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Out! (The Shamwell Tales) by [Merrow, JL]
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It's a comedy of errors, false starts, and false assumptions...Well done, dear author, well done! A fabulous book, no doubt. I must now go get the others in this series - Sandra @ My Fiction Nook
 
I appreciated how the book incorporated several aspects of gay life that aren't necessarily discussed - the "it didn't work" marriage, children from the marriage, and being closeted to your own kids
 - Gay Book Reviews

JL Merrow's talent for mixing humour and fun with the more serious storyline is wonderful...an emotional, funny, sexy romance - Claire Margaret Potterton, Divine Magazine

I could so understand Mark and his attitudes it was uncanny... No chance of being carefree and out without facing a whole load of bigotry and the rest... I just loved how JL Merrow deals with the whole subject. Realistic, compassionate and endears the reader to her characters immediately - Mark,  Sinfully Gay Romance Book Reviews

Product Details

  • File Size: 942 KB
  • Print Length: 257 pages
  • Publisher: Samhain Publishing, Ltd. (January 19, 2016)
  • Publication Date: January 19, 2016
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B016XTOR6O
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #108,589 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By Tony Philpott on February 27, 2016
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I love JL Merrow's work. The first Shamwell book was great the second one was good but this I could only describe as OK. This is due mainly in part to the main characters. They don't seem to have that much is common and Its a wonder they are attracted to each other much less like each other. They are both characters with a bit of back history and we spend much of the book rehashing this to explain why they are always at odds. I found them both pretty tiresome and one was plain unlikeable in parts he was so smug. The author has done so much better than this book. I hope that the next one is better
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Out! (Shamwell Tales #3)
By J.L. Merrow
Five stars

This third volume of J.L. Merrow’s <b>Shamwell Tales<b> is, for me, the best of an excellent series so far. Once again we’re in the quaint, green country village of Shamwell, within easy reach of London and all its big-city problems. And once again Ms. Merrow takes a setting worthy of Jane Austen and spins a tale of social mores and romance that is fully invested in the modern world.

Mark Nugent is a not-yet-forty father of an angry fourteen-year-old daughter. Patrick is a local boy who lives with his mum and has never had a serious relationship. At twenty-five he’s not young enough to be Mark’s son, but his mother is only five years older than Mark is. And that’s just the first complication. Patrick and Mark meet at a local men’s organization, the Shamwell Spartans. The absurdity of the group is balanced by the male camaraderie and local fundraising they offer.

Mark is a single father because he broke up his fourteen-year marriage by coming out to his wife. He’s one of those men who married because he was just bisexual enough to get his girlfriend pregnant while on what he assumed was a friendly holiday. I put it this way because Mark identifies as gay, in spite of the marriage and the child. He embodies what I think of as the Kinsey 5, mostly gay, but not entirely. Tricky part is, he’s never had any sort of relationship with a man (the sad reason for which we find out in due course).

Patrick, on the other hand, is a comfortable bisexual, finding potential attraction in men or women without prejudice or preference. I’d say he’s a Kinsey 3 or 4, fully bisexual and content to be so.
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Like the other two books in this series, this one is more light hearted than light headed--th0ugh sometimes the squizziness comes through as well. With two deeply principled MCs in Mark Nugent and Patrick Owen, the squirrely antics of Mark's goth-tending daughter Florence (Fen) and his former PA David, as well as Patrick's trans-gendering PA Lex bring a bit of levity and reality to the proceedings.

Patrick is a hold over from the second book--the guy who stepped in a rabbit hole during a cricket match and snapped his leg. Mark is new to town, escaping from his job and ex-wife to try to start anew with Fen. You can read all about it in the blurb, which really gives too much detail.

My job is to tell you if the blurb is really spot-on, and whether you will enjoy this additional little romp through the village of Shamwell. The answer is an emphatic "yes!"

Though both Mark and Patrick are pigheaded, author Merrow puts them in enough credible situations so that their romance blossoms, crashes, and refreshes, lovingly. Rather like a nice cuppa.
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**Book 3 in this series but absolutely can be read as a Standalone**
I have not read the other 2 books in this series and had no issues.

I really loved the Dad (Mark)moving to Shamwell with his daughter. It's not a common thing to read and I loved that. It added a lot of entertainment to the story. Patrick, the other MC, is half Mark's age which I have to say was also fantastic. I feel that it's an underwritten trope.
Both Patrick and Mark meet through SPARTANS, a local club.

The ensemble is marvelous, I must say. From the SPARTAN guys, to Mark's teenage daughter, his former PA David, Patrick's mother, all of them! It all mixes into the story wonderfully.

There was so much to love about this tale. J.L. covered so many bases flawlessly. The grumpy teenage girl, age gaps, acceptance, Lex who' gender is not determined. That was refreshing and only added to an already terrific story. You have to read this book!
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IMO the Shamwell tales are unraveling after the stellar debut of Rob and his school children in Caught! These MCs are interesting, and the best part of the story is how the age difference motif highlighted the cultural differences in being LGBT from one era to another, and how underlying assumptions can cause such misunderstanding. And the liberal/conservative conflict over the concept of the public good (taxes, welfare state, disabilities, etc.) was a valid point, but it all seemed a collage rather than a well knit together whole.

I think the ancillary characters were much more interesting than the main characters. Fen and Lex and David, even Rex were more believable than Patrick and Mark. And if Mark interjected just one more "God yes!", I might not have been able to finish reading it.

I continue to love the village setting,
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