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Muscling Through by [Merrow, J.L.]
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This is such an amazing book... It is touching, sweet and made me cry and smile at the same time. I cannot recommend it enough! - Serena Yates, QMO
 
The romance was well paced, imaginative, incredibly funny, hot, and so heartfelt and sensitive in the way that Larry and Al dealt with their own insecurities I marvelled at the author's skill in writing such well crafted characters...I can't express how much I adored it.
 - 5 stars from Jessewave

I adore every single thing about this book and hope everyone else does too. It's so heart warming, genuine, funny, romantic, sexy, caring, sensitive, witty...easily one of my favorite books of the year - 5 cherries from Whipped Cream Reviews 

It's engaging, interesting, and heartwarming. Sometimes it's tinged with sadness but more so with the kind of emotion that tugs at your heart strings. I simply adore Al and love his relationship with Larry... Overall there are so many things to recommend this story I can't recommend it enough. 5 stars from Kassa

I really enjoyed the book. I loved, as I always do, the utter Englishness of your voice.... a really sweet love story that asked some deep questions without seeming to do so - recommended read from Dear Author
an absolutely lovely romance. Tender moments, great dialogue, and sensual encounters, as well as a solid plotline make Muscling Through a treasure to read - Joyfully Reviewed

Product Details

  • File Size: 925 KB
  • Print Length: 87 pages
  • Publisher: Samhain Publishing, Ltd. (July 19, 2011)
  • Publication Date: July 19, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004UHYPZK
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #168,637 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I loved both this novelette and Pricks and Pragmatism by the same author. They are both told in first person, in a distinctively, working-class, British voice (different characters, the books are unrelated) which is sometimes brilliantly funny. This novelette is about a big, sweet, gruff-looking guy, maybe not the brightest bulb, but such a good soul. He falls in love with a Cambridge Art History Professor, and the story takes it from there. Both characters are good people and very likeable, as are the colorful side characters and at times very funny. Definitely, worth the read. I loved it, so I kind of wish it was longer, but it pacts a punch, so I don't know what else really needed to be said. Regardless, it left me with a big smile.
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an amazing love story. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder and nothing trumps love. Larry meets Big Al in an alley where Al is taking a piss.... Larry thinks Al is a mugger and is scared as Larry is a diminutive Cambridge Don. Larry and Al fall in to an unusual partnership that amazes everyone but Larry. Some folks eyes open to find that love, talent, and character take many beautiful forms and others remain blinded by stupidity.
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I've just read "Muscling Through" by J.L. Merrow, based upon the recommendation of a couple of people on a book forum, whose opinion I trust.

This was a very quick read, since it is a novella rather than a full-length novel. But it was also a surprisingly satisfying one, for its length!

(Yikes, I just re-read that last sentence, which could certainly be taken to mean something that was TOTALLY not intended!)

I wasn't sure I was comfortable with Al's voice as he began telling the story, when he came across as being a bit slow on the uptake. (Which of course is totally hypocritical of me, since I'm not the sharpest knife in the drawer myself.) But in no time at all, I grew to like this character; he's a real sweetheart, and it was refreshing to hear someone express himself so very directly.

Now, I also had my doubts as to whether these two people---who, intellectually speaking, are operating on completely different levels---could have a successful long-term relationship. But by the end of the story the reader is rooting for the two fellows wholeheartedly, and totally believes that they will make a go of it. Is such a relationship possible in real life? Hmmmm, I'm still not sure---I think it rather unlikely---but nevertheless you'll believe it can be true as you read this story.

This tale also had a lot more sex in it than the romances I usually read. Wait, is that a good thing or a bad thing? Heh. But hey, it worked---though the question is how to classify it. Does it veer a bit toward erotica, or is it still simply a romance?

Oh, I should add that I loved how this story began. It was very funny---I've re-read the first chapter four or five times already.
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Alan and Lawrence, eh? I AM SO IN LOVE IT DARN WELL HURTS.
This book is for anyone who likes GOOD people. Anyone who wants GOOD people to win. Win love, appreciation, and friendship because of WHO they are. I am left with so many good feelings after reading this book that I'm almost scatterbrained. Let's see if I can pull it together.

First of all, do not judge a book by its cover, nor a person by his looks. Alan would probably have scared the bejeezus out of me too, had I met him in a dark alley at night. More the power to Lawrence who took it upon himself to seek Al out and apologize.

I adored the language in this book. (As you see, I'm jumping from subject to subject here, this is what good writing does to my brain). It was so English it went beyond corny and traveled straight into Fab-Land. To see the world through Al's eyes was a treat. The goodness. The mighty goodness--there is simply not enough writing in the world about goodness like this one. Please write me more.

I loved the accent, it came through strong, and British, and good, and fun. (It made me remember when I was originally taught English and since then all those pesky little "u"s have had to be taken out all over my writing, when Chicago took over my life. I loved seeing them here, though, good memories). Also, the difference in class is so very obvious here, even in writing. Class, education, intelligence, all that goes out the window when two people are true to their own beings, and are LET TO BE true. How Larry and Al take the leap over all those obstacles is just plain beautiful. Al's direct, down-to-earth attitude has a lot to do with it, of course. ("'Are you a poof?' I asked. I didn't think he'd mind.")

Some highlights? Sure, I'm always up for that!
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Sometimes, it's someone unexpected, an unexpected blessing, who helps us to realize our full potential, no matter how quiet that potential may be.
This is Al for Larry and Larry for Al.

Al literally shines a light on Larry's heart, making it impossible for Larry to do anything but fall for Al, all of Al. He breaks down what appear to be the last barriers between Larry and his own contented happiness.

Larry shines a light on what even Al's Mum doesn't 100% recognize: Al is beautiful. Gorgeous. This time, it's the outside that deserves fresh recognition. Al's insides shine unfailingly bright already.

Al may not understand all of the veiled, or not so veiled, references that some people let flutter and fall around them. He doesn't need to. Sometimes I wish I didn't need to understand. That junk is exhausting. What Al does understand is how those same people are feeling. If he knows them well, he's connected and reaches right in, showing them their own heart and that he wants to protect it. That he can and will protect it.

Maybe even more importantly, he knows how he feels and is honest about that. I think that's a big reason as to why Larry falls so deeply for Al and is adamant in his feelings for him. Even when Larry fails to understand (yep, it's Larry who fails to see the truth for awhile, not Al), he does not hesitate in telling his family what Al means to him. This only happens when Larry allows himself to truly acknowledge Al's complete honesty, that it doesn't change as circumstances change.

Is there repetition in the number of ways we're shown why and how Al deals with the world and all of the beautifully odd people in it? Yes. On the flip side, his voice is incredibly and consistently written.
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