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Pricks and Pragmatism [Format Kindle]

J.L. Merrow

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Easy come, easy go…until the heart gets involved.

English student and aspiring journalist Luke Corbin should be studying. Instead he’s facing homelessness, thanks to the lover who’s just kicking him out of their posh digs. It’s not his first rejection—his father tossed him out at age sixteen—but Luke has no problem trading his favors for a home and security. Especially with rich, powerful, handsome men.

Except now, with finals bearing down, there’s no time to be choosy. He needs a roof over his head and he needs it now. Even if it means settling temporarily for a geeky, less-than-well-off chemical engineer called Russell.

Luke’s fully prepared to put out for the guy—because after all, in this world no one gets something for nothing. But Russell isn’t just a nerd; he’s an honourable nerd who wants to save himself for someone special.

At first Luke is annoyed, but the more time he spends with Russell, the closer he comes to a devastating realization. He wants to be that someone special. Except he’s fallen for the one man he can’t seem to charm…


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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 198 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 76 pages
  • Editeur : Samhain Publishing, Ltd. (21 septembre 2010)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B00436EZGM
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Amazon.com: 4.2 étoiles sur 5  56 commentaires
36 internautes sur 39 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Absolutely Amazing! 2 novembre 2010
Par Matthew Stears - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle
I've read my fair share of gay romance, and while a lot of it has been good and well written, I've never felt the urge to comment before this. "Pricks and Pragmatism" is funny, skillfully designed and written, and very emotionally engaging. I actually felt like I could see what was described.

Most gay romances are all about sex; to the point that they're basically porn. This book, while it doesn't dismiss sex, doesn't go on and on about it so you can actually enjoy the fantastic story that goes with it. Then there are the characters. The way they come alive in this novel is breathtaking! I especially love the way the main character describes things. He made me laugh so hard I woke my family from the other room.

All in all, I love this book, want more like it, and after I finish this review I am definitely taking a look at JL Merrow's other works. : D
19 internautes sur 22 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Cute! 29 septembre 2010
Par El Capitán - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
I love this kind of story and this one was written very well. Luke has a great voice and he's very funny. Russell is adorable. Of course I knew how this story would end, but I still had a big smile on my face anyway. Sometimes you just want to read something cute and heartwarming, you know?
10 internautes sur 11 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Delightful romance and charming characters. 2 octobre 2010
Par R.Parklane - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle
I love these two guys and their romance. Just a novella but expressive, well written, funny with its heart warming moments. Luke is one cute character. He is gorgeous but underneath is a sensitive young man still hurt by his father's rejection. His current aim in life is to excel in his finals and get a job as a journalist, even if it means living off from one man to the next. Anyway, all these men want in return is just sex, right?. Imagine Luke's utmost surprise when Russel proves to be the exception. Russel is equally adorable. Thirty year old, a bit nerdy and yet to find the special someone, Russel with his heart of gold slowly weaves his way into Luke's heart. Their romance is just delightful. These guys really grow on you and Luke's narration is very engaging and funny. I first read this writer's work in Angel (a napsize release from Dreamspinnerpress). I was impressive with her writing and have been wishing for a longer story from her. Pricks and Pragmatism certainly delivers and much more. Looking forward to more from JL Merrow.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 if you can suspend disbelief 13 janvier 2012
Par Furio - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
This short novel is well written, well plotted, well executed. It is the work of a real professional and that is not a given among M/M romance authors. It never drags, it is consistent and draws unerring to its satisfying end.
The two leads are likeable, the side characters are bidimensional but play a proficient chorus.

You are sensing a "but", of course, and there is a huge one coming.

*THOSE THAT FOLLOW ARE NOT SPOILERS AS THEY HAVE ALREADY BEEN DISCUSSED BY MANY OTHER REVIEWER*

Luke is a gorgeous young man. Thrown out at 16 by his homophobe father he not only managed to survive but to complete his studies up to college by being kept by wealthy AND handsome men. Oh, did he? Just as he is about to graduate his impossibly gorgeous and rich sugar daddy throws him out and he calls on a former sugar daddy who finds another one for him. Oh, does he? But this time the sugar daddy is not as sugary in that he is not rich but he is ready to welcome a complete stranger in his home. A complete stranger he knows is a kept boy-toy. Oh, is he? The new -not so sugary- daddy is 30 and mousy looking AND a virgin. Oh, is he? But slowly Luke gets to know and love him. Oh, does he?

You get my meaning. This plot is delightful in itself, there is even a lot of good humour throughout, but you will have to be prepare not only to suspend disbelief but also to lock it in the attic, perhaps in a closet, to avoid its coming back to hunt you.
Having both POVs, that of Luke but also that of the not so sugary Russel might have helped. It would have been more difficult of course. It is hard to deal with a man who knows he is gay but is saving himself for Mr. Right, but perhaps it would have been rewarding as well.

Accept that and you will get a light-weight, entertainig, nice M/M story.
13 internautes sur 19 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
3.0 étoiles sur 5 More Problematic and Predictable than Pragmatic 8 décembre 2010
Par Shannon L. Yarbrough - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
I had high hopes for J.L. Merrow's Pricks and Pragmatism since it's been in the Top 10 on Kindle in Gay Fiction for some time now. Interesting title. Hot cover. Unfortunately, that's about all it has going for it. The story is told only from the point of view of Luke, a young lad who is trying to finish his degree and needs a place to stay.

He's hopped from flat to flat, usually ending up as his roomie's plaything along the way to pay the rent, until he finally ends up staying with Russell. Russell is shy, introverted, scruffy, and a virgin, and Luke just can't seem to get through to him. It's the classic tale of the outsider looking in or the protagonist falling for the last person he expected - trite and predictable, yes. Each has their own flaws, and thinks poorly of the other, but neither confess the truth to one another.

Unfortunately, the only characters we meet besides Russell are all gay stereotypes. They are snobs with nice bodies, lots of money, and huge sexual appetites. Even Luke is good looking and horny all the time, although he isn't getting any from Russell. But the cast of characters are extremely minor, and we only get a taste of them coming or going.

Most of our attention is focused through Luke's mind as he studies hard to graduate, does push ups naked to try to get Russell's attention, or cooks for them. Luke is one of those twenty-something gay males who thinks he knows everything about life - full of confidence - who dances with his shirt off and hooks up with random guys in public bathrooms. In fact, the first sex scene which doesn't take place until half way through the story is Luke and an Asian having a tepid encounter in a bathroom stall. Even the sex, which could have saved this story, is mediocre at best!

The story and its characters are extremely flat. "We went here. I was thinking about this. I did this. Russell did that." The reader is left to put the pieces of the emotional puzzle together by themselves. We never get the intensity we want from Russell and Luke - despite a few small arguments - although we know it is there. It's like building two beautiful sand castles on the beach and then just walking away from them because we already know what's going to happen. We never get to see the imagery or dramas taking place on the inside.

The author teases the reader with other little dramas such as Luke's estranged relationship with his father, Luke trying to become a journalist, and some of Luke's previous love interests, but Merrow just barely scratches the surface in an attempt to get back to Russell and Luke being together, but the reader is left driveling through the dry narratives to get to the good stuff. And sadly, there's isn't much of the good stuff.

Merrow can write narrative and dialogue, that's a given, but can't seem to get through to the characters or the readers with the emotion and drama that could really connect everything in the end. It's as boring as a bad song on a juke box in a gay bar on a Tuesday night. No one is there. No one is listening. And for those who are, it's a sad situation. The only thing Merrow stays true to is the stereotypes - bland, boring, and conceited homosexuals - we all know the types and I think that's why this story is so frustrating. Real readers just don't connect with those characters. With a bit more feeling, and possibly even the point of view changed to Russell, this story would have worked out nicely.
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