Batteries Not Included by J.L. Merrow ~ Book Review by Lirtle

batteries not included cover 1 Title: Batteries Not Included

Author: J.L. Merrow

Publisher: JMS Books

Cover Artist: Written Ink Designs

Rating: 3.25 of 5 Stars


How would you react if you woke up one morning to find you were in bed with your favorite rock star? More to the point: how would the rock star react?

Animal rescue worker Sam is content to dream of rock sensation Cain Shepney. Trouble is, his meddling mother Lillith thinks he deserves to have all his dreams come true — and she isn’t above performing a little magic to achieve her ends! Sam’s shocked to wake up one morning to find himself actually in bed with his celebrity crush — but that’s nothing to how Cain feels about it! Suddenly Sam’s got to deal with an irate, naked, and very distracting rock star in his bed.

Cain has it all — he’s good-looking, famous, and adored by millions. But his life takes a turn for the surreal when he wakes up in bed with Sam. Expecting everyone to be worried sick by his disappearance, Cain’s horrified to find his manager — and even his mum — insisting he’s an imposter, and the real Cain Shepney is right where he belongs.

Sam just wants to help, but with Cain convinced he’s a crazed, celebrity-kidnapping stalker, Sam’s got his work cut out for him. Can he get the object of his affections to trust him long enough to find out just what the hell’s going on?


Bonus Point #1: “Britain’s Got the Idol Factor”. Heh.

Sam is dreaming about – oh, wait, no, pop star Cain Shepney (great name) really is in his bed. Cue the clueless soundtrack double time, as neither of them can grab the memory of how they got there. Together. Naked.

Merrow’s writing is fun, if a bit winded and winding here and there. Sam is our narrator and his voice is that of a 21-yr old both confused in a mini-freak out kind of way and a turned on by the situation sort of thing. Is it hocus pocus? Voodoo? Holiday magic? Magical coffee??

Bonus Point #2: “Made in China”. I laughed out loud and rolled my eyes all at once.

Although, this is also the point where things really get weird, or weirder. Merrow always includes humor and odd bits in her stories – in the ones I’ve read – and this is no exception. The best part is watching the characters attempt to deal with those oddities.

This is sweet, a little creepy, and definitely funny. It makes for an intriguing idea, I’ll tell ya that. I almost wish there had been more.

Bonus Point #3: Howitzer.

A heartfelt ending caps off this after dinner drink of a short story. When you’re looking for something offbeat and fun, put this one in your queue. 🙂

Buy Links

JMS Books
Amazon US
Amazon UK
Amazon CA
All Romance eBooks
Barnes & Noble

I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.

Farewell Giveaway
I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.

Thank you so much for your support over the last 4 years. Prism will be closing its doors on 1 April 2017. All content will remain available, but no new content will appear after 31 Mar 2017. As such all request forms have been turned off. Again Thank you,

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