Luke will warm your heart while Russell is adorable as geek… I think it’ll be a big hit with romance fans. – Kassa, on Jessewave’s blog.

A well developed plot, compelling characters, and excellent writing prove to be a winning combination. Pricks and Pragmatism by J.L. Merrow is a refreshing story about love and redemption. The ending will tug at the heartstrings, but it will also leave a smile on the reader’s face – Whipped Cream Reviews (awarded Best Book)

the writing is flawless and compelling, it features three of my favorite romance tropes: virgin hero, slutty hero and ugly duckling, and both leads are likeable. Overall a very engaging story – Grade 4.5.  – Brie at Romance Around the Corner.

Awarded  4 Nymphs by Literary Nymphs.