Lovers Leap, JL Merrow
Genre: Romance, LGBTQIA
I’ve just read a JLM novel I really enjoyed so when I saw this I wanted to read it. Its one I’ve mixed feelings over though. Parts I loved and other bits – well, not so much.
When we first met Michael he really did live up to the mummy’s boy, macho, jerk type. I felt a bit sorry for his ex, though she’s a bit of a strange person too but when your giving a heartfelt speech you don’t expect That reaction….and I understood her shoving him. Too bad she’s a tall, very strong lady and he went over the edge. Then wading through the waves he meets Rufus.
Rufus is a gem,kind, genuine, do anything for anyone sort, and he thinks Michael is his birthday gift! He takes him back to the B&B and things go from there…on then off in a big way. It’s an intense few days, packed with strong feelings, a whirlwind romance and Michael up to now has classed himself as not gay – he goes out with girls, takes them home to mum, who of course never thinks they’re good enough for her boy. He’s messed around with men a few times but that doesn’t count does it? Doesn’t make him gay – and if his mum knew he’d even done that she’d be horrified. ( The pizza, how she nearly caught that – oh that part made me snigger!) She’s deeply religious and takes the view that so many do – that homosexuality is a sin, wrong, a choice etc…Michael loves his mum so keeps that side of himself hidden and until Rufus that had worked well, he just had a few encounters, nothing approaching a romance, a relationship and now. Well, its face up to things time? And how will that go down with his family?
As I got to know him I understood a bit more about his attitude, three older sisters, dad died when he was a baby and he’s been indulged by them, so of course he feels a bit entitled. Rufus though has him confused, he wants more with him, and I really felt his confusion. I loved Rufus, he’s a people pleaser and such a lovely man, everyone soon gets to like him, he just has that natural ability to get along with anyone. His dad and step-mum were great, as was his friend Liz. He’s a bit ditzy seeming and yet under that is a very strong and giving man, and an eternal optimist.. I really wanted things to work out for him.
Its a fun read, a little OTT at times it felt to me but overall an entertaining novel considering it only covers a few days.
Stars: Four, a fun read and I’ll never see pizza without thinking of Michael version….
ARC supplied by Netgalley and publishers