Pricks and Pragmatism
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 w...more
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It's the third J.L. Merrow story I've read that lays out unappealing or disturbing or even outright repellant circumstances and still manages to make me feel things for people who are, at best, disquieting, and at worst outright appalling.
She's a crafty one, that Merrow.
How else to explain why the travails of a mooching, self-absorbed demi-prostitute should even register with me, let alone make me cry a little in sympathetic misery?
Even the revolting poser friend who mangles French mana ...more
Meh. It was ok. I'm a big JL Merrow after reading Muscling Through. I think the author does a great job of writing simple characters who forge unlikely bonds and find love.
P&P was a similar storyline but lacked the strong MC's that you find in Muscling Through (really, no one can beat Al...) Luke & Russell are sweet enough, but just not that interesting.
Luke is a student who "dates up" and lives off of his relationships. Russell, is a bearded, soft, dorky engineer who takes Luke in as a ...more
I started out disliking Luke (not that there was much to like about him in the beginning, mind,) but I gradually warmed up to him and ended up rooting for him and Russel. Russel was the shy, socially challenged geek you love and feel protective of from the get go.
I would have liked a bit more info on what happened with Luke's father, but I suppose it went all right, he was already making an effort.
(view spoiler)[One detail that niggled me was that Luke had had sex with that ex of his, S ...more
Hiding behind a smile, a protective smile, that hides all the hurts. Wearing your hurts on your sleeve is not the done thing, after all.
Yes I loved this poignant little short. Quiet, without lots of fanfare but with a good punch.
Our narrator Luke is a homeless student who gets by on his looks, charm, and belief that sex is meaningless. (He’s outraged at the su ...more
This was such a sweet and fun read. Luke's voice just sucked me right in. Of course I want more because I'm greedy like that. Some of the scenes seemed a little rushed but the ending was satisfying.
There were so many lol moments. This one had me going for a bit: I watched sadly as he scampered to the kitchen like a virginal Hobbit being chased by a sex-mad Ring-wrath. HAHA, ok big LOTR fan here.
This will definitely be one of my go to books when I need a little lift.
The book was good but not spectacular. I think that twice as long, it might have been a stand out. As it was, things were a bit underdeveloped and we didn't get enough tim ...more
The first time I read this book was directly after falling head over heels in love with Merrow's Muscling Through. Now that's a book I enjoy as a "good read" but I also admire it for its FUCKING AWESOME WRITING. Merrow is just so damn good.
So, in light of that, I was rather disappointed in this book. I thought Luke was, yes, a pragmatist, but also a giant PRICK. Just a big knobhead to be British about it. Yes, he improved as the bo ...more
This engaging novella begins well with first person narrator, Luke, being asked to move out from the house he shares with wealthy man Sebastian. Luke is a sort of prostitute who exchanges his rather gorgeous looks and body for the security of somewhere to live and access to funds whilst he completes his degree in English. When he’s left, three weeks before finals, with nowhere to live, a friend hooks him up with Russell, a beardy, geeky e ...more
Great little story. Like most shorts I wish it had been longer but to my surprise J.L. Merrow was able to make me understand and feel for the characters. Luke the good looking, never has trouble finding a guy type who is actually a lonely, very insecure sweetheart, or he was to me at least. And shy kind of nerdy Russell a teddy bear of a man I just wanted to cuddle, that takes Luke in when he is need of a place to stay. This book has an HEA that takes the whole story to get to which was ...more
Poor Luke is out of his element as Russell seems oblivious to each of his sexual advances; my fav being the seen w ...more
P&P is a very simple and enjoyable tale. There were no real surprises, but for this sort of story it didn't really matter - it was still a fun journey towards a sweet and satisfying ending.
I liked Luke and Russell. Not overly buff, impossibly gorgeous men. Here are two ordinary guys and I loved that. My only complaint is that I would have liked a bit more insight into Russell's past and what makes him tick. I would have liked to see him be developed more.
Another strength is the aut ...more
Pricks and Pragmatism is all narrated by the charming Luke Corbin. Luke has ambitions – he wants to earn a first in his English Lit degree and become a journalist – ...more
This was a very sweet romance. Although it was short, it did not feel too rushed. It wasn't quite the right length but it was very close. The first person POV initially unsettled me although I don't normally mind them. I think that par ...more
As for the story, I enjoyed it. I always like getting both main characters POV's, but I could understand why they didn't do that here. Despite the fact that we all ...more
Don't say I didn't warn you. I absolutely adore this author. I like the characters, even when they're not on their best behavior, I like the humor, I like the British setting.
Luke is a guy who uses his good looks to find an accomodation while he's studying. He's a smart guy, but he's not ashamed of exchanging sex for a place to live. He wears a mask that hides his real feelings of disappointment when story after story come to an end and he has to pack his few belong ...more
I really liked the story. The blurb was fantastic, the plot made me want to read it without making breaks and I spent some time today reading instead of working because I needed more.
I wish I could say I liked main characters. I liked Russel just fine. He was weird (and hairy), had no sense of fashion, but what is more important he was kind and sweet. But Luke? I thought he was ok. I really did. He had a diffic ...more
She writes across genres, with a preference for contempora ...more