Author: JL Merrow
Cover Artist: Lou Harper
Rating: 4.00 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 02/29/2016
Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)
Genre: Contemporary, M/M Romance
If they looked, would they ever leap?
Good-looking, confident, and doted on by his widowed mum, Michael is used to thinking only of himself. Getting shoved off an Isle of Wight pier by an exasperated ex ought to come as a wake-up call—but then he meets Rufus and he’s right back to letting the little head take charge. Rufus is cute, keen, and gets under Michael’s skin in a disturbing way.
Would-be chef Rufus can’t believe his luck when a dripping wet dream of a man walks out of the sea on his birthday, especially when Michael ends up staying at the family B&B. Life is perfect—at least until Michael has to go home to the mainland.
Rufus can’t leave the island for reasons he’s entirely neglected to mention. And though Michael identifies as bi, breaking his mum’s heart by coming out and having an actual relationship with a guy has never been his plan. With both men determined to keep their secrets, a leap of faith could land them in deep water.
Lovers Leap by JL Merrow is quirky, charming, witty and original, making it a thoroughly enjoyable story.
I’m used to reading characters thoughts and emotions but in Lovers Leap they seem to be amplified in a way that was clever and really made the story. The characterizations are really what stole the show for me. I felt I understood both men and even though Michael is a real idiot for most of the story, a totally self-absorbed, the world revolves round me, and only me, git, I did actually like him a lot. It takes a clever writer to make me love a man like Michael.
Michael is the star of the story, he’s the character I became engaged with, he’s more fleshed out. We’ve all met guys like Michael, guys who speak without engaging brains first. Guys who think the world revolves around them but are somehow loveable at the same time. Guys we simply roll our eyes at (I worked with one).
Rufus is sweet, kind and far too nice for his own good. At first it seems that Michael manipulates Rufus and I can see how that can turn off some readers but Rufus is a good match for Michael and he soon learns how to handle him. Rufus has a cheeky side that only really comes out when he is with Michael, it’s like he knows exactly that side of Rufus out. From the moment they meet they complement each other perfectly.
The other characters are just as well drawn as the two men. Shelley, Rufus step mum, is a bimbo kind of woman. She’s not really like that it’s just no one will give her a chance to show what she can do, and I fell in love with Rufus’s dad at the Lego incident. Both are side characters but Ms. Merrow gives them depth that made them seem larger than that. Liz, Rufus’s best friend is wonderful, just what a best friend should be, she propels Rufus forward not letting him wallow when he wants to. And even Trix, the infamous girlfriend who pushed Michael of the pier has her own special part of the story.
The story loops along to its logical conclusion in a speedy but quite British way, and I loved the epilogue, and how everything was rounded up happily, not just for Michael and Rufus, I expected that, but for Shelly and Liz and Trix as well.
I adored Lovers Leap and it’s one I will read again, it’s the perfect pick me up especially for this time of year when we all need a little sunshine in our lives.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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