Sunday, August 13, 2017

ARC Review: Spun! by J.L. Merrow

Spun! (The Shamwell Tales, #4)From the blurb:

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.

Heather's rating:

Easily my favorite book in the Shamwell series, which turned out to be quite a low-rating series for me. I had trouble connecting to most of the romances in the Shamwell series, and I struggled a little bit with it here as well. However, I adored David, who carried the story.

David is exactly the sort of character that I love to read about. He is BIG on personality. I just need an MC that makes a big impression at this point in my reading career, so David was perfect for my tastes. He was a bit eccentric with his Teddy Bear BFF, and I loved how he was chatty and determined and unique.

The romance is fairly slow burn, which I liked as well. I wish there weren't quite so many miscommunications and missed chances at showing their true feelings, which bumped down my rating quite a bit. While Rory wasn't a stand-out for me, I liked his chemistry with David and I LOVED him discovering the breadth of his sexuality for the first time.

Lots of kid-time in this book, so for those who don't love children in romances, be aware. I didn't mind them much but they did take up a lot of page time. I also HATED Barry, and I couldn't decide if he was actually in love with Rory or just a jerk.

While Spun! was by far my favorite in the Shamwell Tales series, it wasn't my favorite J.L. Merrow book. However, David gets all my love, and it's worth a read for him alone.

*Copy provided in exchange for an honest review*

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