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Shamwell Tales

JL Merrow's always been an auto-pick author of mine as I enjoy the brand of witticism and British tones in her stories. That said, I had a bit of ups and downs with "The Shamwell Tales" series, but Spun! is definitely on the up sphere of the bunch for me. This is a nice surprise, given I wasn't too impressed with David and Rory when they first appeared on the previous book of the series.

As the other installments of the series, Spun! is also told alternately from David and Rory's POVs. The opening chapter might not put David on the positive light. However, as the story goes, his flamboyance and cheerful nature grew on me. Same goes for Mr. Oblivious, Rory, who was much too nice a person and often let others walked all over him. Their - mostly - non negative views of anything (even cheating ex and his spouse) helped boost up my mood reading their tales. David's Gregory and Rory's Leo and Lucy also contributed a lot in my enjoyment of the story. Then again, I have soft spot for story with cute tykes, and Rory's kids were just such a delight with their combo of passive aggressive behaviour. So the full force of David, Rory and Leo, Lucy was too potent for me to evade!

Another positive point was the way the attraction between them was handled. The gradual affection, self-talk and confusion - which is to be expected, on both side - seemed genuine and didn't feel rushed. The bisexuality was not treated as poorly; there's even a convo that touched on how not to say things that could conform the term "gay agenda" without being too preachy about it.

The prolonged what-ifs and inaction might be a bit frustrating and got me "oh c'mon fess up already so you can start your happy beggining!" more than once. But the upside of it was the low level of heat meter in this book. Given how the story started, this might not what reader expected. But to me, it's another plus point not to focus too much on the steamy scenes, as it gave more room to other entertaining shenanigans the characters had going.

Book Blurb for Spun!

With friends like these . . .

An ill-advised encounter at the office party leaves David Greenlake jobless and homeless in one heady weekend. But he quickly begs work from his ex-boss and takes a room in Shamwell with easygoing postman Rory Deamer. David doesn't mean to flirt with the recently divorced Rory--just like he doesn't consciously decide to breathe. After all, Rory's far too nice for him. And far too straight.

Rory finds his new lodger surprisingly fun to be with, and what's more, David is a hit with Rory's troubled children. But while Rory's world may have turned upside down in the last few years, there's one thing he's sure of: he's straight as a die. So he can't be falling for David . . . can he?

Their friends and family think they know all the answers, and David's office party hookup has his own plans for romance. Rory and David need to make up their minds and take a stand for what they really want--or their love could be over before it's even begun.

Night Owl Reviews Aug, 2017 4.00